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Products: Trends to Watch

Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Products, Trends

As the products editor at Hospitality Design magazine, I have the enviable job of visiting showrooms that highlight the best of what’s going on in the industry where I see products that run the gamut from modern to traditional to innovative and bold.

One of the questions I always ask designers or vendors when I meet them is, “What’s the biggest trend you’re seeing right now?” This is both a professional question (I like to know so I can fill up our trends sections every month) and a personal one (I want to know what Ikea hacks I can pull off on my own things), and it always provokes interesting responses from one designer to the next. Whether it’s mixed materials, mixing metals, the abundance of copper, fuchsias and turquoise as bold accents, or paisleys, ikats, and florals—trends take on a lot of different personas.

To make it easier on you and myself, I’ve curated a makeshift Pinterest board of some of the hottest trends I’ve been seeing throughout my products education. (If you want even more products, I encourage you to check out our August Products Issue for inspiration.)


From left to right: Ligne Roset‘s Cosse sofa [1], designed by Philippe Nigro, is a modern couch with soft contours and cover, accented by wood and upholstered in the color of the moment: blue; the Afrodit Krassa Pentagon Pendant [2] is bevelled, tinted mirrored glass that comes in a smoked bronze (pictured) and available in LED bulbs; Flavor Paper knows how to create wallcovering designs are conversation starters. Take Jane Blevins’ Meteor Flower paper (pictured in Chambord, 3) that offers a geometric print with bursts of color; Phillips Collection [4] gets into the trends with its Chuleta faux wood side table that is more lightweight than real wood and won’t crack in dry climates; ERG International‘s Jackson seating [5] offers up some major trends: a contemporary seating design that mixes wood with a vinyl upholstery; and, finally, Mohawk Group‘s Global Entry [6] collection features the very trendy wood planks in an on-trend larger format.

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