The highly-anticipated TrendWatch program gives Market attendees an inside look at leading trends in the home furnishings industry. TrendWatch is directed by home furnishings trend forecaster, editor, and curator Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. Drawing on her breadth and depth of design knowledge, Julie curates submissions from High Point Market tenants and exhibitors and offers an expert eye and new perspective for the program.
The TrendWatch webinar showcases how these trends influence style and décor for home furnishings, with products ranging from furniture to textiles, materials to decorative accessories. The products selected reflect the following themes, which change for each Market.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 1-2 PM EDT
Designers and skillful home enthusiasts confidently mix unpredictable styles, colors, and patterns to create signature interiors. It’s home curation that surprises and inspires; new examples are like a 20th Century master class. Enter MÉLANGE, a home furnishings mix in a range that draws from Brutalism and Abstract Expressionism to Postmodernism and even Art Deco. Look for rounded forms and silhouettes, especially in upholstery and casegoods; fluidity; sketched lines (think: crosshatch, stippled dots, speckles, and dashes); bas relief surfaces; elegant patterns; romantic flourishes; and crowd-pleasing accents that create visual harmony, livable elegance, and joy.
TrendWatch is totally tuned in to 1980s redux, and MIXTAPE epitomizes the vibe. Dubbed “art for and by the masses,” mixtapes celebrated individualism and creativity. In this eponymous presentation, 80s-era icons and influences are synthesized together … expect neon lights that radiate rad; black and white pairings that pop; new wave compositions; patterns as catchy as hip hop beats; and — wham! —lively pastels.
RESILIENCE & RESOLVE
Purples and purple-cast neutrals — from lilac, thistle and African violet to plum, mulberry and fig — are leaders in RESILIENCE & RESOLVE, TrendWatch’s timely color showcase for 2021. There’s plenty of prose to describe purple’s significance: introspection, compromise, intuition, spirituality, luxury, grandeur, awakening, harmony. TrendWatch examines purple’s many facets this season and, in the process, gives context to current colors of the year.
Fall 2020 Trends
Uncertainty creates longing … longing for familiarity, exploration, momentum, and progress. In TrendWatch’s TOUCH POINTS, tactility satisfies the senses, evokes positive memories, and awakens imagination. Vivid, earthy, and savory hues such as stone, clay, and sand; lush, ripen landscapes; tempting waters; exotic cuisine; patterned tiles and architectural details; cherished artifacts; unique accents; soothing and natural finishes; lustrous effects … these elements come together to define TOUCH POINTS, where experience and (at times) wistful nostalgia are shaping the next chapter in personal expression.
2020 Fall Trendwatch Booklet Part 1: TOUCH POINTS
Personal space takes on new meaning in current times, as families pivot to home environments for education, earning, and entertainment. Are we working from home, or living at work? POD, a family-focused sanctuary where career and family converge, offers answers. Emphasis is on universality, spacious comfort, and an effortless flow of information. POD presents upholstery, home entertainment, office, bedroom (adult, teen, kids), lighting, and more, with emphasis on curves, comfort-enhancing mechanisms, streamlined surfaces, energetic colors, and mobility.
2020 Fall Trendwatch Booklet Part 2: POD
Millennials span a wide swath that covers early 20s to late 30s. In PROLOGUE, TrendWatch examines the life stages, decision-making, and preferences of the demographic’s older subset. Examine this influential group’s spin of past, present, and future-focused design to tell the story of modernity circa 2021. Here, classic elements and meaningful functionality exist hand in hand.
2020 Fall Trendwatch Booklet Part 3: PROLOGUE