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Trends: Spring Summer 2012 Taster…

We’ll it’s not all hard graft* here at Trend Bible HQ – we do have some glorious tasks that make us rejoice and be thankful for such creative and lovely jobs. The same can NOT be said for filing VAT returns (boo) cutting down Pantone swatches with very stiff scissors (ow) or getting the 7am train to Stansted (snore)… Take for example a sunny day back in August where our stylist Naomi Shedden joined the team to help style our shoot for the hotly anticipated Spring Summer 2012 trend books. Naomi was formerly Styling Assistant at House and Garden magazine in Sydney so it was a pleasure to work with her. We thought we’d share a few shots from the day in their rawest form, they’ll all make an appearance in the 8 trends across our Home and Kids books which are due for release mid October 2010, where they’ll make a lot more sense when put into context! So here’s a sneak peek…

* when checking how ‘universal’ this phrase was on the internet I stumbled upon this gorgeous collection! Yum.

Above images: Naomi Shedden for Trend Bible Copyright 2010.

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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: Printsource Show, NYC

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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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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: Digital Killed The Polaroid Star

Here at Trend Bible we are reminiscing about the good old days when we simply had to point, click and waft around before revealing our very own instant photo. Polaroid seemed doomed back in 2009 with the last factories shutting down, but the brand has undergone a renaissance thanks to a wave of popularity amongst younger audiences (who have grown bored with the flat soullessness of digital formats), exploring traditional communication methods.

We think there is something deeply nostalgic and romantic about Polaroid cameras, and it seems we’re not alone in this latest obsession! We’ve found some great examples of vintage cameras adorning stationary, fashion accessories and wall art.  Look out for splashes of bright statement colour, camera motifs for prints, vintage finish screen-prints on calico and hessian fabrics, and black and white line-drawings.

Above images left to right; take a picture vest, Urban Outfitters; vintage camera poster; Rob Hunter

Bottom row: Polaroid book, Urban Outfitters; orange blackbird camera; Urban Outfitters

Above image; Diana camera by Lomography

All hail the return of the ‘Diana Camera’!  These early 60’s throw- backs were a cult legend, famous for producing hazy, lo-fi images . They where soon discontinued after consumers abandonned them in favour of digital, but the Diana has made an eagerly awaited comeback . What’s not to love about the love blurry soft and dreamy-toned images? With each click  you can create super-saturated colours, unpredictable blurring, and random contrasts. Looks like the nostalgic vintage theme in photography is here to stay… 

Above image; camera canvas bag; http://www.familytree.co.uk

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Trade show report: The British Craft Trade Fair

The British Craft Trade Fair was held on 12th April in Harrogate, UK, celebrating the re-emergence of craft in design as a powerful aesthetic. With the rise of Folksy and Etsy, the appetite for hand-crafted, home-made goods has never been stronger, as consumers move away from ‘cookie-cutter’ replicas and mass-produced faceless design. Authenticity is a key buzzword for 2010 in trend circles, and this show demonstrated this in abundance. We loved the personal touches like hand-drawn logos on business cards-see our favourites below…

The British Connection

We featured a trend called A Very British Affair last year in our 100% Design trade show report and the Quintessentially British obsession seems to have taken hold and is evolving into a trend which combines kitsch iconography like British holidays. There are increasing references to vintage suitcases and postcards, highlighting a wider trend we’ve found for reconnecting with old fashioned methods of communication. We loved Catherine Hammerton’s stamp print wallpapers and embroidered cushions which see traditional silk screen printing and hand embroidery combined with cutting edge digital technology.

Botanical

We saw a big trend for natural products which borrow botanical motifs and natural materials. With a shift towards old-fashioned values and traditional ethics, many designers are taking a subtle, sober approach to design. This new pared-down style sees a shift towards crafted design which infuses hand made and natural processes.

Above- canvas print by Rachael Taylor Designs

Micro trend: Birds

Our fixation with birds is still very much alive, as we see them reinvented for summer to include hand drawn illustrations and collaged textures. The colour palette is bright and bold, whilst graphics develop a hand-drawn style as seen in Faye Powers’ new collection. We also loved Rachel Coleman’s seagull cushions which are inspired by childhood memories and represent the hand craft trend in its purest form with hand stitched and layered fabrics to build up interesting textures.

Technocraft

There is a graphic element to this trend which runs alongside a growing interest in DIY projects and handicrafts. Lending inspiration from culture and travel to create a vibrant and optimistic colour palette of purple and turquoises this trend is not necessarily about looking crafted but about a personalised response to design and moves us on to a more modern and sophisticated approach to textiles.

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