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Last month, the biannual Parisian design fair Home & Object and rival off-site exhibition Deco Off have been suspended due to a wave of covid in France. Across the Atlantic, a group of like-minded textile brands have banded together to produce a micro-version of the show. Previewed at the New York Design Center at Nomad and the D&D Building on the Upper East Side, the latest products were unveiled to a select audience of industry professionals and the press who previewed new fabrics, wallpapers, wall paints and trim.
While Maison & Objet is now scheduled for March 24-28, the New York presentations were a sample of the trends to come. We’ve previewed five outrageous themes that are sure to be in an interior near you this year.
fifty shades of pink
Kay Thompson’s rallying cry »think pink“, from the 1957 film Funny head shows up again, but in a rehabbed palette since the millennial hue peaked several seasons ago. Perceived as feminine, romantic, soft and nurturing, the current shade runs the gamut from “nude to blush to dusty pink…and a little coral to spice things up,” designer Lori Weitzner says during the list of shades in Uplift, its recent collection of fabrics. British wallpaper brand Fromental have also given a nod to hue with their large scale paper deco arches in Delano Pink. “Thirties chalk pinks and nude tones have a delicate sophistication, temper bold patterns and catch the light in the most glamorous way,” says Fromental co-founder Tim Butcher. new york designer Sarah von Dreele has its own take on shade with Brian, a linen and cotton upholstery fabric shown in Heather. “It’s a pink for those of us who like gray,” she insists.
The art of marble
Today, marble patterns are considered timeless and classic, especially when reproduced on wallpaper and fabric in a mix of hues. Originally invented in 12th century Japan as suminagashi, the flowing pattern migrated to Turkey, eventually arriving in Europe in the 1700s in a more genteel repetition. The design process was simple; the manipulation of pigments on a liquid surface was developed into swirling patterns and transferred to paper. Modern iterations are offered by UK brands including Harlequin with their Marble, a wallpaper merging metallics in three colors, and At Zoffany’s French velvet marble, which would look chic upholstered on sofas or chairs. Included in the After Hours collection by Yellow place is Ebru, a fabric that takes its name from Turkish craftsmanship and comes in seven colorways.
Doodles and doodles
The combination of the black on white pattern is versatile, easy to layer and always green. This season, an assortment of bold designs and squiggles landed on textiles, including a deconstructed homage to classic animal print channeled by New York-based interior and product designer Christiane Lemieux. Sketches inspired by the music of Erik Satie are reproduced in Le Orchestra by Pierre Freywhile Clarence House presented Bérard, a fabric created in the spirit of the Ballet Russe and French artist Christian Bérard from their 20th Century Collection.
The shadow of everything
French expression shadow loosely translates to color tones that gradually fade from light to dark. Traditionally used as backgrounds in fabrics, contemporary variations are colorful studies produced in vibrant shades that can hold together. Not to be confused with tie-dye, which is a resist dyeing method that is also having a fashion moment, new ombre designs include Harlequin’s Re-wilded, made using digital printing techniques and offered in four psychedelic shades, while the Montrouge by Christiane Lemieux for Fabricut is a more subtle watercolor stripe in three neutral colors.
Agatha Christie’s thriller Death on the Nile becomes a silver screen to restart as well as decorative flourishes and fabrics based on Egyptian artwork. The Wonders of Egypt collection was developed by the French textile house Pierre Frey House, who invited illustrator and artist Louis Barthélemy – known for his work with fashion brands Dior, Ferragamo and Christian Louboutin and who has a fondness for all things Egyptian – to create a line highlighting the history of the pharaohs while presenting a fresh look at ancient civilization. Frey’s in-house design studio also delved into the Louvre’s Egyptian archives, creating eight faithful reproductions including fabrics, wallcoverings and rugs all derived from the museum’s collections for the opening of the exhibition.” Pharaoh of the Two Lands” on April 28. line for Fabricut also pays homage to the land of a thousand suns. After visiting the collections of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt, Lemieux learned the ancient resin printing process and created Montauban, a hand-painted medallion inspired by Egyptian tiles. “The pieces clearly illustrate how long humans have been expressing themselves in textile art,” she says, adding, “I was so inspired by the fragments and frescoes in the Valley of the Kings and Queens that we we wanted to honor them in this collection”.
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