While I’m busy hop-scotching about Europe from fair to fair (today I am in Paris for tomorrow’s start of the Maison & Objet fari), The Trend Curve™ editorial staff has been busy attending the domestic US markets.
Cori Dunn, Editorial Correspondent for The Trend Curve and one of my all-time favorite people, was in Dallas for the lighting market. Here are a few of her quick-take observations (subscribers to The Trend Curve have already received her Trend Flash™. If you are a subscriber and have not yet gotten your Trend Flash email from Dallas, call of email Janice so she can confirm your email address).
Heavy dark bronze Tuscan iron fixtures are holding their own, but next is Florentine styles that are more finely boned, smaller in scale and more feminine. Golden finishes ranging from champagne to gilted bronze are seen in indoor and outdoor styles. Progress Lighting’s new chain-hung pendant signals the shift from thecountry feeling of Tuscany to the citified air of Florence. You can see it in the attached picture.
Gadgetry and lighting: Adesso introduced the first IPod lamp, a lamp and docking station in one…Schonbek’s new Divinci crystal-covered globe fixture can be programmed from a computer to change colors, create patterns. Packed with 780 LED lights and 72 halogen bulbs, the Divinci starts at $2500 for the 10-inch fixture. Also at Schonbek: the first chandelier you can dismantle and wash in the dishwasher. The parts peel off “like an orange.”
Brass as a material and a finish color is returning to the market, according to many showrooms. But with raw material prices up about 300 percent, consumers should be prepared to pay more for the golden metal.