Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019

Hello Friends, visitors, passers-by and even greetings to those who never come here; we think of you all, often.

This won’t be our last blog of the year, we’ve saved an excellent posting (our view only of course!) that we really hope you will all enjoy reading as you take a short break from your day, or evening with a drink of some kind that suits your mood. Victoria will post this later next week.

We wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We sincerely hope you have a wonderful time however you celebrate this holiday. If it isn’t a time of year that is a celebration for you, then we ask you to take a moment to celebrate our connection, our friendship, for which we thank everyone.

Have fun everyone and check back next week for our final story of 2018 and enjoy the read.

Love from Team SO.

Future Design Trends in Furniture at INDEX – Dubai

Future Design Trends in Furniture at INDEX – Dubai

Next week Phil & I will be heading out to Dubai to prepare for the INDEX exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre where we’ll be involved with 3 features at the show including:

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How to reclaim a sense of calm when you’re time poor but design savvy

How to reclaim a sense of calm when you’re time poor but design savvy

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.

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Workplace Design: ‘Home Office’ = Employee Wellbeing

Workplace Design: ‘Home Office’ = Employee Wellbeing

When we go to work something happens and we rarely notice, it’s a subconscious event that happens, a self-preservation thing. It would take an awful lot of effort, not to mention training & practice to stop, change or control. But, it’s the source of much low-level stress; not a ‘good stress’ type (although I’ve never really believed there is such a thing).

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Our Synthetic Oceans Issue – inspiration from Katie Turton

Our Synthetic Oceans Issue – inspiration from Katie Turton

According to statistics from the United Nations Environment Programme we currently produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.  That’s roughly the weight of the entire human population!  In previous posts Laura has highlighted the wonderful products made from ocean plastic pollution and the designers & manufacturers working to responsibly recycle these plastics.

Coincidentally Katie Turton, a student from Birmingham University who we’ve been watching over the last year and who was a guest blogger for us last September, has dedicated her final year project to raising awareness of the plastic pollution in our oceans.

Her work has a strong visual impact and is thought-provoking, so we’re delighted to share it with you here, following its showcase during week 1 of New Designers last month.

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100 Years From Now …

100 Years From Now …

Towards the end of 2011 I was invited by Steelcase to be one of “100 Minds” participating in the “100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years,” project, which was an exploration into our world and work life 100 years into the future.

The project sought insights about the future from 100 people from around the world; these “100 Minds” imagined the world to come, creating a picture of the world of work and provided insights into the discoveries that lie ahead.

I wrote a short statement that I labored over for weeks – perhaps the most important 500 words I’ve written in my career as a Futurist.  I thought it would be interesting to share it again here, 7 years on from having written it, to see how far we’ve come already since then and the direction we are fast moving in.

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