V Trends: Major Design Moments of 2012!

From celebrities becoming bankable interior designers to Clint Eastwood putting the chair on a pedestal, 2012 has offered a mix of unforgettable thrills and surprises! And as we prepare to bid adieu to 2012, let’s look back at some of our fondest memories.

Pantone Names Tangerine Tango as the Official Color of 2012

Orange’ya glad that this electric reddish-orange hue that has inspired countless Pinterest pins will now be laid to rest by next week?! The bright, encouraging color, reminiscent of radiant shades from a sunset, could be seen everywhere in 2012 from furniture to fashion.

(Salmon Skin Pillow by Calypso St. Barth Home, Seen On Vedere. Photography Credit: Vedere)

(Photography Credit: Allure Interior Solutions)

The Oxford University Press Names “GIF” the American Word of 2012.

The Graphics Interchange Format or “GIF” is a compressed file featuring simple, looping animations that gained much traction this year—even interior designers include GIFs in digital boards when proposing projects to clients! According to Katherine Martin, head of the U.S. dictionaries program at Oxford, “GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun.” It’s the GIF that keeps on giving!

(Photography Credit: Archetype Design Studio, Seen On Vedere)

Clint Eastwood Gives The Chair An Important Seat

While some might call it performance art, actor and director Clint Eastwood’s stunt at the Republican National Convention, in which he spent the majority of his time berating an invisible Barack Obama in an empty chair, became interior design fodder in 2012. With countless memes and tweets featuring various styles of chairs, “Eastwooding” became a popular catchphrase for a home décor object that is rarely the center of attention.

(Photography Credit: ABC News)

(Photography Credit: Ola Betiku)

Celebrities as Interior Designers

This year saw stars proclaiming their passion for designing homes, housewares and furniture. Justin Timberlake joined stylist Estée Stanley in  launching Homemint, and recently, Brad Pitt revealed his collaboration with furniture reproduction master Frank Pollaro to debut a mix of chairs, tables, bed and even a bathtub. Sofía Vergara created a well-priced bedding line to her fans via KMART, while Lebron James’s children’s furniture collection continues to befuddle us to this day.

(Image of Justin Timberlake with Estée Stanley. Photography Credit: Elle Decor)

(Image of Frank Pollaro with Brad Pitt. Photography Credit: Pollaro Custom Furniture)

(Photography Credit: Just Jared)

The Proliferation of Small Spaces

From pre-fab “insta-houses” to the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) showcasing Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill’s 420 square foot apartment, “less is more” became a pervasive theme this year in the world of design. Photographer Christian Schallert remodeled a Barcelona pigeon loft into a luxurious 258 square foot space and rapidly became a YouTube sensation with over four million hits for his video presentation of his home.  In design, small IS the size that counts!

(Photography Credit: © Marcen van der Burg/”Small Eco Houses”/Universe)

(Top Photography Credit: © Gary Tarleton/”Small Eco Houses”/Universe)


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