I have thought for some time that you can’t beat the functionality of vertical blinds in many locations throughout the home. We use them over the sliding-glass door and bay windows in our casual dining area at home. But on balance, vertical blinds as a category are really in need of a fashion makeover. I saw one in Paris at the Maison & Objet trade fair that caught my eye in Hall 5C.
Silent Gliss (www.silentgliss.fr) displayed vertical blinds with interestingly scalloped veins that channel rows of waves. Pieces are positioned so the points of the scallops on one vein overlap the lowest part of the next vein. The result is a window treatment that not only looks different, but also casts fascinating shadows when open. When closed it follows the trend toward wavy lines in pattern. Look at the picture below and you’ll see what I mean.
To learn more about all the trends at Maison & Objet in Paris, read the February issue of The Trend Curve. Better yet, order our Trend Album™ Maison & Objet, January 2009 for trend headlines, bullet-point observations and about 150 images. Janice (email) is the go-to person at The Trend Curve for pre-orders. This product will ship shortly after I return from Germany and Christmas World (it begins on 1/29).