December 2013 / Fruitful Developments

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.

Bangkok, Mumbai, Paris, London, and New York with a dabbling of other cities in between, this issue is about as international as it gets. Global influencers touch upon a variety of product categories this month: textiles, ceramics, furniture, decorative accessories, fashion, literature, and photography. With multiple bases covered you can wrap up 2013 knowing that your finger is on the pulse and you are ready for the years to come – at least we have you squared away through 2015. Get inspired with the December edition!

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's December Diaries

Multiple UK Cities — All in all this edition is a pretty well-rounded offering spread before you for your finger to be kept on the pulse. Multiple product categories and a handful of design directions and market shifts to keep you in the know! Plus this gallery will help you gain insight on how an impressive initiative aims “to inspire a new public perception and celebrate British design and manufacturing.”


London — It would appear that there is a growing trend of utilizing disused postal sorting offices in London as venues for must-explore design happenings. You all know about Designjunction that popped up in central London during the London Design Festival, but you may be unaware of the latest craze that just opened last week in west London: Mama Brown’s. For those who want to have their finger on the pulse, this is a pop-up you must pop in!

Textile Directions A/W 2014-15 (Pt 1)

Paris — What are the new textiles available for fashion and the home? What are must-haves for Autumn/Winter 2014-15? In this feature we highlight approximately one hundred fabric samples from Première Vision full of pattern and color. Read about the 14/15 trend directions and see a plethora of examples that PV classifies under “hot new fabrics” here.

Textile Directions A/W 2014-15 (Pt 2)

Paris — In the previous gallery’s text we highlighted Première Vision’s 2014/15 directions. What are the international buyers’ choices from the recent edition of Première Vision? That is a question that the copy within will answer. Also in this feature find close to 200 fabric swatches showcasing the next seasons’ latest textile creations, and exclusive new products that we uncovered at Première Vision.

The new collection from Piet Hein Eek

Where Next is Now!

Frankfurt — The winter trade show season kicks off in five weeks, are you ready? As usual, the inauguration of the 2014 event calendar is with Heimtextil at the Messe Frankfurt in Germany. Heimtextil in and of itself is a journey. With approximately twenty halls to navigate over the course of four days advance planning is recommended. The Trendease Team has already begun its plan of action, and we are sharing it with you—plus a sneak peek gallery of products!

Design for all Seasons

Bangkok — As the bitter cold winter season is upon us in New York, London, and Paris we dream of places that warm us. While we do not have the opportunity to bask under the sun on amazing tropical beaches at present, we can warm ourselves in the memory of paradise and find inspiration from these designs no matter what the weather may be outside. A touch of the east combined with aesthetics suitable for the west, we hope you enjoy this selection of products as much as we did scouting them. This gallery of images is saturated with creative talent for all seasons.

Responsible Design: Let it Rain!

Mumbai — Something revolutionary happened this summer. The Water Bench by MARS Architects was unveiled. The Water Bench improves water independence from the local municipality and brings a more sustainable approach to keeping urban and personal spaces green. Such a water management system also hedges against floods and lack of water during droughts. If you don’t know about this bench, it is time to be enlightened.

Book Worm: Dixonary

Worldwide — On the title page is it reads, “Illuminations, revelations and post rationalizations from a chaotic mind.” Anyone who has met Tom Dixon and has had few moments to chat with him will be astonished at how well this man’s essence translates to paper through text and images. Traveling through this paper time machine, the reader experiences Tom Dixon’s trials and tribulations of being an innovator. His investigations into alternative design techniques are beyond intriguing.

Idealistic illusion

NEWSLETTER #458 - S/S 2015 Leather Trends

Paris — This week, while in Belgium participating in an inspirational think tank, the wintry spirit was all around: markets, mulled wine, twinkling lights, and a strong chill in the air. As futurists let us look ahead to 18 months from now to a warmer season: Spring/Summer 2015. The folks at the leather and fur event, Le Cuir à Paris, have just given us a preview, avant premiere, of their trends to be presented in February. The theme is Illusion.

NEWSLETTER #459 - M&O 2014 Trend Preview

Paris — It has been a week of mystery and intrigue. We had the unique opportunity to be called upon as “secret agents” Wednesday night to complete a mission using the new Nokia Lumia 1020. It was a product launch aimed towards a small group of individuals who are up for adventure. In other top secret news we are privy to the trend directions to be unveiled at the next edition of Maison&Objet in Paris at the end of next January. The theme is Elsewhere and you can discover more within; password required.

Cullinan Interiors Infinite Architecture, winner, whose room featured inspiration from Ken Adams' set design for Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove, and included elements of surprise such as interstellar fractal-inspired artwork.

NEWSLETTER #460 - Concept Hotel Suites

London — The latest in the world of hotel interiors is the concept hotel rooms set up at Sleep. The brief was inspired by the widespread curiosity in, and reminiscence of, the 1960s, and requested designers to ‘redesign’ a junior suite in a fictional hotel initially built during the peak of ‘Pop Art’, interpreting the drastic spirit of this cultural crusade into a up-to-date experience that is relevant today. See all of the suites here.

NEWSLETTER #462 - Holiday Inspirations

London — The Trendease Team wishes you an extremely Merry Christmas and many happy holidays. We will be back in action on January 2nd with a fresh edition of Trendease to ring in the New Year. In the meantime subscribers can see a gallery full of winter wonderland inspiration and holiday shop windows here within.