Design Hub – The Urban Gallery at Index Design Series; Dubai

If you follow us on social media you will have seen the countless updates from our recent trip to Dubai… The Index Design Series is a huge exhibition dedicated to creating the ultimate design experience for visitors. It encapsulates every facet of interiors including lighting, textiles and workplace design. It brings together the globe’s most knowledgeable influencers to discuss the latest trends and techniques and it inspires through unique design spaces and experiences to keep you at the forefront of design innovation.

The theme for this year was ‘Design for the Senses‘ which demonstrates how you can stimulate the senses through design and interiors. With this in mind we worked with the show organisers to create a number of interactive spaces to encourage the imagination of the visitor, to make people think about pushing the boundaries in terms of design and inspiring through sound, sight, smells and touch.

The first of our spaces was the Design Hub: The Urban Gallery

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Winter Desert: Bringing richness and warmth into your home.

With equal parts of discovery and ornateness, our Autumn/Winter 2017-18 trend Winter Desert takes us on a magnificent journey through a merchant’s emporium, bringing together nomadic textures and luxuries from along The Old Silk Road and into your living space.

Continuing the concept of global blends, styles and cultures, Winter Desert has a range of textures and patterning, with an exuberant use of color, integrating techniques of ancient trace, some with a contemporary twist. How the outside world regards indigenous craft is forever changing for the better, with Winter Desert creating a platform to express freedom and luxuriance as well as paying homage to traditional designers.

The autumnal richness of this palette provides fiery tones, embracing spices such as saffron, paprika and turmeric. Cooler blue and gray tones add tranquility to the scheme, tying together contrasts and creating a meditative living space. A deep yet warm pink has been included to allow room for a striking fusion. The addition of an ‘old gold’ metallic shade rounds this palette off well, reflecting found treasures; an Aladdin’s Cave aesthetic.

Serapi Queensbury Double Sky by Jan Kath

To achieve this ‘winter bazaar’ look in your living space, consider taking inspiration from Persian rugs and their bold, geometric patterning. Create a haven to unwind with cosy throws, richly embroidered textiles and rustic trinkets. The concept of ancient ideas surviving in the modern age can be reflected in any home, complimenting previously owned furniture as well as avant-garde pieces. More than one rug can be stylishly overlapped in your living room to create a more comforting, harmonious blend of culture through design.

Kirman Robson Artwork 19 rug by Jan Kath

Treat your space as though it’s a real adventure along The Old Silk Road, a journey around your room, an exploration of pattern and texture, discovering intricate detail the closer your eye dissects. Winter Desert isn’t about having a focal piece or a feature wall, it challenges minimalism by bringing together multiple, interesting pieces in a way that exudes a modern Urban Nomad lifestyle.

Finding the right lighting is extremely important when marrying together different materials and patterns in a living space. Natural, organic bamboo and wicker, hand woven and finished provides a meditative, boho feel. Turkish mosaic lamps provide striking kaleidoscopes of color whilst Chinoiserie fittings offer a more ornate look. Match with unusual textures such as pompoms and beaded detail to create eye catching luxury, using the rustic tones in the color palette to give a more contemporary, earthy feel.

Pagoda lantern by Christopher Hyde

Rich, embellished patterning continues to have a strong presence in this trend, providing a vibrant yet relaxing atmosphere to living spaces. Overlaid fabrics and throws offer a mix of textures and a more informal homeliness. Envisage a more social, communal area rather than the average, mono directional sofa and family sitting around the edge of your living space, draw inspiration from an authentic Turkish restaurant or a traditional Nepalese tea house.

Danton collection fabric by Romo

When considering upholstery fabrics, inspiration can be taken from interlinking zig zags, mosaics and diamonds, combining contrasting textures and colors. This wing chair by A Rum Fellow (below) fashionably fusions Ikat and Brocade weaving, while challenging boundaries with sharp, tangerine piping. Traditional design with a contemporary twist compliments the look of Winter Desert, which explores new concepts and interior design styles.

Rhylah Wing Chair by A Rum Fellow

Winter Desert invites you on a grand tour of nomadic textures and fusions, creating comforting layers in which you can unwind and discover intricate and interesting detail each time you visually explore your living space. So, make your very own emporium within your home, with an array of fabrics and treasures to comfort and keep you warm this Autumn/Winter.

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What’s new in the World of Stationery?

This month we visited and gave trend talks at the London Stationery Show. This show is full of exciting new products, workshops and seminars, a perfect show for the stationery enthusiast!

(Thank you to Artsynib for the calligraphy workshop)

Here are my favourite top ten seen at the show, check them out;

Elmo Paperstories

A newly established brand specialising in luxury wedding stationery. The use of pastel colours with metallic gold detail is subtle yet stylish. Materials such as soft velvet and natural linen gives this collection a beautifully fresh, pretty and elegant aesthetic.

Origin One

As a millennial who travels often, Origin One really caught my eye. From travel journals to road trip planners and even expedition pencils; this brand creates collections specifically designed with the global nomad in mind.

The Trigg Life Mapper

This kickstarter project is designed to transform your goals into success, bringing planning, mindfulness and creativity into one journal. It enables you to plan, prioritise and reflect while inspiring you along the way. In our fast pace, digital world it is refreshing to find a brand reminding us of the importance of health, wellbeing, mindfulness and above all recapturing happiness in our lives.

Alice Scott at Portico Designs

Over the past 2 years we have been presenting a trend that reflects the emergence of new attitudes amongst womenkind, promoting a rise in independent, powerful and strong women around the world. We shared this information at last years stationery show and now we see it come into fruition (report still available to buy at discounted price). I am sure you have all picked up on the female power fashion currently on the high streets and stationery is no exception. I have picked this particular brand because of their female focused quotes and inspirational tag lines.

Feminist journal packed with inspirational quotes available at Abrams & Chronicle

Notable Designs

A distributor of designer stationery and lifestyle products. I loved the styling of this exhibition stand, there is a utilitarian sophistication that demonstrates crafted design being functional, robust and stylish. I particularly liked the concrete collection, a perfect addition to create a minimalistic and contemporary desk space.

Off Lines

Their tag line ‘Online was yesterday’ sends a powerful message of going back to basics and appreciating analogue products once again. Beautifully hand crafted leather notepads and solid walnut and oakwood paper stations are modest, functional and aesthetically pleasing. This is perfect confirmation of our trend talk last year which also relates to our recent Pinterest board release; Analogue Workshop.

Treewise Pencils

Chosen for their fantastic recycled and sustainable product. The Treewise pencil is created from 100% recycled newspaper; harming no trees in the manufacturing process. It is made without the use of toxic chemicals and comes with a promise of no breakage when sharpening.

The gva

Another great sustainable brand with a green-value attitude towards design, it is their passion to create stationery and giftware with eco friendly materials. Products include notebooks, phone cases, postcards and eyewear all made from bamboo. Even their business cards are made from bamboo!

Castelli Italy

Luxury brand Castelli caught my eye with their beautiful new Midnight Floral collection; made in Italy. The texture compliments the print beautifully to present a very sophisticated and lavish notebook… whilst also looking gorgeous on any desk.

Two Little Boys

These bright, humorous notebooks make perfect gifts for all occasions, I love the film references, quotes and generally amusing narrative. They are bold, colourful and great statement stationery!

Don’t forget you can still visit the Manchester Stationery Show held on the 31st October – 1st November. Click here for more details.

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TREND UPDATE: Analogue Workshop

This month we have released our SS17 trend; Analogue Workshop. A trend filled with a handcrafted aesthetic and utilitarian approach to design in all sectors including Stationery, Fashion, Kitchenware, Lighting and Furniture Design.

Portrait of wood workers in art studio by Trinette Reed and Marble Ways Table by Alcarol

This trend counteracts the constantly updating and ever connected pace of modern life, we begin to reach out for what is grounded; going back to basics. We find beauty in the ordinary, we value simple pleasures and admire slowly acquired skills.

Materials & Product Direction

Products have an experienced craft aesthetic as though they were made lovingly in a small workshop. They are made to last, sometimes retro in style and the use of natural materials boasts their handmade status.

You Make It Mobile by Lindsey Edelman Light, Fog & Morup Jo Hammerborg Lento desk table lamp, Modern Tiles by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Mutina, Leather Hang-up Light by Ted Wood, Leather lamps by Norm Architects, Cushion by Stitch Bird Store on Etsy,  Fashion Images – Adeam & Michael Kors

Smooth tan leather provides the keystone of this trend; neatly contrasted stitch, laser-cut and woven leather appears in trims, straps and handles, with joints, rivets and fastenings all proudly on display. In contrast; leather is spliced together with denim, felt, brass and wood.

Color & Pattern Direction

A low key palette of familiar colors are newly appreciated. Indigo, denim blues, grays, cardboard browns and flat neutrals are humble and modest. Intelligent patterns place a studious focus on products; pinstripes, color blocking, graph grids and typographic mathematical equations. We bring back the use of old tools to create this analogue style.

Of Instruments and Archetypes by Unfold Design Studio, Les Choses cabinet by Dossofiorito

Textures

A truly important aspect in this trend; woods are chiseled, scraped and brushed. Lightly aged and tarnished brass appears in unexpected places where beauty is found in the cross over between precision and handmade imperfections. Confident craftsmanship leads to daring structures and simple shapes for a unique and modest design style.

Muto Kitchen, Hand chiseled flooring at Kyoto cafe, Wood Bowls by Hiroyuki Watanab

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All links can be found on our Pinterest Board.

 

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TREND UPDATE: Organic Matter

We have released the first of our Spring/Summer 2017 Trend Pinterest Board; Organic Matter. This trend will give you all the inspiration you need, from pattern and color stories to product shape and texture direction.

(Over Growth Model Photography by Riley Messina and Parker Fitzgerald, Seoul Skygarden by MVRDV Architects)


The Trend

Organic Matter is an ever evolving trend and this season we explore possible creative outcomes of an extreme naturalness; where nature quite literally takes control. We begin to rethink our relationship with nature as we integrate flowers and foliage into buildings, structures and into our home. From vertical gardens to urban farms, we embrace locally & home grown produce and rural environments in all our major cities.

Pattern & Product Direction

(Crystallization Vase by Lukas WegwerthJellyfish air plant by Petit Beast, Ceramics by Something Like This DesignElement Clay Studio Photo by Heather Knight)

As we venture into spring designers focus on allowing nature to become the creator… from nature on land to nature in the sea. Coral and lichen like growths appear in shape and patterning while unpredictable, untamed and organically developed elements of nature are present on ceramics, tableware and interior fashion accessories.

Natural Styling 

(The Fragility of Time flower sculpture by Ignacio Canales Uracil, Oscar de la Renta dress S/S17 Collection, Embroidered Flower Appliqués,  Epiphytes by DossofioritoUrban Florals by Swallows & Damsons)

In order to promote the harmony between man and nature we explore combining multiple materials in the heart of our living environment. Raw, rustic reclaimed wood and concrete; mix with warm metallic features for a modern yet natural styling. Hammered and weathered-look metals, bark-like textures and leaf prints are key elements, while ceramic and porcelain tiles have an authentic geological aesthetic.

Color Stories

(Rolling Rhythms of Tides, thread wrap by Helena Emmans, Ceramics by Reiko Kaneko)

This color palette is an intriguing mix of urban neutrals and dazzling brights. As well as the coral and pink tones we also see a catalogue of botanical greens and crisp blues. An emergence of earthy pigments in all tones will dominate interior product from fresh mint to herb shades. This harmonious color relationship reflects our human desire to live in unity with earth.

Links to all images can be found on our Organic Matter Pinterest Board.

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TREND UPDATE: PLAY

We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Pinterest board; PLAY. This board will give you all the inspiration you need from product styling & pattern trends to color stories, stationery and fun merchandising ideas. A perfect trend for this spring!

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THE TREND

This trend is about a yearning for freedom, a desire for community and to build a more sharing society, overall there is a need for life to simply be… more fun!

It’s attitude is rule breaking, it is not afraid to be re-inventive, humorous, playful (escape from the world’s serious issues), interactive, engaging, optimistic and collaborative.

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PATTERN

Objects and patterns are organised into bright geometrics and sometimes surreal compositions. There is a mix and match concept with a modern memphis influence, patterns that compliment but also break the rules… Commercial directions see designers combining different elements of color blocking and the mixing of matte and gloss surface effects.

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PRODUCT DESIGN

Urban interventions, customisation and personalisation are important elements associated with this trend. Interior products that enable consumer to design their own; for example create their own color ways to match their interior, or products that have a playful element to them such as the cabinet with magnetic shaped pieces.

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Links to all images can be found on our PLAY Pinterest Board.

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