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Schlosser Design Group on 2013 Outdoor Living

Anthropologie Windor Love Seat

Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor living spaces. According to Schlosser Design Group's predictions, this year’s trends lend themselves to nature, nurture and cocooning. There’s texture and color, the warmth of woods, and sleek lines of metal. Comfort and style come in one package with outdoor furniture designs found in the 2013 lines of Brown Jordan, Sutherland and DeDon to name a few.

Daniel Pouzet Swingrest / Photo via Dedon

Photo via / Design by Sutherland

Selecting the right furniture to sit and enjoy the sunshine is only the beginning. Exploring the colorful world of outdoor fabrics like the new lines of Robert Allen, Perennials, and Sunbrella will give you the opportunity to add some personality and vibrance to your outdoor space. Schlosser Design Group especially loves the new Schumacher fabric by Trina Turk. 

Photo via / Design by Robert Allen Design

Photo via / Design by Ocean Tailors

Emerald green is the Pantone color of the year. So why not work the trend and add a splash of colored fabric with this tranquil hue? Or even incorporate emerald with the raging trend of dip dye for your outdoor accessories. Check out this simple image of dip dyed blocks that can be used as outdoor embellishments, and require a lot less watering than flowers.

Schlosser Design Group Talks Modern Design Remodeling Trends of 2013

Schlosser Design Group predicts and discusses what trends are popping up this year in their post below.

(Photo by Cristie Schlosser, ASID, RID)

Overall, Modern Design in 2013 is sleek with crisp clean lines balanced by organic shapes and textures.  We see the use of natural woods similar to those used during the Modern Movement, International Style and Mid-Century Modern era.  Organic forms specifically influenced by the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Alto.

(Photo by Cristie Schlosser, ASID, RID)

Woods Veneers continue to be strong in 2013

Exotic woods such as Eucalyptus and Sapele are fumed for color darkening throughout eliminating the need to use stains. We are seeing reconstituted woods, which provide consistent color and grain pattern eliminating the natural defects and color variations normally found from sheet to sheet. And FCS certified woods gain more widespread use. We like to use the high-quality veneers manufactured locally by The Wood Gallery Inc.

(Photo by Cristie Schlosser, ASID, RID)

LED lighting floods the market in 2013

The use of tape strips that are millimeters thin and about an inch wide used for cove lighting walls and ceilings, back lighting mirrors and under cabinets.  Color rendering has improved to 80-85 percent, which makes LED a viable light source for art and general illumination.  The light spread and foot-candles that were unreported last year have been calculated and are posted on the photometric charts helping us plan the appropriate amount of light for a specific use. We like Toshiba’s MR16 LED. It can be used in Tech Lightings cable and monorail lighting systems.

Space-Age Design and its Influence in 2013

 This advertisement for the House of The Future reveals the design aesthetic of The Space Age. (Illustration/Charles Schridde)

Midcentury modernism has always had a strong following, especially among artistic types such as architects, graphic designers and interior designers – to name a few. In 2013, trendy items making the strongest comeback in this design era are lighting and décor accent pieces.

In the late 1950s, Sputnik sparked the Space Age of Design, a period of midcentury modern style. Technology development and innovations in science drove the design aesthetic not only in architecture, but also in industrial, commercial and interior design. These influences continue to impact design some 60 plus years later. We find interpretations reflected throughout our culture in the way modern architecture frames exterior vistas through the use of storefront windows or glass walls with flat roofs, and in crisp, clean modern tile designs.

(Top left: The Kaufmann House; top right: same; bottom left: The Staller House; bottom right: Lake Maggiore House)

Consider the work of Austrian American architect Richard Neutra, who was one of the most influential modernist architects of the period. He was described as creating an “innovative stylistic balance between domicile and environment.”

Making an Imprint: Textured Tiles

Nottingham by Ann Sacks


With customization and personalized décor becoming blazing trends in space design, tile applications are more interesting and innovative than we have seen before. A wide variety of tile materials and patterns are more representative of 3D shapes and textures. Schlosser Design Group, LLC discusses the trends in wall design.

Related terms: Decorative Tile

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