Monthly Archives: September 2009
At a time when many retailers in the US are struggling, Kohl’s-home of discount clothing and home accessories- is moving in the opposite direction and benefitting from consumers trading down. This week, the Wisconsin-based Kohl’s Corp. will formally open 30 stores throughout California. Most of the stores will be housed in stores vacated by the bankrupt Mervyn’s chain.
CEO Kevin Mansell points out;
“We’ve made a real commitment to basics. Home is a really basic category, and that is a category we are supporting with inventory, and I think we are getting our rewards from that. ”
Kohl’s has pitched itself to draw in consumers looking for kitchen appliances and cookware as they do more entertaining at home and less restaurant dining. (LA Times, 26 September 09)
Ironically, as consumers struggle through the recession, we celebrate the 35th birthday of the symbol of mass consumerism; the barcode…watch out for barcode inspired textile prints and all manner of irregular stripes.
Rug by Bjorn Christian Aarum, shelf by Lina Meieer, coat hanger by Lina Meier, lamp by Lina Meier, vector barcodes by D-Barcode
Earls Court, SW5
September 24-27, tickets £20
100% Design, contemporary interior design products
100% Detail, latest architecture designs
100% Futures, up-and-coming-talent
100% Materials, up-to-the-minute materials
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10
Septetmber 27-30, admission free
Over 120 brands launching their new products including: Wall covering, floor covering, home accessories, kitchenware and outdoor living.
Newburgh Street, W1
September 22-27, admission free
SORT, Society Of Revisionist Typographers will be demonstrate how to make books, cards, stationary and many other products using antique presses at their pop-up studio.
Truman Brewery, E1
September 24-27, tickets £10
Launched three years ago, the exhibition is already becoming a vital part of London Design Festival. Tent London consists of a collection of shows, competitions and installations. It is split into five categories covering art and architecture, vintage and contemporary design by emerging and established designers, dealers, retailers, manufacturers and brands from around the world.
Royal Hospital, SW3
September 27-30, tickets £20
An inspiring design fair featuring: Fabric and wall coverings, traditional and bespoke furniture, floor coverings, home accessories and lighting.
1 Birkenhead Street, WC1
Rabih Hage’s King’s Cross hotel combines antique furniture with contemporary design and bespoke pieces, creating a beautiful effect. Luxurious without the bling.
33-35 St John Square, EC1
September 21, admission free
Craft Central are a non-profit organisation supporting craftspeople. For one day only they will hold a sale of interior products at discount prices to mark the London Design Festival.
230 Brick Lane
This store resembles a carpenter’s workshop with its delicious woody smell. All products are made in the back of the store using traditional manufacturing techniques.
Shop: Kiosk, New York City Meets SCP London
A carefully chosen selection of wonderful and fascinating objects, will be on sale for 4-6 months at SCP London during London Design Festival in a temporary shop designed by Michael Marriott.
Objects are curated much like a museum piece creating a shop like no other.
From September 23, 350 King’s Road, SW3
A new tongue-in-cheek home collection is on sale at The Shop at Bluebird, curated by interior guru Abigail Ahern.
We’re very excited about the up-coming John Baldessari exhibition at the Tate Modern, London (13 October 09 – 10 January 2010). We’ve noticed a backlash to modern media exhibitions that use moving image, film and sound, and a rise in popularity of artists who collage, collect objects and use typography and text in their work. We think this will provide an abundance of inspiration for designers and impact trends in home interiors.
Hand-written elements, personal journeys, and using language and type are all typical characteristics of Baldessari’s work, and have influenced generations or artists from Tracey Emin to Cindy Sherman.
Tracey Emin uses text to explore and communicate emotions.
Peter Blake’s collages inspire print design in home furnishings.
Flocked wallpaper with poetic type, plates and dishes with witty messages and hand-rendered scribbles are key. Hopeful, inspiring messages are added to mugs, stationary and textiles. Images from top left: Wallpaper by Tracy Kendall, plates by Trixie Delicious, ironing board by Lisa Stickley, wooden cubes by Palomasnest, flasks by Andree Rouette.
Layering different fonts works well for textile prints, while wall stickers provide an opportunity to convey thoughts and make personal statements. We love these cool fire extinguishers with bold type designs. Images from top left: Wallpaper by Anri Moolman, wall decal by Single Stone Studios, fire extinguishers by Swiss Miss, cushion by Janske Megens.
Watch out for newsprint being used for soft furnishings, and digital references crossing over into hand-crafted items. Print by Carambattack, plate by Palomasnest, cushion by Fashion Bag, cushions by Bjorn Christian Aarum, table runner by Sem Design
Today’s consumer is going to mix work with play, even as the economy continues its slow drag on people financially and emotionally, a new global consumer trends survey discovered. While people around the world still feel pessimistic, a Mintel survey sees them discovering ways to transform their lifestyles and lighten the mood.
“At the end of last year, we knew 2009 was going to be difficult for people across the globe. But … we see that optimism has steadily balanced out stress and economic hardship,” said Harry Foster, global analyst at Mintel, in a press release.
“We see new values taking hold as people adapt to today’s tighter economy. Conservative and pragmatic are in; excess is out. Consumers feel pessimistic about the future, so they’re taking cautious steps to ensure their safety and happiness now,” said Foster.
Despite negative feelings about the economy and pressure to cut back, people still want to enjoy themselves. In work and play alike, consumers around the world continue seeking simplicity. More than two-thirds of Americans recently told Mintel they’ve been simplifying their lives over the past six months, while nearly nine in 10 think there is “too much emphasis on material things in our society.”
Manufacturers have followed suit globally, launching more products that appease people’s desire for clear functionality, clean ingredient labels and simple packaging. Restaurants, too, have caught onto this trend by offering all-inclusive meal deals that tell people exactly what they’ll get for their money.(Nacsonline.com)
Over the past two years Trend Bible has repeatedly forecast trends with optimism and happiness at their core, as the home becomes a place to retreat and find comfort from financial pressures. Watch out for our Antidote story in our Autumn Winter 2010/11 forecast, and our Libertine story in our forthcoming Spring Summer 2011 book, which take inspiration from this new consumer mindset.
The ethical and organic trend has taken rather a back-seat in consumers’ minds as they focus on financial issues, however, designers are still taking inspiration from all things natural and sustainable. We love these examples of things that shouldn’t be wooden, but are, showing that technology, consumer electronics and transport industries are blurring the boundaries between ecological and technological. We expect this trend will be big news for the packaging and beauty industries too…