COLOUR INSPIRATION by guest blogger Katie Turton

We’re delighted to be able to share Katie Turton’s most recent colour and material experiments with you.  Katie’s work will be particularly fascinating and inspiring if you work in any capacity with colour for Interiors or Fashion; you are in the paint industry; you are a pastry chef or chocolatier; you have a passion for make-up. So get ready for a visual treat that is sure to motivate you to be more experimental with materials, textures, product styling, photography and colour.

“My motivation for this project was to explore my passion for photography in combination with my interest in trends by forming evocative trend imagery. I used my photography skills to capture unique compositions exploring the different contrasts of chosen materials, as well as producing innovative surfaces and intriguing imagery.”

“This project also allowed me the opportunity to experiment with new materials and examine how they interacted with each other.  I centred my imagery on the word ‘Contrast’ and this was used as my core inspiration. I probed the concept of different states of matter – liquid, powder and solid – and how these states would impact one another.”

“I gathered a range of materials; collected rocks, makeup and paint in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, as well as wallpaper samples to use for backgrounds. I purposely used a limited selection of materials because I wanted to test how much I could achieve from such a small selection and investigate the properties of each material more widely.”

“I mainly work on instinct when taking photographs – that’s how I feel I work best.  After some experimentation, I chose to dive straight in and start taking photos. I tried lots of different positions for the objects and when I felt like they were in the right place and relating to each other well, I began to freely add paint and powders over the top. I built up layers of makeup, paint and stones and photographed these compositions from a range of angles.”

“I reused objects from each photo multiple times, which resulted in additional texture and layers of colour.  Working on intuition and impulse was a huge part of my process and it makes my work unique and dynamic. I find that trusting myself – my decision-making and my senses – contributes to the success of my material compositions and imagery.”

“Colour is my favourite thing to experiment with. For this project, I wanted to use a more muted palette than I would normally generate.”

“In a sketchbook I tested combinations of colour chips and tested proportions thoroughly before I formed the one I loved. I feel that colour is so important to get right and the right colour palette can really lift a project or product.”

Thanks again to Katie Turton for allowing us to share her inspirational colour & material work.  To keep up-to-date with Katie’s stunning photography, colour & material experiments and pattern work you can follow her Instagram feed. You can also connect with her on LinkedIn. Katie is in her 3rd year at Birmingham City University studying Textile Design and has a keen interest in Trend Forecasting.  You can get in touch to offer her projects, sponsorship or a job via: kturton12@hotmail.co.uk

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SS17 TREND UPDATE: In Motion

This month we have released our SS17 trend; In Motion; A youthful, energetic and bold trend with a digital aesthetic. Check out the Pinterest Board; it will give you all the inspiration you need, from pattern and color stories to product materials and texture direction.

This trend is specifically relevant to stationery design, fashion, tableware and lighting.

1. Model Photograph by Van Koo – @supernovanGirl with kaleidoscopic glasses by Holes Eyewear www.h0les.com.  2. Technomimicry textiles by Lianne Polinder


This trend explores all that is fast, moving and digital. Modern life is in a state of constant connection; it is fast paced and being driven by Millennial consumers and the Digital Nomad generation behind them.

We want to make instant decisions; with moving images that powerfully express things quickly. It is the power of the virtual world integrating into our everyday lives that drives the need to be in constant motion.

Acoustic panels by StokkeAustad

1. Lighting by Arnout Meijer Studio 2. Tactum 3D by Mad Lab 3. Grid Series by Maarten De Cellar 4. Iris van Herpen


  • This trend’s look references a desire to merge our real and constructed identities
  • Technological developments enable us to interact with the digital world
  • Virtual mirrors in clothes stores
  • Live video broadcasting is set to become the new ‘selfie’
  • New technology-centric hotel brands offer services such as virtual concierges
  • Motion sensing technology allow new ways to communicate with devices
  • Fluid, filled with light, plays with perspective and encourages interaction

Textiles by Convivial Project


Textures, Materials and Pattern

Holographic foil patterns bring new dimensions to Op Art, kaleidoscope patterns spiral into nothingness and rainbow effect visuals inspire fashion accessories. Iridescent surface effects are crucial in this trend; think color ombrés, ultra glossy silvered effects and reflective surfaces. Draw with light projections, explore light diffraction and create an edge glow effect. Mirrored glass provides distorted & multiplied reflections with luminosity achieved via LEDs, light projections and neon tube lights. We see wire mesh embedded, inlaid & encapsulated in glass, resin & plastics as well as an exploration of woven glass (see pendant lights by Elisa Strozyk), foil wraps and malleable, perforated & laser cut metal sheets.

1. Woven Glass Pendants by Elisa Strozyk for Edition Van Treek 2. Shimmer mirror by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia 3. Pulpo Container by Sebastian Herkner 4. Kaleidoscopic glasses by Holes Eyewear


If you would like the full report to this trend or future trends please get in touch.

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Inspirational Exhibition Stand Design ‘A Winter Desert Trend Hub’

For those of you who didn’t get chance to visit Melbourne for the Decor+Design Show this month… here is a look at what we had on display on the Trend Hub and also a round up of some exhibitor stands at the show.

Being in Australia for Winter; it only seems fitting that we focus on our Winter Desert Trend. The hub was transformed into a Winter bazaar of boldly patterned textiles, precious stones in rich, earthy shades and soft, cosy living spaces. We wanted to bring together a mix of design qualities and luxuries from along The Old Silk Road; striving for a harmonious blend of cultures through design.

To set the right mood our props included a range of Cacti, Salt Rock candles from Sirocco Living and the beautiful Desert Rose; displayed alongside striking desert images to bring the trend story to life. We showcased a range of innovative surfaces and materials from different designers from all around the world including Alma Leather, GemStone Tile, and a sample of Perla by Pintark – LOCO Designs decorative wall surfaces.

The Trend Hub looked amazing thanks to our generous collaborators. Layered recycled Rugs by Sugarcane Trading, Sofa by LaForma, Cushions by Satara, Throw from Atolyia and our give away TreeWise pencils.

Rich, embellished patterning has a strong influence through this trend, providing a vibrant yet relaxing atmosphere. Overlaid fabrics and throws offer a mix of textures for a more informal homeliness.

When walking the show floor we picked out a couple of products that relate specifically to this 2018 trend. Some through their use of materials such as Marble and Terrazzo in deep rich hues. Others through use of global patterns, earthen jewel-toned color palettes and naturally comforting textures.

The autumnal richness of this palette provides fiery tones, embracing spices such as saffron and paprika. The addition of an ‘old gold’ metallic shade rounds this palette off well, reflecting found treasures; a Merchants Emporium aesthetic. Deep, rich burgundy is a key color for 2018.

Incredible marble tiles from Diespeker UK

 

Amigos de Hoy

This small yet fascinating stand was crammed with inviting textures, materials and patterns; they really did create their very own merchants emporium of luxurious product design. Rugs that feature simple, stepped geometrics are striking and make a statement in any interior setting. Products have a handcrafted aesthetic with a stunning alchemy of natural hides combined with ethnic vibes and high impact metallics. This whimsical, boho style is the ultimate in laid-back luxe. It is cosy and comforting which relates beautifully to our Winter Design aesthetic. 

Atolyia

The Atolyia product range is a great way to take the Winter Desert trend into the bathroom with textiles inspired by Turkish Baths. Turkey is a keystone in the Old Silk Road story and a melting pot of cultural influences; much like the Winter Desert trend, which at its core is about bringing together many different cultural influences and achieving harmony through design. The whole range of towels, throws and blankets are beautiful, very soft, made from the highest quality fibres, using traditional techniques by skilled artisans – many with a vintage finish.

Albi

Albi is an umbrella for many brands supplying homewares and kitchenware in Australia and New Zealand. Their homeware merchandising is very inspirational as they create a lifestyle which is comforting, inviting and liveable. Albi displayed a color range that fits perfectly with our Winter Desert trend – the rich burgundy, rustic terracotta and faded indigo blue are combined with ceramics that display natural surface effects in sandy tones and earthy neutrals.

The patterns and prints of their cushions are simple, raw and almost primitive in their aesthetic. This homeware collection uses luxury materials for ultimate tactile indulgence, including soft enzyme-washed linens and handmade wool/cotton knit blends. Merchandised with textured ceramics, handcrafted art glass and exotic mango wood pieces. Add touches of tarnished gold for even more opulence.

 

Mediterranean Markets – Flax by Ivory House Ceramics

These beautiful Flax Ceramics have an exceptional hand formed textured finish. They are very organic in shape and each piece is individually crafted. They all have a dimpled matte exterior, with an imperfect finish and a glazed interior finish; the contrast adds a further tactile quality. These pieces come in a range of neutral colors which work perfectly as a mix & match collection or as a single set.

Archie by Nancy Ji

Entered as part of VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design); a competition which showcases some of the most dynamic emerging Australian designers. The goal was to create a piece of furniture from a single piece of material, this product is created from two pieces of stone tiles with minimal off cuts to reduce waste. The pieces slot together without need for any fixings and can be flat packed for easy transportation.

This designer not only addressed the importance of sustainability but designed a product desirable to consumers through material and color choice; in-keeping with design trends.

For more ideas on how to create this look in your interior take a look at our previous blog post; Winter Desert; bringing richness and warmth into your home.

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2018 Design Trends for Interiors – Full Color & Style Detail

This Color report includes the 4 key Design Trends presented at Decor + Design 2017; Melbourne Australia.

The book includes a brief explanation of each of the trends, the Scarlet Opus Trend Boards illustrating each trend’s interior style and also the Pantone referenced color palettes for each trend story.

Winter Desert, Tribe, Urban Planet and Roots.

A great way to help guide the design and marketing of your product in line with future trends. It is an inspirational document that outlines key themes and important color palettes for interiors moving forward in 2018. Inspiring guidance for everything interiors including retail merchandising, product sourcing, stationery, furniture, decor, tabletop, kitchen design, and much more.

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Texture at the Surface Design Show 2017

We visited the Surface Design Show back in February, a show that exhibits the latest in design and innovation for both interior and exterior surface applications. From flooring to wallpapers, lighting, stoneware and much more, this years’ show was an inspiring experience, with impressive new sustainable materials and interactive design concepts.

In this post, we have reported on some of the key themes seen at this years 2017 Surface Design show, if you would like a more in-depth trend report or the latest interior trend report please do not hesitate to get in touch!


The Beauty of Nature

The focus really is on our natural surroundings and organic materials to create a deeper, more tactile experience in our quest to feel more connected to nature. The boundaries between our urban lifestyle and rural landscapes begin to blur with sustainability and eco-integration at the forefront of design in all sectors.

(From left to right) Bright Green Interiors, Innerspace Cheshire, Alusid Sustainable Surfaces, Rug-maker.

Enhanced 3D

Precisely engineered structures and prints come to life, whether it is a flat wall piece or rug design, the 3D concept creates inspiring new formations to be applied to interior and exterior surfaces. This architectural approach continues to trend as we push the boundaries with technology and embrace new compositions.

(From left to right) Evan-James Design, Rug-maker, Maria Ana Vasco Costa, Skuare79

Dark Metallics

An interesting mix of dark metallics was clearly present at the show. Liquid-look surfaces often with a distressed, industrial finish continue to be important as they spread their way through every sector, in particularly deep gun metal shades, bronze and dulled gold. This influence relates to our interest in planetary and outer space exploration.

(From left to right) Innerspace Cheshire, Alusid Sustainable Surfaces, Caroline Hough Design


Texture Direction Autumn/Winter 2017-18

Phil gave a presentation at the Surface Design Show on the latest texture trends for Autumn/Winter 2017-18 & beyond, it includes a brief explanation of 3 different trends, color palettes, interior styles and looks at how each trend translates into specific textures.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the presentation, with notes, email Phil. (£95)

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