Trend Watch with Standard Magazine

Guest Post from Kelly LaPlante

I am thrilled to begin sharing trend-predictions with you—something we do in Newsreel Trend Predictor, which is a regular section of Standard. Not to toot our own horn, but we are pretty good at it. What happens in the world very much affects what happens in design—and we truly enjoy sharing these connections so you can buy with confidence, knowing what trends will be long-lasting (so you can buy well and buy once) and what will just be a flash-in-the-pan! Let's jump right in with a two major influences that we're talking about in the current issue of the magazine.

1 Remembering Elizabeth: The Hollywood Regency movement has had one foot out the door for more than a year now...but with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor (who absolutely personified the movement when it had its first go-round) we're lingering a bit longer. While we might have expected to be utterly sick of all things lacquered, gilded, draped and geometrically-repeating by now, we're actually going to have a mini-resurgence this summer before the movement officially is "over" this fall.

Our advise? Enjoy the last drops...but if you are going to invest in a piece, try to find something that hints at the movement but is a little more on the classic side, like this table by Natalie Norcross.

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2 A Quiet Strength. Japan. My God, what an amazing country. We have always been influenced by them when it comes to design—especially in the art of Wabi-Sabi (the idea that there is unmatched beauty in age in imperfection). At Standard, we adore how their less-is-more approach helps to subtly nudge over-consuming Americans toward beautiful simplification. Now all eyes are on the Japanese as they begin their rebuild—we expect that they will wow us with innovation, technology, form and structure over the next few years.

In our own design scene, you can expect to see some intriguing forms coming into play. Structural "building blocks" in all shapes and sizes are going to appear in furniture design and even in casual decor items—but don't be fooled into thinking that this means more of that modular Northern-European look—the Japanese are much more artful (think origami).

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This is a movement you can, and should, invest in. Well-built pieces that come out of this new era of design (like this table by Matt Gagnon) will be in your collection for the rest of your life.

See you again in two weeks for more trend-predictions!

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