As minimalism continues its slow decline, detail and decoration are becoming more important than they have been in years. This shift is impacting myriad materials and design elements, and is responsible for the increase in patterned textiles that has been seen over the past couple of seasons (watch for even more of this going forward). It is also part of the motivation behind a rise in inlay designs, some of which are quite intricate. The advance of ceruse treatments and wire brushing, which make wood-grain patterns so much more visible, are directly related to the growing preference for detail and decoration.
Not only are patterned elements returning, so are embellishments for upholstery and cushions. And it’s not just skirts on chairs and sofas that are getting into the act. From cord and tapes to embroidery and lacing, embellishments are not only getting more play, they are also doing it in a more noticeable way. Nails are layered over tape, bands are wide, materials provide notice-me contrast in both color and texture, placement is unexpected.
Here are a few examples of textile embellishments from the recent High Point furniture market.