Local Interior Designers Showcase Top Design Trends at Pasadena Expo

Published : Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 5:26 AM

The American Society of Interior Designers’ Pasadena Chapter hosted its annual Design Trends expo Tuesday afternoon at the University Club where over 25 local designers and businesses showcased new products, networked with fellow creatives, and mingled with colleagues in the close-knit design world of Pasadena.

Design Trends 2018 featured the industry’s top residential and commercial designers vendors and their products and services and exclusive business strategy panel discussions let working designers in on what is new and trendy in the year to come.

“It really gives our designers an opportunity to get to know what our industry partners provide,” said ASID Director-at-Large Lynnelle Bryant. “The services, the value that they have, the products and how we can use those to strengthen and grow our own businesses.”

“It’s also a great time to network and connect with one another,” added Bryant.

The Pasadena Chapter is one of the oldest active ASID chapters in the country and boasts 220 members. Their membership represents a cross-section of all facets of the professional design and décor industries including interior design professionals, manufacturers, suppliers and design students.

The chapter regularly hosts meetups and events throughout the year, however, Design Trends is the biggest event.

“It’s a time where you can come into one location and get to know a lot of different providers. We invite the public and whoever really appreciates interior design and the creative industry so that we can collaborate and just kind of grow together,” said Bryant.

Aleisha Schoffman is the west coast Regional Manager for Kravet, which is the largest distributor of decorative fabrics and home furnishings in the country.

Schoffman says her team looks forward to catching up with fellow ASID designers and to learn about new products that are about to hit the market.

“We’re looking to connect with new designers and also to see some of our tried and true ASID designers that we may not always get to see,” she said.

Schoffman says there are three notable design trends in 2018 inspired by the retro past.

“One would be pastels,” said Schoffman. “Pinks, lilacs, and purples are very popular this year.”

Another trend is much flashier than calming pastels.

“Jewel tones are huge. This maximalism design trend that is happening now where instead of everything being minimal, rooms are getting layered, and with unexpected colors and antiques [and] new and amazing wall coverings,” said Schoffman.

Consumers can expect to see furniture design trends lean towards funky 1970s iconic designs.

“The ’70s and the ’80s are coming back in a big way. We’re seeing brown again on furniture, overly padded sofas with a touch of metals,” said Schoffman.

Founded in 1974, ASID is the oldest, largest and only multi-disciplinary professional organization for interior designers, interior design students and the manufacturers and suppliers who support the profession. With more than 25,000 members nationwide, the organization encourages professional advancement, advocates for design concerns, and supports student activities.

For more information or to find a great local design expert, go to https://capas.asid.org/.

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