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7 Social Media Best Practices

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Trends | 0 comments

When it comes to social media, there is no right way to do it but there does seem like there can be a wrong way. If only everyone could only post photos of cute babies and puppies and cat memes everyday, we’d be much better off. But it’s not that easy. In fact, designers are starting to take an interest in the medium, and because they have a long catalogue of visual content to share, social media has become a gateway to engage with clients and create new fans.

Parts and Labor Design crafted a very Instagrammable wall at LA Jackson inside the Thompson Nashville

At the Social Media and Design talk during HD Expo this month, Malcolm Berg, founder of EoA, and Danu Hassik, design director for Parts and Labor Design, discussed their strategies, best practices, their favorite accounts to follow (Somewhere I Would Like to Live for Hassik and The Sartorialist for Berg), and the importance of authenticity in a highly curated medium. 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 Wallcovering Trends Defining the Industry

Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Trends

The Wallcoverings Association stopped by HD HQ this week to talk all things wallcoverings, and trends of course, which has become a kind of annual tradition here. Because the companies release so many new items every year, there is a knowledge—a finger-on-the-pulse mentality—that pervades these new collections.

It’s always enlightening to sit down with experts to see if the trends we’ve been noticing are on their radars too. And it just so happens to be the case that many of them area. Below are a few design trends that will define 2017:

1. Nature-inspired, faux wood, bold patterns, and more. These are trends we’ve been seeing for a while and will be showing up throughout the year. Hashtag from Arc-Com does this particularly well, recalling an important 21st-century trope (the hashtag, a signifier of what’s trending) and a large pattern that adds drama to a space. Expect to see more damasks for a rich, antique look; faux woods that give that Brooklyn cool vibe (especially useful if millwork is out of the budget); and textured embossing in deep jewel tones for high-end flare. Continue reading →

Getting to Know Gen Z

Posted by on March 8, 2017 in Trends

I have a confession to make. I’m a Millennial. What’s more, I prescribe to a lot of those ideas that greet Millennials with derision: the fickleness, the desire to be both connected and alone, the need for experience above anything else, the authenticity factor. It’s generally a fine way to live, by the way. I have no complaints.

The Fairmont Chicago’s Columbus Tap from Puccini Group creates social media moments with its design.

Millennials, who in this industry at the very least, have driven a lot of the trends in the last few years, from newly branded hotels specifically created for them and communal lobby areas to guestrooms without desks and bedsides full of outlets. Those cries for complimentary internet in hotels: that’s a Millennial mission.

But soon, another generation will take their place in importance and numbers: Gen Z. This post-Millennial group (cool name still TBD; my vote is for iGeneration), includes people born in the mid-1990s to early 2000s, who have come of age with the internet and social media and are seeking revolutionary ways to travel. Continue reading →