Decor + Design Melbourne 2015

The Scarlet Opus team have travelled all the way to Melbourne in Australia for the Decor + Design Show. This show is Australia’s premier Interior event, showcasing the latest interior products and furnishings from leading companies. We have an action packed week giving seminars and trend tours, providing visitors with information on products we picked that relate specifically to current and future trends. If you are attending the show over the next couple of days here is the seminar schedule, make sure you arrive early to get a seat.

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Victoria had a stacked out audience for her seminar with many individuals eager to learn about future trends for 2016 and beyond. The trend boards are available to view and take pictures of in the champagne bar at the beginning of each trend tour. The retail and designer trend tour includes 15 products displayed around the exhibition that relate to the key 2016 trends. For those of you who didn’t manage to make the event, we will be posting a virtual trend tour of the exhibition on our blog next week!

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VIVID

VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) is Australia’s longest running design competition which showcases some of the most dynamic emerging Australian designers. Our very own Victoria was asked to be part of the judging panel for the furniture category of the competition. The standard was exceptionally high and it was great to see some creative and innovative design concepts emerging in the world of interiors.

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We would like to congratulate all of the winners and in particular Richard Greenacre for his Credenza furniture piece. Richard chose to look beyond traditional veneers and considered how a system of 3D tiles could conceal a surface. The Credenza is constructed from solid European Beech and fronts a textural armoured facade of hand cast acrylic tiles.

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Here are five of my personal highlights from the show so far…

Bambambu Homewares

Bambambu is a 100% Australian eco cushion company based in Brisbane. Their cushions are designed, printed and manufactured locally using cutting edge technology onto ancient fibres. They are digitally printed using water based inks on the finest quality organic cotton and hemp fabric. These bright, bold shades and wonderful patterns take inspiration from many different areas including cultural influences as well as Japanese Shibori which also relates to our 2016 trends.

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Rika Herbst Bohlokoa Studio

Bohlokoa Studio opened in September 2003 as a ceramic studio teaching ceramics to adults and children. It has work available at various galleries in South Africa and now proudly exhibits the wonderful pieces here at Decor + Design in Melbourne. I love the intricate detail of each porcelain art piece by Rika Herbst. Each has a crafted and handmade, dripping textural aesthetic but with an element of luxury displayed in the gold rim. The contrast between the back, white and gold porcelain bowl proved a popular favourite at the show.

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Milk and Sugar

Milk and Sugar are a Melbourne based brand that aims to provide well designed, simple yet beautiful things for the home without the hefty price tag. I love the simplicity of shape and form within this collection. The muted pastels are injected with a grey tone making them unisex colors rather than feminine. The contrast between these block colors and the mono chrome prints create a modern and contemporary aesthetic that I would especially love to incorporate into a bedroom space.

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Alexander Brown

I loved this amazing beaded sculptural piece by Alexander Brown. In addition to utilising discarded construction material, he has introduced semi-precious stones into current sculpture works. The Amethyst Textile sculpture blends precious stones and metals to create a jewelled textile which is a development of other sculptural textiles he has made using beads. This is a luxurious piece that works especially nice with our Nature Luxe trend.

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Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten is a passionate Melbourne based professional artist who concentrates predominantly on abstraction. Her main motivation is to portray the inherent beauty and harmony that exists in the inter-relationship of color, composition and form. The process of her work involves building up layers of materials and textures. The initial layers are thin and fluid, inks and water-colors, as the paintings progress further she moves into thicker paints, acrylics, varnishes and glazes to achieve the end finalised piece. I chose to showcase Kirsten as I admire her use of color. It is dynamic, energetic but with a sense of harmony. The layering of color in relation to each other creates a visual delight for everyone to enjoy. Imagine this piece in a residential room scheme or hospitality project, it is a great way to introduce these daring brights into interior spaces.

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A snap shot of our trend tour will be available to view on our blog after the show. For those of you who have attended our seminars and tours we hope you found them inspiring and enjoy the rest of your time at the Decor + Design Show!

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Spring Summer 2016: Modern design lessons from Ancient Japan

As we look ahead with enthusiasm to a future filled with wearable technology, haptic interfaces, augmented reality and smart everything, let’s be mindful to also look back and continue to learn from innovations and wisdom of the past.

Natural dye techniques, wood preserving methods, needle crafts, slow surface design techniques, the working & tooling of natural materials, and living in harmony with nature in order to achieve wellbeing are just a few lessons from ancient Japan, along with restraint and simplicity, which we should value and explore.

Here I’ve brought together my pick of contemporary products that pay homage to Japan’s ancient craft skills.  From Sashiko and Shou Sugi Ban to the use of Indigo, these unique products have been made with passion, care and respect.  And they provide you with an insight into important design features for Spring / Summer 2016 trends for Interiors.

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  1. The DALMA chair by design trio CARAPACE uses Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese technique that preserves the wood, making it robust and durable. The wood undergoes a charring process and is then washed and brushed with water to remove excess soot, before a natural oil is applied to seal it.  This technique is traditionally used for the cladding of buildings.
  2. I love the magical glow of Ryosuke Fukusada’s limited edition Wooden Light Bulb available from LEDON. The are made using the traditional Japanese Rokuro technique – the bulbs are handmade by turning pine on a lathe and carving away until the bulb is between 2-3mm thick. An LED light is then placed inside the shell. The resulting bulb looks solid when off, but when switched on, a warm glow shines through the woods grain.  Watch this VIDEO to see exactly how they are made in Kyoto.
  3. The Sashiko Leather Tray is handmade by the wonderfully talented Etsy seller Joey of SubconsciousCrafts, based in Rennes, France.  Sashiko (meaning  “little stabs”) is a form of decorative running stitch technique from Japan.  Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches. Usually white cotton thread stitched on traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, but here Joey uses hand-stitched white thread on vegetable hand-dyed tanned leather to create this unusual tray, assembled via corner snap buttons.
  4. The Blue & White Beaker by South African-based ceramicist John Newdigate uses a very similar method to Shibori (the Japanese resist-dye technique described in point 7) but here John uses wax and cobalt oxide on porcelain instead of indigo and cotton/linen.
  5. The Mökki lamp-pot by architect-designer Caterina Moretti of Peca mimics the shape of a house surrounded by a mini-landscape that the end consumer designs. It pays homage to Zen Gardens and the art of Bonsai.  Hand carved from White Onyx & Carrara Marble and with an LED light, it is a pot that gives life, light and a sense of wellbeing.
  6. The Ki-oke Stool by OeO Design Studio fuses the fine tradition of Kyoto woodcrafting with Western sensibilities. The result is an object of beauty which also pays homage to traditional bucket making in Japan.  Handcrafted in Japan by Shuji Nakagawa, they are available in Japanese cypress (sawara) and in a limited edition of Japanese cedar (jindai-sugi) with a natural, 2000-year-old patina.
  7. The Shibori Tie-Dye Pillow from Posh Living is hand dyed and custom made especially for you when you place an order. Shibori (meaning “to squeeze or wring”) is an ancient Japanese tie-dying resist technique (the earliest known example dates from the 8th century) using methods to bind, stitch, fold, twist, gather or compress cloth so the dye (usually indigo) can’t reach certain areas and therefore patterns are created.

CONTEMPLATION TIME:

  • Think about ways to honor and promote the heritage and traditions of your company, manufacturing methods or products.
  • Think about ways to tell the story of the products you sell in engaging ways … not just the technical spec.
  • Think about ways to create calming, edited-down retail experiences (this applies to website design and brochures too!).

To find out more about our Spring / Summer 2016 trend forecast or ways in which we can improve your product offer, marketing or store design email Phil.

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