February 2005 / Exhibition Excitement


Market madness returned this January with some of the most important international exhibitions. From textiles, floor coverings, furniture and accessories, to the latest ready-to-wear apparel fashions and accents, the Trendease Team was there! Trains, planes, and automobiles, with a lot of energy and excitement, brought us to the markets in Paris, Frankfurt, Hannover, Cologne, Milan, and Valencia. Review highlights from the shows here.

It’s all laid out in the February edition,

Jennifer Castoldi,
Creative Director

Read Jennifer's article the January issue of LDB Interior Textiles.

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's February Fables '05

Paris — This month we bring you the trends presented at the major international trade exhibitions in January. You can see the direction each show took, where they were different, and where they crossed paths. Now we are working on compiling the information from them all, to bring you common strings that weave throughout. See some stats from the shows here, along with some works from talented design students.

The Smart Girl's lifestyle setting

Trends at Heimtextil

Frankfurt — The Heimtextil theme for the 2005 / 2006 trend is Heimweh, the celebration of the good things in the past, providing inspiration to the future. Within the theme of Heimweh, there are four separate trends presented: My Lady, Aristocrat, Rebel and Smart Girl. See the fabrics and accessories along with the lifestyle settings of these 'individuals' here.

Butterfly on the Wall

Frankfurt — Industry professionals “wait with bated breath” for wallpaper manufacturers to showcase their new product introductions at Heimtextil. Well, the cat has been let out of the bag, so to speak, and here in this gallery are some of the hot picks that were on display.

Floored at Heimtextil

Frankfurt — Floors are receiving an injection of flavor at this international trade fair! View this gallery to learn what is hot in the soft floor covering arena for color, texture, material, pile height, and design.

Interesting wavy design

Windows Master Sun & Shadow

Frankfurt — Innovations and novel technologies add a new level of design possibilities for window treatments. In general this product category featured at Heimtextil boasts trendy home colors, patterns, and materials of high quality.

Bath Works

Frankfurt — The art of bathing beautifully is a luxury longed for by the customer. With time as a precious commodity, pampering oneself does not always come easily; however, by purchasing a towel a little larger in size, or with a bit more weight or fluffiness, the customer is indulging in subtle pleasures. This gallery reviews the bath hall at Heimtextil.

5 Style Buzzwords for Carpets

Hannover — This “floorforum” was the highlight of the DOMOTEX show in Hannover this January. The combination of the top thirty leading exhibitors of the fair with the “Champion of textile designers”, Ulf Moritz, brought together the five style categories seen here.

Classical living

Carpets in all of their Glory

Hannover — A new shift towards modern lifestyle trends is addressed at this forum. Because quality is not just about knots per inch, special attention was paid to the use of lighting shop displays in order to best show the quality of the carpet or rug for sale. Entire room settings fall within three main themes devised for the following season.

Nonconforming Upholstery to Retrosexuals

Cologne — At the international furniture fair of IMM Cologne every category was exhibited from picture frames to large case goods. Through the course of walking the show and attending various lectures key trends emerged. Learn the key terms here.

Emotional Sensuality

Cologne — Retail buyers, interior designers and decorators, and home fashion aficionados alike, catch the summary of the Emotional Sensuality trend here, as identified at IMM Cologne, covering catch phrases, materials, patterns, shapes, and a color story using Pantone reference numbers.

Multiple Identity

Cologne — Retail buyers, interior designers and decorators, and home fashion aficionados alike, catch the summary of the Multiple Identity trend here, as identified at IMM Cologne, covering catch phrases, materials, patterns, shapes, and a color story using Pantone reference numbers.

Transformation

Cologne — Retail buyers, interior designers and decorators, and home fashion aficionados alike, catch the summary of the Transformation trend here, as identified at IMM Cologne, covering catch phrases, materials, patterns, shapes, and a color story using Pantone reference numbers.

Time as a Value

Cologne — Retail buyers, interior designers and decorators, and home fashion aficionados alike, catch the summary of the Time as a Value trend here, as identified at IMM Cologne, covering catch phrases, materials, patterns, shapes, and a color story using Pantone reference numbers.

Jewelry or flatware?

Macef Brings Together the Comforts of Home

Milan — Macef, the major international home show featuring products for the table and kitchen, decoration, fabrics, accessories, jewelry, fashion accessories, and gifts occupied twenty six halls in Milan-that is a lot of walking! In this gallery we bring you the highlights and top product choices.

The TextileHogar Wrap Up

Valencia — This gallery brings you the highlights from the TextileHogar fair in Valencia, Spain. It covers home textiles upholstery, curtains and accessories, floor coverings, and contract textiles. Learn what were the important prints, patterns, textures, and colors.

Designs by Dupre Santabarbara

The PRÊT À PORTER Runway Scoop

Paris — The new traditions currently forming are reflected in the clothing and accessory designs of today. As cultures merge to form new traditions, new lifestyles emerge. Bits and pieces are taken from these different influences and are fused together.

Flash Room - Other(wise)

PRÊT À PORTER Trends

Paris — This forum, acting as a trend decoder, offers a preview of winter 2005/2006. Its aim is to inform and be a purchase guide, drawing from the heart of the exhibition’s collections. Six box rooms represent six different attitudes of the season, based on 3 themes.

Nouveax Riches

Paris — The agency Nelly Rodi plays with contemporary notions of richness and luxury. They offer two views on today’s expression of wealth, a contradictory juxtaposition of new and old money, of good and bad taste.

Pauvre

Paris — In this display by François Bernard shown at Maison & Objet, we experience a new interpretation of luxury as next-to-nothing surroundings that create a sense of lightness and freedom. See this “poor; utopia of luxury” here.

Ultralux

Paris — Designer Elizabeth Leriche employs light to transform ordinary, worn-out objects into ultralux items with a fluorescent quality. Let this trend hall from Maison & Objet light up your life.

The Trendease Indicator - Jewelry & Watches

Worldwide — Using data from eBay, The World’s Online Marketplace, in combination with our ongoing market analysis, we bring you this pertinent consumer market information on the jewelry and watches category, including top queries, sales and images. Learn about current trends in the market here.

Swarovksi crystal chandelier sold for $1,599

The Trendease Indicator - Lighting

Worldwide — Using data from eBay, The World’s Online Marketplace, in combination with our ongoing market analysis, we bring you this pertinent consumer market information on the furniture category, including top queries, sales and images. See how the new trends discovered at IMM Cologne apply to lighting here.

The Trendease Indicator - Furniture

Worldwide — Using data from eBay, The World’s Online Marketplace, in combination with our ongoing market analysis, we bring you this pertinent consumer market information on the furniture category, including top queries, sales and images. See a memorable rock n' roller furniture purchase here.

The Trendease Indicator - Rugs & Carpets

Worldwide — Using data from eBay, The World’s Online Marketplace, in combination with our ongoing market analysis, we bring you this pertinent consumer market information on the rugs and carpets category, including top queries, sales and images. Learn how geography impacts soft floor covering design.

Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate from 1895 sold for $3,870

The Trendease Indicator - Decorative Collectibles

Worldwide — Using data from eBay, The World’s Online Marketplace, in combination with our ongoing market analysis, we bring you this pertinent consumer market information on the decorative collectible category, including top queries, sales and images. This month learn about consumer tendencies and some special facts about collectibles.

NEWSLETTER #57

Paris — Last weekend Paris was all a buzz with activity. Markets such as Maison & Objet and La Biennale for the home, along with PRÊT À PORTER and Premiere Classe for fashion, had some of the most stylish people bouncing from here to there. In this week’s newsletter we bring you a gallery of images reviewing Premiere Classe, Europe’s most unique fashion accessory venue.

NEWSLETTER #58

Paris — This week we bring you a gallery of images covering La Biennale des Editeurs de la Decoration that took place in Paris at the beginning of this month. This international furnishing fabric event targets the upscale market including decorators, designers, stylists, architects, antique dealers, hoteliers…

Did you ever wonder where to put that coffee spoon?

NEWSLETTER #59

Frankfurt — Greetings! This week we bring you in depth coverage of Ambiente, the world’s largest consumer goods trade fair with over 4,600 exhibitors from 90 different countries covering 27 halls. We walked every hall and have pulled together this gallery with nearly 100 images of the top products. View fashionable housewares to handbags here.

NEWSLETTER #60

Paris — This week we bring you a gallery of images from the boutique Ugly Home on rue Saint Honoré in Paris. With a home fashion shop named as such we had to check it out. And that is the point; the clever owners chose this name in order to pique the curiosity of people who know this street is very ‘in’. Also read this weeks tidbits.