May 2017 / Aesthetics to Perk You Up

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The world may seem like it is full of disharmony at the moment, but Trendease is happy to share with you designs and movements that embrace differences and show how culture is influencing a number of new aesthetics to create a more positive ambiance. Creative collaboration is growing. Hues and materials on display are warm and full of promise and hope. Technology-assisted and handcrafted designs are on an equal playing field. Get inspired with the May edition!

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's May Marvels

Milan — Origins and culture are not things to be shunned, but rather they are embraced and influence fresh perspectives and new creations in home fashion. In this gallery see a handcrafted collection for 2017-2018 presented in Milan which includes items for the home and contract interiors made from leather, wood, bamboo, wicker, bronze, porcelain, crystal, wool, cashmere, silk, and cotton.

Egypt, Fibonacci, and the Chinese Zodiac

Worldwide — No doubt about it, tile motifs and patterns are hot! There are the classic Dutch Delft Blue inspirations from the blue and white 16th century tin-glazed pottery, but the influence extends far beyond the Netherlands encompassing roots in Egypt, Italy, and China. This feature looks at the vast sources of inspirations that bring us to these striking designs for tabletop, home accessories, wallcoverings and floor coverings.

A Little Privacy Please...

Worldwide — Privacy is a premium these days. People are subscribing to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) in record numbers to add security and privacy to their internet connections, and designers are developing a plethora of products to keep things “hush, hush”. Check out this gallery of images showing off some of these creations stretching across product categories like lighting, seating, furniture, and even sheer curtains! What do you think?

The Non-Stripy Stripe

Worldwide — Vibrant colors for the summer collections have striking graphics and energetic vitality. These non-stripy stripes can be the feature, allover pattern, or the accent. Some of them even look like the blur outside the window of a high-speed train, or as if the design went through the paper shredder and somebody attempted to glue all of the pieces back together.

An Alternative to Trees

Multiple European Cities — Wood adds the feeling of warmth to an interior and has been a trending material of late. Aside from the actual material, wood effects are also popular. Mimicry and trompe l'oeil looks are aided by digital printing technologies and textured surfaces. This gallery of images showcases the latest designs that were recently exhibited for the world of wallcoverings.

Here Comes the Sun

Worldwide — So the world is not in its best state at the moment and thankfully we have something bright to cheer you up. Here comes the sun and it is shining its rays all over the place – from the sky to the lights the beams of happy light cover chairs, curtains, bedding, sofas, floor coverings, and furniture. Turn yourself towards the warm glow and soak it all in.

Peach Fuzz for the Home

Worldwide — At the latest big furniture shows there has been a dominant material used for upholstered furniture pieces, and certainly more than it has been utilized in the recent past. From imm cologne to Maison&Objet in Paris to Milan Design Week, this cut pile fabric as soft as a peach’s fuzz. This gallery showcases 35 images of products from around the globe that are super indulgent to the touch.

Chinese Meditation Room’ styled by Idarica Gazzoni

The Material of Cultural Flare

Milan — What would you envision to happen when seven different personalities from the worlds of fashion, decoration, and design come together to each visualize a room setting where each one represents a different culture, combining the interior scheme with a material celebrating its fifth decade of covering surfaces in the four corners of the planet?

NEWSLETTER #579 - Passages 2018/2019

Brussels — This week’s newsletter will have you traveling. The MoOD 2018/2019 trend preview is revealed here: Passages. Niek De Prest tells us, “‘Passages’ is all about the effect of our nomadic lifestyle and the continuous transition in which we find ourselves. It’s about fluid times that are plainly fascinating. Because change is linked to challenges and astonishment.”

NEWSLETTER #580 - Wool for Breakfast

London — We thought you would enjoy this discovery made on Thursday at Meet the Manufacturer, an exhibition staged at the Truman Brewery (design is on the menu, no beer here). In the Sheepish Studio by British Wool there was a quirky display of woolen yarns that were knit into a full English breakfast and beyond. Subscribers can fill their stomachs with their eyes here.