The 7 Design Trends All the Spring Markets Agreed On

Surrealist Sensibility

Surrealist design has been on the rise for several seasons, and this spring’s trompe-l’œil creations proved especially exciting. Kalco Lighting debuted chandeliers both elegant and eerie that pay homage to Salvador Dalí, and La LanguOchat’s The Lovers Collection doubles as artwork, with its copper-wire negligees and undergarments suspended from illuminated hangers. Vincent Darré’s collections for de Gournay and ok provide a full room’s worth of playful, Surrealist-inspired decor and furnishings that reinvent ancient Greek columns and architectural motifs. Keep your head in the clouds with Atelier Anne-Pierre Malval’s Bilbao pendantsor dive under the sea with Florence Lemoine’s delicate jellyfish-like lighting. Noir Furniture’s Drop console and Hervé Van der Straeten’s Borderline console, composed of colored, polished, stainless steel, trapezoidal prisms, both appear to stand as if by magic. Maison & Objet also featured several ceramic displays that were Surrealist-inspired, as illustrated by Passage Secret’s Splash! collection and Monochromic’s birds, ready to take flight. Meanwhile, at the ICFF, we were eyeing the uncanny, floating T-Lamp from Harry Allen, as well as Caleb Ferris’s Al Dente collection—who knew a pasta-inspired range of furniture could be so chic?

The Santana Sofa by Alfredo Paredes for EJ Victor.

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

Fringe Festival

Texture and movement: Fringe has it all, and this season, the adornment can be seen on all types of furnishings. At High Point Market, Arteriors launched a range of fringe chandeliers and pendants in shades of brown, gray, and black, and Verellen‘s fringe lighting was Rapunzel-like in length. Of Ngala Trading’s many fringed items, the company’s collaboration with Keia McSwain—particularly its hand-cut leather pendants, sconces, and chandeliers—felt modern, chic, and chameleon-like, as far as its ability to seamlessly fit into any type of room.

TOV Furniture’s collaboration with Nicole White, part of the company’s The Voice collection, which features six powerhouse Black interior designers, was another fringe-filled favorite. White’s Ajani ottoman and Enid chair combine leopard print, velvet, and vegan, leather fringe in softer, neutral combinations, as well as bold, lemon- and cinnamon-hued variations. Certain chairs also opted for a party-in-the-back approach: Laura Kirar’s Guernica lounge chair for McGuire Furniture has a leather fringe posterior, for example. For another natural fringe option, the Alfredo Paredes collection from EJ Victor includes a sofa with a jute fringe option.

The Color Totem Lamp by Rust Designs.

Atelier Ashiesh Shah for The Invisible Collection.

Totem Takeover

Whether minimalist and monochrome or a full spectrum of color and pattern, totem-like sculptures and furnishings are having a major moment. Stan Editions created Candle Stacks—too striking to actually melt—and Fabrice Juan’s new Colorplay collection features similarly stackable vases in an array of sizes and colors. Atelier Ashiesh Shah also created multipurpose totems for The Invisible Collection—one set of six stacked alabaster bowls and another of four stacked rock crystal glasses. Marine Breynaert, VP Interiorismo, Rust Designsand Atelier Anne-Pierre Malval are among those presenting distinct takes on totem lighting and home accessories in stone, metal, and natural materials. In the realm of functional arts, Hun Chung Lee has produced not-to-be-missed, sculptural lighting, on view in his new show at R & Company. For a graphic, yet more discreet totem, Noir Furniture offers a variety of sculptures in a cinder black finish. Seeking a full range of furniture with an asymmetric, stacked effect? Malabar has tables, beds, and seating to suit every color palette.

Baptiste Lanne’s new design for Swadoh.

Hyphen pendant lighting from d’Armes.

Hat-Inspired Lighting