The semi-annual NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift is not just New York City's largest trade show, but also a major source of inspiration as it gathers thousands of vendors from all around the world.
The photos here display our favorite trends in global home decor - cultural roots, vintage finds, ethically handmade, and unique, independent creativities.
And of course, we often see these elements intertwine in the most mesmerizing pieces.
These pillows are made with vintage Chinese fabrics collected from tribal villages. The colors are still vivid, and the delicacy of the embroidery reminds us of a time before the country turned in to today's world factory.
A piece of vintage mudcloth from West Africa. It's full of character but at the same time absolutely versatile - use it however you want and watch it transform the space instantly.
Our partner Shupaca works with artisans in Peru and Ecuador to produce handcrafted wool and alpaca home goods. Such beautiful work preserves an ancient craftsmanship; and indigenous artisans receive fair compensations for better livelihoods.
If you find yourself constantly in search of unique items, consider shopping from small, independent makers. They are not only full of style, but also of great quality since the owners proudly take full responsibility of their brands. Even better, small makers are more closely connected to local economy, and more likely to be giving back to the society!
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