Latest designs focus less on trends and more on quality |

Latest designs focus less on trends and more on quality

Slifer Designs staff
Design at Altitude
Stick lighting is everywhere – we’re just not sure how long this look will last.
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Off season comes at a perfect time for us. While it’s relatively quiet in the Vail Valley, things are going off in the design world around the country. We’ve been traveling to shows and seeing what’s new from furnishings to fixtures, lighting to handbags. One of the most fun aspects of going to shows is being able to see the unexpected and the wide range of offerings.

Last week, we attended the decidedly European-feeling Maison & Objet Americas show in Miami Beach. Sunny, warm weather aside, the trip was a breath of fresh air. This is the first time this show has been in America; it’s held bi-annually in Paris, and as much as we wanted to attend that location, it just wasn’t in the cards this year. So Paris came to Miami Beach, in essence.

We saw international-based vendors, which was interesting and fun. Miami is a hip and vibrant, fun place to be. We also loved exploring the art deco hotels and visiting the Miami Design District. It’s easy to forget the many design aesthetics countrywide.


What really stuck out the most, though, was the thought that what we want in our homes is personal and a luxury and these luxuries should last. In other words, instead of focusing on the hottest trend, find what you love, invest in quality and keep it around for years to come.

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We also loved listening to Kelly Hoppen speak with a panel that included the editor of Luxe magazine and Felicia and Belinda of Apaiser. Apaiser was founded in 2000 as a high-end stone composite bathware supplier in Melbourne, Australia. These three panelists reaffirmed what we believe: less of a focus on “trends” and more of a focus on lasting, quality pieces that make you happy (you individually, not you generically).

Home has become the most important place in your life, and there is an expectation of wanting your own personal luxury. Luxury is longevity and should last forever; it should be something that makes you happy and that you can work into your design concept for years to come. We are loving this concept!


Beth Slifer, our founder and creative director, has the same philosophy, saying the ultimate luxury is comfort, combined with space and beauty: Luxury in design should soothe the body as well as satisfy the eye. It’s both an intensely personal choice but one that is certainly influenced by the outside.

We spent the last five days in New York, which in itself is always inspiring; we are in such a bubble in the Vail Valley! In New York City, we toured the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which, despite its name, features furnishings, lighting, fixed finishes and accessories.


We loved the resurgence of porcelain tile. With technology, porcelain tiles can look like a pair of jeans, old-growth wood or almost any pattern or color you can imagine. It’s inexpensive, often times made of recycled materials and so versatile, which is why it’s one look we are digging.

What else did we see? Stick lighting. We’re not sure of our stand on this, but it seems to be everywhere. While it’s interesting, we can’t help but wonder if this look will stick around.

What inspired us the most, though, might have been the Yotel we stayed at. Part of the tiny-home movement, the space was small but felt luxurious. Billed as “small but smart,” we initially were dubious, but with floor-to-ceiling windows, a huge hotel terrace and sleek rooms, we were soon won over.

This design inspiration column was a team approach by Tara Klaers, Yvonne Jacobs, Kim Toms and Tessa Hyatt, who all love incorporating new finds into retail and interior design. For more on our latest happenings, visit

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