Yesterday was a deluge of stimulation at the New York International Gift Fair. As I walked through Pier 94 with Roaming by Design’s creative director Richard Holschuh, we noticed several trends emerging, the first of which brought us the fabulous fun of meeting some of our favorite tweeps that included @stacystyle @dunesandduchess and @dianejameshome (you know the blog, The Buzz, right?). Dunes and Duchess launched some new products that we loved, and the floral arrangements in the Diane James booth made a big impression for their lusciousness. One trend that jumped out at us was the number of home design products on which the written word was scrawled. It brought to mind this post by our tweep and member of the brash Blogger19 @ClarityK. Some of the products were noteworthy but the abundance of character assassinations were disconcerting.
In terms of finishes, it was a distressing year (not disappointing, mind you, but in terms of aged finishes, the most successful among them truly great). The beach is back (although maybe it never left and we’re just seeing more of the seaside decor than usual in one place) and the garden is gunning for a very large chunk of the decor market. This is only a smidgen of what will be on view as the rest of the fair opens at the Javits Center today but in that microcosm of a show, these were standout themes.