Last Thursday I scouted the Architectural Digest Home Design Show for outdoor furniture and accessories. I wasn’t just looking for pieces, I was shopping the market for trends and innovations as well. I found all three–great pieces, emerging trends and technical innovations that will ultimately result in new pieces and trends. I will post what I found in all three categories over the next week or two, but today I’ll start with a trend forecast.
The most obvious of the emerging trends is something I’m going to call Rough Refinement. It is the juxtaposition of rough hewn elements with sophisticated design and often other more industrial materials. These pieces would be at home in a naturalistic garden as well as one that is cool and contemporary.
Douglas Thayer makes benches and other furniture from reclaimed materials and concrete. The two shown here use ipe reclaimed from Coney Island’s boardwalk.
Board by Design had some beautiful rocking chairs, but I liked these Japanese inspired lanterns fabricated from blocks of elm and powder coated steel the best.
In a similar vein, architect Eugene Stoltzfus’ Hercules IV table would be at home on a patio or in a secret woodland garden.
Last in this trend is the continuation of recycled fragments and industrial parts that are turned into furniture. Although this has been popular for several years, Arms and Barnes twisted the Rough Refinement idea adding the natural after the industrial with tables made specifically for growing moss that incorporated found pieces and new concrete.
The NY Times alluded to this as a fashion trend this week which I read after I wrote this piece. Next up will be some furniture and object picks…