We are kicking off Monday morning looking back to our Trend Hub feature at the Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical 2018 Shows in London. At the show Scarlet Opus outlined 2 key trends for kitchenware in 2019 getting specific about important color palettes, smarter material use and the global food direction that is affecting consumer purchases and lifestyle choices.
(Image – Ladelle)
Our first trend links with the ‘Wellness Kitchen‘ a desire to live in a space that presents a Minimalist mindset that advocates owning less stuff and exercising restraint so that our lives can be simpler and more meaningful. CLARITY is a trend essentially about Simplification – we want to filter out all the constant content we are bombarded with in order to make purer choices and tune-in to ourselves. We seek out products that are calming and favor colors that are soothing, in order to create a sense of stillness that improves overall Wellbeing.
Here is a short video of some of the products chosen to be showcased on our CLARITY Trend Display…
How to create your own Mindful Kitchen at home…
- The first step towards establishing a Wellbeing Kitchen is for our kitchen & dining spaces to be centred on simplicity. This has a therapeutic effect because it results in an ordered, organised, uncluttered,tranquil and relaxed environment.
- The visibility and easy accessibility of healthy produce is key; for example food storage solutions by Brabantia and Joseph Joseph act as a gentle visual reminder to eat well and include healthy ingredients (like beans & grains) in meals. ‘Out of sight is out of mind’, so these kind of products help consumers to build a habit of awareness as they see the produce on worktops in the food prep area. They are transparent, allowing produce to be seen, they can be stacked and also have modular qualities that keep kitchen worktops ordered to promote an organised approach to food storage.
- We are starting to see the slow transformation of kitchen design towards an environment and products that foster social interaction; a relaxing, informal space that is uncluttered and incorporates hand-crafted products made from honest, natural materials in soothing colors. We love the stylish, informal serveware by Ladelle as it essentially encourages us to embrace Mindfulness at home.
- Functional products designed with purpose that also bring harmony, beauty and pleasure to everyday rituals such as the new Studio Blue Collection by Denby is key to this trend. We want to surround ourselves with and interact with products that can help us find a greater sense of wellbeing during an time of constant change, stress, complexity and fast-paced living … these beautiful products help bring ‘balance’ to our busy lives.
(Image – Studio Blue Collection by Denby)
Trend 2 – ECO 2.0 The Sustainable Kitchen
Our second Trend ECO 2.0 explores how Designer’s, Manufacturer’s & Consumer’s choices can impact the environment. It advocates the reuse of waste materials, recycling, and is focused on sustainability. In every respect this trend links to Nature, natural materials and the benefits of Biophilic Design, as well as encouraging consumers to get out and connect with Nature in the Great Outdoors. The design direction shifts away from the overtly rustic style commonly associated with the eco design movement to greater refinement, control & precision.
(Image – Box Appetite by Black & Blum)
Here is a short video of some of the products chosen to be showcased on our ECO 2.0 Trend Display…
How to adopt a more sustainable approach in your Kitchen…
- Firstly it’s worth knowing that the number of Vegans & Vegetarians is rising fast as more people focus on healthy diets and embrace global cuisines;
– 35% of people in Britain say they are Semi-Vegetarian / Flexitarian (Mintel).
– UK supermarkets have expanded their Vegetarian & Vegan offers and Tesco say demand for Vegetarian & Vegan ready meals & snacks increased by 40% in 2017.
Therefore titles such as Cook Share Eat Vegan, Pharmacy Kitchen and The Seaweed Cookbook from Octopus Publishing are great books that address this food revolution.
- ‘On-the-go’ products such as the Box appetite range from Black & Blum are stylish, sustainable, high quality and are great for taking food to work, as well as road trips, hiking and camping trips. Camping is gradually repositioning itself and becoming increasingly popular with a broader spectrum of people looking to escape the urban environment, seeking opportunities to connect with nature and switch off from their busy, stressful lives.
– The most recent research available from Mintel revealed that 17 million camping trips were taken by UK adults in 2016. And they predict this figure will rise to over 21 million in 2020.
- Furthermore using materials such as natural cork, bamboo, vegan leather and stainless steel addresses sustainability by not using plastic. Always remember to refill your water bottle rather than buying plastic!
- We predict that we will see a greater demand in the future for a variety of products that enable produce to be grown indoors – turning areas of our kitchens into vibrant ecosystems that will allow us to have a closer relationship with the food we eat, as well as tapping into the wellbeing benefits of Biophilic design. People pursuing healthier lifestyles care deeply about the source and sustainability of the food they eat and they are slowly starting to hold their kitchen products to the same standards of wellness and sustainability.
- This is one of our favorites; Véritable are leading the way in small scale indoor urban farming – enabling everyone to grow and enjoy a range of fresh produce including herbs, greens and baby vegetables that are always fresh and ready at home all year round.
We would like to end this post by saying a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in creating our trend display and tours at Exclusively Housewares.