A Design Trend for Spring Summer 2018 communicating an ‘Easy Optimism’

A Design Trend for Spring Summer 2018 communicating an ‘Easy Optimism’

The sun relentlessly beats down on me as I write this post, most of us (people) are enjoying the 3rd mini-heatwave of the year; it’s hard to keep in mind that it’s only Tuesday and a work-day. Everything about today is screaming chill, relax, eat, drink, smile, enjoy and do all of this outdoors. I’m doing my best to comply, after all nature’s driving influence today has reminded me about my favorite design trend for the SS2018 and compelled me to share it with you.

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Being brave with Nicole LaRue

Being brave with Nicole LaRue

Last month I was exploring encouraging curiosity in a post about why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project.  It was a subject that caused lots of interesting discussion at the London Stationery Show at the end of April, where we created a display inspired by the ‘Out of The Ordinary’ trend from our Autumn/Winter 2018/19 trend report.  Together with visitors we discussed ways in which unexpected outcomes, chance discoveries and satisfying a customer’s desire for adventure have significance in product design, services, marketing and our lives in general as Big Business and the Media seek to steer, distract and control.

One of the items on the Trend Hub display and Trend Tours that attracted interest and resonated with visitors was a guided journal called ‘Find Your Adventure’ by Nicole LaRue that invites you to change the way you expect the world to be.

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Why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project

Why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project

Recently I’ve been thinking about how so many of our apparent choices in this digital age are predetermined for us – that we are constantly being directed.  Online recommendations steer us away from what is unrelated, unfamiliar and unexpected.  This effectively edits out anything that challenges our pre-existing beliefs and interests.  I’m talking about how when I buy a book on Amazon it then suggests similar books that might interest me; Netflix and YouTube make suggestions of similar things to watch in relation to what I’ve already watched; Instagram and Pinterest suggest who else to follow based on who I already follow.  The algorithms work on the basis of ‘If you liked that, you’ll love this’. Continue reading “Why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project”

How to Embrace the Wabi Sabi Design Concept

How to Embrace the Wabi Sabi Design Concept

The perfectly imperfect way to welcome a simple, authentic and natural style of living.

Now is the time to search for the beauty in the disorder; gently expose weaknesses and reveal new strengths. This trend explores resilience and recovery when things breakdown; it is a quest for truth and realness. At its core is ‘Wabi-Sabi’ – the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection and the art of ‘Kintsugi’ – repairing damage and breakages with precious materials.

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An Uplifting Color Palette for Interiors Spring Summer 2018

An Uplifting Color Palette for Interiors Spring Summer 2018

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.

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COLOUR INSPIRATION by guest blogger Katie Turton

COLOUR INSPIRATION by guest blogger Katie Turton

We’re delighted to be able to share Katie Turton’s most recent colour and material experiments with you.  Katie’s work will be particularly fascinating and inspiring if you work in any capacity with colour for Interiors or Fashion; you are in the paint industry; you are a pastry chef or chocolatier; you have a passion for make-up. So get ready for a visual treat that is sure to motivate you to be more experimental with materials, textures, product styling, photography and colour.

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