November 2019 / When Opportunity Knocks

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Ancient cultures, new technologies, democratic design, innovations in biofabrication, retail inspirations, fresh talent, and exhibition reviews are just a few of the topics covered in this edition of Trendease. What might life look like in 1000 years? Will our future textiles be smart living organisms? What American designers have caught the attention of the French? Subject matters to ponder this month. Get inspired with the November edition!

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's November Notes

Brussels — There was a ripple of shock that ran through the industry over the summer when we all learned of the cancelation of MoOD Brussels by its recent acquiring exhibition company, Easyfairs. Undoubtedly the show has had its ups and downs, but not enough for it to disappear. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, MoOD was reborn, under its former name of Decosit, with the help of Fedustria, the Belgian textile association. Read and see more here.

The Lost City of Design

London — The new installation by Andrew Martin for FOCUS/19 presented sourced items from mystery-shrouded corners of the globe together with new launches in a pop up of treasure and travel. Our civilization now, what traces will it leave to be discovered by future explorers? What designs and products will be our legacy? Here is one vision…

Set for all Tables

London — The designs with which we set the table over the years have changed, from the perfectly matched table setting passed down through generations with a water glass, and other glasses for an aperitif, white wine, red wine, and digestif to flea market mix and matched combinations, or the one glass/plate/bowl that does it all. Sophisticated porcelain or organically shaped earthenware, what trends do we see in tabletop today?

SFM 42 & SFM 37 by Marcel Wanders

Printed Leather 2.0

London — We wrote about ‘Going Digital the Right Way’ last December. This gallery is version 2.0 where an entirely new range of printed leather hides for upholstery, wall panels, and leathergoods, fashioned by a range of designers, transforms ultra-white premium European bovine hides into canvases of creativity. Vibrant color palettes balance out black and white graphics and earthy neutrals.

Biodesign Hits the Runway

London — Biodesign HereNow, the future of materials, manufacturing, architecture and fashion was held at Open Cell, an organization focusing on biotechnology, offering affordable coworking and lab space for startup businesses. The rapid changes and innovations in the field for fashion, home, architecture, and virtually everything we know is something that has caught the attention of a cross-pollination of professionals who will make an impact on our future living. See some here.

The Retail Inspirations of Four Sisters

London — Exploring unique retailers is always inspiring. A concept that brings together the ideas of four sisters, that is named after their soccer-ball-kicking grandmother, is a must to checkout, obviously. Not your average high street retailer, here you can see how home fashion, men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, plus a chic café come together as one.


America's Got Design Talent

Paris — America's got more than singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, magicians, and ventriloquists who have talent, as the popular TV show boasts. Ironically, a trip to Paris, France demonstrated the strong design abilities of emerging creatives based in the USA. Furniture, lighting, and home accessories from these talents can be spotted here.

Blithfield: The Kit Kemp Edit

Walking Down the Design Avenue

London — During Focus/19 at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, there were numerous popups, which made up the Design Avenue, connecting the Design Centre East to the domes. Wallcoverings, home textiles, upholstery, furniture, lighting, flooring, outdoor wares, and accessories donned the stretch of real estate, offering visitors a smorgasbord from which to choose.

NEWSLETTER #648 - Creativeworld 2020/21

Frankfurt — “For the 2020/21 trends, we’ll be highlighting the developmental process. There are no barriers to finding new ideas when working intensively with different materials and techniques. We’re calling for people to push the boundaries and accept failed attempts in order to come up with new approaches,” explains Claudia Herke , part of the trend team.