The first week of August was an exciting week for us. We took a trip outside of Utah to our neighboring State, Nevada to spend time with fellow Interior Designers and visit Vegas Market to see what is trending right now in the world of design.
You see whether or not you’re into the trends of the day, new trends say a lot about who we are as a people and what is going on in the world.
Quite frankly we designers find them fascinating…even if we roll our eyes over a handful of them, we find that change can often be quite refreshing and we never shun an upbeat “lets not take ourselves too seriously approach.”
We have covered this topic of trends in the past, in our article Trend talk:the truth about trends.
So, you may ask…what is trending right now? Well while we cannot give you a concise answer…since you will find this a very subjective topic at times with a very long list…we will say that there were more than a few themes repeated over and over.
These would be, horses…those magnificent creatures were found in so many types and forms we couldn’t turn a corner without seeing one.
In our own design practice we love using symbolism in the environments of willing clients…symbolism is the law of attraction or vision board for your environment. The horse happens to represent a lot of positives, so even if you are not an avid equestrian or a cowboy for that matter you can appreciate that a horse symbolizes freedom, strength, power, nobility, mystery & respect.
Though horses seemed to dominate there were a few other forms competing. In general busts of all kinds, whether old world reproductions or newer bolder representations were everywhere…a trend that was noted at the recent High Point Market exhibit.
There were also a few other animals and a prevalent amount of nudes whether they were statues, paintings or part of a lamp base. Then there was the been touched by Midas banana sculpture by Jonathan Adler. Talk about a focal point.
Oh, and this may shock you…much more than the announcement that naked woman holding lightbulbs are becoming popular and that designers are going crazy for large scale artistic golden fruit…taxidermy was rampant. Yes! You heard me!
We, including Brandon Smith of D’Scoop, San Diego friend, designer and host of the new twitter chat #DesignLux, on first arriving ran into an exhibit filled will comical stuffed…umm…errr…preserved animals…and thought it was targeting an isolated market….but when we saw that nearly every exhibitor had some form of dead animal on display…well we decided it was definitely trending to have a bunch of heads or vignette of skulls on your wall.
So ladies when your husband wants to put a moose head on the family room wall…well it is now considered quite in Vogue in the Interior Design World.
There was also an element of eerie worked in here and there…that one is a bit hard to explain…but trust us when we say there is something brewing there. It may be our recent cultural fascination with zombies…we are not sure where it is coming from but there seems to be an interest in infusing a bit of the shocking and a disturbing vibe into ones decor.
Earthy really seems to be the overall theme. There were animals in various forms, looking dead or alive, people in the buff…then there were a lot of natural organic materials such as geodes, rocks and various weathered looking finishes, patinas or reclaimed and /or reinvented item on nearly every kind of wall decor and furniture.
Botanical prints of insects, animals, sea life and plants were everywhere…
We expected to see a lot of Pantones Emerald Green 2013 Color of the year but found it was hardly represented…in fact there is only one exhibit we can even recall that had anything in that particular shade of green at all.
So these are just a few things to whet your curiosity whistle. The attached slideshow contains some evidence of our adventure, but just know this is only the beginning. We have many more brands and trends we plan to discuss…so please stay tuned.