TrendWatch Brings Design Trends to Life
The highly-anticipated TrendWatch program continues to give Market attendees an inside look at leading trends in the home furnishings industry. TrendWatch is directed by home furnishings trend forecaster, creative director, 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 program 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.
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Spring 2023 Webinar
Wednesday, April 12
Spring 2023 - LIVE at Market!
Saturday, April 22
Sunday, April 24
IMC's TrendWatch returns this spring with pace-setting insights for the year ahead. A three-part forecast titled “IMMERSION, CONFECTIONS & STUDIO" provides a framework for this popular Design on HPMKT program; trends forecaster and curator Julie Smith Vincenti, Nine Muses Media, points the way forward ... here's what's in queue:
TrendWatch takes off the constricting headset and enters a different sort of virtual experience this season: multi-sensory immersive shows that stir emotions, evoke place, and travel back in time. Millions of frames of video create high production values: Viewers are bathed in imagery of a Givenchy garden. They trace the oeuvre and anguish of an inimitable artist. Or, they meditate on kaleidoscopic animation that soothes the senses. How do these open space installations migrate to home furnishings? By way of vibrant color and asymmetrical patterns. IMMERSION dazzles with energetic hues, including PANTONE®’s 2023 it-color, Viva Magenta 18-1750; white accents; edgy florals, especially abstract variations; kaleidoscopic effects, especially in wall coverings; curved and/or elongated forms; and luster finishes.
TrendWatch’s CONFECTIONS is a veritable sweet shop of satisfying neutrals. Inviting, livable, and confident, the colors are irresistible: sugary nougat, crisp meringue, soft caramel, syrupy butterscotch, and brown sugar. The recipe isn’t complete without layered-in accents — enter woven materials and comforting textiles. Add some crunch with accent colors such as chopped hazelnut and roasted chestnut. What’s the cherry on top? Bursts of greens — think spring seedlings — and red-cast pinks and purples. Matte finishes are the finishing touch…just like a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
The TrendWatch time capsule opens to the 1990s this season with a color-forward story featuring denim blues paired with casual neutrals. Like a favorite pair of jeans, STUDIO is casual, comfortable, and youthful. The range blues spans light washes to dark rinses; furniture is smaller in scale; and handcrafted accessories add charm.
Fall 2022 Trends
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Pastels continue to prove their power, versatility, charm, and appeal in home furnishings, especially in their latest expression: go-to hues for confident, playful interiors. Soft or saturated, and spanning a range from pink and purples to blues and greens, pastels in TrendWatch’s MODERNITY are luminous and iridescent, and as energetic as an emerging artist earning influence on a social network.
What happens when we’re challenged? We draw from multiple sources for understanding. We analyze data. We create a “new”… it’s what is needed during this unique moment in history. Designers, meanwhile, are time-tested masters of such methods. TrendWatch celebrates their ingenuity and invention in MIDNIGHT, a captivating mix of textures, finishes, and genres. Surface treatments and unique finishes, plus confident sampling from many styles, create dynamic, inviting atmospheres.
TrendWatch rounds out 2022 with an homage to casual comfort, quiet moments, and favorite spaces. Woven natural materials; biophilic design concepts; and comforting textiles come together to deliver the feel-goods, clarity, and purpose that consumers seek.
Spring 2022 Trends
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The power of color and positivity are in full display in ELATION, TrendWatch’s expressive and upbeat showcase of furniture, textiles, wall decor, and decorative accessories. Colors, patterns, shapes, and novelties are happy, heart-warming, and smile-inducing. Bright pinks and sweet purples mingle with playful blues and greens, while spot placements of PANTONE’s Very Peri 17-3938 give context to a wave of feel-good products and interiors.
What happens when we’re challenged? We draw from multiple sources for understanding. We analyze data. We create a “new”… it’s what is needed during this unique moment in history. Designers, meanwhile, are time-tested masters of such methods. TrendWatch celebrates their ingenuity and invention in SYNTHESIS, a captivating mix of textures, finishes, and genres. Surface treatments and unique finishes, plus confident sampling from many styles, create dynamic, inviting atmospheres.
Preference for pastoral scenes and idyllic landscapes shifts to a more complex landscape: the forest floor. Bark, brush, nutty browns, mycelium, lichen, and leafy greens … these hues thrive in GROWTH, a showcase of emerging neutrals and nuanced textures. GROWTH is reverential and celebratory, and tracks one of the most anticipated trends in color forecasting: browns eclipsing grays.
Fall 2021 Trends
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Enthusiasm, creativity, and spirit abound in VERVE, a vibrant showcase that unites and inspires by way of dialed-up pastels, prismatic brights, and glowing tech hues. VERVE tempts with colors primed for a subtle room refresh or a full-on reset. Design, decorate, and stage with gusto and confidence this fall … VERVE shows you how.
The so-called red metals — copper, brass, and bronze — forge ahead in a masterful presentation of contemporary forms, traditional craftsmanship, and authentic finishes. Warm, earthy, and emitting a glorious glow, this season’s MALLEABLE workshops both past and present across a style spectrum that spans Art Deco to Modernism.
TrendWatch is going on vacation — and so are millions of consumers pumped up by post-pandemic wanderlust. No one destination or landscape reigns; instead, individuals, couples, and families are crafting custom experiences that set course for all-terrain types, from tropical oasis to desert retreat and all destinations in between. Find a casual backdrop of exotic patterns, low-tech craftsmanship, and inspiring colors in AWAY, which also presents current trends in consumer discretionary spending.
June 2021 Trends
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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.
Spring 2023 TrendWatch Events
TrendWatch Spring 2023 Webinar
Wednesday, April 12
1-2 PM EDT
Onsite Seminar - LIVE at Market!
Saturday, April 22
12-1 PM EDT
DesignOn HPMKT by IMC Seminar Room
Monday, April 24
2:30-4 PM EDT