From the February/March 2014 Issue:

How Fashion Influences Furnishings

    Writer: Meg Fox |

Design NJ highlights top trends that walked off the Spring 2014 runways and into home fashions: Color Splash, Geometric Progression, Sharply Dressed and Shimmer & Sheen


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enlarge | Color-blocked evening dress from Monique Lhuillier in hot pink and persimmon. Courtesy of IMAXtree
Color splash
Shades of pink, orange and red turn heads on the runway and energize the home.


Clockwise from left:
A lively ikat pattern—Journey in Fruity—calls attention to the Jaxon chair from Calico Corners. $1,119 plus cost of fabric. calicocorners.com.

CR Laine’s Cordell Wing Chair—an exaggerated rendition of a classic wing chair—is upholstered in Sanjaya Strawberry, a striking linen-blend ikat. $2,025. crlaine.com

Arturo Damask from Thibaut’s new Monterey Collection features large vertical repeats of a regal pattern. To the trade. thibaut.com.

Surya’s colorful flat-weave rug—from designer Beth Lacefield’s Alameda Collection—features an updated take on a classic kilim design. 100 percent wool. $468 for 5 by 8 feet. surya.com.

Company C’s Ava ottoman gives classic herringbone an elegant twist with an ombré weave that creates a shim­mering effect. Starting at $935. Pillows complement in eye-catching prints and solids. From top: Tilda, $125; Mia Paprika $145; Gala Bittersweet, $150; Larissa Velvet Berry, $125. companyc.com.

Watch for...
• Color blocking
• Tribal- and global-inspired looks: ikat, suzani and damask
• Vibrant hues grounded by neutrals: grays, taupe, putty and chocolate

“Color trends, forecasts, patterns, fabrics and overall style that you see on the runway influence interior design, and the same is true in reverse,” says Alexis Varbero of Schwartz Design Showroom in Metuchen. “Building a room is very similar to building an outfit—invest in the basics and splurge on accessories. This way when you’re ready for a change, it’s easy to create an entirely new look.”


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enlarge | Ralph Lauren dresses are black and white and geometric in mini checks and optic prints. Courtesy of IMAXtree
Geometric progression
Bold graphic patterns (checks, dots, zigzag and more) mix things up—especially in the go-to combo of black and white.


Clockwise from left:
The Sinclair chair—upholstered in Lots of Dots, a playful pattern by Robert Allen for Calico Corners—is equal parts elegant and edgy, particularly when dressed up with grommet accents. $1,099 plus cost of fabric. calicocorners.com.

A fun zigzag (chevron) pattern is juxtaposed with a bright pink finish on Sam Moore’s Antigo Chair. $1,099. sammoore.com.

The classic geometric motifs of Safavieh’s flat-weave Dhurri Collection—hand-woven of wool in India—are at home in casual, contemporary or traditional settings. $880 for 5 by 8 feet. safavieh.com.

The Essex Collection from Q Squared draws from the bold geometrics of Art Deco and the lavish lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties. From $9 to $45 per plate/platter. $64 for 20-piece ivory flatware set. qsquarednyc.com.

Bernhardt’s Herringbone Drawer Cabinet is made of hand-cut pieces of white bone artfully inlaid in black resin. $2,125. bernhardt.com.


“I watched the 2014 spring fashion shows…chevron prints and geometric patterns were everywhere. I’d use the same words to describe the spring forecasts for the furniture industry.”
— Alexis Varbero, Schwartz Design Showroom

“Geometric motifs in furniture and fashion will have staying power.”
— Kim shaver of sam moore, Division of hooker furniture


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enlarge | Sporty menswear-influenced collection from Michael Kors. Courtesy of IMAXtree
Sharply dressed
Menswear-inspired motifs—in updated plaids, tweeds, herringbones and more—take cues from time-honored textiles.


Clockwise from left:
Fashion and furniture designer Alexander Julian’s “Cute as a Button” side table is a whimsical take on an oversized button. The inlay references buttonholes and sewing thread, while three faux “sewing needles,” complete with eyes for the thread, form a tripod leg support. About $459. Design Spree in Maywood and Lawrenceville or jonathancharles.com.

Norwalk’s Sally Chair—modernized in an exaggerated hounds-tooth pattern and silver nail heads—draws inspiration from the runways of Paris and London. Scaled for smaller spaces, it has a barrel back, gently flared arms and tapered legs. $1,099. Norwalk.com.

Cozy up with the Bergdorf Settee from Jessica Charles, clad in a fashionable large-scale plaid with contrast welting. $1,669. Safavieh in Livingston and Paramus or jessicacharles.com.

Chevron Chic is Phillip Jeffries’ interpretation of a chevron or zigzag pattern, adding texture and a bold statement on walls. Available in nine classic color combinations. To the trade. phillipjeffries.com.

D.R. Kincaid’s midcentury modern chair (#6777)—in high-fashion multicolor tweed—channels the likes of a Coco Chanel jacket. About $800. drkincaidchair.com.

Look for...
Tailored and clean-lined forms, midcentury looks and layers of texture


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enlarge | Mixed metal jewelry embellishes an elegant silk dress from Tory Burch. Courtesy of IMAXtree
Shimmer & sheen
Metallics—from soft gold to platinum and bronze and everything in between—enhance neutrals with a hint of sparkle.


Clockwise from left:
Caracole’s 72-inch-wide storage cabinet comes in two signature finishes: Tuxedo Black and Pompeii, a mixed silver and gold metallic. $2,970. caracole.com.

Goldleaf is applied to the graceful wrought iron curves of the Ringmaster Chandelier from Currey & Co. $2,240. curreyandcompany.com.

The Wagner Chair (#2375) from CR Laine is high fashion in a glazed linen platinum. Legs have a driftwood finish. $1,665. crlaine.com.

Wesley’s Hall’s clean-lined Chelsea Sofa is upholstered in Annabelle Café, a handsome, glazed linen-like fabric with subtle shine. $4,107. wesleyhall.com.

The Coco chair—covered in cool gray and accented with a high-sheen satin pillow—takes inspiration from legendary designer Coco Chanel with its curvaceous lines. New from Christopher Guy’s Mademoiselle Collection. $4,097. christopherguy.com.

“Bronze and platinum are imbuing furniture design with an elegant shine—from glazed linen fabrics to shimmering finishes and nail trims.”
— Holly Blalock/CR Laine

“Gold is back in vogue. It was everywhere on the fashion runways for the Spring 2014 shows.”
— Bethanne Matari/Currey & Co.