Inspirational Exhibition Stand Design ‘A Winter Desert Trend Hub’

For those of you who didn’t get chance to visit Melbourne for the Decor+Design Show this month… here is a look at what we had on display on the Trend Hub and also a round up of some exhibitor stands at the show.

Being in Australia for Winter; it only seems fitting that we focus on our Winter Desert Trend. The hub was transformed into a Winter bazaar of boldly patterned textiles, precious stones in rich, earthy shades and soft, cosy living spaces. We wanted to bring together a mix of design qualities and luxuries from along The Old Silk Road; striving for a harmonious blend of cultures through design.

To set the right mood our props included a range of Cacti, Salt Rock candles from Sirocco Living and the beautiful Desert Rose; displayed alongside striking desert images to bring the trend story to life. We showcased a range of innovative surfaces and materials from different designers from all around the world including Alma Leather, GemStone Tile, and a sample of Perla by Pintark – LOCO Designs decorative wall surfaces.

The Trend Hub looked amazing thanks to our generous collaborators. Layered recycled Rugs by Sugarcane Trading, Sofa by LaForma, Cushions by Satara, Throw from Atolyia and our give away TreeWise pencils.

Rich, embellished patterning has a strong influence through this trend, providing a vibrant yet relaxing atmosphere. Overlaid fabrics and throws offer a mix of textures for a more informal homeliness.

When walking the show floor we picked out a couple of products that relate specifically to this 2018 trend. Some through their use of materials such as Marble and Terrazzo in deep rich hues. Others through use of global patterns, earthen jewel-toned color palettes and naturally comforting textures.

The autumnal richness of this palette provides fiery tones, embracing spices such as saffron and paprika. The addition of an ‘old gold’ metallic shade rounds this palette off well, reflecting found treasures; a Merchants Emporium aesthetic. Deep, rich burgundy is a key color for 2018.

Incredible marble tiles from Diespeker UK

 

Amigos de Hoy

This small yet fascinating stand was crammed with inviting textures, materials and patterns; they really did create their very own merchants emporium of luxurious product design. Rugs that feature simple, stepped geometrics are striking and make a statement in any interior setting. Products have a handcrafted aesthetic with a stunning alchemy of natural hides combined with ethnic vibes and high impact metallics. This whimsical, boho style is the ultimate in laid-back luxe. It is cosy and comforting which relates beautifully to our Winter Design aesthetic. 

Atolyia

The Atolyia product range is a great way to take the Winter Desert trend into the bathroom with textiles inspired by Turkish Baths. Turkey is a keystone in the Old Silk Road story and a melting pot of cultural influences; much like the Winter Desert trend, which at its core is about bringing together many different cultural influences and achieving harmony through design. The whole range of towels, throws and blankets are beautiful, very soft, made from the highest quality fibres, using traditional techniques by skilled artisans – many with a vintage finish.

Albi

Albi is an umbrella for many brands supplying homewares and kitchenware in Australia and New Zealand. Their homeware merchandising is very inspirational as they create a lifestyle which is comforting, inviting and liveable. Albi displayed a color range that fits perfectly with our Winter Desert trend – the rich burgundy, rustic terracotta and faded indigo blue are combined with ceramics that display natural surface effects in sandy tones and earthy neutrals.

The patterns and prints of their cushions are simple, raw and almost primitive in their aesthetic. This homeware collection uses luxury materials for ultimate tactile indulgence, including soft enzyme-washed linens and handmade wool/cotton knit blends. Merchandised with textured ceramics, handcrafted art glass and exotic mango wood pieces. Add touches of tarnished gold for even more opulence.

 

Mediterranean Markets – Flax by Ivory House Ceramics

These beautiful Flax Ceramics have an exceptional hand formed textured finish. They are very organic in shape and each piece is individually crafted. They all have a dimpled matte exterior, with an imperfect finish and a glazed interior finish; the contrast adds a further tactile quality. These pieces come in a range of neutral colors which work perfectly as a mix & match collection or as a single set.

Archie by Nancy Ji

Entered as part of VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design); a competition which showcases some of the most dynamic emerging Australian designers. The goal was to create a piece of furniture from a single piece of material, this product is created from two pieces of stone tiles with minimal off cuts to reduce waste. The pieces slot together without need for any fixings and can be flat packed for easy transportation.

This designer not only addressed the importance of sustainability but designed a product desirable to consumers through material and color choice; in-keeping with design trends.

For more ideas on how to create this look in your interior take a look at our previous blog post; Winter Desert; bringing richness and warmth into your home.

Most Voted this post Fabulous
We want to hear your voice ... place your Votes NOW
  • Fabulous (4)
  • More Like This (2)
  • Inspiring (2)
  • Interesting (2)

Texture at the Surface Design Show 2017

We visited the Surface Design Show back in February, a show that exhibits the latest in design and innovation for both interior and exterior surface applications. From flooring to wallpapers, lighting, stoneware and much more, this years’ show was an inspiring experience, with impressive new sustainable materials and interactive design concepts.

In this post, we have reported on some of the key themes seen at this years 2017 Surface Design show, if you would like a more in-depth trend report or the latest interior trend report please do not hesitate to get in touch!


The Beauty of Nature

The focus really is on our natural surroundings and organic materials to create a deeper, more tactile experience in our quest to feel more connected to nature. The boundaries between our urban lifestyle and rural landscapes begin to blur with sustainability and eco-integration at the forefront of design in all sectors.

(From left to right) Bright Green Interiors, Innerspace Cheshire, Alusid Sustainable Surfaces, Rug-maker.

Enhanced 3D

Precisely engineered structures and prints come to life, whether it is a flat wall piece or rug design, the 3D concept creates inspiring new formations to be applied to interior and exterior surfaces. This architectural approach continues to trend as we push the boundaries with technology and embrace new compositions.

(From left to right) Evan-James Design, Rug-maker, Maria Ana Vasco Costa, Skuare79

Dark Metallics

An interesting mix of dark metallics was clearly present at the show. Liquid-look surfaces often with a distressed, industrial finish continue to be important as they spread their way through every sector, in particularly deep gun metal shades, bronze and dulled gold. This influence relates to our interest in planetary and outer space exploration.

(From left to right) Innerspace Cheshire, Alusid Sustainable Surfaces, Caroline Hough Design


Texture Direction Autumn/Winter 2017-18

Phil gave a presentation at the Surface Design Show on the latest texture trends for Autumn/Winter 2017-18 & beyond, it includes a brief explanation of 3 different trends, color palettes, interior styles and looks at how each trend translates into specific textures.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the presentation, with notes, email Phil. (£95)

Most Voted this post Fabulous
We want to hear your voice ... place your Votes NOW
  • Interesting (2)
  • Fabulous (2)
  • More Like This (2)
  • Inspiring (1)

10 Key Colors of 2017 for Interiors and ….

When you invest such a small sum and gain such a vast return on that investment, you know, with absolute certainty, that you made an excellent decision. Well done you!

From warm, soothing spice shades to striking, bold hues, this year we see an intriguing mix of colors that are reminiscent of the natural world as well as powerful expressions of intense brights.

We have selected 10 key Pantone Referenced colors from all of the color palettes in our 2017 trends, to provide you with an edited down version helping you to make those color decisions on behalf of your clients, throughout the year. These 10 essential hues will be significant within the world of interiors, stationery, cars and much more; influencing the direction of marketing and retail sectors.

PLEASE NOTE: This e-booklet will be available for you to download immediately your purchase is made. We do not mail it afterwards. Watch for the link 🙂

Most Voted this post Fabulous
We want to hear your voice ... place your Votes NOW
  • More Like This (4)
  • Inspiring (4)
  • Fabulous (4)
  • Interesting (3)

Surface Texture & Material Design Trends 2017

Designers, graduates and well established brands are continuing to explore innovative ways of manipulating and experimenting with materials to create unique textures and effects for the interiors market.

Here are a few that we’d like to share with you showcased by Material Lab at the Surface & Materials Show in Birmingham. These specific textures and materials relate perfectly to our 2017 Surface Trends…

Evan James Design

This surface design company combines traditional quality craftsmanship with new technologies supporting & encouraging customer individuality for the commercial and residential sectors. They challenge whether a wall has to be flat and also, whether a wall has to permanently stay the same? This bespoke structured surface offers limitless possibilities of pattern, colour and texture. It’s designed to compliment any interior style.

img_5128

Our 2017 Trend – In Motion – explores the power of the virtual world being integrated into our everyday life; consider high shine and glossy fluidity that creates dynamic light effects and surfaces with movement. Spirograph, optical grids and dark iridescence are key aesthetics  here.

in-motion-ss17

Solomon and Wu

A luxury, surface brand crafting beautiful textures and contemporary architectural design features for interior spaces. Their unique collection of textured finishes and sculptured surfaces have been installed in retail stores such as Christian Louboutin and Alexander Mcqueen. We’ve also showcased their samples many times on our Trend Hubs around the world! Colors and finishes across the whole collection can be tailored to add stunning, bespoke elements to your design scheme.

img_5154

img_5119

2017 will see a favor towards refined luxurious rawness, combining gritty and distressed textures with blush silvered metallics. Desert inspired textures appear chalky and matte; parched linens, dried reptile skins and rustic weaves. Gradual colour shifts and tonal hombre’s in indigo tones and sunset shades compliment refined metallics and naturally raw surfaces.

desert-wanderer-ss17

Grace Gallagher

Grace Gallagher, a British designer, produces surfaces and objects for interiors, that demonstrate a preoccupation with materials and process. There is a mixture of traditional and contemporary techniques, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material. The monochrome pattern was inspired by the Barbican building in London where each panel is hand crafted using a process of revealing layers.

gg_postcard5low

img_5148

The appreciation of everyday materials will be a key attribute of design in 2017, consumers will begin to see beauty in ‘the ordinary’ and value ‘time earnt’, slowly acquired skills. People will embrace traditional techniques with a modern twist to create surfaces that are unpretentious but precise with a hand crafted aesthetic. Think about using saw cut, end-grains and chiseled wood effects for retail outlet design, exhibition booths, kitchens, flooring and workplace furniture. Denim, leather and cork create mixed material surfaces that will look stunning and be desirable in all interior spaces including hotel lounges and restaurants. 

analogue_workshop_ss17__1478988176_17392

We are currently carefully selecting the most innovative and revolutionary surface materials for our 2017 International Trend Hubs. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter now to stay informed of our next events, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily updates from the team. Email Phil for more information about our ‘show reports’

surface-materials-scarlet-opus

Most Voted this post Inspiring
We want to hear your voice ... place your Votes NOW
  • Inspiring (19)
  • Fabulous (8)
  • More Like This (6)
  • Interesting (6)

All things Stationery…

5 Stationery Brands to Love Right Now

As a passionate stationery enthusiast I love nothing more than scouting trade shows and events for new, up and coming designers and scoping out the fresh product launches from some of my favourite brands. Although technology sometimes takes over our lives, it is clear the love for all things stationery has not subsided as consumers continue to seek fashion-led paper products that we see constantly being blogged or instagrammed.

Here are 5 stationery brands and designers to watch out for…

1.Message Earth

This beautiful collection of greeting cards combines the stunning photo art created by Helena Christensen with an environmentally friendly philosophy. The cards are created with 100% recycled paper, printed using only vegetable ink and packaged in 100% bio-degradable plastic wrapping. A great combination of Danish design, sustainability and heartfelt messages. The unusual but intriguing mix of rusticity with pretty florals is perfect for this coming season!

img_4701

messageearth-18

2. Studio Sweet and Sour

Studio Sweet and Sour is a Dutch design studio who create wonderful stationery and gifts that are out of the ordinary. Their aim is to make things fun and to put a smile on your face (it definitely worked for me). They have a big love for detail and pay as much attention to the inside as they do the outside including interesting metallic foiling and neon edging. With contemporary colour combinations and exciting surface finishes; this is a product collection your don’t want to miss!

11224123_710628455741297_8356482309376643333_nimg_46843. Men’s Society

I love this award winning brand… Men’s society is your one stop shop for stylish and quality gifts designed specifically for men. They source unusual, quirky and classic items that will never date but rather improve with age and use. Many of their products are handmade using only the finest tools; this connects perfectly with our Analogue Workshop Trend for 2017. I will no longer struggle to buy presents for the men in my family!

img_4669 img_4668

4. Ohh Deer

Launched in 2011, this brand aims to bring quirky illustrated products to the mass market. This modern collective is made up of many unique illustrators who create anything from homeware to stationery and everything in-between. I particularly loved the dark floral notebooks designed by Susan Castillo, it fits perfect with our Heathland Trend for this coming winter.

img_4639 img_4692

5. Katie Leamon

Katie Leamon is a luxury card and stationery brand based in London, their family run production studio is based in the English Countryside where they design, create and deliver beautiful, hand finished collections of original paper products. The collection can be found at Selfridges, Anthropologie and Harrods.

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-18-11-29 screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-16-52-45


Top 5 Tips for Stationery Product Photography for your social media

  1. Lighting – Get the light right and you’re nearly there, it doesn’t need to be sunny you can set your scene near a window and create softness with a curtain or a sheet.
  2. Set the Scene – To shoot lifestyle, shoot detail, shoot wide – make sure you shoot a mix of ways to capture the scene adding some lifestyle elements that compliement your asethetic.
  3. Details – It’s all in the detail, look at the scene you’ve set – does it work? If not tweak.
  4. Edit – Use free editing software to edit pictures.
  5. Be Consistent – Get yourself a trademark style.

(Tips curtesy of Paperfest London as seen at Top Drawer)


For further stationery inspiration see our 2017 Stationery Trend Report; includes great ideas and inspiration for stationery designers and manufacturers, whilst also being superb stock purchase & merchandising guidance for retailers. Don’t forget to follow our ‘All Things Stationery‘ Pinterest board for the latest trend direction.

Most Voted this post Inspiring
We want to hear your voice ... place your Votes NOW
  • Fabulous (3)
  • Inspiring (3)
  • More Like This (2)
  • Interesting (1)