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3 Current Retro Product Trends

Posted by on August 3, 2017 in Products

The team here at HD—after sifting through quite literally hundreds of products for our soon-to-be-debuted August products issue—are enamored with a few of the industry’s current trends. In the issue, we take you on a tour of products inspired by nature, made of mixed materials, with bold colors, and shooting for the stars. But these are hardly the only en vogue movements we’re seeing right now, so here are three more to keep an eye out for. 

 

1. Traditional Plaids

Traditional plaids have never not been classic, but Valley Forge’s Manor Check brings a contemporary feel with its oversized repeat, available in seven different colorways. But textiles and fabrics aren’t the only place to find this eye-catching repeat. THG Paris’ West Coast faucet features inlays within the handles in either black or white onyx to form a calculated pattern. Meanwhile, the funky checkered ceramic cylindrical base of Cappellini’s Valeria mirror makes a statement.  Continue reading →

7 Showstoppers from the HD Expo Floor

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Events, Products

We’re a week out of HD Expo, and we’re still coming down from that tradeshow high. This year the floor was buzzing, conference sessions were packed, and our keynote session featuring industry legends Steve Wynn and Roger Thomas was standing room only. Not to mention, the HD team took a field trip to see our living queen Britney Spears perform (complete with souvenir cups).

It was a good week in Vegas and, luckily for you, the editors at HD don’t prescribe to the “what happens here, stays here” Las Vegas ethos. During our time on the show floor, we spotted some innovative products. Here are seven of our favorites:

1. LED Cloud from Astele
It’s refreshing when a product stands out on the show floor in a way that makes you think “I get it.” The fixture comprises only two materials—mesh wire and smalls LEDs—but it leaves a very sophisticated, fantastical impression. Continue reading →

Gulla’s Guide: 10 Highlights from Salone

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Events, Products, Trends

By Gulla Jónsdóttir, principal, Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture & Design

Like-minded people from all over the world united in Milan for the largest furniture fair in the world during Salone del Mobile and FuoriSalone. The city was buzzing with art and furniture installations at palazzos, churches, galleries, and at the conference center, and the transformation from fashion destination to furniture design haven was an enchanting experience.

Scooting around in my vespa between espressos and Proseccos, I discovered intricate and beautifully made items from the event. Here are a some of my favorites:

1. Pretty in Pink
The very instagrammable Le Refuge is a dreamy, jungle-inspired blush pink daybed by Parisian-Italian artist Marc Ange created as part of Wallpaper*’s Handmade exhibition.

Le Refuge from Marc Ange

2. Limited-Edition Furniture
Finely crafted by Italian furniture artist Mauro Mori, his Brass Tres Sculptural table for Les Ateliers Courbet and Sand table in fondante bronze  capture organic expression through curvatures and earthy hues. Continue reading →

3 Surface Trends from Coverings 2017

Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Events, Products, Trends | 1 comment

Coverings 2017 was held last week in Orlando, bringing together 25,000 tile and stone industry professionals and 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries. The annual show also included ample programming, such as the HD-led “What’s Trending in Hospitality?,” with designer Stacy Garcia, Malcolm Berg of EoA, Justin Colombik from Puccini Group, and Glen Coben of Glen & Co. Architecture.

With nine miles-worth of stone, tiles, and ceramics showcased on the floor of the Orange County Convention Center, there was quite a lot of ground to cover in only a few short days. Equipped with a notebook, camera, and comfortable shoes (shoutout to Nike’s Flyknit Racer), I discovered what was trending in the surfaces industry. Although espresso, virtual reality, and even puppies abounded, some seriously eye-catching designs were what really stole my heart. Here are three trends sure to reshape interiors in the days to come:

Natural imagery
One refreshing theme on the show floor was nature. Continue reading →

5 Product Designers to Watch

Posted by on December 8, 2016 in People, Products, Trends

We can look at a chair or a furniture piece and know that it has Marcel Wanders’ quirkiness or Patricia Urquiola’s feminine edge, but even these well-known designers had to start somewhere, making their way from obscurity to ubiquity. Modern day philosopher Aubrey “Drake” Graham said it best: “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”

The point is emerging designers are everywhere, and they are talented. It gives me such joy to see new faces and products popping up in design magazines and forums, watching fresh perspectives on old concepts.

Below is a list of five designers you should get to know. They’re definitely on our radar, and soon, we’ll likely be able to point to an installation and know it’s a Kakuda or see the influence of Work + Sea in a wallpaper design.

Yota Kakuda
Japanese designer Kakuda started his own firm Yota Kakuda Design in 2011 where he has been racking up awards (a 2016 Hublot Design Prize, 2014 Good Design Award, etc.) and showcasing the beauty in the simplicity of his work in items like the Pestle chair or Flower Bench. Continue reading →