Design Trends Made In USA: From Past to Present and Future (Part II), the land of the stars (and stripes) is a paramount source of inspiration for design trends as well as leading ideas that reign the industry at the moment. With limitless, iconic styles, it is impossible not to list New York– and the entire USA for that matter – in any list of the most relevant, ready-to-follow trends. From Jonathan Adler to Ryan Korban, or Ralph Lauren to Wendell Castle – the world is your oyster when it comes to design inspiration made in America. Ready to go on a design trip around the world? Let’s do it!
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Ahead-of-the-Curve American Design Brands
Ralph Lauren Home made its debut in 1983 and was the first American clothing designer to have its first complete home collection. Very much like it’s a clothing line, Ralph Lauren Home, is an epicenter of beautiful interior design trends, and therefore, an endless source of inspiration for anyone who loves ‘decor’.
Ralph Lauren Home includes – furniture; bed and bath linens; china; crystal; silver; decorative accessories and gifts; as well as lighting; fabric; wallcovering; and floorcovering. Not only that, but Ralph Lauren also launched Paint in 1995, which now counts with over 400 palettes, and its the perfect complement to Ralph Lauren Home.
When it comes to the design trends, Ralph Lauren Home stays true to their identity. – Their world is one of redefined American style, time-honored craftsmanship, and exceptional quality. A world, we should say, anyone would want to peek in!
What began as a family business in the 1950s fabricating mannequins has grown to a gallery and showroom regarded as one of the best in the world. Ralph Pucci is now spread all over Miami and Los Angeles where his galleries can be visited.
In the world of contemporary interior design, Ralph Pucci is the one who can undoubtedly create design trends rather than just following them. His showroom is always irreverent and filled with unique originality that helps to shape contemporary interior design styles as well as design trends. How does this happen? It is through is showroom that he showcases new furniture designers, putting them on the map through the years.
His mannequins include innovative and avant-garde collaborations with fashion designers, illustrators and supermodels including likes of – Ruben Toledo, Anna Sui, Christy Turlington, Maira Kalman, and Rebecca Moses. The mannequins are also frequently showcased in high-end department stores and boutiques all over the world, including; Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.
Finally, you know you should be picking up on the design trends of a certain brand when have been awarded several prizes. In 2009, Ralph Pucci was the recipient of DDI’s Markopoulos Award (the highest distinction in the visual merchandising industry); he also got the Creative Innovation Award from Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles in 2013, and in 2014, honored by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Other recognitions include – “The Best in Furniture and Furnishings,” by Robb Report; “The Best Showroom” by Wallpaper; and “Best of the Year in Interiors, Architecture, Fashion and Design” according to Interior Design.
Knoll’s original showrooms were first designed in the 1950s and conceived as an “experimental laboratories” space. It was there that clients could experience modern ideas and materials in situ.
Today, their showrooms still keeping an innovative approach, which has definitely help them leading the way in terms of design trends.
Knoll motto is to connect modern design and people, to their work, their lives, and ultimately, their world. This work dynamic started back in 1938 and has been recognized internationally has effective in creating workplaces and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve, and endure. A philosophy that still helps to define design trends.
On-Trend American Craftsmanship
Wendell Castle was an American furniture artist, designer, sculptor, and a leading figure in American craftsmanship. He is often credited with being the father of the art furniture movement.
He was also considered a significant figure in the American Studio Furniture group, and an absolute master of important design trends that still influence the industry today, as his elegant, and whimsical works remain sought-after examples of the movement.
Their pieces are usually easily identifiable by their bold color and integration of a variety of different materials, including wood, fiberglass, and plastic. studied at the University of Kansas, earning his BFA in industrial design in 1958 and his MFA in sculpture in 1961. That same year, he moved to Rochester, NY, where he began teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Craftsmen.
His pieces are characterized by their bold color and integration of a variety of different materials, including wood, fiberglass, and plastic. He has also been garnered a number of awards, including a 1994 ‘Visionaries of the American Craft Movement’ award sponsored by the American Craft Museum, a 1997 Gold Medal from the American Craft Council and a 1998 Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. He has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In 2001 he received the Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society.
Castle died on January 20, 2018 in Scottsville, NY. Today, his works can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Lindsey Adelman specialized in lighting design in 1996 and founded her studio in 2006. She lives and works in her hometown, New York City, and is driven by developing industrial modular systems to capture the ephemeral, fleeting beauty of nature.
The way Adelman first discovered Industrial Design is quite an interesting one. – As the story goes, she coincidently met a woman carving foam French Fries for an exhibition at her editorial job at the Smithsonian and went straight to study ID at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Today she has a studio that counts with a team of forty, and with a recent location opening in Los Angeles. In her work, she is drawn by the immaterial substance of light and is obsessed with creating forms that maximize light’s sensual effect and highlight emptiness.
Her approach to light is so unique that work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Design Miami, Nilufar Gallery, and BDDW, among others – proving that – setting design trends comes from a place of originality, strong sense of identity and an incredible vision.
Lindsey Adelman’s studio also supports the Robin Hood Foundation to fight poverty in New York City, and Adelman credits much of her current success to this desire of wanting to make an impact that goes behind design world.