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What to look forward to in 2024

Each New Year is marked by change and defined by trends. As we wrap up our editorial year for 2023, we can’t help but look forward, which next year is a throwback to our past – everything from artwork and interior design to fashion and color trends.

“Retro,” “Heritage” and “Vintage” are words that will define 2024 on one end of the trend spectrum when it comes to design, fashion and art but when it comes to healthcare and technology-related trends,  expect to hear a lot more about “Generative AI,” “Virtual” and “On Demand.”

Here are a few industry trends we can expect to see in 2024. For us vintage and antique lovers, the best from our past will be on-trend once again!

Fashion: According to W Magazine and based on the Spring 2024 runway shows in New York, Milan and Paris, “designers played around with classic elements, giving them new life through unexpected pairings, dramatic proportions and fresh, casual styling. It was a particularly wearable season, with playful mini hems, relaxed short suiting, and lots of ’90s nostalgia leading the way. There was also sophisticated coziness to the overall color palate, meaning quiet luxury is very much here to stay—but for those craving pops of color and glitz, there’s plenty of fabulously glamorous evening wear to choose from.” Look for Mini Hems (think 1967 Valley of the Dolls), ‘90s Nostalgia, Business Casual, Butter-hued dresses, and Denim in new ways.

Interior Design: As interior design continues to evolve, it seems that what’s old is new again, with a delightful resurgence of retro trends taking center stage in 2024. According to Sampleboard, here are the 5 retro trends interior designers are reviving in the coming year, starting with The Retro Color Palettes that bring back the vibrant, eye-catching colors that were all the rage in the 1970s. Look for Psychedelic Style with bright, bold colors like purple, pink, and orange in the style of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the pastel colors associated with the “Miami Vice” look thanks to the popularity of mid-century modern design, and a return to Earth Tones in warm shades like brown, rust and olive green. Also on trend this coming year: Statement Wall Art, Bold Upholstery and Fabrics, Natural Wood Accents, and Modernized Mid-Century Design.

Antique and Vintage Art: What goes around comes back around, according to  Vintage art is the perfect way to reflect your personal style. What’s projected to be hot? Modernist Landscapes in the Swedish Style; Handcrafted and Cottagecore Pieces where it is all about crafts (think quilts to hang on the wall and floral landscape paintings); Americana Art in such mediums as abstract paintings, still lifes, lithographs and fabrics; Pop Art characterized by its brightly hued, graphic, and iconic visuals; and Minimalist Geometric Art hailing from the 1960s.

Toys: According to Toy Insider, the Top Three breakaway toys for the new year as seen at Toy Fair New York are LEGO’s Disney King Magnifico’s Castle with four fun WISH characters; Lite-Brite HD Pokemon and Barbie Editions with double the LEDs and a snap-on high- definition grid for and 1,000 colorful mini-pegs; and Zhu Zhu Aquarium with a range of vibrant toy fish and accessories that kids can use to create a mess-free aquatic-themed environment.

Technology: According to research and consulting firm, Gartner, “democratized generative artificial intelligence, intelligent applications, augmented-connected workforce, sustainable technology and industry cloud platforms are some of the technological developments that organizations need to explore in 2024.” By 2026, Gartner predicts that over 80% of enterprises will have used generative AI APIs and models and/or deployed generative AI-enabled applications in production environments, up from less than 5% in early 2023.

Healthcare: According to Forbes, we are heading into unchartered waters, “where AI promises to dramatically change everything from the way we develop medicine and treat patients to the business and commercial side of healthcare. And just as powerful will be the changes that are being made to shift the focus from reactive to preventive care in the hope of preventing an aging population from becoming an overwhelming burden on healthcare systems around the world.” Top Trends for 2024 include: Generative AI, Personalized Medicine, Virtual Healthcare Assistants, IoT-Powered Virtual Hospitals And Telemedicine 2.0 which includes both telemedicine and wearable devices connected to the global network known as the Internet of Things (IoT), and 3D Printing – From Implements To Organs.

Video Games: The video game industry is a source of constant innovation, with many of its breakthrough technologies being adopted by the business world. While virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) applications are just beginning to be used in industry gamers have been using headsets to enter fully immersive worlds for years. The concept of the metaverse is not new to gamers either – persistent, avatar-driven digital environments and even digital currencies have long been accepted as part of mainstream gaming. According to Forbes, 2024 will bring us greater immersion, more realistic experiences, and, most of all, fun! Look for Generative AI In Gaming, Gaming On-Demand, E-Sports And Pro-Gaming, Retro Gaming And Remakes – From Niche To Mainstream, and a New Generation Of Portable Gaming Devices.

All of us at the Journal of Antiques & Collectibles thank you for reading and supporting us this past year. We enjoy the task of finding new stories to tell about the things you love and remember from your past and encourage you to visit your neighborhood antique stores, especially during the holidays, for thoughtful and memorable gift ideas that show how much you care.

Happy Holidays!

Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher
Judy Gonyeau, Managing Editor
Jeffrey Lome, Lynn Cotterman, Jill Montague-Kaitbenski