So many of our apparent choices in this digital age are predetermined for us – we are constantly being directed. Online recommendations steer us away from what is unrelated, unfamiliar and unexpected. This effectively edits out anything that challenges our pre-existing beliefs and interests.
The Surface Design Show takes place in February at the Business Design centre in London, they focus on interior and exterior surfaces specific to the building, architectural and interior design industries. This show is a ‘must visit’ for us; you can learn from industry professionals, network and connect with innovative and exciting materials. This immersive environment enables us to select product from new designers for future projects, we are also able to confirm our past trend prediction in real time relating to themes, materials, colours and pattern design.
Last month we made the journey to the US to work at the International Surfaces Event (TISE) in Las Vegas. This exhibition is the largest North American floor covering, stone, and tile industry event and is the premier, global marketplace for buyers, specifiers, and influencers to purchase products, gain design and trend information, and develop their business strategies.
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.
Do you have a product development, or redesign to complete early in January? Or an interior design scheme to begin? Maybe a workplace project to consider?