Show Review - March 2011

Trending Up
By Wanda Jankowski

Fresh finds from the New York International Gift Fair represent new directions in color, pattern, material and technique

Colors & Patterns

Recurring trends include ikat-style prints and light shades of earth tones from cream and gold to cocoa

Inspired Sloan projects a masculine, tailored look softened a bit by the Othello matelasse. Peacock Alley, 214-744-0399,
Ikat Prints
Touching dots allow white diamond shapes to peek through. The ikat styling gives the ensemble a casual feel. DwellStudio, 212-219-9343,
Bubbles On Beige
Seafoam presents a plethora of embroidered bubbles on a beige ground. CGG Home Fashions, 800-452-2858,
Upscale Naturals
The French Urn silk/linen blend is designed for customers who crave natural colorations in a traditional, upscale format. Details such as no-flange shams and double inverted, two-tone pleats in the bedskirt maintain a crisp, clean look. Fino Lino, 732-493-0600,
Rustic Dining
Yale’s stripes in multiple colors and widths are grounded with soft cognac. Libeco Home, 212-764-6644,

Old Meets New

Elements from the past paired with modern visions result in distinctive designs

South India Artisans
Centuries-old hand-painting and hand-dyeing techniques using vegetable dyes on natural fiber fabric create the colorful Art Deco-inspired Water Lilies design. Aalamwaar, 727-491-3393,
Jamdani Meets Modern
The Moghul Collection presents a contemporary, colorful motif in 100 percent cotton. The ensemble is hand-woven and hand-embroidered using the Jamdani method, originated in the fourth century A.D. in Bangladesh and still only practiced by the native tribes there. Afera Designs, 203-554-2555,
Traditional Peasant Motif
Aqua Fish cotton table linens feature a traditional Polish peasant motif rendered in a modern way. Allem Studio, 770-573-0827,
Jewelry Repurposed
Adding three-dimensionality to the African Butterflies pillow are sewn-on components culled from vintage jewelry pieces. Better Living, +91 9810745141,
Peace Symbol Update
Though it looks like wool, the hand-hooked Peace rug is made with acrylic. It is machine washable and measures 22 by 34 inches. Homefires Accents™, 800-782-1198,
Vintage Travel Tickets
Bold color combinations give a modern edge to motifs inspired by old travel tickets to prominent European destinations. The Koko Co., 718-392-7799,
Cashmere Goes Hi-Tech
New technologies have enabled timeless, luxurious
cashmere to be digitally printed with an intricately detailed motif. Happy Blanket, 203-543-8733,

Beyond Cotton

Natural materials other than cotton bring interesting textures to fashion forward products

Due to its tight weave, no water will leak through this hemp shower curtain. Strong, durable hemp adds a rustic, yet modern look through its texture. Dream Designs, 604-254-7030,
Versatile, durable wool forms an intricately woven throw and oversized ottoman/seating. Pehuen Patagonia Designs, 786-266-8653,
The bodies of these pillows are made with abaca or banana leaf fiber. Beadwork projects a coral motif. Home Treasures, 713-937-7716,
Owner Laura Allen explores burlap, made from jute, in her designs for placemats, accent furniture, pillows and other home décor items. Ecoaccents, 919-830-0140,

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