With Global Trend Ambassador Patti Carpenter
New York’s Decoration & Design Building hosted an international design evening with Maison & Objet’s Global Trend Ambassador, Patti Carpenter, in the Robert Allen showroom. Guests discovered emerging macro trends as shown in this season’s Paris Trade Shows, including color trends, print, design and material, with a focus on their influence in the U.S. Home Décor industry. Also in attendance was Maison & Objet Director Gaston Isoldi.
Attendees explored the crossroads of innovation and design as Carpenter presented a distilled look at the must-see introductions the Industry will be buzzing about for seasons to come. Key trends from the over 2000 exhibitors at the Paris Trade Show (featuring 620 new brands) included: pale, mid-range color palettes, vegetal green color schemes, matte and dusty surfaces, highly detailed and texturized carpets, monochrome patterns in tabletops and seating, beetle and butterfly prints, a Scandinavian take on retro 70s colors, and materials that evoke a sense of touch.
Interesting material trends included: cork, colored and cut in new ways; feathers, oversized and used in lighting; brass with embossed patterns; intricately woven fibers like string and macramé, found especially in outdoor furniture and in screens, lighting, and shelving; and black mesh, utilized in complex structures for lighting and wall décor.
Among the many patterns Carpenter saw emerging were: lighter indigo tie dye (most impressively on leather), faces/masks, floral/nature patterns, birds and butterflies, jungle/tropic prints, spots and dots, multicolored stripes, jacquard patterns (especially in craftsmanship), and a Nordic approach to a checkered or square pattern.
Lastly, Carpenter shared her favorite showroom inspirations from Maison & Objet, which included Preciosa’s chandeliers hung by balloons, innovative ways of displaying textiles—such as piled in a bathtub with a model, and Christian Lacroix’s giant birdcage to show off the brand’s latest bird print designs.
The event was the Decoration & Design Building’s third installment of their exclusive Designer Forum Series. Throughout the year, the DDB will be teaming up with leading experts of design and luxury to elevate the design conversation and provide added value to the interior design community. For a full calendar of events, visit ddbuilding.com/events.
Photo credit: The Robert Allen Duralee Group
About the Decoration & Design Building
The Decoration & Design Building is located in Manhattan, on Third Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. Known nationally and internationally as the world’s most important home to over 130 showrooms, the DDB represents over 3,000 leading manufacturers dedicated to the very best in residential and business interior furnishings, educational opportunities and resource information. The D&D Building is open exclusively to the trade and welcomes design industry professionals from all over the world. The building also incorporates Upper Story, situated on the 14th floor, which is the building’s scenic events venue, conference center and restaurant, with cuisine by celebrity chef and culinary icon, Charlie Palmer. The DDB is owned and operated by Charles S. Cohen.
The DDB hosts two major Market events each year; one in the spring and one in the fall. The Markets, which are often held in partnership with the world’s top editorial voices and industry trade organizations, examine all aspects of design and the decorative arts. Over 2,000 design professionals and industry leaders attend these Market events, with over 200 in attendance at each of the DDB keynote presentations.
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