Saturday, June 25, 2011

To Market, To Market....2011

Re-purpose, Re-use and Re-cycle was definitely the green theme of the June 2011 market held at the World Trade Center in Dallas, Texas.

I attended the home and gift show to see the trends influencing the next year.

Natural materials re-cycled and re-used in organic designs were the themes of many showrooms.

Etched mirrors  mimicking salvaged materials were strong last year and the techniques are even better this time! Stenciled designs are etched in and antiqued.

Graphics are still strong, antique prints are scanned and used in trays, lampshades and other re-purposed ways.

The designs give the feel of heritage and antiquity.

 Salvaged canvas  with stenciled graphics is even stronger this year. Seen in pillows, satchels and bedding, this once commercial look is now interpreted for home use.

The influence of a lean economy has taught us all to re-use, re-purpose and re-think our purchasing practices. Finding a new way to use an old item in our environment is now the chic thing to do!


Mark D. Ruffner said...

One of the things that makes recycled art so delightful is that it makes us see whatever the materials might be with a fresh perspective. The show looks like the source of much inspiration.

Brillante Interiors said...

Re- ...Hope it will stay with us and grow while at the same time we support the new design ideas when worth it.

Karena said...

It does encourage us to use our imaginations and think outside of the box!

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MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Architectural fragments are now my most sought after pieces. The new uses are without limit..with a creative mind.

Glad to see the gift show is spotlighting the benefits of re-inventing.

home before dark said...

Love architectural fragments. It's always the story that draws me in and enchants.

helen morris said...

Hi Theresa,
A company in Sweden sells numeral stencils in the same typepface as the ones used on the bag...which are a bit lovely. They are I recommend using the translation facility if visiting.
I was given some sacking from the Grand Marnier factory near Paris, it might make some strong and fragrant stenciled bags.

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