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January, 2017

5 Product Trends for January

Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Trends

If you peruse through HD magazine, you’ll notice we often feature product trends. Part of the reason is we receive so many new products and start to pick up on things happening in the industry. The other reason harkens to the old journalism mantra: three makes a trend.

In the past, we’ve covered trends we’ve seen popping up on this blog. But we also want you to know that we’re diligent about this, so we’ll make this a monthly feature (and if we don’t, please hold us to it).

A hat tip goes to online editor Will Speros—we spend a lot of time exchanging emails and messages about the products we’re featuring online, in our newsletters, and in print—who helped curate this list. Here are five product trends you need to have on your radar.

1. Updated Classics
If this is peak nostalgia, we are here for it. Smilow Furniture’s revival of the Rush Daybed (originally designed in 1950) achieves a classic midcentury look; Fritz Hansen (a company that is so good at this) recently revitalized Arne Jacobson’s classic Oxford chair from 1965; and Bernhardt Design reintroduced Charles Pollock’s Finale sofa from 1965.  Continue reading →

Show Time

Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Events

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

As I write this, HD Expo is only 104 days away. For someone who is still getting used to the fact that it is January of 2017, May seems like it is a lot further away than a mere three and a half months.

A guestroom at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. The company’s CEO Brad Wilson will be speaking during HD Expo.

But in all honesty, we have been working on HD Expo planning since the fall—what surprises to add to the show, what topics to discuss during the panels. I may be biased, but at least conference-wise, but this may be one of our best shows yet. We will be bringing you updates each month to entice you to come join us at the industry’s largest and most preeminent tradeshow from May 3rd – 5th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The countdown to HD Expo is on.

Continue reading →

10 Travel Trends for 2017

Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Trends

By Muriel Muirden, vice president and managing director of global strategy, WATG

We are barely into 2017 and already we’re starting to see a shift in the industry. Where do we go from here? Well, who better to guide us into the new year than a master in trend forecasting, Muriel Muirden, vice president and managing director of global strategy, WATG (and affiliated design studio Wimberly Interiors), shares with us 10 travel and design trends for 2017. 

1. The Edible Resort
The hospitality sector is going to take the farm-to-table trend a step further toward sustainable living with the emergence of “the edible resort.” Pioneers in this include the Bellevue Hotel, Croatia, which transformed roof spaces into gardens and Kittitian Hills, St. Kitts with its edible golf course boasting organic crops and fresh fruit.

A guesthouse at Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts.

2. Taking a Trip
Bud and Breakfast’ tourism is most certainly on its way in the U.S. Continue reading →

7 Design Resolutions for 2017

Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Trends

We’re only four days into the new year, so every resolution seems attainable. What’s another 300 and some odd days of working toward a goal. How hard could it be really?

But we here at HD HQ are hoping to make things a little easier. Throughout the year, we talk to industry experts, peruse many a Dropbox folder of project photos, and visit showrooms to see the latest and greatest, and we don’t want to waste this vast knowledge. Instead, we’ve come up with a few design resolutions that we hope to see in 2017. And in some cases, things we’re hoping we can leave in 2016. Keep these seven ideas in mind as you start the new year.

1. More color, please. It was refreshing to see all the bold patterns and vibrant tones from the properties mentioned in our Paris roundup in the December issue. If Parisians can play around with color and still keep things chic, there’s no reason we all can’t. Continue reading →