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.
The creation of visitor features and experiences at Index Design Series was our task and you may have seen our previous post about the Urban Gallery of sustainability already. Another such feature, was our Textile Experience displaying a range of textile artistry (some might simply say “Interior Products”) created by designers from around the world. A collaboration with Hull artist Debi Keable created a stunning Lighting installation. These spaces, like the Design Hub Urban Gallery, reflected the theme of the show ‘Design for the Senses’ with the materials and techniques used employing high levels of tactility, immersive sound and striking visual effects.
Lets walk through the products that we carefully selected and imagined by some very accomplished artists/creators/designers were: Continue reading “Textile, Lighting, Interior Design Trends and Dubai – INDEXdesignseries”
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
In this short video, Victoria explains some of the more uncommon materials being used at the cutting edge of design to support the continued drive for sustainability in all areas of our lives. Fish skin, old magazines, nuts and even rice …………
Designers across the globe are trying to reduce the ecological effect of their work, architects and interior experts are choosing to look to new realms & frontiers in search of new, sustainable materials.
Some of the surface textures in these materials are very special and they feel beautiful to touch. Through the continued improvement in the management of industry processes (food, fashion etc) these by-products are readily availability and therefore have negligible impact on our environment.
If you’d like to know more about how Trend Intelligence could inform the future of your product development for interiors, email Phil, or call him on )7896088996.