Trend Report: Graphic Designs Add Modern Energy to Home and Fashion Finds

Fashion editor Heather Dunhill shares her favorite printed, patterned design finds this month.

By Heather Dunhill February 1, 2016 Published in the February 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

From bright ethnic fashion prints to bold wallpaper, graphic lines and designs are adding modern energy to every style of interior. It’s a great way to instantly update your space—and create a pleasing sense of order. Remember that a bit of unexpected texture can add interest and sensuality. 

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A stylish book to give and get, this handsome coffee table edition will become a conversation piece in a well-appointed home. Print and Pattern Geometrics ($29.95) documents current design motifs from Aztec to Scandinavian influences on everything from gadgets to gift wrap. Bookstore1 Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-7900.

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Get your geometric on in ’70s style with a hypnotic Alexander Girard archival reissue ($1,539). At 47 inches by 76 inches, this canvas print by one of the decisive design figures of midcentury modernism will serve as an imposing backdrop. Home Resource, 741 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6690.

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Do runways inspire interior design or vice versa? Either way, designers are willing to bet that the print trend trajectory will be long-lived. This sophisticated silk shift dress ($498) with its decidedly adult graphic edge will take a girl from coffee shop to cocktails. Brooks Brothers, 140 University Town Center Drive, Suite 228, Sarasota, (941) 702-9110.

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Remember to look up. Casting just the right geometric light, this dimmable satin nickel pendant (starting at $2,150) boasts all the right angles. Try more than one for maximum impact. Light Up Your Life, 1620 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 330-0422.

No longer incidental, a richly textured area rug rises above the cocktail din and demands attention. A cross between the design houses of Missoni and Paul Smith, this 8-foot by 10-foot piece ($3,899) is hand knotted in India and crafted of sari wool. Rugs As Art, 6650 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-1900.

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A hand-crafted mosaic tile floor by New Ravenna creates an intriguing display that draws the eye. Or consider a bold wall as the perfect complement to the lush home, whether backsplash, foyer or bath. Tile Market, 1962 Main St., #120, Sarasota, (941) 365-2356.

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The smallest details can make the biggest impact in décor, especially in a set of three ($139). Shape up almost any space with these 3D sculptures of varied sizes, all under 10 inches high. Think outside the box, placing them on your kitchen countertop, bookcase or vanity. Sterling Restorations, 506 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 312-6798.

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