Trend Watch: Braids Are Back

Trend Watch: Braids Are Back

Braids are back in fashion for Fall 2011 and the trend is crossing over into home design. This nostalgic pattern creates a beautiful texture that can be used in unexpected places giving any interior a folksy modern twist.

Braiding has been a mainstay in the form of durable rugs in traditional homes. Yet, this pattern isn't often associated with hip contemporary design. It's actually this colloquial quality that makes braiding a charming and refreshing choice.

• Ikea's new Annorlunda Collection draws inspiration from the braiding techniques used in India and Vietnam. The results are rich classic furniture and accents with a lot of colorful character.

• Baltimore Roy Crosse's sculpture "The Wailing Wall" is a high art installation which raises questions about the efficacy of War, and notions about patriotism and nationhood. But, I can't help but think about how fantastic hanging multi-tonal braids would look as an alternative to boring curtains.

Johanna Landin's Purple Braid Lamp combines a clean glossy white stand with a large loose braided cord and shade. It's the sharp contrast that makes the design amusing.

• Ralph Lauren gives this silverware a bit of blue blood sophistication by adding braiding pattern.

• Dutch designer Bauke Knottnerus crafted large-scale braids out of foam to create comfortable seating and sleeping surfaces. Like Landin's lamp, it's the opposing design elements that make a brilliant furniture concept.

Images: 1. Baroness O. 2. Roy Crosse "The Wailing Wall" 3. Johanna Landin 4. Ralph Lauren: Equestrian Braid Braid Hostess Set 5. Bauke Knottnerus

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