Plastic Pollution; The heart-breaking reality

The Time Is Now…

For those of you who watched the BBC’s Blue Planet II you will understand why we feel strongly about raising this issue on our blog once again. Sir David Attenborough’s documentary movingly highlighted the growing problem of ocean waste. The episode investigated the detrimental effects that plastics have on the health of our oceans. They pulled on the heart strings of viewers by showing a whale carrying its dead newborn around – killed by human activity in relation to the chemicals found in plastic waste.

Image curtesy of BBC Blue Planet II

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Here’s why you should attend the next Stationery Show…

We recently visited an exciting new Stationery Show launched in Manchester UK; a sister show to the successful London Stationery Show held at the Business Design Centre in April (check out our LSS blog post review from earlier in the year). This month we saw the second specialist paper and writing product show held in the beautiful Victoria Warehouse building in Old Trafford.

This brand new event was designed to attract more visitors closer to the North of England and compliment with the timing of its elder sister. The venue was intimate, it felt friendly and inviting; the Victoria Warehouse is a historic, solid Mancunian landmark which has been developed into a modern, industrial chic space. Its exposed brick walls and huge repurposed spool tables gave an interesting and unique backdrop to some amazing stationery product.

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SS17 TREND UPDATE: In Motion

This month we have released our SS17 trend; In Motion; A youthful, energetic and bold trend with a digital aesthetic. Check out the Pinterest Board; it will give you all the inspiration you need, from pattern and color stories to product materials and texture direction.

This trend is specifically relevant to stationery design, fashion, tableware and lighting.

1. Model Photograph by Van Koo – @supernovanGirl with kaleidoscopic glasses by Holes Eyewear www.h0les.com.  2. Technomimicry textiles by Lianne Polinder

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Texture at the Surface Design Show 2017

We visited the Surface Design Show back in February, a show that exhibits the latest in design and innovation for both interior and exterior surface applications. From flooring to wallpapers, lighting, stoneware and much more, this years’ show was an inspiring experience, with impressive new sustainable materials and interactive design concepts.

In this post, we have reported on some of the key themes seen at this years 2017 Surface Design show, if you would like a more in-depth trend report or the latest interior trend report please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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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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