September 2015 / The Prettiest Thing Is...

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The group 1.618 Paris believes that “a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.” What is “pretty” is a subjective belief, but you cannot deny that some of the products, design movements, and concepts presented within are not beautifying the world in some way, shape, or form. We have the usual trade show and trend reviews, plus we spice things up with innovations like biodynamic colors and furniture for outer space living. From bleeding-edge to mass market, there is a wide-range of news within. Get inspired with the September edition!

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Jennifer's September Scribbles

Multiple European Cities — The fall-winter design events are upon us. Pack your bags—do not forget comfortable shoes—and get ready to find the latest inspirations! The Trendease Team has got a head start and already conquered northmodern in Copenhagen, in its second edition, and Tendence in Frankfurt, just to whet your appetite. We have also cross-referenced our findings from other happenings to bring you some pretty nifty stuff. Enjoy!

Waste & Biodynamic Color Palettes

Multiple European Cities — We hope that this boggles your mind and impresses you as much as it does us. The future of coloring, dyes and pigments, is changing as we know it. Harsh chemicals can be a thing of the past when you consider what new talent around the world is working to develop for a more eco and human-friendly environment. For textiles to ceramics these astonishing color labs are experimenting with colors from algae, flowers, and also our refuse.

Style, Innovation, and a Cup of Joe

Bangkok — Trekking through trade shows is a lot of work. And normally the food and beverages on a fair floor is outsourced to a third party the exhibition hires out. It is boring, bland, and not in any way a value-added proposition for the show except that it keeps visitors and exhibitors from collapsing with hunger and fatigue while conducting business. However, at TIFF we discovered a new model that is quite a breath of fresh air: I+D Style Cafe (the ‘I’ and ‘D’ standing for innovation and design).

Nude Elegance

Copenhagen — In Copenhagen this August, the Trendease Team went to visit the northmodern trade show in its second year running. The organizers claim that inspiration is a top priority and with that they employed Design Circus to merchandise three suites, Nude Elegance, Eclectic Atelier, and Work Hood, all curated with products found on the show floor for the autumn/winter 2015-16 season.

Eclectic Atelier

Copenhagen — Eclectic Atelier envisions the imaginative, intercultural fashions, combining a broad range of decorative elements in a modern context. Paper evergreen trees, woven baskets, jewel-tone ceramics, funky totems, and contemporary experimental materials in seating and occasional furniture round out this trend-driven setting.

Work Hood

Copenhagen — The intricately cut paper creations of Sort Lakrids are astounding in their detail. Annemette Klits ethereal feather water colors decorate the offering of The Clay Play. And Borgs Büro’s Rikke Borg-Lauritsen piques our curiosity with her frames and jewelry made from yarns formerly used for automotive textiles. These lovely ladies were showing off their skills for all to experience during the fair and we got up close and personal with their work.

Take a Closer Look

Milan — Things are not always as they seem. A simple carpet? A regular painting? Take a closer look, it will surprise you and hopefully delight you, add a little spark of creativity to your day with some out-of-the-box thinking and applications. During a visit to Milan we find an artist who “paints” with plastic rubbish and a collective that turns floor coverings into something we are certain you have never seen before.

Holiday Window Shopping

Frankfurt — It is that time of year again. The end of summer. At this inaugural trade show period, some retail buyers who may not have completed their selection for the A/W 2015-16 season start to hustle around, making the final purchases to put the cherry on top of their holiday offering. It is also a moment to check out Hall 9.2 at Messe Frankfurt’s Tendence to see the window dressing inspirations that have been merchandised to give visitors some kindling to start their creative fire.


Heimtextil Trend: Well-Being 4.0 for 2016/2017

Frankfurt — Trendease is delighted to present its subscribers to our premium content an exclusive sneak peek of the trends to be staged at Heimtextil in January for the 2016/2017 season. Learn about the Theme Park that will be constructed for the fair with the four themes under Well-Being 4.0: Protect, Energize, Nourish, and Enrich. See some material and textile samples as well as watch a movie that encapsulates the design directions here within. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

NEWSLETTER #525 - Well-Being & Spa

London — From scented textiles and wallpaper to industrial designers entering the field and home and building construction with square footage for bathrooms on the rise, one of the overarching trends emerging is around well-being and spa. What a pleasure will it be to go visit the ‘Colours of Thailand’ pop-up at Westfield White City in London organized by the Royal Thai Embassy September 18-20 to really experience the heart of well-being and spa!

NEWSLETTER #526 - Future Department Stores?

London — The London Design Festival started early with a special invitation from Tom Dixon to preview his new department store concept, Multiplex, in the Old Selfridges Hotel; in Tom’s words, “we’re like a parasite in the back of Selfridges.” The typical department store is dead. Read up on the latest tidbits for a flavor of the space and experience Multiplex virtually through 65 images.

NEWSLETTER #527 - Flowers on Show

Worldwide — The London Design Festival: Decorex, Focus/15, Shoreditch Design Triangle, 100% Design, Designjunction, Tent, Designersblock, Somerset House and a slew of external events, plus Maison&Objet, and MoOD Brussels have covered wallcoverings, fabrics, bedding, apparel, furniture, accessories, lighting, and tabletop, with a vast bouquet of flowers. Subscribers can take a walk through the product garden here.