October 2014 / Engaging Ideas for the Future

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.

The fall trade show season is in full swing and we have a wide-ranging assortment of inspirations to help you keep your finger on the pulse of what you need to know to stay ahead of the game. Pantone colors, materials, patterns and motifs, shapes, and products on the must-have list give you a competitive advantage. Societal changes and lifestyle shifts play into product development trends as seen within this month’s features; aesthetics only touch upon the surface. Get inspired with the October edition!

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Features and Articles


Jennifer's October Observations

Brussels — In this issue you will uncover an assortment of inspirations that are an invitation to invention, motion, and renewal. Because of technologies such as digital printing, surface design is seeing a boom. Numbers representing differentiation are ever-present. The digital (r)evolution is still coming on in full force. And then we carry on to what is described as the “Haptic Dimension”. There is a lot to get your juices flowing this month in the virtual pages of Trendease!

Maison&Objet: Smart Life

Paris — Maison&Objet’s “Observatoire de la Maison” or Home Observatory team identifies and analyzes micro signals heralding changing influences in the marketplace. The latest theme is SHARING exemplified through Smart Life, Words, and Experiential. After unveiling a sneak peek in June, the Trendease Team is delighted to share with you coverage hot off of the exhibition floor along with a video outlining the trends.

Story vases by Front & Siyazama project for Editions in Craft tell stories of 5 women from South Africa filled with hope and dreams, plus the reality of poverty and HIV translated into Zulu bead craft

Maison&Objet: Words

Paris — “The word is an object and supports experimentation with the plasticity of language, something specific to contemporary times. It has become a form, a genre, a medium in itself. Words leave the world of the screen or paper, they are freed from their original dimensions to fill space, literally to give it meaning and poeticize our entire environment.” See words as art and product design for various categories here.

Maker/Seine is a FabLab/Art/Lab in Paris where people can go to experience, learn, and digitally produce all kinds of objects.

Maison&Objet: Experiential

Paris — The “Experiential” exhibit offers different encounters with objects and situations combining art, functionality, and digital technologies. Its purpose is to help us discover impending changes in order to understand, as Hideki Yoshimoto, Tangent founder and creator of the Inaho light experience says: “Art combined with digital technologies is moving away from solely museums or art galleries to take its place in our homes.”

The Arrest

Decorating the Past in the Present

London — Decorex promised that visitors, upon entering the show at its new home in Syon Park, London, would experience Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’, elegantly interpreted by eight of the design world’s most eminent designers and exhibitors. Decorex was celebrating the official year of the Georgians, and with it interpreted the Georgian era with a contemporary twist through a collection of fashionable installations.

2015/16 Print & Surface Influences

Brussels / Paris — The creative textile and surface design show, Indigo, is held in September in both Brussels and Paris for the home and fashions markets, respectively. As noted on the show floors, prints are very on-trend again, making it imperative to keep your finger on the pulse of the design directions at such shows. New trends are revealed here within.

Trend Shopping for Holidays & Beyond

Frankfurt — Coming from a visit to Tendence earlier in September in Frankfurt, Germany are some of the up-to-the-minute “living and giving” trends. Pastel shades remain strong and warm metallic like copper and brass glisten. Christmas has a folklore twist and the skull trend takes on a new direction (thank goodness!). Animal motifs and patterns have their place in the home and technological advances continue to make an impact.

Tom Dixon

Chairs for Charity

London — Nineteen leading designers in the field of architecture, design, fashion, and graphics have created one-off, unique interpretations of iconic products to raise funds for Teddy’s Wish that were auctioned at designjunction 2014. Teddy’s Wish, this year’s charity, raises funds to aid research into the causes behind SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), neonatal death and stillbirth, and to support grieving families.

NEWSLETTER #493 - Trim Trends A/W 2015-16

Paris — Warm greetings from America, where the crisp fall air dances around the trees’ leaves of red, orange, yellow, and evergreen. This week’s newsletter looks at A/W 2015-16 trends in trim for fashion scouted in Paris. Subscribers can learn about six directions, their color stories, inspirations, styling strong points, textures and finishes within this gallery.

'Money's worth' bed linen - Verilin

NEWSLETTER #494 - Bacteria as Home Fashion

Kortrijk — This week’s gallery is hot off of the floor of the International Biennale Interieur 2014 in Kortrijk, Belgium. The artistic duo Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis presented a version of their ‘tranches de vie’ (slices of life) project, a house built of plywood and chipped wood panels stands in the middle of the hall, each room with its own identity and scenes of life.