Trend-Defying Products

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Pops of pattern peek through this white bone china. Perry dishware by Watts Contemporaries

I have been dying to go to the Maison & Objet tradeshow for years. A week in Paris watching next season’s trends unfold, interspersed by croissant breaks—nothing could make me happier. Alas, I couldn’t get to this winter’s show either, but I made darn sure I had someone to cover it for us. Our design correspondent, Patty Bouley, has just divulged the “Design Forecast of Fall 2008,” featuring the six dominant trends and 25 to-die-for products. There were so many amazing things we couldn’t include them all in the article—but we just had to show you these.

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This delicately carved wood is more architecture than table. By Asia Tides
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Love is an incredibly hard thing to depict without a saturation of cheesiness but Lladró got it right.
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These foot-high bone china figurines depict the different stages of love, starting with the budding of flowers to a full-bodied takeover.

Sometimes the best products are the ones that defy the trends.