EuroShop 2017: Paustian House

Paustian House, Copenhagen
Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

Today, we had the opportunity to visit the Paustian House on the waterfront in Copenhagen. A curated “House” (as they call the showroom) includes exquisitely designed and crafted furniture – Paustian’s own pieces, as well as well known designer brands like Knoll and Vitra. Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: Material Trends

EuroShop 2017, Material & Texture Trends

Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference all week!

As we learned yesterday, textures are in! And not just in white … this year is all about creating amazing dimension. New materials for specification at Euroshop are proving to be polarizing-ly different. Huge monolithic tiles and sleek surface materials abound in white, black and shades of neutrals. But what really caught my eye were the more luxury crafted products – they take dimensionality to a new level. Read more of this post

Highlights from Coverings 2016

Coverings Conference 2016, Creative FuelCoverings is an international trade fair and expo dedicated to showcasing ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors and specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers.

I had the privilege of attending this year’s conference in Chicago. With more than five football fields worth of surfacing, it was a lot to see in a short amount of time, but here were my top highlights:

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Nick Cave at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Nick Cave Soundsuits

Inspired by our recent ArtsWave campaign and a good recommendation from Paul, I spent last Sunday afternoon at the Cincinnati Art Museum. There is a lovely Monet exhibit happening now, as well as some great Picasso sketches.  But for me, Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are really the showstoppers.

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Julie Floersch: Not Your Mother’s Jeans

There’s a sense of both old and new in the denim quilts of Julie Floersch. The artist blends her Midwest upbringing with a background in fashion design to create beautiful modern designs with an air of heritage and Americana. Read more of this post

Geometric Inspiration

I have a long-time affinity for quilts. While I love the heritage of traditional quilting fabrics and patterns, I am equally fond of modern geometry and more pure color palettes. As a designer, I’m fascinated by the endless combinations of patterns and colors.

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Olek: The Art of Crochet

With the recent yarn bombing of the Cincinnati Bombshells, I thought this would be a good time to write a post about  New York City based fiber artist Olek.  The work above is from her solo exhibit, “The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal,” at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery this August. (Image via according2g.com)

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