1. Everybody's Feeling Blue Pantone may have proclaimed tangerine dream as the color of the year, but it was blue that I saw repeated most often in showroom after showroom. Clockwise: Martha Stewart wore a blue shirt dress at the launch of her fine furniture line. Multi-hued blue chair at Drexel. Teal velvet sectional at American Leather. Blue slipcovered chairs at Lee Industries.
2. It's in the Seams it Seems Designs are starting to have some fun with seams. I noticed this flange seam used on sofas at both Lee Industries (left) and Natuzzi (right).
3. Life in Contrast Contrast welting popped up all over the place. Clockwise: Red welting on a gray sofa at Natuzzi. Yellow velvet high back sofa with gray welting at Drexel. White welting on patterned chairs, also at Drexel. Purple welting on a khaki sofa at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams.
4. When the Going Gets Tufted Button tufting showed up on both classic and more modern designs. Clockwise: Tufted gray velvet sofa at Dwell Studio. Tufted wing back headboard at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams. Leather tufted chair, also at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams. Button tufted wingback at Julian Chichester. Images: Jason Loper and Maxwell Gillingham Ryan