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Sometimes selling products is just a matter of giving customers what they want, but first you’ve got to make absolutely sure that what they want is what you’ve already got on your store shelves.
Home décor items and small furnishings are a case in point. Savvy store buyers will track the trends to anticipate their customers’ requests. So where is interior design headed? Here are five predictions from the crystal ball readers assembling the new “Open House” exhibit premiering at the summer New York International Gift Fair Aug. 18-22 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan.
• American Vintage
Heavy on nostalgia, this look merges classic American motifs like denim, patchwork, numbers and flags as well as distressed finishes, salvaged or recycled materials and a hint of schoolroom style.
• French Moderne
This look brings to life elegant French design. Minimalist and streamlined, it blends rich materials like shagreen and ebony with exotic Egyptian and Asian elements.
• The Marrakesh Express
Ethnic looks from the entire North African region are merging and making an appearance. The result is flat weaves and aged color stories set against distressed finishes and richly aged patina metal surfaces.
• Linen Revival
Linen and linen-like fabrications are putting an emphasis on a “dry” hand. These include rough linens that look hand-loomed; two-color tweeds; and animal patterns such as zebra and alligator wovens. Skins remain a design perennial, but this look introduces a seasonal twist.
• Graphic Modern
This look is grounded by strong print statements often rendered in just one or two colors. Designs have “pop,” expressed through polka dots, “softened” geometrics which polish down hard edges, and florals on a grand scale.