June 2005 / Garden Fresh Talent


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Jennifer's June Journal '05

Paris — Garden fresh talent does not always sprout up like Cabbage Patch Kids, but if motherly influence has anything to do with it, these “cool threads for bad-ass babies and trendsetting tots” are setting the right tone. Who ever said baby gear had to be pink and blue? After listening to your requests, Trendease found some trendy baby products to tickle your fancy. Check out this gallery as well as catch up on some ‘tot’ilating tidbits.

Accents of azul rey and mosaics in architecure in Taxco, Mexico

The Blue of Kings

Mexican Cities — May 6th was Trendease’s birthday; the offices were closed and the team took the day off. Jennifer went to a place where her cell phone, Internet connection, and other communication gadgets would be cut off from the world. In Mexico for less than 36 hours she visited friends she had made while working as a stylist supervising print runs outside of the city. She brought back a slew of photos to share with us. Welcome to Jennifer’s photo journal of vivid colors, intricate crafts, and rich culture.

Fly Away with Me

Multiple European Cities — This is a gallery of contemporarily stylish motifs. According to The Great Sources of Modern Architecture and Design and other reputable design history resources, similar motifs were en vogue during the Art Nouveau period. Now the motifs are generally more mystical and suitable for all ages depending on the rendering. Click into this gallery and fly away with me.

Hand-cut upholstery design by Katherine Wardropper

New Talent: Material Girls

London — Trendease has been tracking these textile-loving Material Girls from Frankfurt, Prague, New York, to London and we are extremely impressed with the aptitude they have harnessed. We even showed some of their designs at a recent presentation only to hear “ooohs” and “ahhs” coming from the audience. In a nutshell, this bunch of Material Girls have an almost spiritual impact on their fans each time they come out with something new.

"Spinning abc" by Esther Ermers from the Man and Leisure Dept.

Responsible Design: Pumpin'em Out

Eindhoven — The Design Academy Eindhoven ceases to amaze us with the level of talent that emerges from their school. We have seen many of their exhibitions in cities such as Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Milan, and New York over the past year. Not only are their design products appealing to purchase, most of them are also designed responsibly. In this gallery upholstery is made to fit man’s current lifestyle, lighting takes on new forms, eating and storage experience space in an entirely new manner.

Gun vases by Suck UK are transformed into the British flag

Spring has Sprung

New York — Coinciding with the ICFF, Spring Gallery pulled in quite a crowd for the opening of the new “What you looking at?” exhibit, displaying agenda driven product design from the UK. Not purely about design, but design that sells, these products evoke emotions that entertain us as well as criticize and analyze man’s actions.

By Lee Hughes

Dragon Ladies & Gentlemen

Paris — Dragon ladies and gentlemen are right on trend taking in a mixture of ethnicities and rapid globalization. On May 19th Trendease had the pleasure of watching some dragon ladies on the runway as well as get a glimpse of the new talent Parsons has to offer this year. From the fashion of apparel and textiles to fine art and design, with design management to boot, this gallery explores the hot talent entering the market.

"Washman"

Enter the Design Laboratory

Worldwide — The Design Laboratory contest by Electrolux solicits design teams to create objects that will change our everyday lives in ways big and small. They aren't just putting technology in your home, they’re constantly searching to tweak, transform and reinvent that technology, which is to say they’re constantly changing the face of the home itself. Trendease saw the prototypes, and now you can see the changes in the pipeline here.

Have Any Bright Ideas?

Prague — Well if not, no worries. The British European Design Group has inspired thousands with their Bright Ideas exhibition recently held in Prague at the National Gallery. Whether you’re looking for new designers or products to add to your production run, or just want to experience fine design, this gallery is sure to put a little light on the subject.

EcoChic: Clear Thinking

Salt Lake City — Being environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and on the cutting edge of technology and style all at the same time is certainly a tall order, but some companies are stepping up to the challenge of becoming truly EcoChic. For companies in the consumer goods market, this kind of effort is a gradual process that takes time and thought. See the EcoChic choice for June here using enticing colors, textures, and finishes.

A large portion of this shop's display is in their sublevel

Flexing Muscle

Milan — Among the first to experiment with furniture in tube metal and to be very vocal in cultural debates on the Modern Movement, Arflex was a symbol of modern Italian design in the 1950s. Today as a furniture showroom, retail shop, and producer of fine furnishings, they will carry on writing chapters in the history books on fine Italian design. Explore their retail shop in Milan here.

A Fashion-Packed Home

Como — The latest news from Proposte in Como is that “fashion had a huge impact on all innovations presented at the exhibition with respect to colors, patterns and extra decorations. This trend extended to influence the extreme creations by architects for special interiors or to make jewel-curtains, home curtains like tailor-made evening clothes.” Learn about what else was hot at Proposte here.

Intense

Worldwide — Not only are they forward-thinking with their manmade fiber produced from renewable resources, they are forward-thinking with their color trends. Straight from the style laboratories of Ingeo explore this gallery to discover the buzzwords for this “Intense” Autumn / Winter 2006-2007 trend, the corresponding Pantone colors, and inspiring images. Oh yeah, they’re EcoChic!

Infinite

Worldwide — Not only are they forward-thinking with their manmade fiber produced from renewable resources, they are forward-thinking with their color trends. Straight from the style laboratories of Ingeo explore this gallery to discover the buzzwords for this “Infinite” Autumn / Winter 2006-2007 trend, the corresponding Pantone colors, and inspiring images. Yeah baby, they’re EcoChic!

Immaculate

Worldwide — Not only are they forward-thinking with their manmade fiber produced from renewable resources, they are forward-thinking with their color trends. Straight from the style laboratories of Ingeo explore this gallery to discover the buzzwords for this “Immaculate” Autumn / Winter 2006-2007 trend, the corresponding Pantone colors, and inspiring images. Yep, they’re definitely EcoChic!

Imbued

Worldwide — Not only are they forward-thinking with their manmade fiber produced from renewable resources, they are forward-thinking with their color trends. Straight from the style laboratories of Ingeo explore this gallery to discover the buzzwords for this “Imbued” Autumn / Winter 2006-2007 trend, the corresponding Pantone colors, and inspiring images. And yet, just an other example of EcoChic!

The Flavor of the Month

London — Welcome to a world of shop windows where there delicacies of Portugal are in fashion and the display makes your mouth water just looking at it. Also see a celebrity who will never go out of style and other summer goodies like beach towels, sunglasses, and jewels to accent them.

Visiting Fantasyland as a butterfly

Winged Retail

London — The retail windows in this gallery have a fantasyland theme that is reinforced with mannequins' faces painted in gold’s and peacock shades, bright wooden hand fans creating exotic backgrounds, and birds and bugs painted ornamentally on the windows. The details are magnificent!

NEWSLETTER #74

Multiple European Cities — Today we bring you growing pains made easier—a recap of the children’s market from the 25 trade shows we’ve attended thus far in 2005. For boys and girls from infancy to tween, you can peruse the latest bedding, floor coverings, tabletop, and accessories here. You are welcome to ease the growth spurt in this gallery. For some tidbits on hard lines and the trendiest baby clothes (as some of you requested) check out Jennifer’s June Journal in this issue.

There are many ways to use tiles...

NEWSLETTER #75

Rotterdam — Wow, it feels like just yesterday that I wrote last week’s newsletter! My how time flies. The design event that I flew out to after our last encounter was 100% Design Rotterdam. It is a 3-day show with high power design concentration. If you couldn’t make it, this week’s gallery is for you! We covered the top products found at the show. Virtually walk the exhibition floor here.

Homespun and crafty is now trendy

NEWSLETTER #76

Multiple European Cities — This week’s gallery the Trendease Team brings you 58 images of “hot” bedding from various exhibitions and trade events. Here you can see brands such as Zucchi, Starck, Yves Delorme, Kath Kidston, to some of the greatest paintings now licensed for the top of bed. Learn about the key motifs, trims (from sequins to piercings), fabrications, and buzzwords. Also catch up on the latest tidbits.

Detailed tassels

NEWSLETTER #77

London — “Made to Measure” are the words printed across windows in this gallery as part of a truly inspiring collection of window displays. This is home decorating with a twist, bringing utter luxury to DIY (Do-It-Yourself) where the mannequins are dressed to the nines. And that’s not all, along the window panes are handy tips for moving, getting to know the neighbors, and dealing with the removal men. If this lot doesn’t make shoppers want to redecorate, nothing will!

"Plexistorage" twist and turn

NEWSLETTER #78

Scandanavia — In this week’s gallery view some tabletop and houseware goodies that explore a mix of tradition in new ways. From walnut salad servers and bowls, stoneware espresso cups, beer and schnapps glasses, to ‘plexiglass’ storage containers, there is a modern twist to these traditional pieces. Do not miss this week's eye-opening tidbits either!