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Tracy BullaTracy Bulla
After taking in the fabulously forward-thinking designs on display at ICFF, I headed over to Surtex to see what's next in the world of surface design. Over 300 exhibitors showcased their designs which have application for textiles, soft goods, wall coverings, tabletop and floor coverings, as well as apparel, gifts and stationery.
     Overall, the art reflected an effervescent and refreshing perspective, enlivened with plenty of color for pop. Globally inspired designs contributed an exotic feel via multicolored, saturated paisley motifs, Moroccan tile inspired prints and abstracted ikats and batiks.
     Romantic florals and digital lace prints made an expressive, feminine statement. Expect florals to gain momentum, with varieties ranging from sweet ditsy prints to oversize, painterly versions. While all florals are strengthening, the rose is currently in season and best prized in delicate, modern renderings.
     Geometric prints remain important (think chevron) and look great in high-contrast color pairings like black and white, and navy and orange.

New designs
Cleveland College
New designs from the Cleveland College of Art & Design include an intricate laser-cut medallion revealing an under layer of pattern and a colorful abstract handscreenprinted on silk.
Tracy BullaTracy Bulla | Product Editor
tbulla@homeaccentstoday.com

Native North Carolinian Tracy Bulla has been Home Accents Today's product editor since 2002. As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, Tracy's first foray into reporting involved covering the financial markets. This short-lived enterprise resulted in no great loss to the world of finance when it became apparent that the reporter could not balance her own checkbook. Tracy then followed her lifelong passion for fashion into the glamorous world of design where she is continuously in thrall to the lure of beautiful, well-designed objects of desire. Lo, Tracy's pampered Pekingese, shares her appreciation for exquisite style by choosing to only chew up the most expensively embellished Italian shoes.

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