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Bold, and Graphic, and Oh-So-Chic: Contemporary Nursery-Friendly Decor

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in NYC is a very exciting trade show focused on contemporary home furnishings. This international event gives vendors the opportunity to bring new looks to market, as well as helping designers to see where trends are going for the year ahead. Take a look at some of the contemporary nursery-friendly decor I spotted at the show!

Founded in 1999, Pappelina is a small, family-owned weaving studio. Leading designer Lina Rickardsson experiments with plastic ribbon that had been used to make rugs in the 1970s. She has developed new colors, techniques and patterns to enhance the highly durable and classic plastic rug.

Contemporary Rugs from Pappelina

Made for the modern designer, Poppy Print Studio blends fine arts, fashion and textile design to create a collection of wallpaper with a broad stylistic range. Founder, artist and mother-to-be Jennifer Hunt is most inspired by travel, research and instinct, and her intention is to blend the boundaries between art and decor.

Wallpaper from Poppy Print Studio

Paule Marrot combines the poetry of Parisian nature with a realistic knowledge of drafting and painting. Flora and fauna from gardens and woodlands dominate their printed fabric, percale, cotton and linens. This artist harmonizes tonalities, alternative rhythms and values to create a soothing yet symphonic scene.

Contemporary Art from Paule Marrot

In 2003, textile designer Ronel Jordaan began playing with the idea of an innovative wallcovering inspired by nature. She creates her works of art by rubbing and coaxing threads of pure wool into shapes of inspired nature and has trained a small group of women to assist her. These robust felted forms are a unique way to add life to the walls of any room.

Felted Flower Wall Art from Ronel Jordaan

Merenda Wallpaper has roots in New York City’s graffiti scene. Designer Sarah Merenda opened her own wallpaper studio in Queens, New York, in 2015. When explaining her design process, Sarah stated, “[I enjoy] sparking viewers’ imaginations of what came before, what will come after, what is beneath, and perhaps to catch a glimpse of how Nature always prevails.” My personal fave was the hand drawn vibe of the alphabet paper—available in a bunch of colors, it’s a great teaching and design tool.

Alphabet Wallpaper from Merenda Wallpaper

What do you think of my picks for contemporary nursery decor?

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