|From here . . . just beautiful|
One of the most amazing aspects of design these days is the almost un-ending variety of products and inspirations readily available on the market these days. If you're a fan of clean, modern lines - there are a plethora of options of you. If you lean more towards lush European design, you have numerous choices.
And I guess my thoughts keep turning towards the dark, mysterious concept of 'design trends.' What are the current trends? Should you follow them? Or should you avoid them like poison oak along a hiking trail? (Can you tell I was hiking in Marin County over the weekend? lol)
|Jonathan Adler, New York NY|
No matter what aesthetic you're drawn to - whatever it might be - it's all waiting for you at the end of a quick google search - or a quick call to your personal interior designer. As someone that spends a goodly amount of my workday shopping for that *perfect* item - we designers love 'the hunt.' But, I'm always amazed - when I start looking for something specific (antique books on French history or brightly coloured broadloom for a custom entry runner) - the market seems to be flooded with them.
Is it a trend? Or am I just paying attention . . .
|Ralph Lauren Home, Le Grand Hotel Collection|
|Nick Olsen, for House Beautiful |
(photography by Bjorn Wallander)
|Christina Murphy Interior|
|Mary McDonald, Los Angeles|
Is it just a trend? Or a classic? Can you, at the same time, be 'on trend' without being 'trendy?' Maybe in the end, who cares. We're using them regardless. Just as I wouldn't use something *JUST* because it's the hot topics in all the shelter mags - I would also never think of *NOT* using the perfect textile, or bath fixture, or wall finish - just because it is the hot 'darling' of the design crowd.
Trends come and go. Design is long term. And you can always buy a great new pair of jeans if you want to stay on trend. lol.