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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Creative Review; The next generation of Graduate Designers…

I recently visited the University of Huddersfield’s 2017 Graduate Show for the Textile Practice Design Course. The standard yet again was extremely high as the very talented new designers display fresh and innovative design ideas. It was interesting to see more Millennials expressing their political views and opinions through design; interpreting important topics that dominate headlines in todays society.

For example some of the projects included research into sustainability and recycled materials, with a greater consideration to how the outcome of a design project can be beneficial to society or to contribute to the preservation of our planet.

I particularly enjoyed reading the inspirational stories behind each project; understanding the designers attitudes and thoughts enabled a greater understanding of the end concept or product idea. Graduate designer Lo Green visually communicates perceptions of Female Power; questioning why images of women become political statements. Bridget Donoghue illustrates the mental scarring left being on the people and their families coping with cancer through the art of embroidery; a beautifully imperfect creation immortalised through stitch. Commercial designer Thomas Greenwood challenges ideas of the ‘social norm’ exploring gender identity and mental health issues through digital prints in Fashion. In todays society it is more important than ever to push boundaries, disrupt convention and exhibit creative freedom in all aspects.

So here are a few of my favorites in more detail…

Gemma Birrell

The very colorful bedding collection has been digitally printed using hand painted artwork which has been enhanced and arranged into repeated patterns. This designer is tapping into the consumer market of embracing Nature inside the home; the desire to be more connected to and be surrounded by organic and natural materials, surfaces and prints. In a dazzling range of bright pastels this designer creates quirky botanical designs that will freshen up any interior.

Lo Green

Designer-maker and embroidery specialist Lo Green displayed her project called Feminine Race which questions why images of women become a political statement. Each second-hand garment was chosen for the aesthetic; the detailed embroidery enhances the garment through color and composition. The designer plays with juxtaposition and exhibits the idea of ‘reclaiming’ female sexuality through ‘reclaiming’ garments.

Thomas Greenwood

Commercia Designer Thomas Greenwood creates a print collection for fashion called The Sensitised Pellucidity. This collection explores the desire to regain balance between privacy and transparency looking at elusive spaces and being translucent in new ways; suggesting a new sense of truth with the fusion of industrial and organic. The unisex prints are designed with ‘wellness’ in mind; finding calm in the mist of destruction; signifying the release of life anxieties. Within the collection research into gender identity was at the forefront of the project; looking closely at social, political and economical issues surrounding gender identity in the Fashion Industry.

Kathryn Lund

I really enjoyed seeing Kathryn’s work as she pushes the boundaries of classic knitwear. Her colorful and contemporary knitwear collection takes inspiration from personal experiences and a passion for travel. With dramatic color combination, bold patterns and an array of knitted textures, Kathryn challenged what can be considered as ‘wearable’ within Knitwear. The styling of her Colour Regeneration exhibition really portrayed the inspiration behind the collection; an exploration into the abandoned surfaces within urban areas focusing on the rejuvenating power of color. The carefully considered palette relates to the influence of color being pivotal to the reincarnation of lost and forgotten textures; brought to life once more through contemporary Knit practice.

Bridget Donoghue

Embroidery specialist Bridget Donoghue focuses on looking at cancer through the skin; the bruising, the marks, tones and colors. Her collection Irregular Everything picks out the tiniest of details in the irregular shape and shades, enhancing the beautiful imperfections and blemishes and the repairing of something fragmented and broken. Her work is a symbol of the marks behind the pain, the uncontrollable scar pigmentations and the temporary marks that can beautifully become immortalised by stitch.

We wish all this years graduates the best of luck for the future.

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Winter Desert: Bringing richness and warmth into your home.

With equal parts of discovery and ornateness, our Autumn/Winter 2017-18 trend Winter Desert takes us on a magnificent journey through a merchant’s emporium, bringing together nomadic textures and luxuries from along The Old Silk Road and into your living space.

Continuing the concept of global blends, styles and cultures, Winter Desert has a range of textures and patterning, with an exuberant use of color, integrating techniques of ancient trace, some with a contemporary twist. How the outside world regards indigenous craft is forever changing for the better, with Winter Desert creating a platform to express freedom and luxuriance as well as paying homage to traditional designers.

The autumnal richness of this palette provides fiery tones, embracing spices such as saffron, paprika and turmeric. Cooler blue and gray tones add tranquility to the scheme, tying together contrasts and creating a meditative living space. A deep yet warm pink has been included to allow room for a striking fusion. The addition of an ‘old gold’ metallic shade rounds this palette off well, reflecting found treasures; an Aladdin’s Cave aesthetic.

Serapi Queensbury Double Sky by Jan Kath

To achieve this ‘winter bazaar’ look in your living space, consider taking inspiration from Persian rugs and their bold, geometric patterning. Create a haven to unwind with cosy throws, richly embroidered textiles and rustic trinkets. The concept of ancient ideas surviving in the modern age can be reflected in any home, complimenting previously owned furniture as well as avant-garde pieces. More than one rug can be stylishly overlapped in your living room to create a more comforting, harmonious blend of culture through design.

Kirman Robson Artwork 19 rug by Jan Kath

Treat your space as though it’s a real adventure along The Old Silk Road, a journey around your room, an exploration of pattern and texture, discovering intricate detail the closer your eye dissects. Winter Desert isn’t about having a focal piece or a feature wall, it challenges minimalism by bringing together multiple, interesting pieces in a way that exudes a modern Urban Nomad lifestyle.

Finding the right lighting is extremely important when marrying together different materials and patterns in a living space. Natural, organic bamboo and wicker, hand woven and finished provides a meditative, boho feel. Turkish mosaic lamps provide striking kaleidoscopes of color whilst Chinoiserie fittings offer a more ornate look. Match with unusual textures such as pompoms and beaded detail to create eye catching luxury, using the rustic tones in the color palette to give a more contemporary, earthy feel.

Pagoda lantern by Christopher Hyde

Rich, embellished patterning continues to have a strong presence in this trend, providing a vibrant yet relaxing atmosphere to living spaces. Overlaid fabrics and throws offer a mix of textures and a more informal homeliness. Envisage a more social, communal area rather than the average, mono directional sofa and family sitting around the edge of your living space, draw inspiration from an authentic Turkish restaurant or a traditional Nepalese tea house.

Danton collection fabric by Romo

When considering upholstery fabrics, inspiration can be taken from interlinking zig zags, mosaics and diamonds, combining contrasting textures and colors. This wing chair by A Rum Fellow (below) fashionably fusions Ikat and Brocade weaving, while challenging boundaries with sharp, tangerine piping. Traditional design with a contemporary twist compliments the look of Winter Desert, which explores new concepts and interior design styles.

Rhylah Wing Chair by A Rum Fellow

Winter Desert invites you on a grand tour of nomadic textures and fusions, creating comforting layers in which you can unwind and discover intricate and interesting detail each time you visually explore your living space. So, make your very own emporium within your home, with an array of fabrics and treasures to comfort and keep you warm this Autumn/Winter.

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What’s new in the World of Stationery?

This month we visited and gave trend talks at the London Stationery Show. This show is full of exciting new products, workshops and seminars, a perfect show for the stationery enthusiast!

(Thank you to Artsynib for the calligraphy workshop)

Here are my favourite top ten seen at the show, check them out;

Elmo Paperstories

A newly established brand specialising in luxury wedding stationery. The use of pastel colours with metallic gold detail is subtle yet stylish. Materials such as soft velvet and natural linen gives this collection a beautifully fresh, pretty and elegant aesthetic.

Origin One

As a millennial who travels often, Origin One really caught my eye. From travel journals to road trip planners and even expedition pencils; this brand creates collections specifically designed with the global nomad in mind.

The Trigg Life Mapper

This kickstarter project is designed to transform your goals into success, bringing planning, mindfulness and creativity into one journal. It enables you to plan, prioritise and reflect while inspiring you along the way. In our fast pace, digital world it is refreshing to find a brand reminding us of the importance of health, wellbeing, mindfulness and above all recapturing happiness in our lives.

Alice Scott at Portico Designs

Over the past 2 years we have been presenting a trend that reflects the emergence of new attitudes amongst womenkind, promoting a rise in independent, powerful and strong women around the world. We shared this information at last years stationery show and now we see it come into fruition (report still available to buy at discounted price). I am sure you have all picked up on the female power fashion currently on the high streets and stationery is no exception. I have picked this particular brand because of their female focused quotes and inspirational tag lines.

Feminist journal packed with inspirational quotes available at Abrams & Chronicle

Notable Designs

A distributor of designer stationery and lifestyle products. I loved the styling of this exhibition stand, there is a utilitarian sophistication that demonstrates crafted design being functional, robust and stylish. I particularly liked the concrete collection, a perfect addition to create a minimalistic and contemporary desk space.

Off Lines

Their tag line ‘Online was yesterday’ sends a powerful message of going back to basics and appreciating analogue products once again. Beautifully hand crafted leather notepads and solid walnut and oakwood paper stations are modest, functional and aesthetically pleasing. This is perfect confirmation of our trend talk last year which also relates to our recent Pinterest board release; Analogue Workshop.

Treewise Pencils

Chosen for their fantastic recycled and sustainable product. The Treewise pencil is created from 100% recycled newspaper; harming no trees in the manufacturing process. It is made without the use of toxic chemicals and comes with a promise of no breakage when sharpening.

The gva

Another great sustainable brand with a green-value attitude towards design, it is their passion to create stationery and giftware with eco friendly materials. Products include notebooks, phone cases, postcards and eyewear all made from bamboo. Even their business cards are made from bamboo!

Castelli Italy

Luxury brand Castelli caught my eye with their beautiful new Midnight Floral collection; made in Italy. The texture compliments the print beautifully to present a very sophisticated and lavish notebook… whilst also looking gorgeous on any desk.

Two Little Boys

These bright, humorous notebooks make perfect gifts for all occasions, I love the film references, quotes and generally amusing narrative. They are bold, colourful and great statement stationery!

Don’t forget you can still visit the Manchester Stationery Show held on the 31st October – 1st November. Click here for more details.

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TREND UPDATE: Analogue Workshop

This month we have released our SS17 trend; Analogue Workshop. A trend filled with a handcrafted aesthetic and utilitarian approach to design in all sectors including Stationery, Fashion, Kitchenware, Lighting and Furniture Design.

Portrait of wood workers in art studio by Trinette Reed and Marble Ways Table by Alcarol

This trend counteracts the constantly updating and ever connected pace of modern life, we begin to reach out for what is grounded; going back to basics. We find beauty in the ordinary, we value simple pleasures and admire slowly acquired skills.

Materials & Product Direction

Products have an experienced craft aesthetic as though they were made lovingly in a small workshop. They are made to last, sometimes retro in style and the use of natural materials boasts their handmade status.

You Make It Mobile by Lindsey Edelman Light, Fog & Morup Jo Hammerborg Lento desk table lamp, Modern Tiles by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Mutina, Leather Hang-up Light by Ted Wood, Leather lamps by Norm Architects, Cushion by Stitch Bird Store on Etsy,  Fashion Images – Adeam & Michael Kors

Smooth tan leather provides the keystone of this trend; neatly contrasted stitch, laser-cut and woven leather appears in trims, straps and handles, with joints, rivets and fastenings all proudly on display. In contrast; leather is spliced together with denim, felt, brass and wood.

Color & Pattern Direction

A low key palette of familiar colors are newly appreciated. Indigo, denim blues, grays, cardboard browns and flat neutrals are humble and modest. Intelligent patterns place a studious focus on products; pinstripes, color blocking, graph grids and typographic mathematical equations. We bring back the use of old tools to create this analogue style.

Of Instruments and Archetypes by Unfold Design Studio, Les Choses cabinet by Dossofiorito

Textures

A truly important aspect in this trend; woods are chiseled, scraped and brushed. Lightly aged and tarnished brass appears in unexpected places where beauty is found in the cross over between precision and handmade imperfections. Confident craftsmanship leads to daring structures and simple shapes for a unique and modest design style.

Muto Kitchen, Hand chiseled flooring at Kyoto cafe, Wood Bowls by Hiroyuki Watanab

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