Ask any seasoned traveler with a passion for design, and they’ll tell you that some of the best home decor shopping is done abroad. For those of us who aren’t privy to the globetrotting lifestyle, however, there’s Etsy: A vast, digital ocean of forward-thinking artists and makers, the e-commerce platform lets you snag epic storied finds straight from the source—no plane ticket necessary.
According to the company’s latest summer trend report, shoppers are tapping into their inner wanderlust now more than ever. In her summary, Dayna Isom Johnson—Etsy’s leading trend expert and owner of this colorful Brooklyn home—revealed that searches for all things “international” are currently on the rise. From wildly bold textiles from India to unassuming stoneware from Japan, Johnson not only lays out the unexpected crazes that will change the home decor game this summer, but also the up-and-coming design destinations that are pioneering said fads. Ahead, five trends you’ll want to know about before they’re everywhere.
If your only summer goal consists of sipping rose in your newly-hung rattan swing chair, we’re here for you. While we’ve long been obsessed with this boho-approved material, rattan is enjoying a new wave in Germany, where a vibrant local vintage scene has brought woven goods and ’70s-inspired feels back to the forefront. Be it in the form of a side table or headboard, rattan is the stylish, summery essential your home desperately needs.
Following in the footsteps of Wabi-Sabi (a traditional Japanese aesthetics philosophy centered around the fleeting and the imperfect), raw pottery and organic ceramics are having a major moment right now, amongst local sellers in Japan. Glazed kitchenware and handmade vessels are just the beginning for this fad that favors minimal embellishment and flawed objects.
Given its timeless appeal and breathability, linen will always be one of our go-to fabrics for the home. For thousands of years, weavers in Lithuania have perfected and passed down the art that is cultivating and spinning flax into linen. Today, those same creatives are imparting a contemporary twist on the classic textile by experimenting with fresh patterns and saturated palettes.
When it comes to statement-worthy fixtures, the Dutch are lightyears ahead of us. Though their innovative creations aren’t necessarily overly bold, it’s often their attention to materiality or structure that promises they’ll be the focal point of any room. From laser-cut pendant lamps to origami-inspired shades, in the Netherlands, the functional always doubles as art.
Block Print Textiles
Loud colors, layered motifs, and rich ornamentation are just a few things Indian artisans and makers do best. Want to channel the maximalist within? Often painstakingly dyed and applied by hand, block print textiles are one guaranteed way to introduce a wealth of life and charm back into your space.