Our dynamic 2021 Style Spotters team embodies the best qualities of our industry. In this report, you will see eight unique design perspectives, a razor-sharp focus on design trends, and an ear for the stories behind the extraordinary products they discovered. You will also see the vibrancy and innovation displayed at Spring 2021 Market, a true testament to the resilience of the home furnishings industry after an exceptionally difficult year.
The Style Spotters noted a juxtaposition of two major philosophical approaches in current design. One is that the streamlined profiles of Art Deco and the emergence of vibrant colors and bold patterns, first observed at the October 2020 Market, are clearly gaining momentum. The celebration of luxurious fabrics and finishes seemed to represent optimism and celebration as we emerge from the pandemic. The color stories were diverse, but green and blue remained very strong and spice tones such as ocher, cinnamon, and umber, as well as cognac and terracotta took center stage. Black wood finishes were a standout for their graphic strength and gravitas.
Materiality, particularly organic materials such as jute, rope, and pencil rattan, as well as unexpected combinations of materials, captured the attention of designers. We’re seeing greater use of leather and stone in lighting. Burls, artisan finishes like Venetian plaster, and the mixing of Lucite with wood created design tension, energy, and a tactile experience that beckoned to be touched.
The rich palette of materials was further enhanced by strong architectural references and sinuous, elegant forms such as the new McGuire Collection by Thomas Pheasant. There were clear references to iconic sculptors such as Brancusi, and the hammered finishes of Giacometti were omnipresent throughout Market. The pandemic appears to have allowed product designers the opportunity to reflect on iconic personalities from our past and bring their visionary aesthetics forward in innovative ways. This surge of creativity extended to the Style Spotters team as well with three members launching collections.