Markets & Innovations

Interior design is an art form that is influenced by many factors and is ever changing. Each year, experts are privy to a behind the scenes, private showing of the market trends and innovations for the upcoming year. It gives us a chance to understand where the styles are going so we can better prepare our showroom and staff. These innovations are too good to keep a secret so we’ve decided to share some of our favorites.


Get Muving

Muvman – sounds like an order to “get going” when in fact it is a wonderful new sit to stand seating solution.  The center post offers lateral motion and a thirteen inch height adjustment range. This low impact, subtle, intuitive motion makes sitting and standing healthy, dynamic and fun.  It is a great perching stool.

We have all heard about the study of ergonomics – the definition comes from the Greek word ergon meaning work, and nomoi meaning natural laws. It is the science of refining the design of products to optimize them for human use. Human characteristics, such as height, weight, and proportions are considered, as well as information about human hearing, sight, temperature preferences, and so on. Ergonomics is sometimes known as human factors engineering.

Computers and related products, such as computer desks and chairs, are frequently the focus of ergonomic design. A great number of people use these products for extended periods of time — such as the typical work day. If these products are poorly designed or improperly adjusted for human use, the person using them may suffer unnecessary fatigue, stress, and even injury.

Four health benefits from working in an “ergonomic” position are the following

  1. Longer life expectancy
  2. You burn more calories
  3. Improved posture and circulation
  4. increased energy and stress reduction.

We are very excited to have these products on the floor. This US company has some other wonderful seating solutions to help you get the most of your time at work and home.

The Sit-Stand Desk – Rise with the touch of a button

Four Surprising Health Benefits

  1. Longer Life Expectancy – Did you know that you could live longer simply by standing up more and sitting down less? Studies show that active people have a longer life expectancy than their sedentary counter- parts. Sitting at a desk for long periods of time can actually cause physical harm. As you sit, fat accumulates in your heart, liver, brain and other organs. Your muscles lose their tone and definition, and your body tires more easily. Sitting also places more pressure or “static” loading on the upper body than standing. Standing relieves the pressure on your back by 40%. So rather than growing tired in a seated position, why not give your back a rest by standing for a short time.
  2. Burn More Calories – How many calories can you burn by switching from a sit-down desk to a stand-up desk? More than you think. A Sit-Stand Desk can help you avoid the health pitfalls of sitting down all day. In fact, you can burn up to a third more calories during the course of a seven-hour workday if you stand up. If you are trying to lose or manage your weight, the calories can really add up.
  3. Increase Energy & Reduce Stress – A Sit-Stand Desk increases your focus, alertness and activity level allowing you to more easily release restless energy. Combine that with the good circulation, stable blood sugar and the active metabolism that standing requires – and it is easier to focus on the task at hand. Standing while working also helps energy levels by fighting off the naturally occurring slumps and bouts of fatigue that often happen mid morning or early afternoon.

Isn’t it time you stood up for your health?

One of the benefits of this desk is it’s ability to improve posture & circulation. A Sit-Stand Desk encourages you to stay active throughout the day, improving circulation, posture and core strength. Movement is a good way to keep your muscles engaged and it keeps the blood flowing to improve overall circulation helping you stay fit and healthy.

Spring Market 2014

Here are a few of my favorites…

Wonderful Fabrics with Unusual Textures
A form of burnout was everywhere. This multi-level texturing made the colors magical. One changed from blue to grey to a soft lilac depending on where the light hit it. Some vendors used it just on pillows and accent pieces and others were more brave and did whole sectionals.

Brushed Gold
The vendors who did this well were few and far between but when it is right it is a soft rich brushed gold and is a fabulous neutral which really works with everything. Don’t dare call it brass!,

Large oversize pears, apples, cherries and even peppers complete with tall elegant stems were seen at most accessory booths and decorating the furniture showrooms. The most common (and beautiful to me) were the high gloss rich colored ones. However the material they were made from ran the gauntlet from glass and porcelain to plaster and wood. Colors were mostly black, white, red, lime green and yellow.

The animal/bird of the day was definitely the owl. From realistic glasses to free form wire and wood the owl peered out from many places.
Fabric Trends
Fun and color is back but more as an accent or when two toning a chair or sofa. The taupes, creams and soft grays remain the most common neutral. Accent colors continue to be orange, purple and that electric yellow green. Prints are fabulous and a couple of the more creative vendors are doing laser print and having their own exclusive fabrics.

Ethnic Accessories
Many of the vendors had reproductions of art pieces from different countries. The reproductions look realistic and soften contemporary
Art and Furniture from Mother Nature
The tree root table bases continue to be popular and come from a variety of trees. Petrified wood table tops have entered the mix and look good with either a contemporary chrome or polished stainless base or a traditional metal base. Live edge dining table tops are perched on a variety of bases. Gemstones, minerals, crystals and geodes get adapted into accessories and art pieces and make glamorous accent pieces. The use of recycled parts has struck a deep chord with the green movement and with creative manufacturers. Using old bottles, old shutters, discarded bicycle and manufacturing parts has produced some wonderful accent and conversation pieces.

No wonder we all love market – all the things we need to stimulate our creative juices. We tried to buy as many of these ‘trends’ as we possibly could and I can’t wait for them to start arriving at the back door.

Just back from 5 days in High Point and the spring market. As always it is a time for all Designers and Retailers to recharge, see what is new and exciting and to shop for the next 6 months. It was a great market filled with optimism, excitement and a few constants.

How would you redesign the sofa?

How would you improve the traditional sofa? You might expect more design, more down filled, more choice but those requests were not on this survey! Turns out we are all pretty much the same. Furniture Today and posed this question to over 5000 people in various age groups. The number one request from Baby Boomers to Gen X and to Millennial’s was a docking station or charger for electronics. Audio speakers were a very distant second for Millennials and Gen X and reading lights were a distant second for Baby Boomers. Seems we are all attached to those cell phones, tablets and iPads! Interestingly several of the new power recliners have this option, so the future is now!

Other features mentioned were a tablet computer stand, LED mood lights, Bluetooth controls for things like the thermostat and appliances, storage compartments, cup holders and side tables. Not your Grandmother or even your Mother’s sofa that is for sure!!