As I mentioned in Part I, the industrial trend we’ve seen for a few years at Brimfield, still had a presence, which was not a surprise since it’s fairly mainstream in home furnishing catalogs and brick-and-mortar stores. That said, I did see glimpses of an emerging new trend.
Military. Confused? I’m still trying to sort it out in my mind, but as we walked through various fields at Brimfield, I did see a strong military influence.
Trunks, with a random sea shell displayed on top.
Cans of Emergency Drinking Water, Property of U.S. Gov’t
More trunks in bold, bright yellow.
There were aviator parts, lockers, and military-equipment type of containers strewn across the lawn behind one dealer’s tent. The stuff would be cool to use in visual merchandising for window displays or store vignettes, but I tried to process how it all would translate into home decor, other than the obvious — such as, using a trunk as a side table or coffee table base. In fashion, the military trend was prominent on Fall 2012 runways — remember, Marc Jacobs? Military looks are pretty cyclical with fashion labels, so it will be interesting to see if “military” actually becomes a big trend in home furnishings. Beware gray…here comes “army green.”
Otherwise, there was no shortage of industrial lighting at Brimfield.
…and factory carts
I liked these industrial bases for a project.
What do you think about military looks? Any other Brimfield-goers see the same things or agree? Is this a fizzle? or are you like me and sense a bigger trend?
all photos by Ei3s