April 2013 / High-Tech & Manually Perfected

Located throughout the world, the Trendease Team continues to deliver our subscribers around the globe must-know market information and inspiration straight to their computer screens.

From textiles to furniture and everything in-between we search for balance amid the astounding technology at our fingertips that evolves continuously, and the time-honored skills of manual craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation. In this issue see the outcome of cross-referencing international shows to uncover directions in fashion and style for the home, see the latest forms of adaptive reuse, explore what’s happening to growing categories such as wallcoverings, unearth yet-to-be-seen product previews, and take note of new color stories through 2015 with Pantone references. Get inspired with the April edition!

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Jennifer Castoldi,
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Features and Articles

Jennifer's April Antics

Frankfurt — More attention is being given to adaptive reuse as in the cases of the Waste to Wealth initiative and the nostalgic revival of timber from Singapore’s former National Stadium. Resource management is critical and many designers are identifying the movement towards iconic, enduring, and narrative design that lasts rather than cheap products with a short shelf life. But what does this mean to an industry that thrives on coming up with something “new” each season? Read more within…

What a Stud

Worldwide — From the runways of Paris to the walls of Heimtextil to the floors at Domotex, these are just a few of the growing number of decorative objects the Trendease Team has seen adorning studs. On the trendy streets of Singapore we saw a spike or few, especially on footwear, handbags, and jackets – even a t-shirt here and there. Some candles have also been scouted with the popular protrusion. The market opportunity is expanding in intriguing ways; find out more here.

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Worldwide — As the saying “birds of a feather flock together” goes, meaning those of similar taste congregate in a group, one could call this selection of products a diverse flock. From parrots to cranes to peacocks, designers are inspired by our feathered friends. During our recent patrolling of trade shows around the world we found the fowls on wallpaper, cushions and decorative pillows, bedding, and even perched on ceramic housewares and accessories.


Neon Brights & Dusty Vintage

Worldwide — From around the world, here are commissioned design and fashion experts, as well as trend researchers, identifying the trends for future seasons. Inside you will find their textile findings for Spring/Summer 2014 for both the home and fashion markets accompanied by Pantone color references for nine unique color stories.

Shadow and Light

High-Tech Craft for 2014/2015

Worldwide — In the Autumn/Winter 2014-15 fashion season we see how high-performance materials play into the craft-tech movement. Collaboration is on the rise as well as the play with contrast, shadow, and light; fuzzy surfaces and coarse surfaces combine with smooth and sleek textiles. Metallic coatings add interest as do mesh techniques, special weaves, and unique yarns with special properties. Read up on the directions here and learn about six new color stories with Pantone references.

Extreme Colors for 2014/2015

Worldwide — Here within readers can find five new directions for home and apparel fabrics for Autumn/Winter 2014-15, each with a corresponding Pantone color story. Learn how people are trying to find their own safe havens; discover the trend of collaborative sharing; take a trip underground; embrace the essence of random and spontaneous situations; and push life to the extreme limit. That’s what the consumers of 2014/15 will be doing.

Atelier Areti

Edit: Milan Design Week Preview

Milan — Milan Design Week and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile are just around the corner. During the Fuori Salone visitors to this style capital of the world will also be able to visit EDIT by designjunction, a specially curated happening where people will experience a mélange of international brands, unique collaborations, and collective exhibits in La Pelota. Get a sneak peek here!

Waste to Wealth: The Revivification

Bangkok — Factories want to utilize their scraps, but rather than selling their offcuts as cheap remnants, they have opted to work with the Waste to Wealth team to realize a higher value on these discarded materials. Effective recovery of scraps for manufacturing at the SME level can result in nominal technical disruption and require marginal financial investment. This is where Waste to Wealth shines.

The Kallang Raw by Chang Yong Ter / Chang Architects

30 LifeStories – bench

Singapore — History is a part of mankind. We are nostalgic beings. The more one contemplates this exhibition, 30 LifeStories – bench, the more meaningful each piece becomes. Scattered throughout the city during SingaPlural, design aficionados and the general public alike could embrace their memories of the former National Stadium in a tangible form. 30 LifeStories – bench is a community exhibition to remember the grand edifice.

48 Hours Challenge - Park Mall: Air Division

New Talent: 48 Hours Challenge

Singapore — This year the second edition of SingaPlural ran alongside the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) with support from the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC). As part of SingaPlural the 48 Hours Challenge brought together retailers and students to create a unique shopping experience. How many paper airplanes could you fold in that timespan? See what the students accomplished here.

LOVE THIS! Hidie Hut by Kiera Lin & Wang Yinghsuan

NEWSLETTER #431 - Events Galore

Singapore — FutureCraft is a collaborative project by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and Himpunan Desainer Mebel Indonesia that joined five Singaporean designers and studios and one Swedish design studio to work together with eight Indonesian designers during an eye-opening trip to Solo City, Indonesia. The SFIC is also a huge supporter of the Green Pavilion, curated by Chris Lefteri. Learn more here.

NEWSLETTER #432 - Milan Movements

Milan — A crown jewel the Trendease Team did appreciate in Zona Tortona was Moooi, which actually set up a temporary world of 1700 square meters on via Savona 56 in addition to its permanent showroom further down around the corner on via Tortona. Within this location various interior environments and room setups brought together the diverse range offered by Moooi that subscribers can see for themselves here.

Urban Shoe Pots by Wyatt Little Design

NEWSLETTER #433 - Smiles & Hugs

Worldwide — In times like these we can all use a smile and something to lift our spirits. While walking around Milan Design Week we came across numerous products, installations, and art that brought smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts. From quirky to profound we are pleased to share some of these experiences with you. Subscribers can see over 50 images once signed in.

Sao Paulo

NEWSLETTER #434 - An Italian World

Milan — What does it mean to come together and market a countries brand, or product offerings to the international marketplace? Significance is placed on ‘made in’ or ‘designed in’ the UK, US, Italy, but what happens when you change the land to China or Vietnam? Subscribers can encounter a bridge between cultures, seven cities with the Italian touch across the globe seen here.