First Look Summer 2018: MICRO
MICRO, one of four cross-category presentations that make up this season’s FIRST LOOK program, champions small-scale living solutions that are big on personal style and modern-day practicality.
Living well with less has been an industry talking point for the last decade — Sarah Susanka’s 2008 blueprint, “The Not So Big House” by Taunton Press, was a conversation starter and testament that less, in fact, can be more. Then there’s the tiny home movement, a lifestyle choice championed for its affordability and low-carbon footprint.
Since 2006, apartment unit sizes in the United States have been shrinking steadily, about 8 percent over the last decade, with studio apartments feeling the fiercest pinch, according to Rent Café. In 2006, studios averaged 614 square feet; today, they’re only 504 square feet on average. The average U.S. apartment, meanwhile, is 889 square feet.
FIRST LOOK taps Las Vegas Market exhibitors such as Manhattan Comfort, New Pacific Direct and Zuo Modern to support the demand for small-scale furnishings that don’t skimp on style. This summer, look for selections from Manhattan Comfort’s Utopia Collection — the beveled edge on the dining table is noteworthy, while the glass top adds longevity to the piece.
New Pacific Direct’s Zander desk will make its debut at Las Vegas Market in the MICRO vignette. This open, airy design combines walnut veneers and a Champagne Gold finish in a right-size footprint that measures just 49 inches wide.
Zuo Modern’s 17.7-inch-high Essex table plugs into a standard outlet, so it can charge mobile devices placed on the concrete-like tabletop. A raised handle makes it easy to move the table from room to room.
Lastly, look for on-trend accents and accessories in MICRO. One example: Mitchell Black’s Twinkle wallpaper, part of the kaleidoscopic Abra Collection of contemporary designs, shows that pattern has a place in small living spaces.
FIRST LOOK coverage continues next week with a look at WHOLEHEARTED, a color-driven vignette for Summer 2018 that showcases blue, green and purple jewel tones.