Trend Report: What We're Loving From NY Now

Cruising the miles of aisles at the enormous NY Now design show is a big job, but we made the trek and now we're sharing some of the biggest trends we spotted for spring. Remember, we told you first!

1. Paper everything

Is paper the material of the future? Possibly. We saw it on everything from furniture (here at essénti'ial) to tote bags to clothing. It's surprisingly durable, recyclable and soft. Just don't get caught out in the rain!

2. Double duty

We spotted plenty of gadgets that were doing double duty like this notebook/electronics holder (cleverly called Gecko from Mark's Tokyo Edge). Two uses for the price of one? Yes, please!

3. Organic ceramics

Ceramics this season were amazingly unique, showing us that it's okay and gorgeous when each individual plate or vessel has its own hand-crafted personality (here from Keith Kreeger). Imperfectly beautiful designs were everywhere and we saw lots of nature and sea-inspired patterns.

4. Mixed metals

Matchy-matchy is so over. We saw lots of examples of bold metal mixing and we're loving it, especially when it comes to adding new metals to the usual suspects we already have at home. It also adds a nice twist to classic designs like these loop candlesticks from black + blum.

5. Washi-mania

Our collective love affair with washi tape is still going strong. This gorgeous display of extra-wide Mt Casa tape at Top Hat was just one of several lust-worthy washi tape-filled walls we spotted. As always, we're loving the infinite combinations of pattern and color, the low commitment factor, and the endless DIY opportunities.

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(Image credits: Jennifer Hunter)