Trend Report: The Juju Hat as Wall Decor

December 21, 2012 | Alex

I always thought there should be a dedicated word for the strange phenomenon I think most of us experience: you hear a word or phrase for the first time, then suddenly you find yourself hearing it everywhere. I can even remember the first time I experience that phenomenon-- the word, "scaffolding" when I was in the third grade. (How's that for true New Yorker cred?)

Lately, I've been having the same experience with design trends. I'll see something unusual or unfamiliar and think, "that's a cool, unique idea." Then, BAM. It's everywhere. And I mean, everywhere I look. In every shelter magazine, every design blog, every time I log in to Pinterest-- to the point that it starts seeping into my subconscious and popping up in dreams.

The latest design trend to nest deep in my brain is the Juju hat. Juju hats are large, feathered, circular hats traditionally worn by village chiefs and "prominent members of society" in Cameroon. Now they seem to staging a second act as wall decor in homes from Australia to Canada.

What do you think-- does this trend have staying power?

Image via Safari Fusion

Image via Safari Fusion

The Decorista, via Pinterest

The Decorista, via Pinterest

The Decorista via Pinterest

The Decorista via Pinterest

Anna Burke's West Village Apartment | Photography by Patrick Cline / Art Direction by Michelle Adams, via Lonny Magazine, March/April 2012

Anna Burke's West Village Apartment | Photography by Patrick Cline / Art Direction by Michelle Adams, via Lonny Magazine, March/April 2012

The Decorista, via Pinterest

The Decorista, via Pinterest

Vanessa Carlton's NYC Home via Moodboard | In Style Magazine September 2005 | Photography Daniela Stallinger

Vanessa Carlton's NYC Home via Moodboard | In Style Magazine September 2005 | Photography Daniela Stallinger

Image via L'Aviva Home | Pinterest  

Image via L'Aviva Home | Pinterest

 
Photography by Janis Nicolay | Image via Style at Home, March 2011  

Photography by Janis Nicolay | Image via Style at Home, March 2011

 

via Tabletonic
Inside Out, July/August 08 via Mark Tuckey

Inside Out, July/August 08 via Mark Tuckey

via West Elm
Photography by Jared Fowler | Production by Lucy Feagins, via The Design Files

Photography by Jared Fowler | Production by Lucy Feagins, via The Design Files

Heart Home Magazine, Winter 2012

Heart Home Magazine, Winter 2012

Antiques Dealer Liza Sherman's Manhattan Apartment | Photography by Simon Upton, via Elle Decor

Antiques Dealer Liza Sherman's Manhattan Apartment | Photography by Simon Upton,
via Elle Decor