Kerri Hollingsworth is the director of an.ti.quate, an Australian brand that creates quality upholstery designs with an environmentally conscious mind. We first became aware of her extraordinary upholstery work and business ethos when selecting exhibitors for our Trend Tours at the Australian International Furniture Fair last year. Her stand was a favourite stop on the tour and visitors loved hearing about her journey. an.ti.quate went on to win the ‘Best Small Stand’ award at the show. Kerri also presented fascinating talks about how she strives to have a zero waste business as part of our ‘She Says…’ seminar series feature on the Trend Hub at the show. Sustainability, the re-use of waste materials and recycling all play key roles in her creative process. The business was born from a love of upholstery and interior design, but it’s how the an.ti.quate story unfolds that makes it so inspirational. And we’re delighted Kerri has agreed to share her story with us in this guest post…
In 2018 we introduced a new feature to the Scarlet Opus Trend Hub at the Decor+Design exhibition in Melbourne; our ‘She Says …’ seminar series. Women make up a big majority of the visitors and we thought it might be inspiring, well received and certainly interesting, if there was a programme of talks by-women-for-women. Of course, men were welcome to join us for any of the seminars (and some did), but the speakers were all female. And what a success it was!
In searching for women to speak, content, experience, passion and purpose were our primary criteria. We found many great speakers, you can read about them here. But, one speaker in particular inspired me to think about design, buildings and some specific everyday features in an entirely different way.
This highly anticipated industry platform is an important destination for both the local and international design industry. Furniture, Lighting and Object design have been reinvented and showcased as part of the Decor + Design Exhibition in Melbourne.
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.
We have picked 6 of our favourite products spotted at the London Stationery Show. These inspiring exhibitors showcased innovative and thought-provoking designs that caught our eye in terms of trend direction for 2019. Continue reading “Top 6 Stationery Products spotted at the London Stationery Show 2018”