During September, our Laura Greenwood brought to life her ideas for an inspirational ‘Trend Hub’ and trend display at the Flooring Show in Harrogate (in the UK), Laura was joined by Laura Trowsdale (confusing?) to ensure that the constant flow of visitors could all have their trend questions answered. Of course, many of those questions were about what would be the key colours of 2019, which patterns would be in-fashion for flooring; but other questions were about materials of the future, retail store design and even one about Exhibition stand design (we liked that one!) …
What does that mean to you?
Our lives are influenced by many aspects of modern life. Over the past 2, maybe 3 years our desire to be a part of a community has been growing and deepening. It might be an online community, a local one, an interest group, a cause; the one constant is the deeply rooted desire to be a part of something that connects a group of people together. And perhaps unexpectedly, young people seek this sense of sharing in a community more than most.
The Spring/Summer season of 2018 will see the emergence of our trend Urban Planet, which has perhaps my favorite color palette for the year. It doesn’t contain my favorite color, but as a collection of colors it’s hard to beat.
The Urban Planet palette has a real pick-me-up look to it, a happy feel. This maybe because it’s essentially a story of metallics and they are always a favorite. Metallics have been are ever present and it seems fitting that they should now have their own trend for this summer season.
We recently visited an exciting new Stationery Show launched in Manchester UK; a sister show to the successful London Stationery Show held at the Business Design Centre in April (check out our LSS blog post review from earlier in the year). This month we saw the second specialist paper and writing product show held in the beautiful Victoria Warehouse building in Old Trafford.
This brand new event was designed to attract more visitors closer to the North of England and compliment with the timing of its elder sister. The venue was intimate, it felt friendly and inviting; the Victoria Warehouse is a historic, solid Mancunian landmark which has been developed into a modern, industrial chic space. Its exposed brick walls and huge repurposed spool tables gave an interesting and unique backdrop to some amazing stationery product.
This month we have released our SS17 trend; In Motion; A youthful, energetic and bold trend with a digital aesthetic. Check out the Pinterest Board; it will give you all the inspiration you need, from pattern and color stories to product materials and texture direction.
This trend is specifically relevant to stationery design, fashion, tableware and lighting.
1. Model Photograph by Van Koo – @supernovanGirl with kaleidoscopic glasses by Holes Eyewear www.h0les.com. 2. Technomimicry textiles by Lianne Polinder