The Decor + Design show, Melbourne – Trend Hub materials list

A special Hello to everyone who has visited our Trend Hub at Decor + Design 2016. As promised here is a list of the materials on display on the sample table:

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New Designers 2016 – Part 1 – a most important Creative Showcase

This week New Designers took place at London’s Business Design Centre now in its 31st edition. The UK’s most important exhibition for emerging design is split into two parts. Part 1 focuses on textiles, jewellery, ceramics and glass and contemporary crafts. Part 2 is slanted towards product and industrial design, graphics, illustration and animation.

Designers who have completed their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees exhibit their work representing their university. A breadth of specialisms and talents are on display exhibiting high levels of originality, innovation and craftsmanship. Here is a round up of our favourite pieces as well as some of the trends which caught my eye.

First is Bath Spa graduate and Texprint 2016 finalist Lydia Knight. Inspired by botanicals, plants and flora she creates beautiful prints developed from exquisite hand drawn illustrations and paintings. I was attracted to her artworks which have then been developed in repeat using digital print techniques. Her designs could easily be adapted in the commercial interior and home furnishings sector; specifically wallpaper or the bedlinen market.

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Fellow Bath Spa graduate is Rhian Beynon whose stunning paintings have been developed digitally. What I liked most about her collection, was her preference to display both the digital fabrics and a large scale painting (right) which would look beautiful as a bespoke artwork. The details and colours have been translated wonderfully into her repeated designs, again highly suitable for the commercial interiors sector.

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One of the themes I noticed at the exhibition was ‘pleating’. This covered various disciplines including weave, knit and print. Catherine Kinsbury-Smith of Herriot Watt University uses iridescent yarns within the knitted fabrics.

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As the light shines depending on the time of day, the 3D illusion is emphasised. Likewise Glasgow School of Art graduate Rochelle McGuiness; the sharp lines and iridescent surfaces of her collection entitled ‘Distorting Perception of Depth’ allows the pieces to take on the colour of their surroundings and vary depending on the viewers standpoint. I particularly like the projection of her designs when used for lighting.

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‘Folded Nature’ by Loughborough Textile Innovation & Design graduate Lauren Saunders explores a three-dimensional, structured aesthetic for fashion. Taking inspiration from natural forms she combines a variety of fabric manipulation methods including ‘heat forming’. Enabling the fabrics to not only demonstrate functionality as they become flexible in response to the body, but also remain visually appealing. Although intended for the high end/haute couture fashion market, her designs could also be considered in other contexts such as an architectural installation.

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Continuing with the theme of optical illusion, a number of new designers exhibiting represented this trend in the form of printed textiles. I’ve selected the work of graduate Stefan Volder for simple yet very effect designs. His menswear collection entitled ‘Concrete Nostalgia’ took inspiration from post-war modernist architecture in Scotland.

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Anna Helgesson‘s work, from first time exhibitors Swedish School of Textiles the University of Boras (winners of the award for Best Stand); particularly stood out to me for its simple and striking primary coloured designs providing a clever optical illusion. It reminded me of the work by Japanese design studio A.P.Works. I really enjoyed all the Swedish School of Textiles’ graduates use of scale including the collection (UN)PERFECT – ‘Breaking the rules in textile printing’ by Lisa Fredin (left). These particular pieces I think would work well as drapes for windows or room divides as light can still be passed through whilst offering privacy.

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Talking of large scale work, to be admired is the work of Katherine Plumb. The printer from Central St Martins takes inspiration from purpose built landscapes which are then developed into cut-paper collages and large scale prints destined for interiors. The quirky pegs used to display the fabrics are also playful and really suit the fun and bold colour palette.

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One Year On is a feature of the show that presents selected designers in their first year of business. Chosen by an independent panel they are selected based on their flair and quality of product. All work exhibited can be bought or commissioned directly from the designers at the show. Favourites of included Aimee Bollu, a member of the Crafts Council’s Hot House programme, Aimee seeks out objects that have fallen out of use and aims to bring them back to life. Combining found objects which may be viewed as conventional and mundane she adds newly created simple vessel forms offering the viewer something familiar yet fresh. With a subtle and contemporary palette, splashes of bright, the vessels can be viewed as a collection or as individual objects.

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Well that’s it for the Part One report, I had a great time and highly recommend the exhibition as a great day out, a wonderful way in which to discover new talent and of course, a great place to buy some exquisite and unique pieces.

Let us know what your opinion is about what you’ve just seen and if we’ve persuaded you to go next year………

 

 

 

 

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Scarlet Opus at Index Dubai 2016; The Trend Hub

In cooperation with the show organisers, we created the Trend Hub; a themed lounge area on the show floor where visitors could be inspired by information, images and interactive features all influenced by future design trends for the world of interiors and architecture.

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The Trend Hub was a place in which to be enthralled by unusual material & texture samples from around the world and themed to also educate in future interior design trends. The Trend Hub was a space for visitors to adopt and ‘own’, taking advantage not only of the trend information but also of the opportunity to have somewhere to sit, chat, meet and work for a while.

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The 2016 Trend Hub theme was ‘a day in the life ….’ concept showcasing a home lounge, an office workplace and a ‘social hub’ represented in the form of a coffee shop. Furniture by Boss Design and Flooring by Interface.

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As we realise the potential consequences of having shared so much about ourselves this trend answers our desire to ‘take back control’ as designers explore ‘revealing’ and ‘concealing’. This space was designed to enable visitors to have a quiet moment inside a bustling exhibition. Cocooned furniture by Boss Design, Accessories by Worlds Away and cushions supplied by Casador.

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Play

A bright, fun, colourful design trend driven by the Millennial generation and taking the workplace by storm. This area investigates how to bring an element of ‘Play’ into offices and work spaces. The table tennis proved a very popular feature as well as the spinning tube chair by Boss Design.

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Organic Matter

A true Mega-Trend exploring our desire to connect with nature, natural materials and people; and whenever possible, to do all 3 at the same time. This space allowed visitors to readdress the importance of an extreme naturalness where nature inspires innovative design processes.

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Our soft snug area was supplied by Tunisian Made Foutas and lifestyle essentials by Bains de mer. IMG_3602-min

Alex Turco was our trend hub sponsor; the decorative Art Panels are custom made to meet clients requirements in terms of size, color, and finish. Conceived to lavishly style interiors and to rejuvenate the concept of living well, the Canvas Art Panels are a valuable accent to tastefully created atmospheres. The Aluminum Art Panels are spectacular, one of a kind statements fashioned for either indoor or outdoor use.

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The Sample Table included innovative materials, textures and surfaces by Gemstone TileMuraspecVescomAltfield LondonHornschuch GroupArmourcoatCarina SohlNewmor WallcoveringsOber Surfaces, Northern Engraving, Campioni, Shou Sugi Ban and Focus SB Electricals.

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Wool Floor Show, London

Last week we visited the Wool Floor Show, this was a new and exciting event showcasing the industry leaders in the manufacturer of wool flooring; exhibiting in central London.

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There were lots of interesting and unique features at the show which brought wool concepts to life. Not only was it an educational event but also an inspirational one with Wool Trend boards by Jessica Light outlining key colour directions, fabrics and materials for 2016. A particular highlight was the Creative Colour for Wool Rooms which cleverly portrayed wool as coloured paint. The ‘Wool Forest’ was also a beautiful installation which promoted living naturally and choosing wool for all it’s benefits.

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Of course our interest in the show was confirming current trends and investigating what new colours, textures and styles were coming through. We identified 3 clear design stories for 2016 and beyond; Woodland Walk, Soft Minimalism and Tribal.

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The Woodland Walk trend is one we have been talking about for a while and includes grey toned neutrals and hazy heather shades. Patterns are often traditional, including houndstooth, muted coloured tartan (Stevens and Graham) and herringbone styles where textures are deep, comforting and organic. There is a deep connection to nature here, the beauty is found in the rawness and destructive qualities.

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Soft Minimalism displays powdery pastels, they are chalky, matte and often infected with a slight grey tone. These cosmetic shades are intimate, discreet and restrained which projects a calm and soothing sense of well-being. Chunky textures hold protective and comforting qualities where patterns are minimal, simple and sophisticated. (Tartan carpet by Stevens and Graham, Textured Carpet by Jacaranda Carpets, Sample Board by Jessica Light).

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Tribal is a fusion of global influences, mixing colour, textures and patterns to create a unique and exciting revival of traditional cultures. Intense brights are combined together with more neutral tones in weave style carpets (RogerOats). Deep textures appear in stripy brights and zigzag effects (M.I.D / Ruckstuhl).

Find out more about the Campaign for Wool and the Wool Floor Show by searching #ChooseWool #WoolFSL #BritishWool

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Our pick of the Top Ten at TISE 2016

Here is a look at the products that caught our eye this year at TISE 2016. From hard wood flooring to tile, as well as carpet and rugs, we’ve put together a snap shot of the most on-trend products from across the show, many of which were featured on our Trend Tour.

1. Milliken & Company

Milliken are one of those companies that as Trend Forecasters we really love, because like us they are passionate about design trends and they look far and wide for inspiration. Their approach to carpet design is innovative within the industry because it seems there is a genuine desire to create flooring that will answer people’s needs and desires in style terms and they aren’t afraid to break a few rules along the way.

Our favorite product was Cloud Bank which is inspired by the paintings of English artist William Turner.

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2. Onyx Tile Distribution

‘Tile by Onyx’ exhibited innovative designs and mixes of materials with unusual and brave use of pattern. Our favorite style in particular were the tiles that replicate a worn and distressed effect against intricate patterning (photo 2nd down).

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3. Quick-Step

Quick-Step manufacture innovative laminate floors utilizing their technological developments that make their product incredibly stable, durable and realistic in terms of both graphic design and texture. From their vast range of products on their huge booth we zoned-in on their NEW Tuxedo Pine Planks, part of their Envique collection. This product is a contemporary take on the traditional Shou Sugi Ban technique, basically charred wood. The crackled, charred effect is crisp and detailed and varied, there are areas of small scale crackled detail and then more open areas of deep wood grain texture. The color is a soft black that has a very natural, inviting tone rather than a harsh, cold tone.

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4. Hereford Imports

Hereford Imports specialize in importing Tibetan and Indo-Tibetan hand-knotted, hand-loomed, hand-tufted and even hand–stitched custom rugs. The Lana Textiles collection is made from 100% felted wool and includes fantastic oversized, super-chunky knitted looks.

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5. IVC US

IVC US specialize in Luxury Vinyl Sheet and Luxury Vinyl Planks & Tile. They are the fastest growing Resilient Flooring company in the world (and they’ve got a super-cute dog as a mascot!). This patterned digitally printed Vinyl flooring fits perfectly with our Belo Rio Trend; a trend inspired by the hand-crafted style, reclaimed materials and spirited scenes of Rio’s street life.

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6. Eleganza Tile

Eleganza Tile is a leading brand of ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles. Urban Concrete is a NEW pre-cast concrete tile collection consisting of 2D shapes and 3D tiles. They have a fantastic sculptural quality that will introduce texture into room schemes and deliver unique visual and tactile interest. The individual tiles have a lot of natural variation and random shading, which is characteristic of concrete tiles.

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Slimtech Type 32 is also one of our favorite products from the show – it brings modernity and personalization to the parquet flooring look. The idea is based around 2 overlapping layers – 1st the reproduction of a wood plank, and 2nd a graphic stain pattern look.

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7. Karastan

We fell in love with Karastan’s Antelope carpet design (a tip from one of the Designer Day delegates on our Trend Tour 😉 thank you!). From the graceful plains where the antelope graze to the fierce jungle where the leopard prowls, Karastan’s Exotics Collection of animal prints captures nature’s true spirit of the wild.

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8. Fibreworks®

Fibreworks create stylish rugs and carpet in natural fibres such as sisal, seagrass, jute and wool. This jumbo braided look brings together craft style and luxurious, comforting qualities.

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9. Panaget

Panaget is France’s leading manufacturer of flooring. They not only have a beautiful color range but they also create wonderful inspiration boards for their consumers. Check out their website here to see how they present their flooring as part of a mood board format.

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10. Mannington Mills

Mannington have been in business for 100 years – they’ve survived 16 recessions, The Great Depression and 2 World Wars! We loved their Filigree product. As the name suggests it’s reminiscent of ornate metalwork with a vintage floral motif. Even though it’s a floral, it’s a very unisex design – partly because it’s been inspired by an architectural feature and partly because of the metal colorways – Nickel, Brass, Pewter and Iron. It’s a 6 inch tile that looks weathered and timeworn, the pattern fades away in areas giving it an antique feel.

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Top Ten Colors for 2016

To kick off our blog postings this year, we are sharing our Top Ten Colors for 2016. These essential colors are taken from our Spring/Summer 2016 and Fall/Winter 2016/17 palettes and are those set to make the biggest impact throughout the year. These range from bold, earth shades to dusty mid-toned hues, each swatch is designed to be worked into your own palette (not together) and are placed in no specific order. So for all designers, manufacturers and retailers; here is your chance to get ahead with the up and coming colors for interiors in 2016!

Indigo Blue1. Indigo Blue –  Indigo make its presence felt throughout 2016, trending across both fashion and interiors. It is deep, mysterious yet stylish and sophisticated. Indigo is at its most striking and sumptuous alongside rich shades of wine, teal, warm metals, grays, dark wood tones and off white. This color longs for unconventional pairings to emphasis the unexpectedness of how it can be used within an interior.

COBALT BLUE2. Cobalt Blue – This color works in both contrasting and complimentary ways, it can be paired with a True Red for a bold, contemporary union, or combined with a crisp white for a more radiant effect. When paired with the Indigo blue and Mint green it suggests a more tonal, pleasing mixture. This color can be used both as an accent and a mono solid, where it’s unique, fresh vibrancy makes this a popular choice for 2016.

LUNAR GRAY3. Lunar Gray – An extended palette of muted gray’s play a leading role as an important hue for this year. Taken from a trend that places focus on privacy, time and experience; this color works alongside refined neutrals to portray elegance and timeless fashions. Seen in a matte finish with tone on tone neutrals that are beautiful in their simplicity. This color remains important as the endurance of the new industrial style continues to strengthen.

MAUVE4. Dusky Mauve – This soft, hazy hue is injected with a gray tone and portrays a poetic authenticity. This dulled, balanced pastel can be combined with moody tinted grays and muted Corals and Pinks with a chalky, powder-coated finish. Dusky Mauve provides a delicate harmony, it is quiet, subdued and projects a sense of well-being.

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5. Muted Coral – We saw 2015 fashions embrace the Coral Shrimp as both a solid and accent color. Going forward, we will see this shade diffuse to be more restrained and low-key. It sits within a palette that suggests honesty and long-lived values – it is warm, sophisticated, all-encompassing and works together with mid-toned grays, Mint Green and Dusky Mauve. This is a color that projects a sun-kissed, fresh outlook and will move forward into 2017.

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6. Mint Green – This color adds a fresh, contemporary sharpness when used as an accent within a palette. It almost glows when paired against deeper shades. Not only does it portray a pop of optimism and expresses a desire to be more adventurous, but it also encourages unconventional pairings, inspiring a confident use of color. Ombrés, color washes and graduations are the dominant effects when using this tone.POP PINK

7. Pop Pink – This soda pink has a chalky, matte finish and maintains a New Retro feel. It is taken from a trend named ‘PLAY’ which embraces unexpected color and material combinations; a controlled chaos within urban lifestyles. Pop Pink has no sweetness and extends beyond feminine associations to emerge as a bold, graphic and modern design direction. It works best in a palette where Black is a dominant color and is most fascinating when pared with playful interactions of texture, pattern and shape.

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8. Purple Iris – In contrast to the more vibrant tones of 2016, we will also celebrate the mystery and beauty of dark, dusky shades. The deep heather based tones add a level of sophistication and warmth to our 2016 palette. It radiates a jeweled opulence, and combines with warm brass metallic shades to inspire a dramatic, luxurious vibe. Yet it also feels familiar and comforting when combined with heritage fabrics and traditional patterned textiles; blurring the boundaries between modern and time-honored fashions.

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9. Mars Rock – This grounded color is taken from our Astro Trend, which is inspired by the grittiness and raw textures of planetary surfaces. Once again we call on nature to inspire, this time in the form of its cracked, rock-like textures and rich crystallized forms. This baked earth tone brings a sophisticated essence into interiors and can be used alongside deep reds, terracotta and space-aged metallic’s to emphasis it’s evolutionary path.

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10. True Red – Moving on from the Primal Red seen in 2015, this year True Red evolves to a softer tone. It balances out the intensity of some of the more vivid color contrasts when paired with tonal shades. This color is an essential hue in 2016 as it portrays an artisanal, handcrafted aesthetic where craftsmanship is valued and the beauty of ‘basic’ is admired.

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