FROM BLOCK PRINTS TO FURNITURE INDIA AWAITS YOU

by Marisa Marcantonio

There is no denying the influence of India in interior design trends right now. The presence of block printing, rich vegetable dyes and inlay is welcomed, as the addition of ethnic details can add layers of history and visual impact to interiors. From Eat, Pray Love to Aman resorts, the lure of India old and new pulls us in a global direction where commerce and culture collide.
A traditional bone inlay chair made in Rajisthan has been reinterpreted for today by Made Goods with just enough ornamentation.


A gorgeous Moorish Garden Seat of alabaster from Belle Chasse Home has cut outs of architectural arches.

If you are too shy for a palm reader and would rather create your own destiny, you can always opt for these golden Gallicus Hands prints from Natural Curiosities.

The Gorka Mirror from Made Goods has a shimmering surface with hammered brass and reflective mirror that will add a touch of glamour to any setting.

Bright block printed bone picture frames with contrasting borders from Two's Company take the ethnic patterns to accessories in a new way. These are a nice way to bring a pop of color to a shelf or desk.

Printed fabric frames take me back to my Pierre Deux - adoring days in the early 1980's. These John Robshaw frames make great gifts and have a casual look to them, making them a welcome mix with more traditional frames.

Hand blocked bedding in pretty hues from Nandini Textiles are handmade in India

Creative patterns line the wall in Nandini prints.

Little hand drawn marching elephants make this Simrin Tray charming. The soothing green is a great color- not too bright not too pale.

Be seated! John Robshaw created new patterned mats and napkins for festive indoor and outdoor entertaining. He also used that wonderful shade of light green.

Vintage Indian textiles have been made into blankets at Vagabond Vintage. Choose from muted neutrals

or bold brights.

Tote your stuff around on the beach or city in this graphic canvas tote back from John Robshaw. I love this and wish I had it to cover the show!

ANIMALISTIC

by Marisa Marcantonio

Birds if a feather flock together, as the saying goes. From a herd of pigs to a parliament of owls, animals had their day at the gift show. Here is an assortment of those that narrowly avoided a banal life in the zoo.

Gien introduced a pattern with sea creatures centered on dinner plates.

Oly Studio's Petite Kedan Stool complete with cloven hooves and a curly lamb top.

A flight of swallows fly across the surface in a block printed ironing board cover from Simrin. Why not elevate an everyday activity?

5 ducks angle for the best view in an adorable standing lamp from Aid to Artisans.

A precious little mouse on a tiny needlepoint pillow from August Morgan. He has escaped his fellow horde...

Papier mache animal heads are the result of recycling, not big game hunting. From Aid to Artisans.

A curious owl perches on a log at Vellum.

A peacock painting on cream silk from Belle Chasse Home.

Curious little piggies at Roost.

A pack of dogs as hooks from Homart.

TREND REPORT FROM THE NEW YORK GIFT SHOW

by Marisa Marcantonio

I thought I would highlight the trends I saw over the last few days. From those just starting to form to full -fledged "there it is again", I wanted to show what is emerging. I chose the objects for their beauty, innovation, creative edge, unique material and color.
The natural world is still a major trend in the market. Naturalized not stylized flowers, leaves, sea life and animals were everywhere I turned. I saw a lot of natural wood, recycled material, natural finishes and rusticity. Embroidery and global influences are still very present. Ikats have been embraced as the next big print pattern, edging out suzanis. For color, there were many items done in bright cheerful colors including yellow, and also pastel shades were out there. Yes, the coral sprig is still being shown in bedding and on a few decorative accessories, believe it. After all spring is on the way!


NATURE MOTIFS



John Derian added fish and assorted animals to the mix.

A fairly young company called Simrin looked to the barnyard for inspiration. We are going through an Americana renaissance right now, and there seems to be a big barn fixation. Williams Sonoma Home did Modern Barn, and here is Animal Farm. The plastic trays are adorable and hearken back to simpler times.


The same animals make their debut on these burlap placemats from Simrin. Kids will love these.


Dransfield and Ross took the cocktail napkin to a whole new level. Monkeys love a good party too.


Aero Home expanded their porcelain accessories adding this passion flower.


Simrin also had a nice botanical touch. These Nature trays of varying size are great gifts for gardeners.


Oversized blooms and leaves flowing off the edges are lush and lifelike. The palette includes off colors like mustard and olive keeping these elegant. They are made in NYC, so I love them even more.


EMBROIDERY


The Twig pillow above is from the Private Collection by Dixie Rinehardt, a New York interior designer with a love of nature and Indian embroidery. She won Best New Product at the show! I can see why.


Double Red Sunflowers have great multi-colored petals and intense embroidery detail.


Also from The Weekend Cottage Collection, this detailed embroidery is very arts and crafts in color and design.


Sunflowers in teal.


More Sunflowers in cheerful Florida Key lime.


Chelsea Textiles has the best pillows that I show ad infinitum. Tonal sophistication and muted colors look great with a neutral color scheme. The embroidery on top of the print is a nice custom touch.

NATURAL MATERIALS


I found a great new mirror resource called Made Goods. The patinated metal deco Chloe above is so chic.


The company uses wonderful materials to great effect--the shell inlay and relief here looks gorgeous.


With global influences not going anywhere soon, this Syrian- inspired mirror is another beauty. Bone and resin with the scallop edge adds charm.


Roost worked wood into everyday objects.


Recycled glass and relaxed chic from Canvas through Ochre.

TEXTILES


Motel Deluxe, known for their gorgeous French papers, had gorgeous photo albums and journals in this rich eggplant and multi- colored ikat.


Manuel Canovas bedding got crazy with technicolor feathers.


Ikat silk pillows made in Cambodia come in sharp colors. Cambodge Collection, a pillow company started by designer Kerry Green, has a great assortment of silks in jewel tones. Get in touch with her to order, and to see swatches.