Unique Design Trends for 2020 Spotted in Los Angeles at West Edge

This past weekend at the WestEdge design fair, we were excited to see all of the new work coming out of LA studios. There were over 140 showcased designers at the event- from ceramicists to furniture makers to macrame artists. We were fortunate enough to run into some old friends of Wescover and also meet those who are new to the scene!

2019 WestEdge main stage. Convo x Design Pannel led by Josh Cooperman. Wescover
Convo x Design Stage at WestEdge.

Pannels led by Josh Cooperman, host of the popular podcast Convo by Design, shedded insight into the industry from some of the leading eyes in design. After listening to the talks, we set out to find the most unique pieces and to predict what elements we’ll start to see in 2020 interiors around the world. While every brand and object was unique in its own way, we loved seeing the trends that spanned across mediums. Here are some of the interior design elements that caught our eye and the brands behind them.

Terrazzo Tables  

Could terrazzo be the new marble? This stone composite is incredibly versatile and looks awesome on everything from tables to counters to flooring. We loved the way WestEdge creators have incorporated the material into different surfaces especially using highly contrasted and muted tones.

Concrete Collaborative terrazzo flooring at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Concrete Collaborative terrazzo flooring at WestEdge.
Concrete Collaborative terrazzo table at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Concrete Collaborative terrazzo table at WestEdge.
Concrete Collaborative terrazzo table at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Concrete Collaborative terrazzo table at WestEdge.
BLDWN terrazzo table at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
BLDWN terrazzo table at WestEdge.
Bend Goods terrazzo table at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Bend Goods terrazzo table at WestEdge.
Bend Goods terrazzo table at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Bend Goods terrazzo table at WestEdge.

Positive Murals 

After meeting muralist Caroline Meys, we are on the lookout for murals promoting bright, positive vibes like hers. For the show this year she created a rising wall of bright hues and pastel tones in collaboration with Dunn-Edwards Paints. Just like Caroline, the mural glowed with positivity (it literally glowed under a pendant light by Studio Warm LA). We can’t wait to see more of her work around the city!

Caroline Meys WestEdge Mural 2019. Wescover
Caroline Meys’ WestEdge Mural.

Mixed-Material Fiber Art 

Artists have been incorporating unique structural details in their fine fiber art and really have been pushing their work to the next level. Cindy Hsu Zell created an incredibly cohesive line of fine art wall hangings made from sustainably sourced fibers and natural materials. Leyla Gan added metallic elements to her rustically thick strands to create some truly stellar macrame light fixtures. Look out for the combo of fine fibers and other unique materials in 2020.

Cindy Hus Zell's mixed material fiber art at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Cindy Hus Zell’s mixed material fiber art at WestEdge.
Cindy Hus Zell's mixed material fiber art at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Cindy Hus Zell’s mixed material fiber art at WestEdge.
Mixed material fiber art by Leyla Gans for M2C Studio at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Mixed material fiber art by Leyla Gans for M2C Studio at WestEdge.
Mixed material fiber lighting by Leyla Gans for M2C Studio at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Mixed material fiber lighting by Leyla Gans for M2C Studio at WestEdge.
Leyla Gans for M2C Studio at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Leyla Gans for M2C Studio at WestEdge.

Racetrack Shapes

With long lines and curved ends, this shape creates a well-balanced piece whether it’s being used in tables, textiles, or small details. We love spotting it, yet we can’t seem to agree on the name…  “Oh, do you mean pill shape?” “We call it a stadium.” “How about just half a circle?” We dig the term “Disco-Rectangle”… Whatever you call this shape, it’s everywhere and we love it.

Plant Stand by Amigo Modern at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Plant Stand by Amigo Modern at WestEdge.
Table by Bend Goods at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Table by Bend Goods at WestEdge.
Table by Bend Goods at WestEdge 2019. Wescover
Table by Bend Goods at WestEdge.
End table by Fluxco at WestEdge 2019, Wescover.
End table by Fluxco at WestEdge.
Vanity by Fluxco at WestEdge 2019, wescover.
Vanity by Fluxco at WestEdge.

Luxe Rattan and Woven Furniture

This year, joinery was overshadowed by the delicately woven details. Baker & Hesseldenz Studio’s Rajah dining chair appealed to our more sophisticated side with its pristine white wool and woven sides. Also, we spotted a bottle of champagne hiding behind this piece at the opening night party (Happy birthday Scott Baker)! On the more playful side, the Brazillian brand Tidelli showcased its outdoor furniture line— including a teal swing. We could certainly picture their woven line poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Baker & Hesseldenz's dining chair at WestEdge 2019, Wescover.
Baker & Hesseldenz’s dining chair at WestEdge.
Baker & Hesseldenz's dining chair at WestEdge 2019, Wescover
Baker & Hesseldenz’s dining chair at WestEdge.
Tidelli woven swing at WestEdge 2019, Wescover.
Tidelli woven swing at WestEdge.
Tidelli woven swing at WestEdge 2019, Wescover.
Tidelli woven swing at WestEdge.

Liquid Lighting

We’re noticing blown glass pieces take on imperfect forms, almost like they’ve been squished or melted. These irregular blobby shapes are coming up everywhere and we love seeing the hand of the maker in these light fixtures!

Tom Dixon Melt Lights at WestEdge 2019, Wescover.
Tom Dixon Melt Lights at WestEdge.
Tala hanging lights at WestEdge 2019, Wescover.
Tala hanging lights at WestEdge.
Moonshine Lamp Co. handmade lighting at WestEdge 2019, Wescover.
Moonshine Lamp Co. handmade lighting at WestEdge.

 The Dogs at WestEdge

A dog on design never goes out of style! We loved meeting the designers at WestEdge— and the pets who inspire them… Here are a few dogs behind the designers and some random pooches we met at the Show.

Dogs of WestEdge. Jack for EIS Studio.
Jack for EIS Studio.
Dogs of WestEdge. Ollie for Samina.
Ollie for Samina.
Dogs of WestEdge. Leon at Tidelli.
Leon at Tidelli.
AN unknown cutie. Dogs of WestEdge
An Unknown Cutie

Thanks for the show LA and see you next time!

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