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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.

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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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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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News: Handy Colour Generator for Designers

Check out this really cool colour palette generator…simply upload your chosen image and the generator will create two colour palettes for you! Genius!

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If you like this color palette generator, you might also like ColorHunter.com

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Trade Show Report: Stockholm Furniture Fair

We loved the Design Bar by Jonas Wagell of Sweden, which was an installation representing the forest and the city at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last week, which follows on from our research about urbanisation and merging rural and city life. Watch out for this continuing theme in our forthcoming Autumn Winter 2011/12 trend book, available end March 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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