Universal Design

Universal Design

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.

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The Best Furniture, Lighting & Object Design showcased at VIVID

The Best Furniture, Lighting & Object Design showcased at VIVID

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.

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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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Top 6 Stationery Products spotted at the London Stationery Show 2018

Top 6 Stationery Products spotted at the London Stationery Show 2018

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”

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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