revealed at Las Vegas Market are just a taste of what is
energizing our industry. Robert Maricich, President and Chief Executive Officer, World
Market Center Las Vegas
Video - Ahead of the Curve, 2009
Three of the nation's leading designers presented their top
picks on the Las Vegas Furniture Market's interactive webcast
and live panel discussion. See video "Ahead of the Curve" at
Ahead of the Curve, an intimate designer dialogue, featured
Timothy Corrigan, Laura Kirar and Vicente Wolf, alongside
moderator Susanna Salk, a style guru and Today show contributor.
"The trends revealed at Las Vegas Market are just a taste of
what is energizing our industry, said Robert Maricich, President
and Chief Executive Officer of World Market Center Las Vegas.
"They represent a freshness, a new way of thinking and
delivering design to the world. These pieces and looks will set
the stage for what will be in demand for the months ahead."
After perusing 5.1 million square feet of showrooms located
throughout three inter-connected buildings, which contain more
than 1,400 exhibitors and product lines, the design experts
discovered many distinct and noteworthy trends.
"It's always exciting to uncover stand-out pieces and
identify trends," said Susanna Salk, design expert and Today
show contributor. "Las Vegas Market offers something for
everyone, whether its upscale floor coverings to chic furniture
or affordable decorative accessories, it's easy to find many
items that reflect various styles."
"One of my design principles is to mix classic with modern,
so I'm thrilled to see that trend embraced and shown at Las
Vegas Market," said Timothy Corrigan, who was hailed 'Today's
Tastemaker' by Architectural Digest.
"In my work I always try to incorporate
the handmade and the handcrafted. It's
wonderful to see that the work of the artist
in design has become an important trend,"
said Laura Kirar, founder and creative
director of TRU Design and Laura Kirar
"To deal with the present, you have to understand the past.
My focus in design has always been to introduce a worldly
aesthetic to spaces that are comfortable yet stylish. I am happy
to see that this is a trend that is finally taking hold," said
Vicente Wolf, who was named by House Beautiful as one of the 10
most influential designers in the United States.
The Trends Revealed:
Into the Woods
From over-scaled, unfinished wooden vessels, to dining tables
created from lychee wood to floor coverings woven with wooden
tiles, the trend is to take one of the world's most basic and
natural elements and create something extraordinary that can be
used in everyday life.
Not just for industrial use anymore, concrete is taking new
shapes inside and out of residential spaces. Creatively designed
and stained, concrete as a material is found in dining and
living rooms, whimsical outdoor furniture and even residential
Sculpted lines framing pieces with a glossy finish make up
one of next season's trends in design. Incorporated on bed
posts, dressers and small tables, the juxtaposition of
traditional forms to clean cut lines bring a sense of the past
to the present time with a modern twist.
Gone are the days when metals have to match. Mix shiny and
matte, mercury and mirror, or chrome with nickel to achieve a
curiously bipolar look. Mixed metals are appearing on dining
buffets, tables and decorative accessories like candlesticks and
Though turquoise is ancient, yet again it finds itself back
in fashion. Its shining sky blue is one of the most popular
color trends for next season. Sofas, lamps, vases, accent
tables, and even chandeliers are designed in the color
turquoise, which adds a punch of color to any space.
The Natural World
Many designs seen at Market celebrate the pure and organic
shapes and textures that come directly from the source: Mother
Earth. Driftwood sculptures, raw linen shades, unfinished wooden
lamps all represent a need to return to simplicity.
Expect the unexpected with a new trend that pairs classic
with modern, raw with smooth and polished with satin. A raw slab
of wood with organic lines coupled with modern chairs can create
a provocative dining room. Juxtapose a classic wingback chair
with a contemporary metal and glass table. The end result is a
modern, elegant and fresh look that is both timeless and
Ethnic without Borders
The essence and flavor of the world comes alive in this trend
involving patterns, textures and materials. Next season's
accessories reflect an ethnic quality absent of a border or
distinct origin. Whether it's a vintage throw or an exotic
outdoor market umbrella, the destination may be unknown but the
feeling can't be denied.
New Energy. New Look.
Smoke and mirrors are no longer the only way to create an
illusion and change the look of something. Two effortless ways
to draw new energy and generate different moods in a space is to
use screens and mirrors. Whether they are small or large in
scale, colorful or colorless, meant to break-up or unite a
space, these timeless accessories are an easy way to update a
room and transform its look.
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