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Our weekly update on things we love at Trend Bible….

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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This Week We Love…MissPrint

We wade through mountains of press packs following the trade shows, so it’s a joy when something really stands out and catches our eye. We loved this press pack from British wallpaper and fabric studio MissPrint, which we picked up from the MissPrint girls Yvonne and Rebecca at the Maison show in Paris back in January. It beautifully demonstrates their hand printed silk-screen designs and makes us want to wallpaper just about everything we own! Also check out our photos of their lovely exhibition stand below….

All MissPrint Products are designed in a small East London studio by Yvonne and Rebecca Drury where the fabrics are silk-screen printed by hand. Specializing in wallpaper their quirky patterns are creating a real buzz in the industry and we definitely think they are ones to watch.

Check out for the allium and dandelion style print motifs which we predicted would be big news back in August 2008….

Above image; MissPrint exhibition stand at Maison et Object in January 2010.

Above image; MissPrint exhibition stand at Maison et Object in January 2010.

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This Week We Love: Creative Work Environments

We do love Trend Bible HQ very much (converted grocery store in a charmingly low-key area of Newcastle) but we couldn’t help be a tinsy winsy bit jealous when we saw this much-publicised studio that belongs to Parliament in Portland, Oregon. We don’t even really know what they do (not a lot if that’s them lounging around looking creative in the pics) but we’re totally inspired by this work environment, and we spend a lot of time looking at how the most innovative companies create inspirational environments to keep their staff happy and impress their clients.  Here are a few of our favourites.

Parliament

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Pretty sure the ‘bear wearing a hat’ rug is a health and safety risk…

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The Trend Bible Disciples could never keep their desks this tidy! Much of the materials used to create this studio are recycled or salvaged.

Vodafone

This is the Vodafone head office in Portugal, designed by Barbosa Guiamaraes Arquitectos we love the futuristic yet organic and irregular design- a trend we flagged up in our Supernature report for 2009 which was all about enhanced nature.

Facebook

This is the new Facebook headquarters in LA, designed by Studio O+A. The design is all about interaction and connection and allows employees to engage and come together, whether this is in the micro -kitchens througout the building or in the main cafe where gourmet meals are provided for all staff at all hours.

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O+A: Facebook design area

Google

The Google Head Office, Zurich, by Camenzind Evolution is a unique and characterful building which has paved the way for out- of-the- ordinary, creative spaces. Communal areas are playful and relaxing, and as with the Facebook head office, staff were heavily involved in the design process to collaborate and help make a space that works for them.

Last But Not Least…

Our own humble abode, which we love very much. No all-hours gourmet meals or ‘inspirational’ hang-out areas (we’re far too busy to relax) but we do have an excellent old-fashioned sweet shop next door which we’re tunnelling a secret underground passage to. Then it’s free Cola Bottles for all (and cinder toffee for Tanya).

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This Week We Love: Bold Coloured Cookware

We’ve just seen the latest collection by Alessi here at Maison et Object in Paris. We love these pastry/cooking utensils created by French designer Matali Crasset… we’ve been flagging up a trend in cookware for bold coloured silicone mixed with stainless steel or wood for a while and this collection cheers up the bleakest of January days! 

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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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This Week We Love: Birds

Birds have provided creative inspiration for several seasons and continue to be strong print motifs and icons for home interior products. Here are a few of our favourites- watch out for cute, highly stylised goldfinches and sparrows for Spring Summer 2010, and for darker, sinister birds such as magpies, ravens and blackbirds which are important for Autumn Winter 2010….

Keeping it light and fun for Spring Summer 2010….

Images above left to right:  bird flower holder by BCXSY; alarm clock by Balvi; goldfinch greetings card part of a set; bird ornaments by Hannah Turner, door knob by Anthropologie; print cushion by Ashley Thomas; set of three birds by Bosa.


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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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