Monthly Archives: April 2010

News: DIY Culture

We thought this article on DIY Trends in the New York Times was really interesting, great insight into the social trends that affect consumer shifts in taste…We also loved the ‘Book Forest’, below, which allows passers-by to exchange books for free, a great example of DIY Culture…

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Trade show report: The British Craft Trade Fair

The British Craft Trade Fair was held on 12th April in Harrogate, UK, celebrating the re-emergence of craft in design as a powerful aesthetic. With the rise of Folksy and Etsy, the appetite for hand-crafted, home-made goods has never been stronger, as consumers move away from ‘cookie-cutter’ replicas and mass-produced faceless design. Authenticity is a key buzzword for 2010 in trend circles, and this show demonstrated this in abundance. We loved the personal touches like hand-drawn logos on business cards-see our favourites below…

The British Connection

We featured a trend called A Very British Affair last year in our 100% Design trade show report and the Quintessentially British obsession seems to have taken hold and is evolving into a trend which combines kitsch iconography like British holidays. There are increasing references to vintage suitcases and postcards, highlighting a wider trend we’ve found for reconnecting with old fashioned methods of communication. We loved Catherine Hammerton’s stamp print wallpapers and embroidered cushions which see traditional silk screen printing and hand embroidery combined with cutting edge digital technology.

Botanical

We saw a big trend for natural products which borrow botanical motifs and natural materials. With a shift towards old-fashioned values and traditional ethics, many designers are taking a subtle, sober approach to design. This new pared-down style sees a shift towards crafted design which infuses hand made and natural processes.

Above- canvas print by Rachael Taylor Designs

Micro trend: Birds

Our fixation with birds is still very much alive, as we see them reinvented for summer to include hand drawn illustrations and collaged textures. The colour palette is bright and bold, whilst graphics develop a hand-drawn style as seen in Faye Powers’ new collection. We also loved Rachel Coleman’s seagull cushions which are inspired by childhood memories and represent the hand craft trend in its purest form with hand stitched and layered fabrics to build up interesting textures.

Technocraft

There is a graphic element to this trend which runs alongside a growing interest in DIY projects and handicrafts. Lending inspiration from culture and travel to create a vibrant and optimistic colour palette of purple and turquoises this trend is not necessarily about looking crafted but about a personalised response to design and moves us on to a more modern and sophisticated approach to textiles.

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News: New Diesel Homeware Line at Salone, Milan

We’ll bring you an in-depth report from the Salone show in Milan, but check out the debut home interiors range by fashion giant Diesel….we thought you’d like to see it, so click here to se pics courtesy of  DesignBoom.

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News: Trend Bible Talk for DNN

Trend Bible Creative Director Joanna Feeley presented a business seminar to up-coming designer-makers in Middlesbrough yesterday on behalf of RTC North and Design Network North. Hosted by Cleveland College of Art and Design, the networking event also heard from inspiring North East based female entrepreneurs, Eyv Saunders and Vicky Trainor. We loved the informal Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme, complete with mismatched tea sets, a giant tea pot and scrumptious cup cakes! Joanna shared her experience of setting up Trend Bible, the UKs only forecasting service dedicated to home interior trends. To book Joanna for similar events and seminars, email us at; enquiries@trendbible.co.uk. For more information on future skills events at CCAD contact  Ann Marie Kirkbride, the Fashion & Textiles Skills Project Co-ordinator. All below photographs by Tim Adams.



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News: Urban/Rural Blend becomes Reality

We’ve been researching the impact of a future social and architectural trend for blending urban and rural for some time, so news that the Sky Tower (complete with ‘sky gardens’, above visualization) at Vauxhall Cross, London, has been approved marks another step towards this trend becoming a reality. 

Lambeth Council has approved the 36-story building, designed by UK-based Carey Jones Architects, in spite of the opposition from Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). The 120 meter tall skyscraper, featuring triple height ‘sky gardens’, has been designed by Carey Jones in conjunction with London-based Amin Taha Architects for Frasers Property Developments. The mixed use tower and podium, dubbed as ‘Sky Gardens Tower’, has been designed to have the highest plot ratio of any residential building in London; achieved largely through the main feature of the tower – the two sky gardens.

Watch out for this trend gaining momentum in architecture – as our quest for locally sourced, fresh produce grows, architects find opportunites to build in gardens and introduce vertical farming which reduces food miles and provides cities with space to grow natural produce.

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Trends: A/W 11/12 Home Trends, Behind the scenes…

Blood, sweat and tears go into producing our seasonal trend forecasting manuals…we’ve been working on our Autumn Winter 2011/12 Home Interiors book for the past 3 months, researching the key social and cultural trend ‘drivers’ that underpin the trends, hosting colour forecasting panels and sourcing up-and-coming textile and wallpaper manufacturers to feature in our forecasts. We work 20 months ahead of the season and sell our forecasting manuals to interior designers, brands, retailers and manufacturers in over 18 countries. Our forecasts help our clients build effective forward-thinking strategies, understand shifts in consumer behaviour and have confidence in selecting the right colours, materials and prints to enhance their product ranges.

We thought we’d bring you some exclusive behind the scenes photos and explain the painstaking processes and methods we go through to  create our unique books…We will soon publish a preview of each of our four trends for winter; Perfected, Utilitarian, Geographique and Alpine Shelter in association with FashionMag.com.

Pastels are big for interiors for 2011, which is unusual for a winter season that would ordinarily focus on darker colours,” explains Trend Bible Creative Director, Joanna Feeley. “This look isn’t about mixing typical peppermint, baby blue, sugary pink and lemon, but about a more sophisticated palette of tinted neutrals. We love buttermilk yellow and apricot which look great in woolly mohairs, felted wools and plush velvets. We’ve included these colours in our Perfected story for winter.”

We have worked with our highly experienced panel of colour forecasters to develop 4 palettes for winter, each palette has 8 colours that are represented in Pantone cotton swatches. Each colour is given a TPX and TCX colour value for easy interpretation.” We only include the key fashion and highlight colours in our palettes, believing our customers have core colours they like to carry over from season to season,” explains Joanna. “Our Pantone colour swatches are presented on mini palette cards which allow users to remove the swatches for colour matching and palette creation- it’s really important to us that our books are as user-friendly as possible so little features like this make it a versatile design tool.

We work with our panel of  ‘unusual and inspiring thinkers’ to develop themes based on future social and cultural drivers. The Trend Bible team then edit and refine this information, creating 4 commercial trends dedicated to home interiors. We then host a seasonal colour panel inviting key colourists and forecasters to share their research, thoughts and ideas. This work underpins our trends for the season. We have a database of over 4,000 designer-makers who keep us up-to-date on their latest designs and products, so we’re constantly seeking out newness and finding the individuals that pioneer change and innovation. We share the contact details of every designer we feature in our Credits section, so that our customers can contact our contributors directly for more information. This makes our books indispensable design tools for interior designers.  

Our fabric contributors range from large manufacturers through to niche designer-makers. We spend much of the year travelling to trade shows and craft fairs, graduate events and textile exhibitions to source the latest talent for our forecasts.  This season we feature fabrics and wallpapers from MissPrint, Melin Tregwent and Madison and Grow to name a few. Each of our four stories has a fabric hanger page that shows eight key prints and materials for each theme. Each fabric is hand-cut in-house by our team- there are lots of blisters to show for it! “This year we’ve been to several shows including Maison in Paris, the British Craft fair in Harrogate, Top Drawer and Spring Fair, Birmingham. We’ve included the top picks from these shows in our forecasts which helps buyers really see the trends start to come alive,” explains Victoria Buchanan, Trend Bible design assistant.

Here are a couple of sample pages from our Autumn Winter 2011/12 book, the first shows our Colour Combinations and Key Materials pages from the Perfected story.

Below is a mood page from our Utilitarian trend for Autumn Winter 2011/12.

Trend Bible trend books help you gain an understanding of where the trends have come from, which colours and materials will be important and how you can commercially interpret each look. For your indispensable design tool, email us at enquiries@trendbible.co.uk for regional agents, appointments, pricing and order enquiries.

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This Week We Love: Bold Ideas

Anyone who’s ever worked with us at Trend Bible will know we love a good cup of tea. Whether its decaf, herbal or designed to help us find our ‘zen’ we’ll try anything once!

So when we came across these notebooks by Bold Ideas we couldn’t help but be inspired. No matter what your tea preference there is a notebook to match- and if tea isn’t your thing (what’s wrong with you?!), how about a vanilla frappe or a club soda? Put the kettle on!

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