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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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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Material Trends: Interior Products 2018

In this short video, Victoria explains some of the more uncommon materials being used at the cutting edge of design to support the continued drive for sustainability in all areas of our lives. Fish skin, old magazines, nuts and even rice …………

Designers across the globe are trying to reduce the ecological effect of their work, architects and interior experts are choosing to look to new realms & frontiers in search of new, sustainable materials.

Some of the surface textures in these materials are very special and they feel beautiful to touch. Through the continued improvement in the management of industry processes (food, fashion etc) these by-products are readily availability and therefore have negligible impact on our environment.

If you’d like to know more about how Trend Intelligence could inform the future of your product development for interiors, email Phil, or call him on )7896088996.

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Surface Texture & Material Design Trends 2017

Designers, graduates and well established brands are continuing to explore innovative ways of manipulating and experimenting with materials to create unique textures and effects for the interiors market.

Here are a few that we’d like to share with you showcased by Material Lab at the Surface & Materials Show in Birmingham. These specific textures and materials relate perfectly to our 2017 Surface Trends…

Evan James Design

This surface design company combines traditional quality craftsmanship with new technologies supporting & encouraging customer individuality for the commercial and residential sectors. They challenge whether a wall has to be flat and also, whether a wall has to permanently stay the same? This bespoke structured surface offers limitless possibilities of pattern, colour and texture. It’s designed to compliment any interior style.

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Our 2017 Trend – In Motion – explores the power of the virtual world being integrated into our everyday life; consider high shine and glossy fluidity that creates dynamic light effects and surfaces with movement. Spirograph, optical grids and dark iridescence are key aesthetics  here.

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Solomon and Wu

A luxury, surface brand crafting beautiful textures and contemporary architectural design features for interior spaces. Their unique collection of textured finishes and sculptured surfaces have been installed in retail stores such as Christian Louboutin and Alexander Mcqueen. We’ve also showcased their samples many times on our Trend Hubs around the world! Colors and finishes across the whole collection can be tailored to add stunning, bespoke elements to your design scheme.

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2017 will see a favor towards refined luxurious rawness, combining gritty and distressed textures with blush silvered metallics. Desert inspired textures appear chalky and matte; parched linens, dried reptile skins and rustic weaves. Gradual colour shifts and tonal hombre’s in indigo tones and sunset shades compliment refined metallics and naturally raw surfaces.

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Grace Gallagher

Grace Gallagher, a British designer, produces surfaces and objects for interiors, that demonstrate a preoccupation with materials and process. There is a mixture of traditional and contemporary techniques, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material. The monochrome pattern was inspired by the Barbican building in London where each panel is hand crafted using a process of revealing layers.

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The appreciation of everyday materials will be a key attribute of design in 2017, consumers will begin to see beauty in ‘the ordinary’ and value ‘time earnt’, slowly acquired skills. People will embrace traditional techniques with a modern twist to create surfaces that are unpretentious but precise with a hand crafted aesthetic. Think about using saw cut, end-grains and chiseled wood effects for retail outlet design, exhibition booths, kitchens, flooring and workplace furniture. Denim, leather and cork create mixed material surfaces that will look stunning and be desirable in all interior spaces including hotel lounges and restaurants. 

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We are currently carefully selecting the most innovative and revolutionary surface materials for our 2017 International Trend Hubs. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter now to stay informed of our next events, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily updates from the team. Email Phil for more information about our ‘show reports’

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London Design Festival 2016 – designjunction Review

This year, designjunction was held for the first time at its new long-term home Kings Cross, having made a partnership with the University of the Arts London. The destination is set to become a new creative district as well as an international business hub for design in central London. Coal Drops Yard, an exciting retail space that brings together industrial heritage and contemporary design is set to open in 2018.

designjunction in it’s 5th edition featured 180 different brands as well as more than 50 carefully selected design led pop-up shops as well as numerous installations and collaborations.

Here are a few of our favourites…

Foldability: We were drawn to the 3D geometric pieces (see post on New Designers) and the work by Foldability, located in Cubitt House, was no exception. The London based studio creates bespoke installations and products inspired by geometry and origami, all of which are created by hand. The technique itself is quite simple – essentially meticulously folding by hand before securing the folds with heat. A truly versatile material, it has applications in wall covering and lighting for various sectors of the interiors market as well as set design and textiles. This links strongly to the A/W16-17 trend: Native with its main themes of craft and technology. This is further emphasized by the materials used, a cardboard base onto which natural and synthetic fabrics are heat set.

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Another Studio: Another Studio is a craft-design practice that creates products for the home and workplace covering lighting, stationary and accessories. They are also inspired by origami as well as the craft of tailoring, not only within the construction of each piece but also in the aesthetics. The company works with flat sheet materials like wood, metal and paper to create intriguing and playful 3D forms. Created are equally functional and aesthetically stunning designs that we love and will add interest to any room or desk space.

Another StudioOlivia Aspinal Studio: Olivia Aspinall creates bespoke handcrafted surfaces for use within the interiors industry. Her work links strongly to the terrazzo trend. Terrazzo isn’t a new idea, originating in 15th century Italy, however recently the material has now been reworked into flooring, wall and home accessories.She predominantly works with the material of Jesmonite, a material that allows her to translate her ‘textile aesthetics into solid materials.’ A successful Kickstarter campaign enabled her to exhibit at her first solo show. It definitely goes to show if you are an independent designer you can successfully exhibit at high profile showcases through the help of support from around the world.

Olivia AspinallKirkby Design: Kirkby Design, a brand situated under the ROMO group presented their latest collection of fabrics suitable for the home and contact furnishing market. In a blend of contemporary design, minimal and monochrome graphic grid patterns are combined with quilted velvet and a rich jewel palette. The company also created new versions of its Piccadilly textile design exclusively for MADE.COM. It was designed in collaboration with Transport for London to help them celebrate over 150 years of transport design history.

Kirkby DesignGRID: The GRID design is also reflected in the external cladding of Cubit House which we love. Designed by Peter J Lassen, the flexible structure blends together exterior and interior as light passes through the simple structure that is filled with mirrors and vegetation. Bringing the outdoors in has become increasingly popular across all sectors; retail, hospitality and leisure. This was further represented by exhibiting stand bloomon. The company has recently collaboration with & Other Stories with the aim to bring fresh flowers direct to the consumer.

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Lastly, one of my personal favourite pieces…The knot cushion by Icelandic-based designer Ragnheidur Osp Sigurdardottir which has gone into production with Swedish brand Design House Stockholm. The soft statement design, which is available in multiple contemporary tones, is made from knitted strips where the start and end seamlessly merge into one.

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We thoroughly enjoyed visiting many events over the fortnight and are very much looking forward to next years event when many more exciting events will be showcased across the capital. We certainly will be keeping an eye on the website from May when events are uploaded!

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