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.
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.