NYIGF Spring 2012 – Something Old is Something New
Resurrection of the past is a trend invoked in every economic recession, and 2012 is no exception. Here are a few hot retreads to look for in Spring and Summer 2012.
Antique wall paper print motifs are hot and enduring elements. It was not by coincidence that I received am email yesterday from Elle Decor’s website, focused on the work of Australian Pattern designer, Florence Broadhurst. Sadly I NEVER, ever return from a show without mislaying one contact that I was thrilled to find. Here is the pearl from the treasure I lost this time around.
This mystery supplier had the most amazing collection of antique wallpaper books! The quotes I heard ranged between $3,500 and $7,500 for long lost high-quality. Benedictus Relais is not unknown, and framed prints of his samples are several hundred dollars a piece Even books about rare wallpaper are expensive!
Up-cycling is a trend whose momentum continues to swell, and rediscovering the past reveals keys to modern influence that are a friendly wave from the past.
Look at the pattern of Tricia Guild’s pillow, and her bold bright color choices. I doubt that she took inspiration from Benedictus Relais, but there are uncanny similarities proving yet again that great color, pattern and styles are timeless!
More waxing nostalgic, but from the more distant past could be seen at NYIGF – colonial era French portraiture is a hot new re-trend. Poufed and powdered portraits on plates, pillows…
…even pressed between the hallowed pages of Interior Design Magazine.
This antique genre of 18th century design has also been embraced by the “un-decorate” movement, like Seletti’s genius place settings. Just can’t choose a single favorite china pattern? No need to limit yourself to just one pattern!
I am in love! Must have plates!!!
Last year one of Pantone’s hot trend predictions was “mushrooms”. I was not smitten with the idea of fungi chachkis, save perhaps in the form of Christmas ornaments (as long as it’s not mushroom themed). If I had to bet the farm on the coming year’s hot chachki trend, my money would be on owls.
I have seen owls everywhere this past few months, and they strike me as only a bit less kichy than fungi, (a bias I can attribute to one of my guilty pleasure, The Harry Potter audio book series, as can only be read by Jim Dale). But the static rule with chachkis persists: less is more.
Nature is still a big theme and organic focus increases, perhaps as the planet continues to exhibit alarming signals of climate change. In my own living memory, I have never, ever seen snow drops emerge before March, let alone the first week in January. Bats are dying off in New York State in record numbers due to an inability to enter hibernation, stimulated by the deep freeze of winter…the mosquito will remind us of this in June. In reaction to a planet in peril, the design market offers a plethora of decor styled in accord with the planet we all call home.
Tune in next for some unexpected finds from NYIGF, and pit stops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Designers Guild’s Manhattan Showroom to see the Spring 2012 Collection!
- Spring 2012 Home + Interiors Trends – A Taste of Spring (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
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- Spring 2012 Decor Trends and Designers at NYIGF (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- 2012 Interior Design Trends – The Art of Mixing Patterns (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- NYIGF Winter 2012: Like Shooting Lamps in a Tradeshow (core77.com)
- Spring 2012 Pantone Trends – Trends Immitate Art (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
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