August 2008 / A Hot Summer with Hotter Designs

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The design world is so hot that it will have you melting this summer! Stay cool by reading Trendease. This month the team brings you coverage from Decorate Life: Tendence, The Design Annual, Collectione, and Outdoor Living. In depth product reviews and special reports on the Personal Shopper, Young Living Trends, and Showtime venues represent innovative ways of merchandising. Learn about emerging consumer groups around the world, see impressive product development trends from handmade to rapid manufacturing, see china’s split personality, plus go on the road with Coco Chanel and Zaha Hadid. Experience nature and nurture on a Paris rooftop garden, and witness new talent before they make it big. This and much more in the electronic pages of Trendease! Get inspired with the August edition!

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Jennifer Castoldi,
Chief Creative Director

Features and Articles

Jennifer's August Amusings

Frankfurt — The summers tend to bit a bit slower when it comes to trade shows, but the Trendease Team has plenty to report back to you. We were inspired by the nomadic museum created for Chanel and the new collection presentation by Roche Bobois in addition to Decorate Life. And of course we wanted to pass that inspiration along to you. Come along and let Jennifer take you on an exhibition and product journey within this gallery.

On the Road with Coco and Zaha

Hong Kong — Architecture, art, and design are on the move. Literally! Celebrating one of Chanel’s signature creations – the quilted bag – twenty artists are touring the world in “Mobile Art.” The exhibit is in a museum designed by Zaha Hadid, a work of art in itself, and the whole thing just might be coming to a town near you! Take a trip with Trendease.

Urban Nomads

Frankfurt — The shoppers of Urban Nomads will go the world over without slowing down their drive. At home in New York as well as Tokyo and Johannesburg, they want to see it all, do it all, break through barriers and explore new territory. They pack minimalist light, and, aside from the essential, only carry the most valuable things with them: mementos of past times and distant lands. What’s in their interiors? Find out here.

Conscious People

Frankfurt — Conscious of their role in the world, the shoppers who fit this trend buy to fit their emotional needs as well as practical ones. Their values come into play, and an understanding of where the product comes from and how it reached them. Looking to express themselves in their purchases, they demand unique articles. See some of those pieces here.

Party People

Frankfurt — For the fast, furious, and fun, there is no such thing as too much partying. It never starts, because it never ends, and they move fluidly and flexibly from one style to the next. It will take everything a designer’s got to keep up with this trendy crowd, even if it might be exhilarating. These are Party People. Keep up with their décor here!

Showtime at the Design Annual

Frankfurt — A dancing clown, a juggler, an acrobat, a pantomime, and a giant soap blowing machine. These are only some of the attractions at the Design Annual held as part of Decorate Life at Messe Frankfurt. Now in its third year, the Design Annual features lectures, debates, presentations, surrounded by the aforementioned circus atmosphere, all in an effort to showcase high-end design. Get your ticket here, it’s Showtime!

Personal Shopper design by Ineke Hans

Personal Shopper Style

Frankfurt — Two designers put their skills to develop two distinct personal shopping experiences. Jason Miller went shopping for a forest gnome, playing with the familiar and unfamiliar. Ineke Hans explored why we buy things we buy, and decided that it is not a matter of the mind. This gallery of images just might make one rethink the way a customer styles and creates his/her home.

Designed by Patricia Urquiola

China's Split Personality

Frankfurt — Patricia Urquiola brings us a set of fine bone china that is surprising, playful and educational. See the process of making porcelain pieces from scratch and the uneven shapes that call into question the method of production. Quirky, yet natural, the shapes and the entire showcase bring to the foreground the possibilities of porcelain.

"Gwino" glass set

New Talent: Innovation & Invention

Worldwide — For jewelry, housewares, lighting, and more, the talent in this gallery is as diverse as it is interesting. The common theme for all the work is that aforementioned word: ‘innovation.’ New use of materials, new technologies, new perspectives, they all come from the inspiration of these designers. Inspiration, dear readers, which we transfer from the designers on the pages of Trendease to you.

EcoChic: Jardin Planetaire

Paris — It’s time to burry the hatchet between nature and nurture. As cities spread their endless tentacles of construction, they also enlarge their parks, open up green spaces, clean their rivers and their air. Thus nature, instead of being overrun by urban sprawl, mixes in with the steel and glass. The new collection featured here does all of this, and with style! You can check it out in our gallery.

Hotel Everland


Paris — Vacation got me thinking about hotels. And hotels today more than ever are pushing the limits. Trendease being the premier world traveler in search of new design, we could not pass up the opportunity to tell our readers about Hotel Everland. Subscribers can also read about boundaryless graffiti, tattoos, food and more!


Worldwide — This week’s gallery has a special glow within it. These great balls of fire were discovered by the Trendease Team in London, Frankfurt, and Paris. Subscribers can become warm and fuzzy with the lighting found inside and also read up on a new way to dry laundry, as well as discover the Product Innovation Award from Travel Goods Association and more.

Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier: Burst *008


New York — Anybody working with interiors or architecture, and even sustainability, will find this week’s gallery inspiring. It is the word ‘fabricating’ that is significant in the title of New York’s MoMA, “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.” The exhibit is an examination of both the historic and contemporary significance of factory produced architecture from 1833 to today. In this gallery we bring you all the five houses on display in the lot, as well as some other images from the exhibit, and the trend highlights presented at Intertextile.