As the elevator opened at the D&D Building to the vast array of showrooms featuring different designers, I was shocked by the amount of fabrics each room had. They were all so unique and interesting to touch and feel. I noticed some of the fabrics that we have in the store were the same as the ones in the showroom. I even used some of the same ones in my mood board at the store! I loved going into each showroom and seeing their take on a mood board and how they integrated all of their fabrics into one palette. It gave me some inspiration for the store and for my dorm room! Each designer had all different fabrics, however there were constant trends between them all. Most of the designers had fabrics with bold florals. The patterns were all different, the designer Osborne and Little even had a digital print of flowers, which shows a modern take on traditional floral patterns. My favorite fabrics that I saw had a lot of texture and they had velvet flocked accents. It was really captivating to see how all patterns can work together to create a clean and interesting design. Most people don’t realize that mixing patterns, such as a funky patterned pillow on an patterned chair creates a great design scheme. If I ever need fabrics the D&D building has it all!
After we left the D&D building we arrived at 200 Lex, the New York Design Center. This building consists with some fabric, but mostly furniture. We first went browsing at the First Dibs Showroom in the building, which was riveting! The floor had all different booths outfitted by different antique dealers and each contained a strikingly different design. One booth had all dark wood furniture, and on the other hand another booth had all modern furniture. My favorite booth that I saw was from Sasha Bikoff. All the pieces were so different, but came together perfectly. The color pink carried her signature touch through a mix of antiques from various eras. As we walked through all of the other floors of the building, I noticed a trend of hide being used on a lot of pieces of furniture, such as mirrors, cabinets, and lamps. It is very interesting to see how trends influence designers work so much. The 200 Lex building had a mix of designers and styles that were extraordinary!