Is everyone texture obsessed?!?

The 2019 Las Vegas Winter Home Furnishings Market showcased a plethora of new trends for the coming years. A major trend, both visual and tactile, gracing many showrooms at market was the use of texture. Several showrooms across all product categories featured some component of texture within their merchandise line. Let’s take a look.

Major Textural Trend 1: Tailoring as a textural element

A big trend in the furniture realm currently is the use of quilting on the textiles applied to the furniture piece. Largely the fabrics being quilted are plain, solid colors – with an emphasis on pile fabrics – that showcase the stitch lines of the quilting driving them into the spotlight as the star of the show. The stitch lines further go on and create an overall texture to the piece. Tufting is another use of tailoring as a textural element widely shown at market. 

Solid colors took center stage as the emphasis was focused more on the tailoring and fit of the pieces rather than the aesthetics of the fabric prints.

An interesting display of tailoring as a design element is the large presence of multidirectional quilting applied to solid color textiles. The most intriguing element of quilting and/or tufting a solid fabric is the depth and interest it creates; it takes a solid fabric and breathes a new life into it elevating the overall appearance. 

Decorative pillows also showcased a heavy use of quilting – and pleating – as a design element to imply texture.

Major Textural Trend 2: All things metallic

Texture also graced the soft goods and accessories showrooms at market. Going beyond the basic texture of the cloth to a more visual than tactile bid is the use of metallic applications. Foiling and screen-printing metallics on soft goods were highly present at market. Reflective foiling juxtaposed with soft or fuzzy textiles creates a visual contradiction creating depth and interest. We have seen the resurgence of metallics over the past few markets but with this winter market most all showrooms embraced some element of metal as a textural component. 

Metallics, in general, are also a major blanketing trend in the marketplace so I will be focusing an entire blog post on bling in the home soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Major Textural Trend 3: Bring on the pile!

Pile fabrics are in; there is no doubt about that! Everywhere you look you see pile fabrics featured. Most are void of any print or design which requires the fabric to really take center stage. The pile heights of the fabrics ranged from low pile height like velvets to shaggy long fibers like flokatis. Bedding fabrics and accessories seemed to focus more on longer plush looking fibers and the furniture goods really kept it clean with short pile height and solid colors to move the focus to the tailoring of the piece. 

Many people may think of velvets and pile fabrics as a thing of the past with a garish aesthetic, but velvets and pile fabrics can absolutely be presented as clean and fresh looking depending on the execution of the piece. I think everyone one can find something made of a pile fabric that really speaks to them, it is just a matter of finding that gem!

Major Textural Trend 4: Au Natural 

Wood of all kinds graced many furniture showrooms at market. The focus spread across an array of different woods with assorted grain. Woodgrain forms a design unto itself creating an overall texture with a lot of movement.  In addition to many varieties of wood, there were a lot of bamboo and wicker embellishments and products as well.

Within the product offerings in furniture showrooms, an underlying theme seemed to be an exposed, almost skeletal, framework on many pieces. This exposed framework focuses more on the design of the wood or metal structure that built it than a textile laid over it.

In the accessories realm, there was a large presence of wood in addition to stone and marble creating texture due to their inherent properties.

Trendspotting: Las Vegas Furniture Market – LVMKT 2019

Hi Creatives!

How are you? I apologize for the delay in posts that I promised as my last day at Las Vegas Market I came down with the flu! I returned to my room to relax for a little while and within an hour I was in the bed under all the covers with the heat set at 76 and it was about 65 degrees outside! That said, I missed my final night at market, client dinners and the overbooked flight was pretty crappy as I was flying all the way back across the US to my home state of North Carolina.

Anyways, I am going to go into a synopsis of common trends I spotted throughout market and pick out some main bullet points and photographs visually detailing said bullet points. I will follow this post with individual posts going more in depth about each specific trend that you will be seeing in the coming years. Let’s begin!

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TEXTURE

Texture (implied or real): Texture was everywhere this market; Every showroom I entered embraced some element of texture throughout their product lines. Texture was also portrayed differently across varying product categories from hardware to soft goods. Man-made and natural textures inundated the marketplace

 

BLING

Metal (metallic yarn/foiling/metal as a material): This seems to be the year/time of all things metal. As I have attended LVMKT and HPMKT in the past and have been seeing a resurgence of metal or metallic elements throughout home furnishings and décor, this market highlighted metal in almost every showroom. The star of the show has recently been gold and silver but copper and rose gold are making their way into many places as well. Metals are being used as the focus of designs as well as embellishments. Adding the element of metal to soft goods creates an interesting juxtaposition of soft and plush with hard and reflective creating more interest; A visual contradiction.

 

HIGHS & LOWS

Depth & Relief: A large trend I noticed was also depth. Whether implied or actual depth, many product categories highlighted this trend. Adding the element of depth (implied or actual) creates intrigue in products as it gives the illusion of layers and a perceived dimensionality on a flat plane. How is depth communicated?

 

LINES

Linear designs span the entire market. There is an emphasis on line and the structural quality line conveys. Within this trend are strong, heavy, even weight linear designs as well as uneven, almost textural, web-like line qualities. Strong geometrics; crystallographic; balanced designs

 

 

NATURAL ELEMENTS

Nature and the natural: Another trend inundating the marketplace is the use of nature and the natural. The use of real natural materials was apparent across all product categories. In addition to actual natural materials or elements, ie. Wood, bamboo, wicker, stone, copper, fur and hide, there was heavy use of design elements that refer to nature and nature materials. (ex: wood grain quilted leather furniture; digitally printed malachite textures)

 

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Sneak peek! #lvmkt #trends

Hey there everyone!!

I hope this post finds you well on this sunny Monday morning! My apologies for the delay in posting as I got the flu my last day in Las Vegas for the Furniture market which put me down and out for days! Beginning to feel good enough to give you a sneak peek of what is to come this week!

Market came with many new trends in regards to color, design and material that I will discuss throughout the week but as for right now, here are some fun highlights!!

Welcome to Las Vegas Furniture Market, Creatives!! One of my most favorite places ever! #lvmkt

Soft goods bling!! Metallics and sparkles!

There is a lot of natural raw wood based materials everywhere

More global inspired awesomeness #homedecor #lvmkt

Mid century. Enough said.

Global inspired texture and textiles all over #lvmkt

Metallics everywhere! #blackandgold

That steampunk romance feeling that Nick Alain exudes

There are navy pile fabrics everywhere. A popular color combination I’ve seen around market is navy and an avocado or mustard pairing.

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