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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Back to School: 2016 Stationery Trends for Retailers and Manufacturers

It’s that time of year again where we revamp our stationery collection. New notepads, pens and accessories ready to start back at school, college or University. Or, if like me, you just love nothing more than purchasing new inspiring patterns and colours to brighten up your desk space! So, for all the stationery retailers and manufacturers out there, we have put together 3 key trend directions for 2016. Each trend combines pattern, material, colour and product guidance to keep you ahead of the curve and prepared for next year. Of course it’s not just about what you design or buy in, but also how you share this with your customers. Product placement and the visual advertising of stationery collections should be creative, inspiring an enticing. So, we have also included ideas for retailers on how to merchandise and style product.

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Wild Urbanism

This trend is about our basic human desire to reconnect with nature. We seek out reassuring, comforting and grounded elements within a modern life of constant change. Our ecological and environmental awareness increases as we adapt our hybrid environment, fusing nature and architecture together creating a cultural and natural balance.

There is a wide acceptance of greens in all shades emerging but particularly earthy greens. These ripened greens and crisp mint shades look great with linen tones and sun warmed neutrals. Patterns include gardening motifs, botanical, illustrative style: flowers, plants, vegetables and herbs often with a nostalgic retro look. They connect strongly with garden to table trends and promotes the ‘grow your own‘ phenomenon which continues to become more widespread.

The emphasis on materials is a slightly rustic style and often includes raw textures or re-cycled elements. We begin to see raw linens and eco cottons, plywood and chipboard which shows its layering. Cork, bark, natural woods and concrete along with quirky gritty textures. Stationery holders or desktop products that include plants or living greenery giving a ‘wild’ aesthetic.

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1. Pattern Design by Levgeniia Lytvynovych 2. Desk Caddy by Oniroteo 3. Tomato Salad Memo Set by Boyeon Oh 4. Grass Pen Holder by Max Battaglia & Matteo Mocchi 5. Recycled Newspaper Pencils by TreeSmart 6. Pattern Design by Anna Emilia Laitinen 7. Colouring Book by Johanna Basford 8. Postcard Design Bottle Terrarium by Quill & Fox on Etsy 

Visual Merchandising and Styling

  • To achieve this trends aesthetic an outdoor, summer garden theme is key
  • Materials to incorporate in window displays could include; raw and reclaimed wood, concrete, chipboard and plywood for decoration
  • Why not add repurposed products and furniture or incorporate real soil /grass/living wall/plants as a feature points of sale
  • Use garden products such as wheel barrows, plant pots and watering cans to display products
  • Create an inspiring ‘allotment look’

Play

This trend relates to the yearning for freedom, a desire for community, a longing to build a more sharing society and for life to be more fun! It is interactive and inclusive, energetic and chaotic as well as demonstrating elements of optimism and collaboration.

Patterns in this trend have a real Memphis style but worked in a more modern context. We see patterns that have rhythm, wiggle, dimension and a retro dynamism. Bold patterns will sit well together and can be mixed up, providing an interesting collaboration of clashing arrangements within one collection, (ideal for notebooks). Colour block is important here, including strong graphic and typography designs within shape. The palette is playful and interactive, it includes pops of pastel brights that have a modern simplicity and crisp sophistication to them.

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1. Livework Block Colour Pens available at Fox and Star 2. Box Design by Hay Studio at Really Well made 3. Babylon Stationery for Lexon by Samuel Wilkinson 4. Pattern Design by Hanna Konola 5. Resin Table Top by Chen Chen & Kai Williams 6. Stationery by Oelwein / Atelier parisien 7. Burgerdoodles Colour-In Wallpaper

Visual Merchandising and Styling

  • Merchandising in store should have a space to promote the role of play
  • Walls with patterns for colouring-in or white board walls to encourage people to interact and experiment through drawing (as well as testing product)
  • Its not just about fun and creative stimulation of scribbling  but is also promotes the communication with a stranger or employer in store; it allows two unacquainted people to connect
  • 3D colour blocks with bold striking shapes can be used to display stationery product

Edited Luxury

This trend takes a focused look at the future of smart, flexible and compact lifestyles of urban citizens. It explores an exotic glamour that is strict and serious with tribal undertones. It’s deeply luxurious with an ultra-modern aesthetic yet edited down to essentials presenting a mix of beautifully engineered natural materials and high tech innovations.

This is a serious and dependable colour palette. The technical Black anchors the solid metallics while the intense, darkened Klein Blue is inky, exotic, and seductive. Brass, bronze and copper tones warm the palette and work nicely alongside striking animal skin patterns and glamorously stylish geometrics.

Materials are about unconventional pairings, solid dark woods are polished to a high shine glossy finish whereas blonder woods are sanded to a matte finish demonstrating the contrast of luxury with raw essentials. Walnut being a key material. Reptile and animal skin patterns are laced with metallic finishes, dressed with studs, spiked textures and black marble creating a sexy but masculine industrial edge.

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1. Notepad by Tom Pigeon 2. Hörst Identity by lg2boutique 3. Desk Styling  4. Minimal Pen by Minimalux 5. Wooden Mesh Fabric by Diego Vencato

Keep up to date with the latest stationery products and styling on our Pinterest Board!

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Decor + Design Melbourne 2015

The Scarlet Opus team have travelled all the way to Melbourne in Australia for the Decor + Design Show. This show is Australia’s premier Interior event, showcasing the latest interior products and furnishings from leading companies. We have an action packed week giving seminars and trend tours, providing visitors with information on products we picked that relate specifically to current and future trends. If you are attending the show over the next couple of days here is the seminar schedule, make sure you arrive early to get a seat.

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Victoria had a stacked out audience for her seminar with many individuals eager to learn about future trends for 2016 and beyond. The trend boards are available to view and take pictures of in the champagne bar at the beginning of each trend tour. The retail and designer trend tour includes 15 products displayed around the exhibition that relate to the key 2016 trends. For those of you who didn’t manage to make the event, we will be posting a virtual trend tour of the exhibition on our blog next week!

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VIVID

VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) is Australia’s longest running design competition which showcases some of the most dynamic emerging Australian designers. Our very own Victoria was asked to be part of the judging panel for the furniture category of the competition. The standard was exceptionally high and it was great to see some creative and innovative design concepts emerging in the world of interiors.

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We would like to congratulate all of the winners and in particular Richard Greenacre for his Credenza furniture piece. Richard chose to look beyond traditional veneers and considered how a system of 3D tiles could conceal a surface. The Credenza is constructed from solid European Beech and fronts a textural armoured facade of hand cast acrylic tiles.

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Here are five of my personal highlights from the show so far…

Bambambu Homewares

Bambambu is a 100% Australian eco cushion company based in Brisbane. Their cushions are designed, printed and manufactured locally using cutting edge technology onto ancient fibres. They are digitally printed using water based inks on the finest quality organic cotton and hemp fabric. These bright, bold shades and wonderful patterns take inspiration from many different areas including cultural influences as well as Japanese Shibori which also relates to our 2016 trends.

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Rika Herbst Bohlokoa Studio

Bohlokoa Studio opened in September 2003 as a ceramic studio teaching ceramics to adults and children. It has work available at various galleries in South Africa and now proudly exhibits the wonderful pieces here at Decor + Design in Melbourne. I love the intricate detail of each porcelain art piece by Rika Herbst. Each has a crafted and handmade, dripping textural aesthetic but with an element of luxury displayed in the gold rim. The contrast between the back, white and gold porcelain bowl proved a popular favourite at the show.

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Milk and Sugar

Milk and Sugar are a Melbourne based brand that aims to provide well designed, simple yet beautiful things for the home without the hefty price tag. I love the simplicity of shape and form within this collection. The muted pastels are injected with a grey tone making them unisex colors rather than feminine. The contrast between these block colors and the mono chrome prints create a modern and contemporary aesthetic that I would especially love to incorporate into a bedroom space.

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Alexander Brown

I loved this amazing beaded sculptural piece by Alexander Brown. In addition to utilising discarded construction material, he has introduced semi-precious stones into current sculpture works. The Amethyst Textile sculpture blends precious stones and metals to create a jewelled textile which is a development of other sculptural textiles he has made using beads. This is a luxurious piece that works especially nice with our Nature Luxe trend.

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Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten is a passionate Melbourne based professional artist who concentrates predominantly on abstraction. Her main motivation is to portray the inherent beauty and harmony that exists in the inter-relationship of color, composition and form. The process of her work involves building up layers of materials and textures. The initial layers are thin and fluid, inks and water-colors, as the paintings progress further she moves into thicker paints, acrylics, varnishes and glazes to achieve the end finalised piece. I chose to showcase Kirsten as I admire her use of color. It is dynamic, energetic but with a sense of harmony. The layering of color in relation to each other creates a visual delight for everyone to enjoy. Imagine this piece in a residential room scheme or hospitality project, it is a great way to introduce these daring brights into interior spaces.

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A snap shot of our trend tour will be available to view on our blog after the show. For those of you who have attended our seminars and tours we hope you found them inspiring and enjoy the rest of your time at the Decor + Design Show!

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Trend Preview – Re.Found Spring/Summer 2015

Today I’m excited to give you a sneak peek at one of our Spring/Summer 2015 trends: Re.Found. This will be my last blog posting whilst working at Scarlet Opus, so it seemed fitting to bring you a preview of one of the trends I was working on when I first started my placement a year ago (I can’t believe how fast time has flown by!)

Inspiration and Influence

Re.Found moves on from current trends that explore our desire to connect with nature, and our surroundings. It is based on a search for simplicity – we have a new appreciation of raw materials, ancient skills and ancestral wisdoms as we, as a society, have a growing desire to feel more grounded and protected in order to disconnect from the uncertain, online world we now live in.

The trend is far more than tribal arts and crafts, however. We become inspired by ancient tribes’ self-sufficiency, resilience and respect for nature, and for one another.

Here you can see a few of the projects and designs influencing this trend:

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1. The Batumi Aquarium by Henning Larsen Architects (to be completed in 2015) is inspired by pebbles shaped by the elements; 2. A Mirror Darkly by Nick Ross is inspired by the ancient use of ceramic bowls of water as table top mirrors; 3. Arik Levy’s Rock is a collection investigating rock formations; 4. Ancestry by Bill Viola is part of a video series dealing with the concept of ancestral memory; 5. Museum for African Art by RAMSA Partners will open on Museum Mile in New York, aiming to be a beacon of African Art & Culture and a gathering place for the vast African diaspora.

Materials, Textures and Effects

The look of this trend, therefore, is bold and primitive with an unexpectedly sophisticated edge.

Textures are deep and authentic in contrast to the smoothness of modern technology that we are increasingly surrounded by. Surfaces appear as though they’ve been exposed to the elements – think wet, gritty, oxidized, heat scorched, cracked and flaking.

A key factor in this trend is ‘material mash-ups’ – designers will combine everything from metals to wood to natural stone and ceramics together to create an interesting new aesthetic.

In terms of pattern, we zoom in on nature – think of bark, rock layers and dappled light effects as well as batik wax resists, woodblock printing and bleeding and bleaching techniques in contrast to tessellated and fragmented geometrics.

Materials-Textures-and-Effects-Montage1. Anisotrop by Florian Hundt is a wood veneer that assumes different shapes depending on the amount of moisture on the wood; 2. Crushed gold surface by Fahmeed Khalique; 3. Ruched Woven Leather by Fahmeed Khalique 4. Algarve Pillow by Margo Selby; 5. Geometric floor paintings made from sand by Elvira Wersche 6. Pressed Epoxy Clay by Floris Wubben emphasizes the importance of human actions in creating objects; 7. Fragments by Lee Borthwick is inspired by untamed open spaces 8. Wall Sconce by Carolyn Kinder 9. Cracked Earth by KAZA Concrete

Emerging Products

Shapes and products are heavy and grounded displaying a bold simplicity. This includes stacked rocks, fractured blocky and disrupted shapes as well as patchwork effects that convey an urgency and necessity.

We can see products starting to emerge that convey these aesthetics, including some interesting product concepts from the recent Milan Design Week 2014.

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1. Chestnut and Ash by Sebastian Cox for Benchmark uses coppiced timber; 2. Integument by Carly Vickers is a bowl representing the smooth interior and resilient exterior of seedpods; 3. Modern Stone + Flint Tools by Ami Drach & Dov Ganchrow juxtaposes ancient flint tools with modern 3D scanned and printed handles; 4. Rock by Arik Levy; 5. Salmon DrumTables by Sabina Hill use natural fish leathers 6. Big Pillar by Formafantasma is inspired by the culture of lava; 7. Pebble Stool by Ginger and Jagger imitates stacked pebbles in natural woods and hammered metal; 8. In Vein by Ben Storms is a marble table that doubles as a standing mirror.

Victoria will be talking about this trend (and many more of the season’s trends) in full detail at the seminar Design & Colour Trends for Interiors 2015 & Beyond at  Decor + Design 2014 in Melbourne at 12pm on Thursday 10th July. She will also be presenting a brief look at how we forecast design trends at Scarlet Opus. Find out more and book your ticket here!

If you aren’t based in Australia – or cant make it to the show – and would like to find out more information about the season’s trends just email Phil at phil@scarletopus.com

 

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