September 2018 / Designs in Demand

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The manner in which we consume is transforming, and so is the process by which products are made. Society and lifestyles are metamorphizing. This edition looks at some of these changes as a catalyst for product development and growth, with a conscious. There are smarter ways to consume and it is creating a paradigm shift. This issue contains previews of Maison&Objet, new talents to watch, fresh surface designs for pattern and weaving, motifs that have been successful for 20+ years, and material innovation not to be missed. Get inspired with the September edition!

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's September Scribbles

London — In this gallery see what happens when an electroknit machine gets hacked. Plus get an insider’s understanding on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ items featured in this issue were produced. Almost everything has an underlying meaning. Storytelling is king, especially when the story ties into an environmental consciousness, a respect for our fellow mankind, and a manufacturing practice the revolves around social production.

Changing Society, Changing Social Spaces

Worldwide — The concepts of living spaces are adapting to our changing environments. The demise of the nuclear family is causing the use of interior spaces to shift. More than half of America is single. Did you know that approximately 50% of the shared apartments in London do not have a living room? Have traditional manufacturers been taking these paradigm shifts into consideration? Here are examples of products that contemplate what today’s living needs.

Charms lampshade from Best Before

Consumer Shifts: Maison&Objet Trend Preview

Paris — Expectations of transparency and more educated consumers are just two shifts designers, manufacturers, and buyers need to heed with their new product lines. Later this September, Maison&Objet will stage its Inspirations Forum where key values such as responsible production, environmental consciousness, local sourcing, and respect for our kin are addressed. Get a sneak peek and read more about it all here.

Fashion, Ceramics, Cars and Buses

London — Once you learn of Orla Kiely patterns, you see them everywhere, and we do mean everywhere. She started in the hat business, which soon moved into handbags, and then clothing, eventually tapping into vast markets ranging from wallpaper and textiles, to fragrances and watches, to ceramics, electronics accessories, and even limited-edition cars. Oh yes, and a London Transport bus. Now see 150+ of these creations here.

By Alice Wilton

New Designs are Frayed & Fuzzy

Multiple European Cities — The Trendease Team has reviewed a number of recent graduate shows. In terms of surface design and weaving we noticed a new visual look developing in textiles for home and fashion. Within this gallery you can see examples from eleven emerging designers with diverse backgrounds. You will learn how varied the inspiration behind the creations is, as well as see a consistent pattern unfold.


Biodesign: The Future Will Be Grown

Worldwide — No one will contest the fact that a number of the biodesign innovations are rather unattractive, but we must understand that this sector is still in its infancy and will certainly develop as time moves on. Here Trendease looks at five design projects from five sources to uncover the direction biomaterials are heading. Housewares, home textiles, shoes, handbags, and anything plastic have a brighter future ahead.

Making a Splash with Leather Innovation

Worldwide — Did you know that there is such a thing as machine washable fish leather for interior and fashion applications? We also found some collections with an impressive range of color options. Salmon, cod, wolfish, and perch are just a few types of fish leathers making a splash into the marketplace. Natural processes coupled with hydropower makes this a leather alternative worth investigating.


A New Generation of Designers

Paris — The design discipline is only about 30 years old in Lebanon. Like in China and India, many Lebanese creatives travel overseas for their design education. The year 2017 marked the first Beirut Design Fair. Lebanon is a melting pot of languages and religions, which has a special impact on designs originating from this culture. This September marks an occasion to discover emerging talent in Paris with a rich background from the Middle East and the world at large.

Go Off-Grid (Familiar Ground by Visser & Meijwaard

NEWSLETTER #618 - Heimtextil Trend Preview

Frankfurt — Bonjour from Paris Design Week! Before checking out the new layout at Maison&Objet, the Trendease Team was invited to the unveiling of the Heimtextil trend preview for its 2019/2020 theme: Toward Utopia. Like M&O, Heimtextil will also have a floor plan change; the trend space, as well as the design studios and digital printers will all move to Hall 3.0. Experience the preview inside.

NEWSLETTER #619 - LDF Favorites

London — Averaging over eight miles a day of walking during this busy design event season. After Paris was MoOD in Brussels, and then the London Design Festival. LDF is becoming more and more like Milan Design Week with its breadth of activities. So, without further ado, here are our top picks from LDF, but by no means are they our only ones.

NEWSLETTER #620 - Talent on the Rise

Brussels — This week’s gallery introduces you to 12 newbies who have just entered our industry. My team and I scouted them for the Launch Pad area we curate for MoOD. They come from all corners of the globe. Print surface design, weaving, knitting, felting, plus a number of material explorations made for an inspiring lot, tackling ideas around sustainability, social enterprises, childhood development, well-being and stress relief.