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Here are our favourite up-coming design talents across textiles, lighting, tableware, ceramics, toys, consumer electronics, furniture and home accessories.

Trend Bible Radar: Julie Spurgeon

Firmly on our radar this month is Julie Spurgeon’s delicate and gorgeous hand-made bone china tableware. We first noticed her as an exhibiting graduate at the Pulse show in London in 2008, and Julie is now exhibiting at the prestigeous London Design Festival this week. You can see more of her work at Hands On: Design Brought to Life, London Design Festival Exhibition:16 September – 29 October 2010 Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY. What we love about Julie’s work is her ability to add the fluidity and grace seen in folded textiles to the medium of porcelain – truly unique and absolutely lust-worthy! Grown-up glamour is a big trend this winter for fashion and beauty (think TV’s Mad Men,the launch of Gentlewoman magazine and the new Louis Vuitton ad campaign), and we see this direction for more elegant, ladylike refined designs spanning textiles, furniture and lighting too.

Above image: Copyright 2010, Julie Spurgeon

Above image: Copyright 2010 Julie Spurgeon

Above image: Copyright 2010 Julie Spurgeon
Above image: Copyright 2010 Julie Spurgeon

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Trend Bible Radar: Deadgood

We love to keep our eye on local designers and follow their progress, and one Newcastle-based brand that’s grown from strength to strength is  deadgood . We first spotted deadgood as graduates a few years back, then saw them exhibit at the prestigious 100% Design show in London. Founded by two Northumbria University graduates in 2004, Elliott and Dan have earned the reputation for offering classic and contemporary home furnishing in fresh and inspiring new styles. We’ve spotted their work in every store worth being in, from Liberty to Heal’s.

Images above: deadgood

We love the doodle chair below, which is a collaboration between the deadgood duo and the artist Jon Burgerman. They asked him to develop a print which represented Britain, and he came up with the fab doodle below, with the humorous cartoon like doodles of the queen,  the british flag and other witty illustrations combined into this abstract piece of artwork.

Images above: deadgood

Our favorite pieces  have to be the ‘love collection’, produced in collaboration with North-East based furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse. This four piece collection compromises a heart shaped mirror, a console table, and our fave, a 100% pure wool upholstered lounge love chair accessorized with heart shaped buttons. Already clearing a space in the studio…this chair is a must-have!

Images above; deadgood

In addition to the furniture are these fantastic wire lights, below, available in bespoke colours. Images above; deadgood

Keep up the good work boys it’s great to see you doing so well.

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Trend Bible Radar: Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week kicked off last week in London and we’re pleased to say that the standard was as high as ever. As you probably know we like to mix up our influences when we look at home interior trends, so fashion is always something that we keep a close eye on. In this report our trend researcher Victoria Buchanan pulled together the key looks from the catwalks, tying these looks in with the latest directions for home interiors. Over to you Victoria…

Nude Hues

Back in 2009 we predicted a trend for home furnishings called Epicurean for Spring/Summer  2011 and at Graduate Fashion Week we saw lots of references to this trend with students redefining luxury.  A nude barely-there colour palette provided the perfect backdrop to complex techniques like intricate  laser cutting and 3D flowers which we can see working well across substrates like textiles and ceramics in the home. This trend blurs the line where craft meets luxury. Joanna Feeley, Creative Director of Trend Bible agrees; “Florals are architectural and exagerrated, stripped of colour so that we can really focus on the techniques and the genius of the artisan.”

Above images left to right; Top; Kenji Kawasumi – Central Saint Martins, Jung-Yoon Shin – Royal College of Art, Alison Linton – Royal College of Art, Jessica Madden – Westminster Graduate. Bottom; Huishan Zhang – Central Saint Martins, Isabel Wong – Edinburgh, Yi Fang Wan – Central Saint Martins, Sharon Fernandez – Liverpool, Phoebe Thirlwall – Nottingham. Copyright, 2010.

Above Image: page from Trend Bible Epicurean story, Spring Summer 2011, published October 2009.

Out of Africa

GFW evidenced once again that the tribal trend is here to stay! This is typical end of decade behaviour (we won’t bore you with all our geeky stats!) where trends are very repetitive and cyclical before we move forward and embrace a new era. At the shows we saw an array of Aztec prints and bold embellishments. This trend is all about a culture clash of influences lending inspiration from African, South American and Asian cultures. How does this trend work for the home ? Well if you want to make a statement then mix and match animal prints in muted colours, mix tie dye with bold and bright tribal styles, or for a more subtle approach think ikat prints, beaded and embroidered cushions, geo pattern trims, dark mango wood accessories, feathers and fringing.

Above images left to right; Top; Isabel Czernin Fishlock – Central Saint Martins, Sara Zadeh – Central Lancashire, Steph Goynes – London College of Fashion, Carrie Hill – Central Saint Martins. Bottom; Flett Bertram – London College of Fashion, Buki Agbabiaka – Central Saint Martins, Rebecca Purvis – Central Lancashire, Nicholas Smith – Central Saint Martins. Copyright, 2010.

Techno Prints

The likes of Alexander McQueen and Erdem have been championing digital techno prints for a couple of seasons and now the students are on-board, a sure fire sign that this trend is going to be big news! We predicted this trend will trickle down for home interiors for Autumn/Winter 11/12. If you want to get in on the act you can opt for abstract, futuristic shapes in bold, bright neon colours.

Above images left to right; Charlotte Helyar – Edinburgh Carly Ellis – Westminster, Faye Chamberlain – Northumbria, Holly Russell – University of Northampton, Danielle Ingemann – Ravensbourne.

The Way We Were…

Ahh…the good old days. Nothing makes us part with our hard-earned cash quite like a bit of nostalgia! With the Queens Diamond Jubilee n 2012 and sad news of the recent death of the oldest surviving World War 1 soldier there was definitely a feeling of nostalgia in the air at GFW as we saw collections that took us back to the 1910`s (not that we were alive then you understand). Susie Bubble, fashion blogger, described the collection by Amelia Chester as an ‘updated wardrobe for the modern Land Girls’Quirky prints and a soft palette work well for this trend and in particular we loved the kids collection by Anna Tiesen which referenced maps and suitcases, perfect for kids interiors. This look is something we referenced for home interiors for Spring Summer 11 in our very nostalgic and misty-eyed Voyager story, below.

Above images left to right; Amelia Chester – Northumbria, Kirsty Stringfellow – Central Lancashire, Emily McNally – Birmingham, Emily McNally – Birmingham, LCF, Anna Tiesen – Bournemouth

Above; Anna Tiesen – Bournemouth

Above image; page from Trend Bible Voyager story for Spring Summer 2011, referencing 1920s adventure stories, ditsy landgirl prints and the golden age of travel.

Colour Alert: Tomato Red

The big colour trend at the shows…. tomato red!!! Our clients are always telling us that red is one of their best selling colours for home textiles so this will be music to their ears! Home textile trends often follow fashion trends so if the fashion set think it’s cool then who are we to argue! The newness here is making sure red is executed with modernist lines and clean angular shapes.

Above images left to right; Lisa Leisos – Edinburgh, Laurell Wilding – University of Northampton, Naomi Brewer – De Montfort, Eleanor Burton – University of Northampton, Camilla Probert – Bristol School of Creative Arts at UWE, Wei Ting Hu – London College of Fashion, Karin Malm – Central Saint Martins.

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On The Radar: Northumbria Uni Fashion Show

We attended the first of many graduate fashion shows last night, joining a host of VIPs at the fantastic Baltic in Newcastle to see the results of months of hard work by Northumbria University students. Here we bring you the highlights from the show.


Bold, vivid, clashing digital prints were seen in abundance, with swirling kaleidoscope pattern, a theme set to be big news for printed textiles for Autumn Winter 2011/12 as covered in our Kids Lifestyle Trends book.

Above images left to right; Top; Charlotte Boden, Faye Chamberlain. Bottom; Sarah Crosbie, Angharad Griffiths. Copyright, 2010.


Shoulder details were also a key theme, and we loved the contrast between highly technical, structured fabrics, sporty elements and embellishment by Victoria Kirby, below.

Above images left to right; Victoria Kirkby, Stephanie Jayne Price. Copyright 2010.

Mapped Out

We also loved Louise Dickinson’s menswear collection that was impeccably cut and referenced travel and maps, a theme we have developed for Spring Summer 2011 called Voyager for our home interior forecast.

Above images: Louise Dickinson. Copyright 2010.

Many congratulations to all the final year students, there were some brilliant collections, and best of luck at Graduate Fashion Week, where we believe you will represent the very best of North East creative talent.

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Trend Bible Radar: The Window Shopper

Those of you working in retail, particularly visual merchandising, should check out this blog by The Window Shopper which covers interesting and inspirational visual merchandising in London, Paris and New York. What’s more, this blog has been set up by entrepreneurial Trend Bible intern, Victoria Buchanan, who is currently studying at Northumbria University.

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Trend Bible Radar: Moomah

On our radar this week is kids cafe Moomah a creative arts cafe in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. It focuses on providing classes, nutritious food (served in fun ways), and art exhibitions, among many other resources. You won’t find wacky clowns or primary colours and you won’t be forced to listen to ‘kids music.’ A rather nice change we think!

At Moomah, art materials and projects illuminate universal themes: the five senses, the seasons, the animal kingdom, the body, mythical creatures. On the website you can create fun mood boards so even if New York is not on the doorstep its still possible to engage with it.

This is part of a wider trend for experience overriding consumption which we predicted would be big news during the recession, as people find new ways to entertain their children without spending money. Expect to see a whole host of smaller independent companies challenging the old ways of the big retail and leisure brands.

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Trend Bible Radar: New Shops

Don’t get us started on our thoughts about the new shopping centre that’s just opened in our home town Newcastle…we were excited about the prospect of new stores, new shopping opportunites and a bit of originality but sadly it looks just like any other shopping mall build in the past two years in the UK, not to mention that there are only two brands showcased in the multi-million pound extention to Eldon Square that weren’t in the city before…Grr. Well anyway, we begrudgingly took a look at the new stores for you, and below were our favourite ranges.


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