Hot House: Design Trends From World Market Week

The Edison bulb is not going anywhere and other musings from the show

The winter 2018 Las Vegas Market show recently drew to a close, ending five days of all things design—from the art on the walls to the carpet beneath your feet, from the most humble dish towel to the most vast and glittering chandelier. Buyers and other professionals from across the globe converged onto the World Market Center for both the latest trends and eternal necessities for making a house a home, or an office an office, or a casino a fantasyland of improbable armchairs and wildly patterned carpet. Vegas Seven reviews seven trends from the winter market that will make your house hip.

Purple Reign

Every year, Pantone releases a new color upon us—who can forget last year’s reign of Millennial Pink? This year’s shade is Ultraviolet, Pantone 18-3838. A Prince-ly tone on the blue side of purple, it may seem an unlikely choice to live with, but it has more potential than you might think. You can use it in lighter, more lavender shades or go deeper toward eggplant. For the kitchen, Fiestaware recently announced that their 50th color will be mulberry, a lush-toned purple, and our very own Neon Museum has fabulous Stardust coffee mugs with Lido showgirls in the shade. Elsewhere, add a pillow, a throw or an accent chair if you’re nasty.

Beyond Mid-Mod

The sleek lines, light wood and slub-textured upholstery are still with us, but in a slightly different way. During her talk about what’s new and next in color, Pantone’s Patti Carpenter discussed an emerging trend she called “Japandi” that combines Japanese and Scandinavian designs with sleek lines, neutral colors and natural touches. The Rope Dining Table by Bungalow 5 is a good example, combining a Saarinen-inspired style with rope finish; so is Handley Drive’s Floating Bench, with its lacquered pine legs and gray leather top that’s slightly reminiscent of a Torii gate.

Opposite (Colors) Attract

In a mid-mod kitchen, it’s aqua and orange. In a Southwestern-style living room, it’s turquoise and terra cotta. It can be teal and coral in a traditional library, viridian and salmon in a Hollywood Regency bedroom, but whatever the shade and style, orange and blue is a color combination that’s increasingly prevalent.

Shine On

Think copper and pewter, not silver and gold. Uttermost had some intriguing, aviation-inspired metal pieces, such as their Locklear Writing Desk. But the material can also have a luxe look—for example, Resource Decor’s sleek brass-and-wood B Chair; in blue velvet, it’s worthy of a Cedric Gibbons film set. In yet another case of interior design following runway fashion, rose gold was another option, with Abbyson showing a range of bar sets and accent tables in the tone. Iridescent shades that combine metallics with on-trend purple were also popular, especially in smaller doses, like in flatware.

Deconstructed, Repurposed

Repurposed furniture continues to be a thing, with plenty of tables made of wheels or ball bearings or cranky things. Home Trends & Design featured a series of pieces from reclaimed wood and metal, ranging in style from French vintage to Steel City. There were also intriguing pieces that were created to look unfinished, such as Noir’s staggered chest, which resembles a stack of assorted drawers—and they do have the practical asset of offering a variety of storage shapes and sizes. Home Trends & Design’s Grosvenor chair is soft velvet on the seat but, seen from behind, reveals the muslin-and-wood structure.

Pattern Mixing

Apparently this is all the rage in Europe, which means it’ll be upon us soon enough. Now, if you’re imagining that pattern mixing means living in Queen Victoria’s overtly upholstered parlour or Pee Wee’s Playhouse, it’s not about clash: It can be as subtle as combining the texture of a carpet, the quilting on upholstery or the shapes on woodwork. Think of it in terms of geometrics, especially diamond shapes. Also, in the next year or so, be ready to reconsider the idea of wallpaper.

The Edison Bulb 

It’s not going anywhere. Get used to staring at filaments. If anything, they’re finding even more ways to deploy the damn things. …