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Top 5: Summer’s Forecast is Hot, Bright & Sunny
As Chute Gerdeman's Material and Trend Specialist, Katie Clements is involved in all projects providing design support as a materials and color expert. She utilizes her vast knowledge and extensive library to present clients with well-considered selections for fabric, carpet, tile, wallcovering, lighting, furniture and any other special feature.

Summer is finally here and the forecast predicts a hot saturated season—in both colors and climate! We are seeing this trend in fashion, jewelry and home décor, and the hues are vibrant, warm and fun! Nothing brightens a mood faster than a splash of citrus yellow on the walls or radiant tangerine peep-toe pumps.




Faceted Colored Cubes

Frank Gehry’s Left Twist Cube is a faceted, hard-plastic cube available in many vibrant colors. This item is UV protected and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. It’s dual use is a fantastic benefit too—it can be used as a seat or a table. The fact that it’s made in the USA is an even better bonus!

http://www.dwr.com



Interface Flor

Interface Flor is known in the industry for having incredible designer carpet tile while also having a passion for sustainability and the environment. The monochromatic collection is available in every color and shade under the sun, and it’s durable for any retail application.

http://www.interfaceflor.com




Pantone Tangerine Tango

It is official! Pantone has selected number 17-1463 for the 2012 Color of the Year.  Tangerine Tango is the perfect color for summer and it’s showing up in fashion apparel, shoes and jewelry trends. Thank you Pantone for choosing such a fun color this year!

http://www.pantone.com





Flower Pot Table Lamp

I love the funky and colorful Flower Pot pendant by Verner Panton! This light fixture is available in a tabletop version as well as a pendant light. The table-top version is smart and techy but the glossy yellow, green or red finish adds a playful element. This fixture would add a wonderful splash of color to any room.

http://www.2modern.com




Outdoor Pillows

One sure sign of Summer is the Crate and Barrel Summer catalog arriving in the mail. The vibrant colors and bold patterns get everyone excited for soaring temperatures. This year C&B’s signature Marimekko Finnish fabric collection caught my eye with large-scale patterns in crisp, saturated colors. The outdoor pillows are the perfect finishing touch to any patio.

On a side note, Marimekko has opened a flagship store in the Flatiron District in NYC!

http://www.crateandbarrel.com


  
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