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Spring Design

I wasn’t fortunate enough to make plans to attend this years Milan Furniture Week, which just ended. I followed with envy as friends and showrooms posted pretty pictures on Instagram. I did however take the time to check out some of the newest designs unveiled recently at the San Francisco Design Center. Color, texture, precise detailing…here are a few of the trends which I observed.

Pops of Color. Fresh, vibrant yellow and green made a strong showing. Clearly the design world is taking its cue from fashion. It is refreshing to see a bright yellow chair on a grey day, but I prefer the lichen green for a cozy read.  Isn’t this what we need in the foggy Bay Area?


Richness of leather. Leather is being used in warm camel and wood tones, providing a visual rhythm and tactile warmth to any room.

Texture. Materiality and texture are having a strong presence, with chunky, tactile imperfection prized. Look for wicker, rattan, brushed wood, rope and hides to compliment your home.

Elegance and precision. There is still a strong showing for elegant, clearly crafted pieces, but often done in a restrained color palette. Look for details like metal legs, wide arms, simple proportions, and luxurious materials.

Mid-century revivals. Not dead yet, this segment of the design world continues to thrive, with new editions of classic pieces, and new pieces inspired by the classics.  I always recommend that you follow your heart, and choose things which you love regardless of their current standing in the fashion world.

 Poufs reign supreme. Our smaller urban living spaces demands flexibility and finesse. The somewhat stodgy ottoman is being reconfigured as a design element in its own right, to be seen and admired.

Saw these vases at the Fog Fair! Smart with the Holly Hunt ottomans.

Sofa’s are breaking up! Sectional sofas are being designed to work with our flexible, open floor plans. Backs disappear, tables are added, bookshelves surround. All work to make a room appear bigger.

David Bjørngaard, April 2017

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