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Chalet shoots forth

September 12, 2009

The "chalet" influence reported budding over the last two seasons has blossomed forth. Stag heads are everywhere, whole walls of them – real or constructed – and at Asiatide rendered in white ceramic, covering front and center of its booth facade. This company can always be counted on for good theater and trend-right presentations at M&O. Some of its products, mostly imports from Asia, are distributed in the US by Tozai, a division of Two’s Company.

 While there are fewer antler chandeliers and furniture pieces – perhaps because of their decidedly limited appeal and discomfort, the follow-up versions of this intensifying look concentrate on the decorative effect of wall decor and related accessories that can fit more easily into both contemporary and traditional interiors.

Horn as a material is part of the revival of all natural materials derived from animals and their parts, may they be wool, fur, leather or taxidermy.

In textiles, the chalet influence tends toward wintry textures: wool, mohair, boucle rugs, nubby blankets, maxi knit throws and oversize (floor) pillows as well as woven designs or embroideries depicting references to mountainous  environments: more deer, elk, moose, bear and wild fowl, even illustrations of snow and ice covered chalets. These easily animate holiday presentations for the upcoming season.

N. Villaret participates in this trend with a pair of carved Chalet beds covered in snowflake printed flannel bedding, Sylvie Thiriez goes all out with a chalet texture story, Interieur Passion presents Chalet blankets as does Autrement Nova Brosse.

The "chalet" also includes animal hide rugs, usually calf skin or cow hides, again very popular after some absence. They are a newly favorite floor covering, extend to furniture covers in lieu of upholstery and are present on a plethora of trunks used as coffee or end tables with leather straps or handles. These, too, have blossomed into many variations since first noted a couple of seasons ago.

The "chalet" look, however, is not to be confused with the attempted revival of "country," which has also been underway for several seasons now. So far – and unless a new approach is created — neither the barn yard animals nor the stripped wood furniture or corny accessories of yore manage to pull off any fresh excitement for the "farm."