by Marisa Marcantonio

After hitting ITMA Showtime, the annual invitation-only textile show in High Point, I learned a thing or two about the business of fabric sourcing, and got a peek behind the curtain on what trends are coming soon to a fabric showroom near you.  Along with a great group of like-minded bloggers, I was invited to explore the textile array. I had heard the show, the largest of its kind in the US, was a complete 360 from High Point Furniture Market as far as scale, that everything was done appointment only, and that fabric houses from around the world show up to source from it. It was indeed a much more intimate and manageable scale, with the entire show occurring in one building, Market Square. If you have been to furniture market, then you know, it requires laser like focus, a thorough knowledge of what is where and what has relocated, a pre-arranged appointment schedule, comfortable shoes, and a fresh pair of eyes each day. Since this show was solely textiles, it was refreshingly focused. I went eager to see what ideas were bubbling up. Fabric companies source for their collections here. Since houses can't work with every mill, it makes sense to visit them when they are all in one place. They can fill in gaps for weaves or prints they have been searching for. The trick seems to be getting exclusives on those pieces they feel are really directional, so they can tell a specific design story.   Otherwise, they run the risk of a fabric being available in a few places, perhaps diluting its special-ness. So, what print, pattern, texture and colors were eye-catching this market?  Some examples-- prints are taking their cue from fashion (at a much slower cadence) and old-school classics are being re-interpreted,  ethnic inspiration is very much still present, embroidery and quilting is getting even more elaborate and varied, lodge-inspired motifs that evoke a bucolic country life are ramping up in popularity especially in Southern markets, and artistic individuality is being asserted more. Read on to find out the direction textiles will be moving in.

 Leather hides as far as the eye can see from Moore and Giles. Candy colors, including pastels and Skittles hues make leather an option in any interior-matching shade.

The lavender was beautiful

 A procession of courtly figures wearing bright old timey clothing makes for a fun historically-inspired novelty print.

  A playful triangular patterned woven with gradient fluorescent colors

A fruity colored mix of citrus hues in a great looking graphic geometric woven pattern

The artistic vibe is still very much at play, here the paint splatter look is interpreted in a lush silk weave.

Velvet embroidered with S-Curve squiggles has a unique take. I say, the brighter the better.

A large scale Greek Key stripe in a pale green 

Well, because its fun. What looks like a pixelated circular digital print with a reinterpreted quilt feel

Expect to see more tribal geo's in the market soon, like the version above, and even more colorful

A linear Kuba cloth pattern with oversized lattice is toned-down tribal

 A chic oversized black and white cut velvet geometric lattice from a mill in Spain

Interesting wovens include African-inspired weaves

Muted earthy hues and subtle geometric patterns are hallmarks of this new rustic "Lodge Style" stripe

The casual style of a flax colored woven stripe has French overtones


This is also the place where many American fabric houses go to find trims. 

Caning is a traditional preppy mainstay, so the world will be better off with this new tape trim in navy, hot pink and leaf green

I love the mix of materials and embroidery I saw. This radiating circle pattern on sophisticated colored grounds was wonderful

A two-sided fringe with delicate applique down the center ribbon has charm and endless uses


by Marisa Marcantonio

 As I explored aisle after aisle at NY Now (the new name for the New York Gift Show), I was thinking about what stylistic directions I was seeing. When it comes to trends, there are mini trendlets bubbling up, but very few major stylistic shifts are emerging as strong front runners. Ikat and chevron patterns were few and far between,  yet their replacements have not risen to the top yet. There was less furniture, more decorative accessories. Finding  specific trends to spotlight was a bit of a challenge this show. Perhaps less new intros are reflective of an economy in flux, or companies are giving older designs a chance to take root. What I did see was a plethora of natural wood cutting boards,  crisp linear modern furnishings, lucite, and irregular shaped white unglazed plates that seemed to be everywhere I turned.  For a show that was supposed to provide reams of inspiration for holiday, that category was fairly low key. A few key indicators point to the thematic trends explored below.  All in all, the "mini movements" I have seen are: The Stone Age, Brights, Surrealism, Tribal/Nomadic Globalism, Natural Materials, Living Things. 


 Photo courtesy of  Atipico

A reflective surface that resembles a giant cut gemstone from Italian high design company Atipico was incredibly chic. It would work wonders in a sleek modern interior.

Made Goods boxes covered in woven raffia with semi-precious agate closures

 Small malachite boxes with gold edging from Rablabs

 Photos courtesy of Rablabs

Known for their sumptuous decorative objects like coasters made of geodes edged in gold, New York-based Rablabs gives crystals and semi-precious stones the glamour treatment.  In their newest additions, the  Illumina Collection pairs the stones with brass and wood, creating functional decorative items that have a Mid Century Modern feel. Crafted by artisans in New York City as well as Brazil, the Illumina Amethyst box with sphere accent  is an elegant statement accessory.

Paired with Crystal, the tailored box is monochromatic

A dash of pale pink from Rose Quartz for a feminine edge

For a masculine take, Tiger's Eye

When it comes to lighting a dining room or adding some shimmer to a mantel, nothing can compare to the glow beautiful candlesticks provide. Their brand new coordinating Illumina Candlesticks are just gorgeous. Paired with Amethyst orbs, the linear design is not over wrought, it is just enough semi precious stone.

Illumina with spheres of Crystal that look make it look as though the column of brass is floating

Illumina with Moss Agate spheres work with a host of colors

 Launched at tabletop market, Mottahedeh's Tony Duquette blue lapis china pattern 


 Bungalow 5's Aurora lamp looks like stacked spools, the shape of the column makes it a fun Americana-inspired piece

Decoupage glass trays in bright stripes at John Derian

Brightly striped vases from Richard Mishaan and Frederic de Luca for Tozai

A curvy settee with Mid Century influence from Julian Chichester

Going bold, a classic Chichester serpentine front chest in high gloss purple paint

 Inventive storage shelves in a Chichester piece, lined in hot pink suede

The Harper, a  sweet little upholstered chair from Jonathan Adler, done up in orange felt with navy piping. My kind of color!

A cross between a baseball mitt and a vintage find, Jonathan Adler's cool seat


Italian company Seletti taps innovative designers to create the unexpected. Mutidish, Maxime Ansaiu's reinvention of blue and white china with a conjoined row of plates is amazing. Depicting Dutch classic landscapes, the repetitive nature of the design is mesmerizing.

Additional porcelain designs from the Multidish collection

I can't get enough of Seletti's china that is half and half, fusing traditional patterns that are divided down the center of the plates.

 Beloved Magritte designs captured on melamine from Art Editions

Maison Martin Margiella

Feather clock with arms made from pheasant feathers and a Cabinet of Curiosities orb design


Zen Zulu's telephone wire baskets in graphic combinations. What a wonderfully clean design from African artisans

Zen Zulu's beaded pieces mounted on stands

Beautiful and useful, Design Afrika's woven baskets are works of art

A larger of variety every shape and size


 A new wood desk from Dunes and Duchess featuring their stacked sphere detailing

 A minimalist picnic table and benches of reclaimed wood from warm modern company, Lostine

Cut out shapes of plaques and blue ribbons give new company Sir/Madam's wooden cutting boards a cheeky sense of style

Substantial chunky cutting boards with painted edges from Canvas


Squash crafted from gilded metal framed in plexi shadowboxes created by Tommy Mitchell

A plexi framed deer print from Grace and Blake, using recolored antique prints reinvents the past

Natural Curiosities framed pieces included palm fronds sprayed in monochromatic black or white

Shell intaglios captured in glass paperweights designed by shell purveyor,  Karen Robertson

 I had seen these plates in Europe and am taken with their intricately detailed sealife designs. I was thrilled to spot them making their foray into the American market. Lifelike fish and lobsters from their Fruits de Mer collection cover the surface of Jersey Pottery's china, and feature each crustacean's details along the rim of the plate.


by Marisa Marcantonio

With summer comes a slowing down. Longer days, warmer weather and vacation time on the horizon add up to a general change of pace. Switching gears is a good thing. Try to enjoy the fleeting days to come, and hopefully these turtles will aid in the promotion of  a vacation state of mind.

Photo courtesy of Karen Robertson

Add interest to your wall with texturally interesting pieces like Karen Robertson's hand-painted Brown Hawksbill Turtle, made from a mold of the real thing.

Photo courtesy of Katie Ridder Wallpapers

When an interior designer with a flair for fabric and wallpaper design creates a new pattern that is this much fun, it is hard to resist sharing it.  Known for her great sense of color and hand-drawn artistic designs, the new Katie Ridder Wallpaper pattern with a large sized sea turtle swimming is a transporting pattern.  Here, a sneak peak of the soon to be released Sea Turtle Wallpaper in Blazer red, available through Holland and Sherry and Harbinger in LA. I hope an outdoor fabric in the pattern comes next,  just think of the possibilities...

Photo courtesy of August Morgan

Politely remind guests to take it easy on the sauce with August Morgan's adorable (and well-priced) embroidered turtle napkins.

Photo courtesy of Barneys

Need a gift for the person who has everything? Chances are they do not already own an engraved silver pill box with a turtle on the top. Made in England by Ari D. Norman, you can track down this little gem at Barneys  and gift to said partygiver above to hold their  hangover helping Aleve stash.

Photo courtesy of Aerin

Every table can benefit from the addition of something whimsical. Adding this little stoneware glazed Turtle from Aerin to a dinner table or side table is a conversation starter.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Have a friend that is really into their bar and the stylish accessories it holds? Chances are their collection of bottle openers will be enhanced and enlivened by the addition of this rugged Turtle Bottle Opener at Pottery Barn

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Covering a bit of ground at 20" in diameter, Anthropologie's blue and green glazed ceramic Sea Turtle Planter will make a statement in the garden amidst a sea of green.