An Uplifting Color Palette for Interiors Spring Summer 2018

The Spring/Summer season of 2018 will see the emergence of our trend Urban Planet, which has perhaps my favorite color palette for the year. It doesn’t contain my favorite color, but as a collection of colors it’s hard to beat.

The Urban Planet palette has a real pick-me-up look to it, a happy feel. This maybe because it’s essentially a story of metallics and they are always a favorite. Metallics have been are ever present and it seems fitting that they should now have their own trend for this summer season.

There are updates on warm-metallics, such as Gold getting lighter, a Cosmic Pink shimmer and an intense dark version of Rose Gold. But perhaps the most significant metallic to note for this summer, will be the return to favor of ‘Silvered’ Metallics after such a long dominance of Copper and Gold.

All of these metallics are orbited by a spectrum of Lunar Grays, ending in an Eclipse Black.

On the Catwalks this palette will be used to provide a less gimmicky, less novelty tone to a space age inspired look; giving a much greater sense of glamor. The metallics make a strong statement, whilst the sahpes will be simple and bold, there are liquid-qualities to form and drape playing off against crisp, crushed qualities. The ‘attitude’ is intense, undaunted and has a striking impact.

For interiors the look for Urban Planet is perhaps, unexpected, for a Space Age inspired trend. Rather than a dark-abyss punctuated by brights, there are extremes of light and darkness across a deserted lunar landscape. The palette provides for a stylish and modest futuristic look rather than the stereotypical futuristic look traditionally associated with space-age design. There is a strong architectural quality to product design allowing this trend to set a new course for us to venture further into minimalism.

Wonderful design trend and color palette for Stationery, automotive interiors and external color, contemporary interior styling and interior products. If you would like to discuss how this Trend’s look could be translated into your products, or how the trend narrative could be used to develop inspiring marketing content for your brand; just get in touch with me (Phil): email,  text/WhatsApp/iMessage/call +44 7896 088 996,  or SKYPE – philrpond

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How to increase Sales, Profits & Shareholder Value

Mention Trend Forecasting to most people and the majority are unsure what it’s about; and those that have heard of it, well they mostly associate it with color forecasting.

In reality, there are very few business tools/support services available that, if used well, will improve your company’s results quite so much and in a sustainable way. The more broadly that Trend Intelligence is integrated into a company’s business strategy, the greater the improvements will be. Uplift can be achieved in production efficiency, sales revenues & profits increase, creativity, PR success, product ranges can be smaller, the number of ‘slow-moving lines’ reduces and overall relative costs go down. All this because insights & Intelligence about future consumer and design trends for the interiors sector can ensure your product & service developments match the wants, needs & desires of your customers. Ultimately leading to better profits and more shareholder value.

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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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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


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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Material Trends: Interior Products 2018

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.

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