Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Home Furnishing trendspotters & product designers have racked up lots of airline bonus miles this year attending trade shows around the globe scanning for new looks, color buzz, design inspiration, and transformative ideas. Companies want to be at the right place at the right time with looks which will sell in 2016 & beyond. Analyzing & forecasting the right trend is a very difficult activity and making the wrong choice can be a disaster.  Along with trade shows, important influences include style bloggers, social media postings, art exhibitions, & the fashion industry. The mission is to coalesce around a few trends synthesized from many sources and come up with a forecast that is bankable. 
The image above is from the Heimtextil textile show in Frankfurt Germany.

HEIMTEXTIL is the largest and most important textile show in the world with 68,000 visitors and 2,759 exhibitors from 62 countries. The diversity of products is mesmerizing and may include mundane kitchen towels to a decorative fabric in a revolutionary, never-before-seen, weaving construction. This years' style themes included,"Sensory, Mixology, Discovery, & Memory". I have attended Heimtextil over 30 occasions sourcing fabrics for Wesco Fabrics.

AMBIENTE also takes place in Frankfurt. It is a very important show for innovative & decorative top-of-the-table, gift, & housewares. Animal motifs, bright color mixes, & highly polished metals were in abundance along with classic colorations of grey & taupes.

Maison et Objet is one of my favorite interior design shows and the most important in France. It is held biannually in Paris. This years' themes included "Luxury, Bohemian Chic, Cosmic & Asian." Dark colored marble tables, brass & gold metal, velvet sofas & chairs were seen. Popular colorations included deep and dark shades, emerald green, dark blue & burgundy. We once hosted a Wesco Fabrics' interior designer trip to France with a visit to the Maison et Objet.

PARIS DECO OFF is a wonderful exhibition of high-end textile editors in their Left & Right bank studios. The show takes place at the same time as the January Maison et Objet show. Creative editors such as Manuel Canovas & Pierre Frey always draw a crowd.
Click to see a video of Paris Deco Off:

GCTRENDS will feature the hottest new looks from the October High Point Market.

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