A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend the New York International Gift Fair at the Javits Convention Center in the big apple. Vendors of gifts, home decor, accessories, treats for babies, pets and home were assembled to show and share their newest and greatest designs and product lines.
As a design firm we don’t necessarily attend the show to shop for our holiday gift line, but to research emerging trends in colors and patterns, to see what will be hot in the upcoming months with regards to themes for interiors, for events and for retail.
After walking the monstrous show my creative brain was on fire. So much inspiration, so many amazing references, so many things to show and share with our team and our clients back in Cleveland.
Top of the list trends? Hands down, anything and everything nautical. If you know me, you know I LOVE nautical anything, but I am so thrilled to know more and more whales, lobsters, seashells and all things beachy will be hitting our local boutiques come spring!
Other trends that are strong front runners would be anything organic in feel from soft linen pillows to wooden lamps and jewelry. A touch of nature is a nice way to off set the highly techy world we live in.
Bold colors for home interiors products are popping up everywhere. Where stores used to sell more neutral mix and match products, now patterns and bold colors are being paired together for a more eclectic feel. A bright orange pillow, a yellow ikat print and a blue chevron, they all work together.
Anyhow, if you are ever looking for a little creative reference infusion, check out the New york Gift Show, it happens twice a year and it seriously is a wonderful way to charge up your design passion!
(booths top to bottom. Jonathan Adler. Thomas Paul. Dwell Studio)