(MoneyWatch) Just as fashion changes the way we dress, new trends in design captivate builders and buyers and alter the way we live.
But unlike bell bottoms or thick-rimmed glasses, these trends take much longer to develop. Some design elements in a home, such as a captive kitchen, become less popular over decades, while others, such as air conditioning, become necessities.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its “2012 Characteristics of New Housing” report, which provides annual statistics on the kind of homes buyers are snapping up as well as the kind of homes builders are building.
“Museo, a store in Kansas City specializing in classic and contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories by leading international designers, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 1987, Steve Maturo founded Steve Maturo & Associates, a multi-line manufacturers representative group promoting products for corporate interiors, higher learning and health care, in Kansas City, Mo.
Museo (museousa.com) is his retail showroom, where he sells 25 lines including products from B&B Italia, Kartell and Cassina.
Maturo, just back from meeting with vendors and scouting new manufacturers at the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy, talked about his business and some of his discoveries abroad.”
“The 23rd edition of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, held from 5–7th June at Tokyo Big Sight, concluded successfully with a record-breaking 705 exhibitors (473 domestic, 232 overseas) from 32 countries and regions, and welcomed 25,456 visitors. The fairground was vibrant, with buyers from around the world searching for high-end design products, trends and new ideas to meet their diverse lifestyle needs. Numerous business-seeking participants gathered at the stage for the talk-show event Lifestyle Salon 2013 throughout the three days.
Etty Meerovitch, owner of Habitat Israel, says: “I was very impressed by the fair’s organisation and presentation. Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is an interesting, innovative, selective and well-oriented trade fair. I found new companies, new contacts and new products. There were Japanese companies that I didn’t know of before as well as a good selection of international brands.””
“What’s trending in the world of interior design colours? Yes, just as the paint has dried on the expensive redecorating project in the kitchen, the beautiful shade chosen has dropped out of fashion! It seems that just as trends wax and wane in the fickle world of haute couture, art, music and film, the same happens in interior design.
This begs the question, how can we avoid choosing the wrong colours for the planned re-vamp of the house? Read on and discover which colours are on the rise and which have been consigned to the remainder bins in a DIY outlet near you.”