Mar 23, 2017 | By Allyson Rees
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Feb 26, 2016
For the WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors team, the beginning of the year means one thing: trade show season! You know, those glamorous events where we get to see what’s new, what’s trending, what people are buying and what we desperately need to renovate our homes!
Now that the first trade show season of the year (which includes fairs such as Ambiente in Frankfurt, Maison & Objet in Paris and Spring Fair in Birmingham) is behind us, it’s time to take a look at the standout themes. Products and trends that caught our eye and are likely to be a big commercial success when they hit the shelves. Here are our top three:
Serving and sharing food is becoming more informal and spontaneous, as people are keen to make the most of their homes. Sets of dishes are replacing the traditional three-course meal, encouraging the simple act of sharing. Tabletop items that promote food sharing are key to this trend, facilitating interaction between guests. Serving dishes and platters of all sizes are casually mixed on the dinner table, hosting foods of all types, and brands are using this carefree approach to design their collections.
Pastels are back in the spotlight, after a few years of neon dominance. Light pink, mint green and baby blue are dominating homewares right now, taping into the trend for a relaxing, calming home. These calming tones are usually applied over opaque surfaces, with objects appearing to have been ‘rubberised’.
Marine elements and coastal lifestyle are major inspirations this season, with boats, fish and other sea creatures decorating all kinds of interiors products, especially textiles, decorative accessories and tableware. Applications range from commercial versions such as fish-shaped tableware, to more abstract surface treatments that evoke the skin of mysterious sea creatures or the ripples of the deep ocean.
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