Designer Snapshot: Looking for Inspiration
February 27, 2013
By Paula M. Bodah
Designers look far and wide for inspiration, ideas and new products. Tracy Davis, of Urban DwellingsÂ in Portland, Maine, found plenty to get excited about when she traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, in January for the annual HeimtextilÂ show. â€œTrade shows keep my foundation ofÂ ideas fresh,â€ Tracy says. â€œI don’t care to do the same thing over and over.â€ The largest textile trade fair in the world offered a dizzying array of products that Tracy looks forward to sharing with her clients. Here are a few of the things she fell in love with.
Eco WallpapersÂ â€œaren’t your grandmother’s wallpaper,â€ Tracy says. These bold, daring papers are part of the reason why wallpaper is making a comeback in a big way. Among her favorites:
Eco’s Revival collection draws its inspiration from the graphic patterns characteristic of the 1950s and ’60s, like the boomerang pattern here, yet it exudes a contemporary and modern feel.
Eco’s Wood collection plays with the light, shadows and shapes found in nature.
The Exclusive collection is all about making a statement with bright, bold colors and interesting textures. Here, velvet flowers (who said floral wallpaper was passÃ©?) bloom on a background with hints of metallic shine.
These molded plastic pieces designed by Ulf Mortis for Orac DecorÂ come in a dozen shapes to be mixed and matched for decorative effects from whimsical to elegant. The pieces come primed and ready to be painted any color. â€œIt’s such a cool way to add dimension to a space,â€ Tracy says.
Finally, Tracy was wowed by the new sheer fabrics for window treatments, like this one, called Clipper, from Kinnasand Textiles. â€œSheers are hot right now,â€ she says. â€œThey’re doing away with the idea that windows need to be covered, not seen.â€