by Marisa Marcantonio

The Dapper Designer Dans and Susanna Salk on stage
If you missed yesterday's live webcast from World Market in Las Vegas, don't fret, you can see the trend updates from Nathan Turner, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Tony Baratta right here, courtesy of Editor at Large. Susanna Salk moderated a lively panel with lots of great comments and fun moments. I had to ask, "What are you seeing out there that you are tiring of, what styles or design moments need retiring?" More on that to come!

The designers uncovered what will become next season’s most popular trends during their presentation, Ahead of the Curve, moderated by style guru and “Today” show contributor Susanna Salk. The program, which featured a live in-studio audience and webcast viewers from around the globe, gave the world a chance to watch top design stars reveal their favorite discoveries.

The trends they discovered included:

Watch Nathan Turner's video here
Red Hots: Nearly every showroom featured pieces in fire engine red. Hot red combines well with chocolate, gray, navy and white. It has a tendency to give a graphic quality to a room and is an easy way to add instant spice to a project. It’s all you need to make a room sizzle.

Au Natural: Natural, unfinished materials that incorporate hand craftsmanship do not have to be exclusively rustic. At Las Vegas Market, several of these “natural” pieces were sexy and sleek. Going au natural can add depth, soul, and character to a room.

Basketweave: Basketweave knew no limits in Las Vegas. It was featured on furniture with metal, rope, and wicker accents. It brings outside in, allowing something you typically associate with the outdoors to be inside the home in a very chic, stylish manner. It could even take the place of a pattern.

Watch Jeffrey Alan Mark's video here
Small Scale: In the 90s, the trend was to do everything bigger. Big houses, big rooms, big furniture. Now things are smaller with more details. Small scale pieces provide a more tailored, very sweet look. The economy has had a lot to do with it. McMansions are out and people aren’t looking to just fill up a house. And more than anything, they want their home to have pieces with personality.

Swivel: Because rooms are smaller they are required to be more dynamic, so multi-purpose pieces are critical. From the end of a bed to in front of a fireplace, pieces that swivel, rock or roll bring life and movement to a room while saving space.

Pop of Color: One of the latest crazes has been light grey wood. But it can grow stale or boring. Dress up your neutrals with a jolt of color. At Las Vegas Market there has been a pop of color trend showing up in rustic pieces, where the color really emphasizes the contrast between the rough edges and a smooth, modern finish.

Watch Anthony Baratta's video here:
Retro Redefined: Forms from the 40s, 50s and 60s are now being made with materials to make the look more modern. These pieces give a whimsical element to any room, and offer more compatibility with today’s design options.

Black and White – the ultimate neutral: Black and white allows color to stand out in a room, and can bring a room to life. A lot of the black and white pieces at this year’s Las Vegas Market are very graphic, which really allows a piece to give a room a whole other dimension.

Chrome in the Home: Chrome gives any piece a clean, fresh look. Las Vegas Market featured countless retro pieces that were updated with a chrome element. Chrome adds a nice sparkle to a room and will work in both modern and traditionally designed homes, giving them a sharp, crisp finish.

“We are very proud of the reputation Ahead of the Curve has gotten over the last few years,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers, World Market Center Las Vegas’ parent company. “We know that media, designers, buyers and mainstream consumers all anticipate what our trend forecasters will divulge. Fall is such a busy season for decorating so this is the perfect time to get ahead of next season’s trends.”

“I never tire of identifying the stand-out pieces and trends year-after-year,” said Susanna Salk, design expert and author. “Las Vegas Market has an amazing variety of products, from very luxurious high-end manufacturers, to very affordable well-built pieces and even the more obscure, whimsical pieces.”

“This is my first time at Las Vegas Market,” said Baratta. “I’ve found the experience to be incredibly inspiring. I have found some great new pieces to incorporate into current projects and have so many new ideas to take home to New York with me. I was non-stop shopping.”

“We had an amazing time going through each showroom and picking our favorites,” said Marks. “From comfort, to fun design elements, and great colors, this season’s Las Vegas Market really had it all. It was extremely difficult for me to narrow down my choices for the Ahead of the Curve presentation. There just wasn’t enough time to highlight all of my favorites.”

“Because I have a retail store I am always on the hunt to look for things, and was not disappointed here in Las Vegas,” said Turner. “I saw so many different types of things and spotted numerous trends and am excited to bring some of these things back to my own store in Los Angeles.”

LA designers have more fun! Nathan and Jeffrey, half of the Million Dollar Decorators crew, dressed in their blue blazers and looking smart in 100 degree heat.


by Marisa Marcantonio

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Ahead of the Curve panel discussion and webcast will shed light on upcoming season's hottest design trends. Featuring Bravo-TV's "Million Dollar Decorators" Jeffrey Alan Marks and Nathan Turner, along with Anthony Baratta, of New York design duo Diamond & Baratta. The design connoisseurs will be moderated by "Today" show style guru and design author Susanna Salk. The Ahead of the Curve cast will give an exclusive look at their favorite products and trends they've discovered at Summer Las Vegas Market. Join the conversation by submitting your questions and following the live Twitter Chat from @EditorAtLarge using the hashtag #AOTC.

Featured Presenters:

Jeffrey Alan Marks

Having lived in Paris and Milan for many years, where he worked as a model and then in design, his work also draws cues from Italian and French methods. Jeffrey Alan Marks studied design at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in England.

Jeffrey's colorful, laid back design style translates to the atmosphere at his firm, JAM Inc., which he started 15 years ago. From his offices housed in an old red brick warehouse in Santa Monica, the firm designs and develops luxury homes in America and the United Kingdom and develops commercial projects including restaurants and retail stores. Jeffrey's devoted client base is vast and includes luminaries from various industries around the world. Commercial projects include Tavern, the famed Suzanne Goin restaurant in Brentwood, and The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica.

Being viewed among the key players in the Los Angeles Design Community, Jeffrey is included in the Designers Circle in the San Francisco Antique Show and on the host Committee of the Los Angeles Antiques Show. He is included in House Beautiful's Top 100 designer list and featured in major magazines including Elle Décor, German Architectural Digest, and the British In Style Home. His line of custom furniture is sold through A Rudin Showrooms across America and a new custom lighting line is in the works, along with a coffee table book slated for release in early 2012.

Anthony Baratta

Anthony Baratta began his interior design career with William Diamond thirty years ago after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Art History. The two have combined their talents to create their own design language which is a balance between patterns, color, history, luxury, and ultimately what is modern.

Baratta’s work has been seen in such magazines as House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, and Veranda. Anthony’s own homes have appeared in the New York Times Magazine on three separate occasions and have made the cover of both Architectural Digest and World of Interiors. Diamond Baratta has also been recognized over 40 times on the cover of such magazines worldwide: Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and The World of Interiors. In 2003, Diamond and Baratta were featured in New York’s Cooper-Hewitt “National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now”.

Additionally, Diamond & Baratta have created three fabric collections with Lee Jofa and four collections with Stark Carpet. Anthony is especially proud of their two released books, “Diamond Baratta Design”, with Bullfinch Press and “All-American” with Pointed Leaf Press.

Last year, Diamond and Baratta were named as one of twenty design icons in Traditional Home. They were also the first interior design team to receive Benjamin Moore’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nathan Turner

A fourth-generation Californian, Nathan Turner grew up in San Francisco bay area, surrounded by a large extended family. Deeply rooted in California heritage, He spent many weekends at the family ranch in Northern California, where they would ride horses, raise cattle and cook scrumptious meals. Indeed, home is where Nathan’s taste for adventure was born, and something he expresses through his travels and eclectic lifestyle.

Nathan attended St. Mary’s College of California where he graduated with a degree in business. He then lived abroad in France and Italy, where he studied the area’s language, art history, and honed his culinary skills.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Nathan successfully merged his greatest passions - design, travel and food - into his eponymous shop. Located on North Almont Drive in Los Angeles, Nathan’s store has become an expression of his years traveling, a faithful source for the country’s leading interior designers, as well as some of the most stylish individuals from coast to coast. An avid cook, Nathan equipped his store with a full kitchen so that he could host intimate dinners and parties on site.
Nathan’s parties, products, and designs have been featured in major national and regional publications including Domino, Vogue Living, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Food & Wine, and C Magazine.

In 2008 Nathan launched the Nathan Turner for Elite Leather collection of upholstered furniture.
Currently, Nathan stars on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators”.


Susanna Salk

Susanna Salk grew up in Essex, Massachusetts and got her B.A. in English at Vassar College and then moved to Manhattan where she helped launch Elle Decor as Interior Design Manager. She later became a Contributing Editor.

In 2003, she joined House and Garden Magazine, where she was, until its closing, Special Projects Editor.

Today, Salk appears regularly on NBC's "Today Show" to discuss design style for the home. She is also a Contributing Editor to 1stdibs.com, and ivillage.com.

Salk is the author of Assouline's "A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style," as well as "Weekend Retreats" and "Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play," (both by Rizzoli.) Her next book—out in 2011— will celebrate a compilation of international interiors shot by renowned photographer Oberto Gili.

She has just begun writing "Be Your Own Decorator and Be Inspired By the Greats," to be published by Rizzoli in 2012.

Salk lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.