Product trends dazzle at Las Vegas Market
Cindy W. Hodnett -- Furniture Today, January 29, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Gorgeous greens in emerald, apple and sage accompanied by blues in aquamarine, peacock and indigo are making a strong color statement here at the Las Vegas Market, but several bonus product trends are also popping up that could add unexpected style drama to retail showrooms.
From several incredible reds to striking stripes and hound's tooth fabrics, winter buyers have numerous options to choose from that will help add excitement to spring offerings.
Rocking reds: Ladies love red, and the punches of crimson at market are classic, trendsetting and a not-so-intimidating alternative to bland. From the red leather/fabric Anastacia collection by Marshfield Furniture to the bursts of scarlet punctuating backgrounds of gray in many fabrics, shades of ruby are adding dramatic impact to neutral settings often dominated by beige, gray, black and white.
Small, medium and large: Manufacturers are embracing small-scale design with impressive results. In response to the shrinking square footage of many households and the growing residential urban design principle, showrooms are presenting a variety of styles ranging from contemporary to traditional in trimmed-down silhouettes.
English romance: Script fabric has been around a while, but several interpretations at market underscore their staying power. Although usually represented as a neutral by hue, scripted fabrics are adding an exotic element to the design mix, highlighting an almost romantic aesthetic popularized by consumer favorites like "Downton Abbey," the British period television drama that has developed an international following.
Details, details: The difference is in the details, and many manufacturers are using nail head trim, strategic button accents and unexpected sheen in fabrics and finishes to elevate the style story of their products. Chairs and ottomans bejeweled with studs - both silver and brass/gold tones - pay homage to fashion's return to gold jewelry.
Healthy serving of options: Many showrooms continue to expand their customization programs, and one of the key trends at market addresses the consumer's desire for individuality and personalization through eclectic style, mix-and-match purchases or undefined design. It might come in the form of a choice of arms, a long list of fabric choices or various silhouettes available in one container shipment, but the popularity of options programs highlight how the "one size fits all" model has been replaced by a "have it your way" paradigm.
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