Category Archives: Satellite Trends

From our 4 main trend directions covered in our bi-annual trend publications, we see an abundance of spin-off or ‘satellite’ trends that orbit around the periphery of the main themes.

Satellite Trend: It’s a Dog’s Life

With the trend towards crafted textiles gaining some serious momentum, this timely exhibition by Donya Coward  is best described as ‘textile taxidermy’ but is as much about preserving textiles as it is about animals.  Donya lovingly creates these fabric collages depicting dogs using found fabrics, knit, crochet and jewelry. Donya will be exhibiting these little treasures alongside her never before seen freestanding sculptures that incorporate the same style of working. We highly recommend you check it out at the Margo Selby Gallery, London, until 2nd October 2010. The Margo Selby shop itself is well worth checking out and features on the Trend Bible Shopping List for those international visitors who want to know the best places to shop while here in the UK.

Images above; Donya Coward

We have also noticed a few other doggy collagers (!), check out self-taught contemporary artist Michel Keck. Inspired by her own dogs she creates collages with a pop art feel, and with a percentage of all profits made going to PETA do we need any more reasons to snap one up!?

Images above; Michel Keck

We recently stumbled across the artist Pete Clark who is the creator of these humorous and highly original animal collages. These artworks are made from found paper like maps, letters and stamps found on many scavenging trips to flea markets, antique fairs and car-boot sales.

Images above; Peter Clark

We love the recycled factor evident is all three artists’ work-which we think is brilliant inspiration for kids’ wall art.


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Satellite Trend: Digital Killed The Polaroid Star

Here at Trend Bible we are reminiscing about the good old days when we simply had to point, click and waft around before revealing our very own instant photo. Polaroid seemed doomed back in 2009 with the last factories shutting down, but the brand has undergone a renaissance thanks to a wave of popularity amongst younger audiences (who have grown bored with the flat soullessness of digital formats), exploring traditional communication methods.

We think there is something deeply nostalgic and romantic about Polaroid cameras, and it seems we’re not alone in this latest obsession! We’ve found some great examples of vintage cameras adorning stationary, fashion accessories and wall art.  Look out for splashes of bright statement colour, camera motifs for prints, vintage finish screen-prints on calico and hessian fabrics, and black and white line-drawings.

Above images left to right; take a picture vest, Urban Outfitters; vintage camera poster; Rob Hunter

Bottom row: Polaroid book, Urban Outfitters; orange blackbird camera; Urban Outfitters

Above image; Diana camera by Lomography

All hail the return of the ‘Diana Camera’!  These early 60’s throw- backs were a cult legend, famous for producing hazy, lo-fi images . They where soon discontinued after consumers abandonned them in favour of digital, but the Diana has made an eagerly awaited comeback . What’s not to love about the love blurry soft and dreamy-toned images? With each click  you can create super-saturated colours, unpredictable blurring, and random contrasts. Looks like the nostalgic vintage theme in photography is here to stay… 

Above image; camera canvas bag;

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Satellite Trend: Zig Zags

As part of a wider trend that references African culture and craft, we love this zig-zag pattern that we think can work commercially in the home. It  nods to all things ethnic without being a parody, and also taps into the trend for more linear, graphic lines for textiles prints. When we cover trends, we think about the average consumer home (within a particular country, market and sector), and research how likely this customer is to buy into the latest ‘big picture’ trends. We’ve included some examples below of how this trend is starting to unfold and we think it’s got some serious mileage for commercial level (high street and value sector) interiors.  

Although we initially forecast this trend to be big for woven textiles, we think it looks great used across patchwork and piecing techniques, and also across print. Don’t be without zig-zag bath towels, cushions and bedding in your range for Spring 2011!

Above images, left to right;Plates by Whittard Of Chelsea, Swimsuit  by Jessica Simpson, Cupcakes from Trend Bible archive, Stationary set by Sanna Annukka for nineteen seventy three, Canvas print by Da Stiles.

Above images top row, left to right; duvet set by Overstock, fabric by Liberty, greetings cards by Sanna Annukka,

Bottom row; rik-rak notebook, towels by Williams Sonoma, home textiles by Missoni.


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Satellite Trend: Casing Point

Interesting article in the Financial Times recently about the latest trend for using luggage as storage, as flagged up in our Spring Summer 11 trend forecast, published September 2009. This is part of a bigger trend for flexible, adaptable home interior solutions for furniture and storage, along with a nostalgic love for travel, as explored on our Spring Summer 2011 trend Voyager.  Here are a couple of pretty cool ideas for recycling suitcases, from bathroom cabinets to cats beds!

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Satellite Trend: Easter!

There are some great easter products on the high-street this year, from cards to packaging, we saw some great playful designs. Check out our favorite items below and the trends that we thought were important. Look out for hand-drawn illustrations, sophisticated packaging and a splash of bright colour.

Premium Easter

Above images, left to right; card by Taking pictures, easter egg by Charbonnel et walker @ Fenwicks, easter egg by Thorntons, easter egg by Thorntons, easter egg by Hotel Chocolat.

Colour Pop

Above images, left to right; card by Taking pictures, card by Caroline Gardener @ John Lewis, easter egg by Thorntons, sweets by Thorntons, card by Clinton Cards, easter egg by Hotel Chocolat.

What came first… the Bunny or the Easter Egg?

Above images, left to right; card by M&S, Cookie Cutters @ TX Maxx, card by Fenwick, bunny moneybox by Paperchase, felt decorations by Paperchase, bunny chocolate by Thorntons.

Above images, left to right; egg sweets at Fenwicks, card by John Lewis, egg sweets Fenwicks, egg decorating kit by John Lewis, Decorations by John Lewis, card by Fenwick, card by Asda.

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Satellite Trend: Light Angle

Modern, clean lines are key for pendants and table lamps as we see a new minimal aesthetic influence lighting. Watch out for geometric shapes, triangular shades and austere functionality. Bare flourescent tubes and uncovered lightbulbs are also a key direction, while the electric cable felx makes a statement in bold colours.

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Satellite Trend: Mothers Day

Check out these lovely Mother’s Day card and gift trends. Mothering Sunday is 14th March in the UK andMothers Day in the US is celebrated on 9th May.

Mothers day chic

Above images, left to right; card by Fenwick, card by M&S, card by Clinton Cards, card by John Lewis.

Childs Play

Above images, left to right; card by Fenwick, mug by Clinton cards, card and badge by Clinton Cards, card by Fenwick.


Above images, left to right; card by M&S, card by M&S, card by John Lewis, card by Caroline Gardener.



Above images, left to right; mug and tea-set by M&S, range of floral gifts at John Lewis, heart shaped truffles at Fenwick, tea-set by M&S.

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