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Trend Bible Gossip…

This week we’re excited about working with a well known British wallpaper brand, presenting packaging trends at a  company conference, presenting consumer trend drivers to a UK supermarket,  designing 2011 homeware concepts for a major UK retailer, and having a nice sit down and a cup of tea…

Above image by David Shrigley


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Trade Show Report: Stockholm Furniture Fair

We loved the Design Bar by Jonas Wagell of Sweden, which was an installation representing the forest and the city at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last week, which follows on from our research about urbanisation and merging rural and city life. Watch out for this continuing theme in our forthcoming Autumn Winter 2011/12 trend book, available end March 2010.

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Trade Show Report: Maison et Object January ’10

Ok deep breath guys….So, we visited the Maison et Object show last weekend, which as always was inspirational, exciting and totally exhausting. We just wanted to share a few of our thoughts on the key trends from the show in general terms, and we’ll follow this up later with our top picks from the show in our This Week We Love section…

Key Materials

Lo-Tec: polystyrene, cardboard, paper, plywood and felt. The move towards pared-down simple products and materials for homeware begins, as predicted in our Post-materialist social trend influence report.

Refined: Superfine porcelain, paper thin shapes, mixing ceramic and bamboo. This is all about exquisitely crafted, unique pieces that can’t be replicated, a key theme outlined in our Epicurean story for Spring 2011.

Crafted: origami paper, knited, crochet, pointelle and laser cutting. Craft is still high on the agenda for textiles, furniture and tableware, hand-made and make-do-and-mend are evident here.

Colour Vehicle Synthietics: Synthetics allow for intense, saturated colours- we saw rubber, melamine, neoprene, glass and glossy laminates.

Above; Knitted and felted wool at Donna Wilson for SCP

We loved this felt lightshade by Ango made up of lots of tiny felt cups suspended on wire.

Key Colour Palettes

Neutrals with chlorophyl green; green is the hot colour for 2010, but we think the focus will move to yellow tones for 2011. Yellow was already starting to come through for Spring 11 products at the show. Purples and pinks were also predominant.


Acid greens were layered up with sunshine yellow and deep leaf green on tableware, pic-nicware and serveware.

Above images; green cushions and tableware at A&D Home


Yellow was starting to come through in textiles and home accessories, we love yellow dressed with white and stone for a more commercial take.

Images above; yellow print lightshade by Miss Print; yellow cabinet by Nordal; quilted sofa by Ligne Roset.

Rainbow Brights

Eyecatching displays of simple products executed in a rainbow of colours looked great across stationary and cookshop items. Plastics, melamines and felted wool showed these vivid, saturated colours off beautifully. This is a great way to update commodity products or add newness to core ranges.

Above images from left to right; coloured glass candle holders by Nordal; felt totes and accessories by Hey Signs; melamine utensils by Rosti Mepal.


We saw lots of brands producing a spectrum of colours across all types of commodities from stationary to cookware. Felt bags and coasters at DAFF. Joseph Joseph went a step further with their neon range, neon pink was also seen at Adonde.

Above; bold colour at Nordal; mixing stripes and floral at Missoni; bold coloured laquered metal stool/storage.

Above images; neon pink mixed with lo-tec cardboard looked modern at Adonde.

Above; some of the irresistible masking tapes at MT…


We noticed a softer trend toward pastel colours. We loved Australian brand MUD with their delicately coloured ceramics- this seasons newest colour addition…yellow. Pastels were also spotted at the delightful Alexa Lixfeld stand- we loved this palette of lilacs and grey. Pastel bedding was seen at Ourson SA, we loved the pastel dinnerware at Richard Genori.

Above images left to right; lilac and pink tableware by Nordal; painted pasel cabinets by Nordal; tie dye sofa by Futura; pastel cushions by Au Maison; pastel tableware at Nordal; powder blue sofa at Ligne Roset.

Above; Stelton pastel melamine bowls also looked great

Above; layering soft lilac shades, Alexa Lixfeld

Trend bible love these pastel coloured kitchen knives by Pure Komachi at Kai Corporation.


The biggest overall theme was natural. We loved the resin encased branches and logs as seen at Bleu Nature, which featured as stools and lamp bases, and this fantastic origami lampshade by..We also saw wooden handle cutlery, bamboo serving bowls, napkins tied with string. Mixing bamboo and ceramics was seen at JIA Inc and mixing bamboo and laminate at Bibol.

Texture is key, particularly for white and natural colours across textiles, dinnerware and decorative ceramics. We saw etched, scratched, embossed, and heavily textured finishes on plates and vases, and loved the braille effects which add a textural dimension to plain white porcelain. Pebble shaped vessels and embossed plates also looked new at Bruno Evrand.

Above images; Braille effect vases by Coming B


Not us- not yet anyway! As you know we’ve been talking about the charms of plain old cardboard as a material for homeware and packaging for a while now, and we loved the CARTON PLEIN exhibition at the Maison show, where 13 architects were asked to create a cardboard home.

Above images from left to right; cardboard houses as part of the Carton Plein! exhibition; paper jacket by MT

Among our favourites were the beautiful paper tote bags at Siwa- the ultimate in post-materialist chic!

Innovative paper and cardboard stand at Molo.

 Print Trends

We saw a continuation of retro and vintage florals in a ‘tea party’ or ‘shabby chic’ style theme for textiles, the best were at Blanc Mariclo, Au Maison and Villa Collection. Overscaled sketchy florals and micro posy florals were big for bedding, while the main bedding trend is still mixing stripes with florals and plaids. We saw lace prints as a key trend on textiles and ceramics, and found retro imagery like old SLR cameras and pretty birdcages as print icons across textiles and stationary.
Watch out for watercolour style prints with blurred edges including oversized blooms like roses and chrysanthemums, and a continuation of allium and dandelion style print references. Pencil sketch florals also looked fresh.

Above images; left; overscaled at Sonia Rykiel; sketch floral bedding; cushions and floral chair at Miss Print, a Trend Bible favourite!

Allium wall sticker by Miss Print

Floral floor cushions at Nordal

Plate by Deshoulieres

Floral purple plate by Deshoulieres- purple mixed with leaf green was another predominant trend at the show…


Above image; Danish brand Lene Bjerre had modern interpretations of lace and crochet.

Lace print and crochet cushions were key

Above; Lace print boxes and camera icon lace print by Seletti

Text and Type

Text and type are still strong as print motifs; above number cushions by A&D Home.


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Satellite Trend: Valentines Day

With Valentines day just around the corner we’re feeling all loved up and we’ve been busy sourcing some really cool products to get you in the mood.  We’ve found ‘shout about it’ prints with hearts (of course!) being a key motif, cute birds printed onto cards and stationary, and felted lettering making its way into soft furnishings. Special thanks to Rosa Falkenstein and Victoria Buchanan for their contribution to this post.

Overscaled heart motifs adorn bedding, hand-rendered and painted hearts add a hand-made touch, as seen last year at the Maison et Object show in Paris. We love these heart-shaped measuring cups– perfect for baking some little Valentines cookies (is it romantic to eat them all yourself?)!

Images above left to right:  Gold motif mug by Big Tomato Company; heart shaped measuring spoons by Heart and Parcel; tea-lights as seen at Maison et Object 2008; heart motif bedding as seen at Maison et Object 2008; printed cushion as seen at Maison et Object 2008; mug and coaster set by Disco Butterfly.

Birds are just about everywhere for 2010, and the perfect print motif for Valentines Day greetings cards and stationary. This trend is all about cute little songbirds, chaffinches and blue tits, so leave the scary ravens and magpies for Autumn/Winter!

Images above left to right:  magnetic heart pegs by Country Cream; bird candles by Emma Bridgewater; heart eyed bird card by Kaching Design @ Etsy ; valentine notes By Krystan @ Etsy.

Typography and text or even just initials works really well for cushions, bedding and even textile based wall-art.

Images above left to right:  felted fabrics by Castle; ; felted bed sheet by Castle; ‘love’ cushion by John Lewis.

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This Week We Love: The Domestic Goddess

We love this idea of fun nostalgic kitchenware it brings an uplifting mood to otherwise dull household chores. With the recession still influencing all our lifestyle decisions, we are cooking and entertaining at home rather than eating out. Watch out for bold primary colours mixed with pastels, ginghams, polka dots, coloured silicone utensils, posy florals, cup cake print motifs (we love the cup cake egg timer from Urban Outfitters, below) and witty slogans…

Images above left to right: apron by Urban Outfitters; jelly moulds by John Lewis; hamper gift set  by Marks and Spencer;  jam pot covers by John Lewis; silicone cake cases by John Lewis; rolling pin by John Lewis.

Images above left to right: flower printed apron by Anthropologie; anti odour tin candle by Cath Kidston; set of three measuring jugs by John Lewis; chocolate cake calender by Marks and Spencer; The Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book By Tarek Malouf; butter dish by John Lewis; floral scrubbing brush by Cath Kidston.

Images above left to right: polka dot apron by Anthrpologie; gingham apron by Anthrpologie; ceramic cup cake pots by Urban Outfitters; jelly cream mug by Marks and Spencer; I know How to Cook book by Ginette Mathiot; jelly cream recipe journal by Marks and Spencer; cupcake egg timer by Urban Outfitters.

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Satellite Trend: Storytelling

The trend for storytelling is something we picked up on for our Kids Lifestyle Trend forecast for Autumn Winter 2010/11. We love the design references to Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, conversational textile prints and quirky stories. We’ve found these great examples of how storytelling is influencing design in general but also specifically kids design.

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We love this kids game by The Small Object. To play, roll the dice which features images of objects, people or settings and tell a story based on the pictures that appear. Younger children can then circle the images on the Match and Write pad, whileolder children can write a story.


The Wonderland exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London also explores fairy tales, myths and folk tales from around the world. Featuring over 80 artworks, the exhibition includes depictions of much-loved European tales such as Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, as well as folklore from other continents. The varied cultural and geographical backgrounds of the 50 exhibiting artists are evident in the works shown, taking us to places of good and evil, quests and heroes, love and friendship. East London Printmakers is an independent collective of around 200 artist-printmakers based in Hackney. Until January 2010.


We’re greatly anticipating the release of  Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland film due  5th March 2010 (USA). Click on the link to watch the trailer.

We also love the work of urban storytellers A Bit Crack whose popular Open Nights are for anyone who wants to share a yarn, tell a story, or just enjoy listening to others tell theirs. Products that engage consumers-particularly parents- through storytelling will be popular.

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This Week We Love: Tea Towels

Tea towels have gone beyond being a kitchen essential- they have been elevated to iconic status! We’ve selected our current favourites – we love the idea of framing cheeky slogan tea towels as artwork, but they also work as great for gifts for budding domestic goddesses…..

Vintage Prints…

Vintage florals, hand-rendered sketches and a retro post-war vibe keep this Vintage Tea Party theme going strong…

Images above left to right: Main image by The Tea Towel Company; tea pot printed tea towel by Third Drawer Down; Hand drawn floral and shoe tea towel by Anthropologie; floral oven glove and pot holder by Anthropologie, fork print tea towel by Anthropologie.

Wash with words…

Typography and lettering are big news for greetings cards and gift wrap at the moment, we love these quirky slogans and vintage style type…Images above left to right: Do the Dishes tea towel by Anthropologie; Practically Perfect in Every tea towel way by Shiny Shack;Dishy tea towels by To Dry For; Fresh To-Day tea towel by Jamie Oliver;  One Lump or Two tea towel by To Dry For; You Was I’ll Dry tea towel by To Dry For; .

Images above left to right: Special Egg, bacon and sausage tea towel by To Dry For;Love tea towel by To Dry For;Tea Revives You Tea Towel by To Dry For; I’m not a Paper Towel tea towel by B Sharpe Designs;  Black and White tea towel by Stiksel.

Quirky Graphics…

Images above left to right: Yellow KItchen Utensil Print Tea Towel by To Dry For; Bottle printed Tea Towel by To Dry For; Owl Printed Tea Towels by The Heated; Green Tree Printed Tea Towel by Third Drawer Down;  Ice lolly printed Tea Towel by To Dry for.

Festive Fun

Printed recipes, single colour photographic prints, bold text and classic Christmas icons like peace doves, Christmas pudding, robins and wrapped gifts all look great on tea towels this holiday…

Images above left to right: Red and White Printed Tea Towel by Mozi; We all want some Christmas Pudding by To Dry for; Xmas Dinner Tea Towel by To Dry For; Green Present Tea Towel by Anthropologie, ; robin Embroidered Tea Towel by John Lewis;  Reindeer embroidered white Tea Towels by Pottery Barn.

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