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    Multifunctional outdoor pieces like these from Janus et Cie, illustrate the runway trend of folded and twisted materials.

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    Furniture designers are looking to the runways for inspiration, and this avian-inspired look hails straight from the sky.

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    Old Hollywood has made it to the runway and is headed for home furnishings stores. Watch for glitz, glamour, sparkle and attention to detail, like in this pillow from Callisto Home.

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    This bench from Vanguard offers a new take on the glamour of Old Hollywood.

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This bench from Vanguard offers a new take on the glamour of Old Hollywood.


More Runway Themes

Here are a few more trends inspired by the runway:

  • Tribal design themes; Native American-inspired prints; chevron and medallion patterns

  • Clear, transparent materials; creative illusions; acrylic and lucite looks

  • Mid-century modern; Mad Men-inspiration; clean lines; Scandinavian references

  • Heavy metal; luxe looks from haute couture; Rose gold; high-tech fabrications

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  • Fashion-Inspired Furnishings

    See how furniture designers are translating runway looks for today's homes.

    by Trisha McBride Ferguson

    For decades furniture designers have looked to the runway for inspiration. So, it comes as no surprise that what we see in women's fashion eventually makes its way from our closets onto our couches. Many of today's hottest looks in home furnishings mirror the fashions that are on trend at present. Here's a behind-the-scenes preview from the High Point Market illustrating the amazing looks we can expect to see more of in retail stores—both apparel and furniture—this year.


    Birds of a Feather

    When it comes to fun patterns and playful motifs, furniture is going to the birds. And you can blame it on designers from Mulberry, Thomasville, Gabby and Tourmaline Home. It's a theme based on flights of fancy, feathered embellishments, and everything aviary. Take a look at the inspiration and the interpretation of this emerging style.

    birdsRunway inspiration

     b2Home furnishings interpretation by Thomasville.


    Old Hollywood Style

    In furniture as well as fashion, what's old is new again. The glamour of Old Hollywood is reflected in the colors, shapes and finishes of today's apparel and home furnishings. But why Old Hollywood? Simply because it's common in times of economic stress to see styles move in one of two ways—nostalgic or aspirational. And the Old Hollywood theme offers a bit of both.

     oldhRunway inspiration from Ralph Lauren and interpretation from Arteriors.


    To create the glamorous Old Hollywood look, expect design cues such as Art Deco references, gilt surfaces, Jazz Age sizzle, and Great Gatsby-like simplicity.

    bedGlamour and luxury combine in this bed from Hickory Chair.


    In the Fold

    Furniture is taking a new twist with this fashion-forward direction. Inspired by the twists and folds of various materials, these furnishings are sleek and contemporary with a focus on line, color and material.

    47-18Origami-like inspiration from the runway.


    dffaeBernhardt's twist on the theme.