HD Expo is well underway at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The annual hospitality design event, taking place May 15-17, is showcasing thousands of original products and designs, along with top trends in the hospitality market.
Rick Hickman, vice president of sales for Momentum Textiles and Wallcoverings, is one exhibitor highlighting several trends at this year’s show. Each year, Momentum Textiles and Wallcoverings aims to identify different product categories, rather than specific products, that are trending across the market to then incorporate into its own designs. Below are four hospitality design trends Hickman shares it has identified in the market.
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This pattern play of merging lines and striking shapes has found its way onto a variety of products, from tiles to textiles. Geometric patterns offer fun configurations and looks that designers are now using in hospitality spaces.
“We see that in fine line work, whether it’s bringing together and building a geometric from the ground up with handmade product or whether it’s just interesting line work put together,” says Hickman.
Wood is another trend he’s noticing. As Hickman puts it, “Woods aren’t stopping. They’re here to stay.” The natural element brings the feeling of the outdoors inside. It also falls in the biophilia design category, another leading trend. Listen here to learn about six biophilic trends, including wood, that are changing the way users work, live and play within a space.
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“We often see trends merging like our geometric trend merging with the wood and you almost have an op-art feel coming to life with those two things happening,” says Hickman, which leads to his next trend – artistic products.
Hickman says artistic design is currently his favorite of all trends. It’s often associated with handcrafted and maker-made products. Momentum Textiles and Wallcoverings offers multiple handcrafted products, which Hickman notes feature different layering techniques.
“When you go in [our manufacturing facility], really to call it a manufacturing facility doesn’t do it justice. It’s really more of an art studio,” he says on the process. The company is headquartered in Irvine, CA. As an example, Hickman notes that the team creates and works on its wallcoverings by hand across 40-foot tables.
Personalization and Cultural Experiences
Hickman also highlights how personalized products and ones that offer a “cultural experience” are a trend the company is noticing, but it can sometimes be a hard one for them to fully capture. He explains how giving a product a regional identity, such as a native or indigenous feel in the pacific northwest, can sometimes “pigeon-hole” the product.
Personalization on the other hand, is a bit easier to capture, as you can use all sorts of materials and objects to create a unique feel to a space.
“I think for interior designers you really don’t realize the impact you’re having on the individual,” says Hickman of hospitality design. “Really you’re trying to evoke a mood and to do that you need to have your eyes open to what is trending out there and what is happening out there to better create the mood in a dynamic way.”
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