24 March 2012

Trends from the Paris show Maison & Objet

Editor's note: Paula Berberian, Creative Director of WallPops of Brewster Home Fashions, shares her observations. 

Twice a year the latest home d├ęcor products are shown in Paris at the Maison & Objet biannual housewares trade show.  From furniture and rugs to lighting and wallpapers, the exhibition halls of the Parc des Expositions and the galleries bordering the Seine showcase all things chic, revealing what will be fashionable for the home in the next year.  After trekking the floors of the show noting trends, Paula Berberian, Creative Director of WallPops of Brewster Home Fashions, one of the oldest independent, family-owned wallpaper companies in the U.S., shares five fads sure to be big this year that can easily be integrated into the home.
Warm Colors
Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger
It may have been winter weather when Maison was held but inside its halls sprung a tropical array of colors. 
“There was an overall warming of the palette,” says Berberian.  “As Pantone® named Tangerine Tango the color of the year, we saw a lot of the red family in corals, pinks and oranges, but surprisingly there was also another popular and unexpected hue, Palm Springs Blue that was everywhere.” 
The aqua blue was paired with oranges, oriental reds and browns.  There was also a yellow-infused green just slightly subdued from chartreuse, along with a bright curry yellow and red-infused purples.  This trend is beautifully captured in Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger® line featuring colorful designs like trees, ornamental flowers and embroidered circles in bright, stylish colors.  One design features a teal background with a colorful floral array in orange, teal, yellow and pink.

Modern Touches
Kenneth James’ new Zircon by Eijffinger®
 “Modern is still in,” says Berberian.  “While we saw a lot of vintage designs, all would have some modern element added, giving a fresh look to more traditional designs.”
For a modern spin, some of the items seen at the show were a classic chinoiserie that went chic in a vivid purple rather than the usual French Blue or red and traditional wood furnishings had an added splash of a bright color such as lime green.  Tribal designs like ikats and suzanis were also infused with modern colors and interpretations.  For an updated classic, Kenneth James’ new Zircon by Eijffinger® collection features dramatic, modern designs such as traditional stripes revived with dry matte colors, suede printing and a mica finish.  

Natural Woods
Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger®
“There was a continued move toward the natural and organic with hand-crafted wooden pieces throughout the show, particularly whitewashed pine,” says Berberian.
To incorporate an eco-chic touch to any space, look to pieces made with reclaimed, whitewashed or wire-brushed woods. 

Kenneth James’ Pip wallpaper collection by Eijffinger®, Silhouettes Flock Pink
“Dimensional elements were added to furnishings and textiles such as jewels, pearls, mirrors and other adornments,” says Berberian.
Added luxe textures to already likable patterns is seen in the cheerful and colorful, Kenneth James’ Pip wallpaper collection by Eijffinger®.  Pip, known for its tagline of “Happy Products, Happy People” that offers a line of bed sheets, kitchenware and bags, now offers a wallpaper line.  It includes floral and bird prints as well as playful framed-photo, postcard and stamp designs.  A classic damask design comes alive with the textured flocking seen in its Silhouettes Flock Pink wallpaper.

British Influence
Brewster Home Fashions English Style by Fairwinds Studio
Whether because of the Royal Wedding or with the upcoming Summer Olympics in London, a spotlight was on all things U.K.-inspired. 
“There was a British explosion with the Union Jack flag, British flag and other iconic designs,” says Berberian.
For an English update at home, experiment with hounds tooth and pretty floral patterns or fun items emblazoned with images of crowns, Big Ben, London Bridge or the city’s iconic red phone booth.
Be at the forefront of the most fashionable items for the home by incorporating these on-trend designs from Brewster Home Fashions.
Headquartered in Randolph, Mass., Brewster Home Fashions is one of the oldest independent, family-owned wallcovering companies in the U.S. that now spans five generations.  Since 1954, Brewster Home Fashions has been a prominent manufacturer and distributor of fine wallpapers and home decor products for residential and commercial markets globally. 

For more information, visit brewsterwallcovering.com.

22 March 2012

Organic bedding in new colorways for spring

Coyuchi sells organic cotton bedding in the United States. It says all of its cotton products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and produced using fair–labor practices, verified by in-country auditors.

"Anything wrinkle-free has added polyester or is coated with chemical resin," says Karyn Barsa, CEO of Coyuchi. “Also, skip super high thread counts: The thin threads may be strengthened with—you guessed it—more chemicals. Organic cotton, by contrast, simply softens over time, and generally lasts longer.”

21 March 2012

Keith Haring pattern on wall tiles

Blik, a maker of self-adhesive surface graphics, is launching Keith Haring Pattern Wall Tiles, a new eco-friendly take on Haring's repeating patterns.

Best known for his iconic line-drawings of radiant babies and barking dogs, Haring was fascinated by complex surface pattern and startling color combinations. The launch of the wall tiles is timed with the opening of Keith Haring: 1978-1982 at the Brooklyn Museum.

The pattern moves across two 28" x 48" tiles. The tiles are self-adhesive (no messy glue required), movable, reusable and eco-friendly (free of both PVC's and phthalates.)

Completely customizable, the wall tiles can be cut, crafted and arranged in a number of ways. Create an accent over a sofa or frame a small section of a wall, or add more tiles to the design to recreate the mural environment.

20 March 2012

50 years on, Riedel keeps designing wine glasses

Riedel Crystal, a 250-year-old company, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its “wine friendly” stemware in 1961 with an exhibit at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.

At the just-ended 2012 International Home & Housewares Show, the company launched its latest designs, including the dragon-shaped Twenty-Twelve decanter (bottom image), inspired by the Chinese Year of the Dragon, and the Cobra Verde, a limited-edition piece for magnum-sized bottles, designed by Maximilian Riedel himself.

19 March 2012

An owl is featured in steel wall decor collection

Lazart Production introduces an owl to its laser-cut steel wall decor collection. The American-made images are available in full-sized wall art pieces to smaller pieces designed to hang in the window. Available in a rich Honey Pinion finish, each piece includes built-in brackets on the back for hanging. See this laser-cut owl and other new products at the summer's major gift shows.

18 March 2012

Sunday special: Retailers, architects team up again in London project

Regent Street Windows Project is an initiative of RIBA London and Regent Street, London W1. The project started in 2010 as part of the London Festival of Architecture and is now established as a stand-alone annual event. The Regent Street Windows Project: RIBA London runs from April 16 to May 6. For 2012, the retailer and architect pairings are:
  • Banana Republic: Ushida Findlay Architects and Visitor Studio
  • Ferrari: Feix & Merlin
  • Bose: Zero Zero
  • Reiss: De Matos Ryan
  • Folli Follie: Egret West
  • TM Lewin: Liddicoat & Goldhill
  • Anthropologie: Gort Scott
  • Moss Bros: Delvendahl Martin Architects
  • Quiksilver: Bradley van der Straeten 
Here is a video of the 2011 project.


Following the success of the Regent Street Windows Project, RIBA London is collaborating with the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate and Shui On Development Limited to deliver a series of eye-catching architectural retail installations in Shanghai in as part of the UK Now festival, which celebrates British creative talent in China. The Shanghai windows project will partner 9 London architects with 9 prominent retailers to design and create eye-catching displays in the windows of the Shanghai Xintiandi and Xintiandi Style shopping center. The resulting displays will be on public display in September 2012.

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