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2014 Interior Design Industry Trends/Forecast: Colors & Finishes

Happy New Year to you and your families! Here are a few Industry Trends and my own forecasts to help you kick off the new year in style.

The Pantone Color of 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Using this color as an accent is a more realistic approach, then say, blanketing your walls with it.....

The NEW Jacques Garcia Collection @BakerFurniture

Just went to a terrific presentation at the Baker Showroom in Philadelphia's Marketplace Design Center introducing the new Jacques Garcia Collection. One word - FABULOUS!

James Caughman, Senior Sales and Marketing Executive, gave a superb presentation that thoroughly explained Jacques Garcia's extensive knowledge of historical furniture, interiors and decorative objects. This knowledge, as Caughman illustrated through his visual presentation, directly influenced many of the new designs. Tinges of exotic cultures and high fashion also served as inspiration for Garcia's pieces. All of the pieces are hand crafted in the US using artisan techniques at the Baker factory in North Carolina.

Dining with Duralee / Highland Court

I recently attended a wonderful small dinner meeting at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge for a few of Philadelphia’s design professionals, brought together by Robin Gordon, Duralee Vice President of Marketing & Advertising.

Textile Talk - Ardecora Fabric Collection by Zimmer+Rohde

I WAS RECENTLY SEARCHING FABRIC FOR A CLIENT AND CAME UPON SOME BEAUTIFUL, DIMENSIONAL DAMASKS WITH SOFT, ETHEREAL TONES. THESE ARE FROM THE ARDECORA COLLECTION PRODUCED BY ZIMMER+ROHDE, A EUROPEAN TEXTILE HOUSE WITH OVER 100 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY. THE ADORAZIONE PATTERN INCORPORATES SOPHISTICATED EMBROIDERY WITH THE CONTRASTING COLOR OF ITS CONTOURED THREAD AND RAISED RELIEF NEEDLEWORK WHICH SETS FLORAL MOTIFS APART FROM AN ELEGANT SHIMMERING BASE.

Color Trends @MaisonObjet Jan '13

Do you use Twitter? I was skeptical at first but find it useful in keeping on top of activities across the Interior Design community. Just the other day, I came upon this re-tweet from the US office of Maison et Objet (@MAISONOBJETusa), the premier international Home Fashion & Interior Design trade show held in Paris twice/year (I was there in September): After clicking, I entered the blog of Esha Gupta (@designpataki) an interior designer and blogger from Mumbai, India. The colors she highlighted in her original post pleasantly surprised me as they very similar to the winning furniture entry I designed for the Grange Colorful Exceptions Design contest last year!

Restaurant Interior Architecture - Next French Laundry or Original Saison?

I found a great story on Remodelista about a hot restaurant in San Francisco called Saison (Michelin 2 Star restaurant). Its genesis was in 2006 as a pop-up restaurant (open only one day/week with a $60 prix fixe menu) launched by Chef Joshua Skenes and sommelier Mark Bright in the Mission District. Saison has evolved into one of the premiere dining destinations on the west coast.

3D Print Me a House...

Have you heard about the Dutch architect firm (Universe Architecture) who is planning on building a house using a 3D Printer?

From Dezeen, the Landscape House will be printed in sections using a giant D-Shape printer, which can produce sections of up to 6 x 9 metres using a mixture of sand and a binding agent. The house has a looping form based on a Möbius strip

Take a Look at . . . Castillo di Sammezzano's Peacock Room

I stumbled upon this amazing Tuscan castle on the INSPIR3D websitesite. The main building of Castello di Sammezzano (20 minutes south east of Florence), was built  in the Hispano-Moresque style in 1605 with major renovations/additions occurring in the mid-late 1800's. It was later turned into a luxury hotel but fell into a state of disrepair and has been abandoned since 1999.

Save the date! HelpUsAdopt.org 4th Annual Spring Fashion Show at Neiman Marcus 3/12/2013

The 4th Annual Helpusadopt.org Spring Fashion Show and Cocktail Event will be Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:00pm at Neiman Marcus King of Prussia. The Spring Fashion Show and Cocktail Event at Neiman Marcus is one of their primary fundraisers in the Philadelphia region and includes cocktails, wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a full runway fashion show. I have attended this function in the past, met founder Becky Fawcett and am truly impressed and inspired by what they do!! This year Viola Interior Design, LLC will be a participating sponsor for this event.