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Home Trends: Kitchen Trend Report, September 2010

At Trend Bible, one of our core principles is to look at current societal and cultural shifts in order to predict future consumer trends and changes in taste.

One of the most prominent directions we’ve noticed during the recession is a distinct shirt towards families spending more time at home. The financial restraints imposed by the recession have meant that we eat in instead of going to a restaurant, watch films at home instead of go to the cinema and invited friends over instead of socialising in pubs and bars. It’s this big picture direction that has brought about a focus on the home, and more specifically the kitchen as the epicentre of all activity.

The increase in culinary TV shows such as the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, Masterchef and Great British Menu also tell us something of our current obsession with food and cooking in the UK. With a quarter of households now reportedly growing their own vegetables in an effort to self-sustain and beat the effects of the recession, and with an increase in visitors to farmers markets, there are many new products dedicated to harnessing our desire of bringing the outdoors in, like the kitchen prep table by Adele Bird, below.

Above image; Adele Bird

Bakeware, in particular, is enjoying a renaissance, as consumers look toward nostalgic pastimes in times of economic uncertainty (craft is undergoing a similar revival with knitting groups on the rise and a jump in membership to the Women’s Institute), with colourful silicone and acrylic utensils in soft pastel colours that linger on from the vintage inspired trends of 2009. As we move into 2011, these pastel colours continue to be important, yet the vintage elements give way to a cleaner, minimalist aesthetic associated with the start of a fresh decade.

Above image: Dining and Kitchen page from the Trend Bible Autumn Winter 2011/12 Home Trends book

Colour is also becoming a key statement for kitchen units, as consumers demonstrate confidence with colour and pattern through use of wallpapered feature walls and bold decorative accessories in other rooms of the home. Traditional ‘white goods’ it seems are no longer white, with even the most permanent items in the home becoming colourful and highly decorated. For kitchen units, the key materials are still wood / wood effects and high gloss white, although we really like bright flashes of colour on the insides of drawers and cupboards, as seen at WIS Design. (image WIS Design).

Kitchens now have to work hard to facilitate cooking, dining, laundry as well as transforming into home office. This trend for multi-use kitchens is set to be big, with the expected increase of the ‘flexible workforce’ meaning that our homes need to be accessible work hubs where we can facilitate virtual meetings, deliver presentations and host conference calls.

Although the current trend is for nostalgia and seeking comfort in the familiar, watch out for a new futuristic dimension to food on the horizon. Recently we’ve being talking to our clients about the future of convenience food and how this will impact kitchen design, and one of our favourite findings is MIT’s Cornucopia ‘food printer’ which uses a series of ingredients cartridges to whip up meals and snacks and literally ‘prints’ them out in 3D. Similarly, the Philips’ Food Printer is inspired by chefs like Ferran Adria and Heston Blumenthal, and provides molecular gastronomy at the touch of a button by using the principles of rapid prototyping. Unappetizing as they sound today, they tap into a broader trend for ultimate convenience which is very current.

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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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News: Homeware Market Review

With consumers cutting back on discretionary spend and taking less interest in home improvement, the homewares market is suffering. By the end of 2010 the market will have shrunk by 1.9%, resulting in a decline of £652m since its peak in 2008. With the robust growth of the last decade over, retailers will have to work harder to attract spend.

Levels of consumer confidence and activity in the housing market have improved, but not to levels where they will boost spending on homewares significantly. With the homewares market seeing either no growth or slow spending increases for the foreseeable future, to increase sales, retailers will have to gain share from competitors.

The departure of Woolworths, Rosebys and The Pier from the market during late 2008 and the beginning of 2009 has lessened the impact of the decline in the market and allowed the survivors to up their share. However, without similar failures they could find 2010 much harder, with a return to declining like-for-like sales highly probable.

According to a recent report from Datamonitor, the homeware market shrunk by 3.9% to £10.9bn in 2009. The report claims that those retailers with distinctive positioning will succeed, as the online market for home product purchases begins to shake up dynamics. The supermarkets have enjoyed growth in this sector this year, and Argow remains the leading homeware retailer brand in 2009, with John Lewis in second place with 5.2%. Dunelm Mill is the biggest gainer in 2009, as more retailers add spin-off homeware stores.

Trend Bible work with some of the UK’s leading retailers to help define future strategies and exploit opportunities for growth in a challenging financial climate. Accurate, well-informed trend forecasting can help brands pin-point catalysts for change, social and cultural events that will impact consumer behaviour, and determine how this will affect design and colour trends. We help our clients build strong, inspiring and commercially successful product ranges. To find out what we can do for you, please get in touch at enquiries@trendbible.co.uk.

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Press: Homestyle Magazine

This month our Spring Summer 2011 forecasts form the basis of a feature in Homestyle magazine. Check out the pages from our Home Trends book, below and see how Homestyle have interpreted our looks in this gorgeous shoot- it really brings the looks to life and shows their commercial appeal. If you want to order one of our limited edition trend books for Spring Sumer 2011, these are now being offered at a reduced price of £150 + postage. Each book has four inspiring trend themes, complete with colour palettes, Pantone cotton chips and actual swatches of wallpapers, fabrics and trims. We don’t have many left so place your orders asap by emailing enquiries@trendbible.co.uk.

Trend 1: Voyager

above image: feature in August edition of Homestyle magazine, as presented by our glamorous assistant Rosie!


Trend 2: Libertine

above image; feature in Homestyle magazine

Trend 3: Collector

above image: feature in Homestyle magazine

Trend 4: Epicurean


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Trade Show Report: New Designers Show, July 2010

This year’s design graduates enter the jobs market at a very difficult time but we have to say the standard of work was so high at New Designers in London, we doubt these students have anything to worry about. Some will be snapped up as up-coming talent by the best home interior and furniture brands, others will shine as designers in their own right.

The key story this year was that designers addressed function, not decoration, responding to a wider social and cultural trend for simplicity and honesty in design (also seen across finances, food and technology). Designers quite literally laid bare their materials, showing us the nuts and bolts of construction and celebrated the art of manufacture.

Mixed Materials

Mixing different materials was a key trend; such as mixing leather with wood for tables, and mixing different types of wood within a single piece.

Playful Tableware

Despite the seriousness, there were more playful elements evident at the show counteracting the lingering effects of the recession. This trend was big for tableware and textiles.

Space Saving

Saving space was also high on the agenda, as designers battled with the modern problems of multi-generational habitats and redefining personal space in communal areas. Products that folded away, were multi-functional and allowed users personal space in increasingly cramped homes featured heavily. Furniture designer-maker, Eiry Rock  also took inspiration from the growing kids furniture market, and showed space-saving kids furniture with an adult design aesthetic.

New Clean Lines

Angular shapes dominated the show as we saw increasing evidence of a cleaner linear form starting to infiltrate homeware. Multiplied patterns and intricate repeat prints sat alongside hard-edges, defined and geometric shapes, as predicted in our Autumn Winter 2010 forecast.

Crafted

Objects that are humble, tactile and rustic reflect a bigger picture trend for hand-crafted and home made goods. This trend was particularly big for ceramics.

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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

 

 

Printsource

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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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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