Earlier this month Phil & I headed out to Dubai for the INDEX exhibition where we were involved in the creation of a Design Hub and Textile Installation, as well as overseeing the seminar programme. I took some time out on the last day of the exhibition to walk the halls and identify the most innovative work on show. Today I want to share my 5 favourite finds with you.
In my recent trend seminars and media events I’ve been discussing the new luxuries of Time, Space and Quiet. Our online & offline lives are busy, crowded and noisy, and nothing is going to change soon about that pace and intensity unless we take control ourselves.
We are kicking off Monday morning looking back to our Trend Hub feature at the Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical 2018 Shows in London. At the show Scarlet Opus outlined 2 key trends for kitchenware in 2019 getting specific about important color palettes, smarter material use and the global food direction that is affecting consumer purchases and lifestyle choices.
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.