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Trade Show Report: NYIGF

The New York International Gift Fair ran August 2010 at the Javits Center in New York, USA. The show is a key destination for buyers and designers from around the world with 2,800 exhibitors and over 35,000 attendees. As we’ve reported from various other show, there is an overall sense of optimism, fun and positivity as we start to emerge from the ashes of the global recession. It seems the exhibitors and attendees agreed with us. “This is a very exciting time for design. When the economy suffers, creativity thrives” explained Tony Moxham of DFC, one of the exhibitors at the show. We sent our US trend editor Estela Lugo to check out the key directions at this years show. Next year’s show will run from January 29 – 3rd February 2011.

Hard Lines

We’ve reported on this new, cleaner aesthetic from the Maison show in Paris in January, through to New Designers in London in July, and here we’re seeing it in August in New York. Bold, clean shapes and geometric print and pattern featured heavily- watch out for prisms and squared-off shapes as  print icons and shape direction for decorative accessories.

above image: lighting at the NYIGF

Gold and Bronze

Hammered metals, bronze casts and mixing gold glazes with rustic enamels were seen at the show. Texture is the key message here. 

above images left to right: frame by

Vintage Letters and Numbers

Our typography obsession continues! Vintage style fonts were used across ceramics and tableware, paperweights and packaging design.

Viva Mexico

Funky Prints

Illustrative Prints

Rainbow Colours

This trend has been evident at all the key shows this summer and who better to demonstrate how colour updates classic pieces than Pantone? Consumers have more confidence than ever using colour in their homes, from smaller items like accessories through to more permanent items like wallpaper and furniture.

Birds and Botanicals

Birds and flowers are mainstay print icons but we love these vintage style illustrative versions as spotted at NYIGF. We flagged up botanical and anatomical studies and sketches as part of a trend called Secret Garden for Spring Summer 2011 in our Kids Lifestyle Trends for the Home book.




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News: Talks and Seminars Update

Joanna Feeley, founder and creative director of Trend Bible, will be delivering a series of talks and seminars in the coming months. We look forward to welcoming you at the following shows, and sharing our future trend forecasts to help you make well-informed and accurate decisions about the future directions of your business.

Home and Gift

Harrogate, UK, Wednesday 21st July 2010

12 noon – 1pm

Future Trends for Autumn / Winter 2010/11

followed by individual 15  minute trend surgeries, click here to book

Trend Bible will be selling last remaining copies of Autumn Winter 2010/11 trend books for home interiors, priced £100 and available to pre-order at enquiries@trendbible.co.uk




New York, August  2, 3, 4th 2010

Kids Lifestyle Trends for Fall / Winter 2011/12 3.30pm, Monday 2 August 2010

Home Interior Trends for Fall / Winter 2011/12, 12.30pm Wednesday 4th August 2010

 We are delighted to return to the Printsource show in New York this season, where Joanna presents future trends for Fall  / Winter 2011/12 across home interiors and kids lifestyle products. This presentation covers the key future ‘trend drivers’  terms of social, cultural, political change, future consumer insights, colour, pattern, material and product design directions across four key themes. The Lifestyle Trends for the Home and Kids Lifestyle Trends books will be available to buy at the show, represented by Margit Publications.

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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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Trade Show Report: Design Indaba Expo, Cape Town

Many thanks for Vicki at I Want That for getting in touch and recommending her trade show reports from the Design Indaba Expo in Cape Town. Click here to read her fantastic reports. You’ll see some real cross-overs in trends- particularly for the global design phenomenon for crafted goods…Great Blog!


Images above courtesy of I Want That.

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Trends: A/W 11/12 Home Trends, Behind the scenes…

Blood, sweat and tears go into producing our seasonal trend forecasting manuals…we’ve been working on our Autumn Winter 2011/12 Home Interiors book for the past 3 months, researching the key social and cultural trend ‘drivers’ that underpin the trends, hosting colour forecasting panels and sourcing up-and-coming textile and wallpaper manufacturers to feature in our forecasts. We work 20 months ahead of the season and sell our forecasting manuals to interior designers, brands, retailers and manufacturers in over 18 countries. Our forecasts help our clients build effective forward-thinking strategies, understand shifts in consumer behaviour and have confidence in selecting the right colours, materials and prints to enhance their product ranges.

We thought we’d bring you some exclusive behind the scenes photos and explain the painstaking processes and methods we go through to  create our unique books…We will soon publish a preview of each of our four trends for winter; Perfected, Utilitarian, Geographique and Alpine Shelter in association with FashionMag.com.

Pastels are big for interiors for 2011, which is unusual for a winter season that would ordinarily focus on darker colours,” explains Trend Bible Creative Director, Joanna Feeley. “This look isn’t about mixing typical peppermint, baby blue, sugary pink and lemon, but about a more sophisticated palette of tinted neutrals. We love buttermilk yellow and apricot which look great in woolly mohairs, felted wools and plush velvets. We’ve included these colours in our Perfected story for winter.”

We have worked with our highly experienced panel of colour forecasters to develop 4 palettes for winter, each palette has 8 colours that are represented in Pantone cotton swatches. Each colour is given a TPX and TCX colour value for easy interpretation.” We only include the key fashion and highlight colours in our palettes, believing our customers have core colours they like to carry over from season to season,” explains Joanna. “Our Pantone colour swatches are presented on mini palette cards which allow users to remove the swatches for colour matching and palette creation- it’s really important to us that our books are as user-friendly as possible so little features like this make it a versatile design tool.

We work with our panel of  ‘unusual and inspiring thinkers’ to develop themes based on future social and cultural drivers. The Trend Bible team then edit and refine this information, creating 4 commercial trends dedicated to home interiors. We then host a seasonal colour panel inviting key colourists and forecasters to share their research, thoughts and ideas. This work underpins our trends for the season. We have a database of over 4,000 designer-makers who keep us up-to-date on their latest designs and products, so we’re constantly seeking out newness and finding the individuals that pioneer change and innovation. We share the contact details of every designer we feature in our Credits section, so that our customers can contact our contributors directly for more information. This makes our books indispensable design tools for interior designers.  

Our fabric contributors range from large manufacturers through to niche designer-makers. We spend much of the year travelling to trade shows and craft fairs, graduate events and textile exhibitions to source the latest talent for our forecasts.  This season we feature fabrics and wallpapers from MissPrint, Melin Tregwent and Madison and Grow to name a few. Each of our four stories has a fabric hanger page that shows eight key prints and materials for each theme. Each fabric is hand-cut in-house by our team- there are lots of blisters to show for it! “This year we’ve been to several shows including Maison in Paris, the British Craft fair in Harrogate, Top Drawer and Spring Fair, Birmingham. We’ve included the top picks from these shows in our forecasts which helps buyers really see the trends start to come alive,” explains Victoria Buchanan, Trend Bible design assistant.

Here are a couple of sample pages from our Autumn Winter 2011/12 book, the first shows our Colour Combinations and Key Materials pages from the Perfected story.

Below is a mood page from our Utilitarian trend for Autumn Winter 2011/12.

Trend Bible trend books help you gain an understanding of where the trends have come from, which colours and materials will be important and how you can commercially interpret each look. For your indispensable design tool, email us at enquiries@trendbible.co.uk for regional agents, appointments, pricing and order enquiries.

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News: What does your favourite colour say about your career?

As we work in the colour business we thought this was pretty cool. Simply select your favourite colours and it will tell you which type of career you are most suited too! Does it match your job?

Our colour match said that we were ”creators who place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. We enjoy working independently, being creative, using our imagination, and constantly learning something new!” Spot on!

click here to take the test

 Let us know, does it match you correctly?


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News: Consumer Spending over Easter, UK and USA

Retail Decisions (ReD), a world leader in payment fraud prevention, reported a hike in online home improvement purchases in both the UK and US ahead of the Easter Weekend. This rise suggests that the current economic fragility is leading consumers on both sides of the pond to tighten their belts and stay at home, this Easter.

Carl Clump, CEO of ReD says, “UK data shows more than a 60% increase in the number of online transactions for DIY products in the lead up to Easter this year versus the same period before Easter in 2009. Interestingly, UK online sales of DIY items were up three-fold during weekends in March and, moreover, the average value of each transaction also increased by GBP112 from GBP253 to GBP365. In the US, the rise in home improvement purchases over the internet was 44% but, conversely, the average transaction value decreased by $27 from to $240 to $213.”

Carl further comments, “There is a clear shift in consumer trends towards buying home improvement products online. Internet purchases allow customers to have the goods delivered directly to their door, both saving time and avoiding the Easter weekend rush at the tills. There is no wasted trip if an item is out of stock and there is the added advantage of online discounts and easy price comparisons.”

ReD’s data shows that the top two most popular home improvement activities in the UK were kitchen upgrades and bathroom remodelling. The third most popular product category was storage furniture and wardrobes. It seems that the weak housing market is prompting people to make their home environments more pleasant rather than relocating. The popularity of storage furniture appears to highlight that people are reorganising their homes to optimise the space they already have.

In the US, tools and garden furniture represent the top two product categories followed by garden plants.

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