Fall Fabric Trend: Modern Plaids & Tartans

~Shop the Trend~

Clean, graphic lines make for a modern plaid variation on this contemporary blanket from Ferm Living. Ideal for the cooler months of fall and winter, this wood blend weave is reversible, offering 2 colorways in one.

The Gus* Halifax Chair, a handsome modern chair that's available in a range of upholstery fabrics, looks particularly striking in black-and-white Gus* tartan, which complements the chair's industrial elements.

A striking tartan-like pattern is seen on the Nanimarquina Tres Rug, which employs the traditional flat weave of the hand-crafted Indian Dhurri for an artful contemporary rug that takes center stage in any modern space.

Just when we felt perfectly well-versed in plaids and tartans, along comes modern design's fall trend, in which the traditional Scottish textile pattern has been remade for a contemporary age. While fashion designers unveiled fall and winter collections featuring unusually vivid plaid colorways, modern furniture, rugs and decor are showcasing subtler variations of classic plaids and tartans—blurring the lines and tweaking the edges with stylized geometric motifs, rich gradients and unexpected color schemes.  

Modern decor's plaid and tartan prints are a more subtle, contemporary variation on the traditional, clearly recognizable Scottish textile pattern.

Foscarini Tartan Pendant Light

Even devoid of color, the Foscarini Tartan Pendant Light highlights the power of plaid, A blown glass diffuser featuring plaid's characteristic criss-cross lines replicates the weave of fabric, imbuing a room with the nuanced light quality expected from soft material.

GAN Rugs Garden Layers Collection

Patricia Urquiola's celebrated indoor/outdoor Garden Layers Collection for GAN Rugs is a tapestry of plaid and tartan, featuring modern rugs, seating, contemporary lounge furniture and pillows of expertly woven checkered textiles.

GUBI Beetle Meeting Chair

The GUBI Beetle Chair collection by GamFratesi wasn't about to miss out on the modern plaid trend, offering upholstery choices that include an inspired tartan pattern.

Cover of British GQ Magazine, August 2018

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British GQ Magazine Cover, August 2018 (Left)

Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, appears on the August 2018 cover of British GQ, dressed to the hilt in tartan—proving that fashion-forward men are committing as fully to plaid (and skirts) as fashionable women.

Versace Fall 2018 Men's Collection (Below)

Plaid and tartan were everywhere on the Fall/Winter 2018 runways, illustrated by the Versace Fall 2018 Collection for Men, which featured anything-but-subtle displays of tartan and plaid in brilliant color schemes and bold combinations.

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~On Trend Designs~

Plaid goes rad on Tempaper's Paired Back Plaid Wallpaper, which features a clean-edged grid of lines in an elegant color scheme, ideal for giving a quick modern wallpaper makeover to bedroom,, hallway, or kitchen.

Subtle gradients of color define the Nanimarquina Shade collection of modern poufs and rugs, which feature horizontal and vertical fibers of 100% New Zealand wool, expertly combined in a tartan-like pattern.

Adding a touch of tartan is as easy as a Ferm Living Salon Pillow, in a range of inspired plaid colorways that complement most any interior scheme. A different pattern on front and back keeps things cozy-fresh.

Knoll Textiles plaid fabric swatches

Knoll Textiles Mod Plaid, Plaidstatic Feeling Plaid  

Inspird by archival fabrics, Knoll Textiles has released a range of plaid upholstery patterns to complement the brand's Mid-Century furniture offerings. Predictably on-trend are Feeling Plaid, Mod Plaid, and Plaidtastic.

Knoll Textiles plaid upholstery fabrics

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Chilewich Plaid Collection (Right)

Chilewich tabletop decor presents an irresistible visual context for any meal, and the trend-setting Chilewich Plaid Collection of table runners, and place mats is a particularly inspired modern plaid interpretation involving 14 different colors in one composition. Choose from a range of handsome colorways, both moody and light.

Gan Rugs Neri & Hu Lan Collection

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GAN Rugs Lan Collection by Neri & Hu

,Soon to arrive at 2Modern is the Lan collection of modern furniture and textiles from GAN Rugs. A collaboration with Shanghai-based Neri & Hu, this striking collection of furnishings—rugs, modular furniture, cushions—is notable for its elegant lines and imaginative combination of geometric textile patterns—a mix of solid colors, stripes, and handsome plaid fabrics.


The Gus* Mix Modular Collection of modern sofas, sectionals and ottomans continues to be a customer favorite, for good reason. The ultimate in modular modern furniture, this highly adaptable collection is comprised of seating elements that may be adjoined and tailored to both small and large spaces. Adding to the collection's flexibility are mix-and-match fabric choices—including signature Gus* black-and-white tartan—for a truly one-of-a-kind modern seating ensemble.