Metro/Handout ‘Gorgeous’ bedding by Ann Gish, from $400 to 1,800.

Twice each year the Javits Center in New York City is packed with the latest and greatest in lamps, rugs, salad bowls and more as the New York International Gift Fair displays housewares to thousands of retail store buyers.

I took a peek around this trade-only event and checked out the latest buys being offered up to retailers for the fall/winter season.

Here’s three of the biggest trends.

Seventies Marrakech

The geometrics of the 1970’s took a sophisticated turn this season by incorporating richer trend colours that resembled patterns often found in Moroccan textiles, rugs and ceramics. Zig-zag, fish scales and tile work were three hot looks, and famed designer Jonathan Adler nailed all three looks with his Carnaby collection of lamps, trays and mugs. Carnaby Large Flame, Scale and Taletha lamps, $340 each.

Feeling blue

One of the old-time decorator classics has been given resurgence in the contemporary world and many hip exhibitors were showing products that resembled blue-and-white porcelain. This colour combination looks great with neutrals and can hold its own against strong bursts of colour. Seletti’s Sextuple playfully extends the porcelain plate into useful wall art or a tray. $1,200.

Linen with sparkle

Natural linen was everywhere at the show; on furniture upholstery, pillows, bedding and tabletop linens. Threads of metallic, shiny trims and adornments helped to decorate this rather plain, humble fabric. The most outstanding use of linen were companies like Ann Gish (maker of high-end luxurious bedding) who incorporated a hand-painted look of shimmer or sparkle into the linen. ‘Gorgeous’ bedding by Ann Gish, from $400 to 1,800.

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