What is Happening NOW?
Twice a year, thousands of vendors show up to the “NY Now” tradeshow at NYC’s famed Javitz Center to showcase their newest home and lifestyle products. Similar to the famous High Point furniture market in NC, the show is open to the design trade and our Purple Cherry interiors team went to check things out!
Our team works with clients to design functional and beautiful homes. It is common to move through the architectural and interior design process and not finish that last crucial step which is staging and accessorizing. Our clients are now asking for that layer of design and we are thrilled to be a part of it. It is the final touch of the design that really gives you that feeling, “ah, yes, it is finished.”
Our main goal at the show was to develop relationships with new vendors. If we found a piece or line for a client, even better! We love to find the newest products and trends. We walk the endless aisles seeking the common trend we can see through thousands upon thousands of vendors. Here’s what we took away this 2019 year!
1. Natural Elements
The use of natural woods, tortoiseshell, and bamboo was found in everything from tabletops to furniture. From Made Good’s new “Juleen” braided hyacinth console to Selamant’s rattan coffee table, it became clear this was a strong design element throughout the show. These pieces offer a warmth and texture that set them apart and offer you offer you a more artisanal edge. This look is in stark comparison to the industrial trend of modernism starkness we saw not too long ago.
The darker, bolder palettes appear to be a distant memory. Beige, off whites, and blush (still going strong!) were a common color story throughout. The natural materials and textures we are seeing certainly influence this neutral color palette. Colors we frequently specify for our clients like Benjamin Moore’s Wind’s Breath, White Dove, and Muslin would be the perfect compliment to the natural elements and keep with today’s trending colors.
The collection of handmade goods was strong. With the internet at our fingertips we have access to endless product, usually mass manufactured. There appears to be a movement to procure the one-of-a-kind product with a strong emphasis on great design. Handmade ceramic dinnerware with irregularities in shape and color were seen throughout. Tenango’s hand carved primitive console table fulfills both the natural and handmade trend.
4. Customizable Dinnerware & Accessories
Several dinnerware vendors now allow the designer to customize their designs or come up with a design all on their own! The collaboration between client, designer, and vendor at this level is new and we are thrilled to see vendors giving us another design opportunity. This could be seen in Caskata dinnerware line which allows you to customize size, color, and pattern. Set your table apart by customizing your dinner plates or platter with a custom map of your hometown. Their classic blue and white line would be a perfect compliment to several of our client’s homes.
Hand-blocked prints were scattered throughout the show. From Pomegranate’s tablecloths and napkins to Walter G’s ready-made pillows, vendors offered an extensive line with several patterns and colors to choose from. The artisanal quality of these textiles is in line with the global trend we have seen in recent years in both home and fashion. Ultimately, we discovered this global trend is here to stay!
In conclusion, there is a “back to basics” vibe going on in the industry. The common trait we see throughout all of these trends is the movement to design of the old. The materials and craft of the product is more of an interest and the popular neutral color palette is a perfect complement to it. We were thrilled to have this exposure and return to the office with freshly ignited creativity! At PCA, we appreciate all styles of architecture and design!
Written by Katie Carlin, interior designer at PCA.