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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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Trade Show Report: Spring Fair 7-11 February ’10

Our Trend Bible trend researcher Rachael Hodgson visited Spring Fair, Birmingham, UK,  to bring you the latest trends and products from the show…Here are Rachael’s ones to watch…

Above: Forks by Nina Campbell

With value still at the forefront of consumer minds, we’re noticing a return to quality and craftsmanship as a key trend. For the home, this translates as luxe accessories, statement pieces that add glamour and sophistication. After all, with many of us deciding to entertain our friends at home instead of splashing out on expensive restaurants, the presentation factor for tableware has rocketed in importance.   Watch out for luxe finishes like metallic and mirrored accents, pearlised and glossy finishes, sophisticated (and very commercial!) tonal palettes of purple, grey, white, silver and mushroom.


Above Images:Glasses by LSA international ,Velvet fabrics by Biggie Best, Mirror by Gallery Direct, espresso cups by LSA international, crockery by Ethos.


Image above: Nina Campbell

Whether its candy striped cushions or old fashions sweet jars, Candyshop references crept in everywhere at Spring Fair, (as forecast in our Spring Summer 2010 trend book, a theme we called Vintage Tea Party). We loved these gorgeous Swirl cordial jugs (above) by Nina Campbell which  add a splash of colour summer dining and the glass sweet jars (below) by LSA international, perfect for decorative storage.


Images above: Cushions by Nicky Thompson Textiles, glassware by LSA international, sweet jars by LSA international, kitchenware by Nina Campbell, cake plate by Nina Campbell

Images above: Boxes by Nina Campbell

This bold look was evident at the Maison et Object show earlier this year, and was also in full flow at Spring Fair. Rainbow colours look great for glassware and ceramics, but work best for picnic and outdoor dining in coloured plastics and melamines. In simple terms this trend was executed in primary colours, but we loved pink, yellow and cobalt blue.  Who needs print and pattern when colour says so much?


Images above: Mugs by Cornishware, Glassware by LSA international, Bowls by Zak! designs, Kitchen accessories by Colourworks, Tea Towel by Ferm.

Image above: Tea pot by  Pip Studio

Inspired by the iconic success of Cath Kidston, many brands took inspiration from posy florals, ditzy prints and classic roses and camellias mixed with candy stripes and polka dots. This trend has been unravelling for 3 summers now and started to really blossom in summer 08, but seems to still be going strong for a certain level of the market.  This is all about pastels mixed with red and turquoise, cute print icons like strawberries, teapots and butterflies and lashings of crochet, patchwork and embroidery for a vintage craft feel.

Images above: Bed linen by Pip Studio, homeware by Gisela Graham, teapot by Pip Studio, art by Susie Watson Designs, mug by Susie Watson Designs.

Image Above: Tray by Anorak

Escapist themes are big news in trend world right now, not surprising considering the global financial crisis (someone please tell us when it’s over!) and other harsh realities of life during a recession. Why else would you get adults reading kids books (the phenomenon that is Harry Potter) or hype for film interpretations of kids books (Alice in Wonderland), and surreal escapist films like Avatar breaking box office records? People are switching off from reality and tuning in to their imaginations. We saw evidence of the importance of this trend back in October 08 when we forecast our Spring 10 trends, and at Spring Fair it was clear that this trend is still going strong. Watch our for spooky woodland and forest imagery, ferns, stags and deer, owls and gothic storytelling references.

Above images: Wallpaper by Ferm, kitchen accessories by Orchid , Bedlinen by Anorak, Cushion by Ferm, Cup and Saucer by Biggie Best.

Thomas Forsyth and Owen Gildersleeve recently collaborated to create ‘Aschenputtel’, after being approached by Designersblock to exhibit in Interiors 2010 at the Birmingham NEC. The name “Aschenputtel” is taken from a Brothers Grimm version of the classic folk tale Cinderella. A story about neglect and transformation.

Roll on Autumn Fair!


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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: 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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This Week We Love: Cityscapes

As part of our big picture trend Voyager covered in our Spring Summer 2011 Home forecast, we think there’ll be a print trend for cityscapes. We’ve seen a mix of urban and rural scenes gracing everything from tea towels to sofas at the shows and expect this to be a key print direction for Spring. To get this trend right, you need to add a crafted, hand-rendered element; so pencil drawings, sketches and doodles work well here. For colours go for classic black and white with a strong pop colour like the tea towel below left, or else mix up bright colours on a white ground. 

cityscapes 1Above from left to right: Tea towel by Hunkydory Home, textile print by Natalie Berry, wallpaper by Lizzie Allen.

cityscapes 2

Above left to right: note books by Lara Cameron, embroidery by Blueberry Park, sofa by Timorous Beasties, drawing by Tom Kane, travel journal by Sukie, teatowel by Kardelen.

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