“Of course, I’ve been expecting your call,” says Larry Laslo when we rang him up for bon mots on the matter of 2017 trends. Larry is on everyone’s call sheet when it comes to forecasting what’s new and next. He never disappoints.
He wanted to start with Greenery. In the world according to Larry, color trends are entirely cyclical. “It looks like green is about to have a moment – again,” he notes, referencing Pantone’s recent 2017 color pick. “I was smitten with Kelly Green at the last High Point Market. I think it might give Greenery a run for its money.”
- A RETURN TO THE CLASSICS, architecturally. Streamlined, ultra modern style may have had its day. I’m seeing more appreciation for classic architectural forms as a palette for self expression – not as the endgame – but a means to an end. That’s got 2017 written all over it.
2. GO TO THE GARDEN. Real is going to be hot in 2017. Perhaps a response to artifice? I can’t say, but clearly, design motifs honoring nature – real flowers, natural tactile fabrics, luminous wood grains, stone, marble, granite and metals. Maybe that’s what Greenery is really all about!
3. ANIMAL MAGNETISM. From cheetah to chinchilla, faux animal prints have long been part of my design vocabulary. And I’m not alone. What’s new and hot for 2017 is the reinvention of these prints with variations in scale – mini to mega – on a variety of materials like leather, lacquer, wood and glass. Unleashed potential in 2017, so to speak!