The recent Las Vegas Market showcased a movement toward warmer colors – a response to the long-standing gray trend – while natural materials such as wood and marble as well as texture remain important.
The call for color also continues, as people want hues that make them happy. Harounian Rugs Intl. showcased jewel tones in its Lola knotted collection, for example. At Charleston Forge, its new partnership with Ethos Design Collective launched with furniture items from 10 designers and including a range of powder-coated colors such as merlot, red and yellow. Several lighting collections used iridescent glass, such as the Genesis and Ophelia fixtures from Mitzi, which projects a rainbow effect on the wall.
Green was another hue that got a lot of attention at market, from soft spa hues to forest. “There’s a lot of call for it,” said Cameron Feizy at Feizy, which included green options in its new hand-knotted Branson and the hand-tufted Lorrain rug groups. Moe’s Home Collection debuted the Castle chair in an olive-green leather.
Norwalk President Caroline Hipple sees the move toward warmer hues as a response to ubiquitous gray. “A lot of fabrics are using some gray with other colors to warm it up,” such as raspberry, emerald and caramel, she said.
And while many people may say they are tired of boucle, it’s not done, added Hipple. “Boucle is more core than trend at this point,” she said, as it has a refined hygge feel. “Texture is very important.”
At Pacific Green, texture abounded in a number of new coverings, such as salt-and-pepper sheepskin and white Mongolian wool, on its furniture frames.
Another continuing hit at market: nature. “Anything that is or resembles natural materials does really well,” said Scott Doyle, national sales manager of Uttermost.
At Phillips Collection that included large tables with teak wood bases topped with glass, while Moe’s Home Collection used black marble to top its round Tower dining table. At Revelation by Uttermost, introductions included the Jewel Pull Up accent table with a quartz crystal top, and a crystal point sculpture.
Wood continues to do well, particularly wood that looks weathered and aged, “like it was found somewhere,” said Rishi Hara of Union Home.
A related theme was sustainability. Porter Designs showcased its Good Earth sustainable upholstery and leather furniture, for example, which was made with repurposed foam and wood waste and recycled steel and water bottles, and packaged with biodegradable plastic wrap and recycled/recyclable cardboard.
Animal patterns also dotted the market. Harounian Rugs showed its new Wild Life rug collection, which included a few designs with worn zebra patterns. Global Views’ Harlow chair and rug from creative director George Sellers had a zebra pattern he sketched.
New furniture items included Pacific Green’s 14-foot wine wall, which can be assembled in 20 minutes, said Eric Dickstein, CEO. “It’s a new approach to case goods.” Essentials for Living debuted its largest outdoor dining table ever, Big Sur, at 94 inches, as well as a large swivel sofa chair (called Lourne and 57 inches wide), its first sleeper sofa and a new black finish, to contract with its lighter hues.
There’s a call for more eye-catching, unique pieces. “People are focusing on the main room with a statement piece,” said Doyle at Uttermost, and that included taller lamps and uniquely shaped mirrors.
“You have to be a little provocative, otherwise you’re invisible in this industry,” said Dixon Bartlett, chief creative officer, Norwalk Furniture. “A good room or home should have a punctuation point.”
Companies also looked to step up their products with more detail. Pacific Coast Lighting, for example, is upgrading its shades to differentiate itself and that includes using more trims, said Rick Spicer, vice president, sales and marketing.