It’s not your grandmother’s graffiti. Street art has become a celebrated art form, ranging from the classic bubble-style lettering to elaborate works of art. But urban art is usually temporary, whereas these items for the home will last a lot longer. —Andrea Lillo
Fresh, healthy cooking drove most of the introductions at the recent International Home + Housewares Show and gadgets were no exception. The best new gadgets master the tasks of grating, chopping, slicing, zesting and helping prepare meals at home. The one thing all of these tools have in common is that they are providing real solutions to real problems.
It’s an annual rite of spring—the launch of scores of new dinnerware, glassware and flatware patterns at the New York Tabletop Show, which takes place this month. In honor of spring (and in anticipation of the coming season) expect to see flowers bloom again, along with a smattering of insects and plenty of pastels. Two big licensed lines make their debut—Elie Tahari from Mikasa (see cover story) and Ted Baker from Portmeirion, which made its worldwide launch at Ambiente in February and will be shown for the first time in the U.S. this month.
Move over, silver and gold. Consumers have taken a shine to copper, strengthening the metallic mania in home furnishings. Copper’s warmer hues add sophistication to furnishings, whether alone or paired with another material. Here are a few new examples. —Andrea Lillo
Thousands of products will be unveiled this month at the annual International Home + Housewares Show. Here are new products that highlight a few of the significant trends attendees will see in Chicago.
This month’s New York Home Fashions Market will bring out new collections of textiles that vendors believe will dress up the home to consumers’ tastes in the months to come. Here is a sampling of what retail buyers will see during the week.—David Gill
From bath rugs to kitchen mats to area rugs, the New York Home Fashions Market will be the place to see what’s new for the mass market and beyond this season. With inspiration coming from such sources as nature, architecture—and bicycles—introductions will be sure to delight. — Andrea Lillo.