January 2007 / Inspirational Insights


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Happy New Year!!! In 2007 the Trendease Team aims to inspire you even more and to help you stay on top of this rapidly changing business; we will continue to post the cutting-edge information applicable to the world of design. In this issue educate yourself on the new business of design, explore multiple category reviews, see the latest EcoChic designs from South America, be in awe of new talent, and more!

Get inspired with the January edition,

Jennifer Castoldi,
Chief Creative Director

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Features and Articles

Outdoor Rollator by Denovo Design (nice wheels!)

Jennifer's January Jots '07

Multiple European Cities — Welcome to the first of the 2007 premium content of Trendease! In this issue we have a lot of product reviews looking at shape, color, pattern, material, craftsmanship and technology; we look at design as a competitive advantage by utilizing the art of co-opetition, and see how Argentina is making a mark by focusing on green design, while also exploring the talents of Timea Sido. In this column read Jennifer's thoughts making way for 2007.

Co-opetition by Sharing

Stockholm — In a world where design has become expected and something of a commodity, how do companies continue to use design as a competitive advantage? The tables have turned and now that everyday items have become “designed” understanding shifts in the marketplace is a key necessity to staying abreast of the competition. One way to do is to read this feature where cutting-edge thoughts are the status quo and sound bites from Trendease interviews with key industry players allow you to hear it straight from the source.

Tech Touches

Multiple European Cities — The Trendease Team is always on the hunt for the latest and greatest innovations and product designs. This gallery boasts some of the clever items recently discovered that have a unique tech touch. See a tablecloth clip transformed into an organizational tool, get addicted to digital tattoos, learn who let the dogs out, and check out the Ferrari of entertainment.

Black is Back

Worldwide — Well, it is not like it ever went away, there is just more of it now and it can be found in new applications. Some of today’s hottest designers and product developers have launched winning products which can be seen here from bold candles to organic glassware, decorative accessories, graphics, case goods, upholstery, wallpaper, textiles and bedding.

A Sophisticated Pink Panther

Worldwide — This feature is not about a flawed diamond, but rather textiles that all have the common thread of a deep pink coloring. These designs are anything but girly and all have an air of sophistication about them. In this gallery the latest in drapery, decorative pillows, upholstery, towels, bedding, and lampshades also demonstrate trends seen within the universe of interiors.

Textile Tidbits

Worldwide — The Trendease Team comes into contact with a plethora of textile designs spanning across the globe, from modern to tradition styles. This gallery takes a look at the softer side which the team has been observing and points out trends, many which may seem familiar and some that shift with the seasons. Learn which patterns are hot, which colors have staying power, and see the details that make a difference.

Curved Light and Décor

Multiple European Cities — Lamps, vases, candleholders, jars, and in some cases, shelving units and drinking vessels are shaping up the same voluptuous trend. The curvy silhouette of these items is mirrored across these product categories as seen in merchandise from various companies throughout Europe.

Cool Lights

Multiple European Cities — In the darker months of winter, lighting plays more of a role in everyday life as the sunlit hours are minimal. The Trendease Team is here to brighten up the month of January with a round up of lighting options from the ceiling to the floor. See which designs are in the spotlight, what techniques are popular, which motifs and colorways are holding down the fort, and how both technology and tradition have their place.

New Talent: Tangled

London — The tabletop and decorative accessory world has a new face for which to watch, yet another bright creative to emerge from Central Saint Martins College of Art in London. This young British designer and handcrafter who specializes in glazed earthenware has just left her mark with her new Tangled in the Middle collection made up of decorative ceramics, lighting and wall art.

EcoChic: Use What You've Got

Buenos Aires — “In Argentina, the main topic- as it is in the main capital cities worldwide- is the material recycling applied to the design of objects. Cardboard will be differently interpreted in order to launch the concept that this material can be used for objects of design. Rubber will also have an important space, showing through the design the versatility and use it can have through its recycling.” Read more inside this issue of Trendease!

Colors found within rock formations inspire the Pure colors for 2008

Pure

Worldwide — Dana Poor of Cotton Inc. recently shared her forecasts at Heimtextil for Home 2008. Subscribers are welcome to analyze the colors, surfaces, and ideology blurring the boundaries for the upcoming seasons. This color story is complemented with the closest available Pantone color references as well as additional notes from Poor’s presentation.

An image from the Istanbul Muslim & Turkish Art Museum evokes the feeling of the Borrowed 2008 color story

Borrowed

Worldwide — Dana Poor of Cotton Inc. recently shared her forecasts at Heimtextil for Home 2008. Subscribers are welcome to analyze the colors, surfaces, and ideology spanning the globe for the upcoming seasons. This color story is complemented with the closest available Pantone color references as well as additional notes from Poor’s presentation.

Architectural inspirations are part of the 2008 color palette Stability

Stability

Worldwide — Dana Poor of Cotton Inc. recently shared her forecasts at Heimtextil for Home 2008. Subscribers are welcome to analyze the colors, surfaces, and ideology for the upcoming seasons which stems from intellect and architecture. This color story is complemented with the closest available Pantone color references as well as additional notes from Poor’s presentation.

The Perspective 2008 color story is about edginess and eccentricities

Perspective

Worldwide — Dana Poor of Cotton Inc. recently shared her forecasts at Heimtextil for Home 2008. Subscribers are welcome to analyze the colors, surfaces, and ideology for the upcoming seasons that combine edginess and eccentricity. This color story is complemented with the closest available Pantone color references as well as additional notes from Poor’s presentation.

Moody, mysterious, and alluring are part of Chameleon colors for 2008

Chameleon

Worldwide — Dana Poor of Cotton Inc. recently shared her forecasts at Heimtextil for Home 2008. Subscribers are welcome to analyze the colors, surfaces, and ideology for the upcoming seasons that are moody, alluring, and mysterious. This color story is complemented with the closest available Pantone color references as well as additional notes from Poor’s presentation.

Wonder

Worldwide — Dana Poor of Cotton Inc. recently shared her forecasts at Heimtextil for Home 2008. Subscribers are welcome to analyze the colors, surfaces, and ideology that push the imagination for the upcoming seasons. This color story is complemented with the closest available Pantone color references as well as additional notes from Poor’s presentation.

Designed by Linda Worbin

NEWSLETTER #155

Multiple European Cities — Welcome to a new year of weekly newsletters! This week’s newsletter features the smart advances taking place in the world of materials that will boggle the mind. Smart advances! Phones, MP3s, health monitoring, and entertainment are all part of the new material universe. Read up on the latest innovations and check out images supporting the text. Here you may learn about tomorrow today.

NEWSLETTER #156

Worldwide — This week’s gallery is full of the trendy must haves for babes and Toyland. From revamped Louis XV and XVI chairs and lighting, to hip and ethical threads, this report will clothe and house babies and toddlers in style. Learn more about non-traditional stuffed animals, EcoChic clothing, and some of the hottest trends on the block (and playground!).

NEWSLETTER #157

Cologne — Na-Nu Na-Nu! This week’s gallery has a bit of a Mork & Mindy feel to it. The silhouettes of these chairs, lights, sofas, and bed frames have something in common and are part of the ‘in’ crowd regardless of the varying materials from which they are made. Subscribers are welcome to see the retro-present within this gallery while reading up on the latest tidbits including new design and architecture catch phrases.

Marilyn Monroe

NEWSLETTER #158

Milan — This week see 33 chairs given personalities with the latest home accents and accessories to resemble 33 famous people. It was quite a clever set up where visitors could stroll through a floor that housed greats like Marilyn Monroe, Cinderella, Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth, Frida Kahlo, and (yikes!) Paris Hilton, along with 26 others. Also read up on thoughts about making design more readily available to the public as well as emerging trends for 2007 and 2008.