New Trends, New Design at the NYDC “What’s New, What’s Next” Event

By Lauren Hill

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The New York Design Center was buzzing with designers and editors asking the infamous question, “what’s new and what’s next?” in home interior design. Showrooms were packed with informative presentations like what colors to look for this season from House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief Newell Turner in the Benjamin Moore showroom (chameleon colors that change not only with the season, but change everyday!) to Architectural Digest Special Projects, Editor Mitchell Owens’, presentation on art placement in the home (a painting becomes part of the room rather than merely on display!)

The latest trends and new collections of the season were on every floor and as Blogger Ambassador for the program, I was paired up with one of the coolest lighting designers in the industry, Marian Jamieson, to hear what exactly makes quality lighting.

Jamieson’s presentation showed us what to look for “under the hood” of a lamp and specifically, in a great lampshade:

Handwork – craftsmanship is key!
Weight – go for styrene (it’s heavier and sturdier)
Trim – the detailing here is oh-so-important – hand crafted is best
Wire – she uses a powder coating, so it lasts longer!

We learned what that tiny sticker means (the one we all want to tear off as soon as we get our lamp home).  That little label means your lamp is UL certified and guarantees safety standards.  Jamieson’s lamps go through a series of checkpoints (tilt tests, chord strength test, dialect test, etc.) to get this sticker and it’s there for a reason, friends! Though it may not match the new patterns you chose for your throw pillows, it means you have an excellent quality lamp next to them!

Jamieson is a proud supporter of locally made products that support the American manufacturing industry and she makes all of her collections in her home base town of Los Angeles.  She is a fine craftsman indeed and her products are proof that she makes the best of the best.  Check out Marian Jamieson Lighting and Furniture collections here!  Thank you NYDC for inviting Design-Calendar to be a part of this amazing event – see you next year!

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