Market Musings

What is design? Literally speaking, it’s an object or a project that serves a function. Look around. Can you spot a design? We are not speaking solely about buildings or automobiles. See that tree near that interception you cross daily? Isn’t that design? Isn’t its wood functional for furnishings? And at the same time, doesn’t it radiate beauty?

As you can deduct, the design is all around us. Sometimes all we have to do is look in a different direction. That’s why we headed over to the Dallas Market to get a fresh dose of inspiration for 2014, and boy were we in for a ride! For those not familiar with the term, markets are design centers that house resources for designers and other trade professionals. Luckily for our readers, some are also open for the public periodically. Markets feature one-of-a-kind pieces and the hottest new products.

Our findings?

It’s time to swap those light fixtures. LED will continue to be a hit in 2014, only bigger and better. Stores like YLighting offer unique and contemporary designs with impeccable craftsmanship.

Out with monochromatic and in with radiant orchid, neon greens, and jewel hues. The color of the year must have been a sign because 2014 is as packed with color as Miami Beach in the summer. From hand-blown glass fixtures to decorative pillows and carpets if you like to be on top of the latest trends, you cannot fail to ride the color wave.

Our tip? The next time you are in a design rut go out and explore! Design is everywhere, just take the time to appreciate it.

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