Today we are back with John Griffith from Replacements, Ltd. to learn his secret of pattern “blending”!
Kathryn: “Alright John, tell my readers about the service part of Replacements that comes into play as a very valuable resource for pattern blending.”
John: “We offer a free pattern matching service and this service is driven by OPI. OPI stands for Optical Pattern Identification and it is an internally developed computer program that matches pattern based on design attributes. So if a client come in with an existing pattern and is looking for additional coordinating patterns we would describe the existing design elements to OPI.”
Kathryn: “Exactly how does that work?”
John: “We would describe the piece as…is the piece”
1.Rim or Coupe Shaped
2.Trim Color- gold, platinum or none
3.Edge Description-smooth, scalloped, mulit-sided, pierced
4.Predominate colors- red range, blue range
5.Border and center design-band, rings, creature, bird, dog, manmade object, etc.
6.Country of origin-this is especially helpful when a pattern has been made in several different countries
7.Body color- white or cream
8.Pattern group-chintz, Christmas, currier and Ives, Nautical
9.Body Type-bone, ironstone, earthenware
Kathryn: “This is just amazing to be able to do this!”
John: “Yes, it truly is. In all there are over 750 different attributes that can be used to search for patterns.”
Kathryn: “So for me, there is really no excuse for not having a “collected tabletop”! Now we have talked about color and we have discussed pattern blending, so could you share your thoughts on how lifestyle choices really drives consumer choices and spending. I think that all of the choices we make are so personal and have more meaning to us at this point in history.”
John: “I feel that people are no longer interested in being told what they need . Instead they are looking to products and services that speak specifically to the lives they lead. I feel that it is no longer the norm to purchase items solely for the purpose of owning things. The items we purchase have to look good but they also have to speak to us personally and they have to have a useful function. Pretty on its own is not enough anymore. But back to your question of trending based on lifestyle. One of the big trends this year is barware. One of the predominate factors driving this trend is involvement, more specifically the fact that men are taking a more active role in buying decisions. Over the last 4 years, stemware sales have increased 73% while barware (highballs, cocktails and old fashioneds) has increased 31 %. The huge jump in stemware is attributed to the popularity of wine, and the growing number of local and regional vineyeard and the popularity of signature martinis and margaritas.”
Kathryn: “Sounds like a lovely excuse for a wine tasting party, a martini party, or better yet a champagne tasting party!”
John: “Barware trends aren’t limited to just stemware. Bar accessories, such as corkscrews, vintage shakers, wine and champagne chillers can also enhance the usefulness of a home bar as well as add an impressive design element when entertaining.”
John: “Casual stemware, glassware and acrylics account for a large percentage in the increase of barware. Acrylics in general have carved out a definite place in the tabletop market.”
Kathryn: “I would image that the current design trend of “outdoor living spaces” has been key to this trend , as well as an increase in outdoor entertaining.”
John: “Yes, as the boundaries between inside and outside dining gets smaller our industry is seeing more and more sales in quality casual dinnerware.”
Kathryn: ” So many of my design clients tell me that they are just more relaxed about entertaining outside, especially in the new “outdoor living rooms”. I tried to cover that in The Collected Tabletop by including inspiration for outdoor entertaining, so I am pleased to hear that this trend continues to increase in popularity.”
I want to thank John and Replacements for spending time at The Collected Room this week. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends at Replacements and appreciate how they continue to support my mission and passion for “Collected Tabletops”!!
Hope all of you have enjoyed all of this wonderful insight from John!
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