June 2010 / The Art of Living

Located throughout the world, the Trendease Team continues to deliver our subscribers around the globe must-know market information and inspiration straight to their computer screens.

We bring you another international issue this month, spanning from the ICFF in New York to Evteks in Istanbul, and many stops in between including Brussels, Paris, and Tbilisi! Sign in to learn about material trends for 2011-12, cross-reference new color stories with Pantone references, day dream at the brand new Pantone Hotel, catch up on emerging, young talent, view cutting-edge art, discover fresh EcoChic designs and aspire to the latest in responsible manufacturing. All of this and more. Get inspired with the June edition!

We attend over 100 design events a year on your behalf to bring you trend insights and design movements to help you maintain cutting-edge knowledge of the lifestyle and design markets. Currently we keep readers in 8,076 cities within 157 countries in the know! Are you reading Trendease.com?

Show us what you’ve got! For editorial consideration please email editorial@trendease.com with your latest original designs.
Upcoming Trendease Market Edge PowWows and Trendease.TV scheduling can be found on the homepage.

Jennifer Castoldi, Chief Creative Director

Download our informative tri-fold brochure as a PDF file here.

Features and Articles

Jennifer's June Journal

New York — This June, we bring you a diverse smorgasbord of designs and trend directions. Not only will you find a plethora of fresh design and art discoveries in this edition, you can first whet your appetite with this selection of our top picks from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and New York Design Week. Directions for which to keep your eyes peeled are also highlighted here.

A Collage of 2011-12

Leather Trends A/W 2011-12

Worldwide — Hot off the press just one hour ago! The international trade show for cutting-edge leather/fur trends and materials, Le Cuir à Paris, unveils a sneak peak of its trends to be presented to the trade September 14-16, 2010. Do opposites attract? They certainly do in this preview of Opposite Course, the theme for Autumn/Winter 2011-12.

Modern Trends for 2011

Istanbul — The overall direction of Turkish textiles presented at Evteks for 2011 is titled Rhythms and was developed by Lobster Concepts in Amsterdam, displayed in three themes: Modern, Classic, and Ethnic. The trends under Modern break into two stories: Reflexive & Urban. Here within discover the new directions, buzzwords, fabrics, and Pantone colors. Reflexive is a modern, luxurious and glamorous look. Urban is a clean and hyper modern city mood.

Classic Trends for 2011

Istanbul — Developed by Lobster Concepts in Amsterdam, the 2011 Evteks textile trends under Classic break into two stories: Romance and Radical. Here within discover the new directions, buzzwords, fabrics, and Pantone colors. Romance is a baroque and enchanted story that reveals the traces of a rich past. Radical is an unusual and theatrical approach to old traditions, reinventing classics and forms.

Ethnic Trends for 2011

Istanbul — Developed by Lobster Concepts in Amsterdam, the 2011 Evteks textile trends under Ethnic break into two stories: Local & Global. Here within discover the new directions, buzzwords, fabrics, and Pantone colors. Local reinvents rituals and goes back to handcrafted solutions. Innovates by using traditional skills. Global expresses a multi-cultural mix for outdoor living.

Dream in Color

Brussels — Chances are, if you are working in the creative industries, you have heard of Pantone before. Pantone is the color foundation upon which a myriad of fashions and home products are created and manufactured. Outside of its color systems, the Pantone Universe has grown to include a large number of licensed products from colorful computer cases, to coffee mugs, and even bicycles! And just days ago Pantone unveiled its latest endeavor, the Pantone Hotel. Enter the dreamy world of color here.

International Flare

Worldwide — Twelve months after attending a wedding, I was surprised to see how this concept has spread into home design. In this gallery see just a couple of examples in furniture and soft floor coverings where this international celebration has crossed more than ethnic borders, it has crossed over into an entirely new category: home furnishings!

Designer Spotlight: Rooms

Tbilisi — When you think of the country Georgia, design may not be the first thing that comes to your mind. But don’t let that hinder you! The Trendease Team had the pleasure of discovering the young Georgian ladies who make up Rooms: Nata Janberidze, Keti Toloraia, and Baia Davitaia. Rooms is based in Tbilisi and full of inspiration from retail interiors to furniture, lighting, and wallpaper design.

Alexandra Pulver took inspiration from a paper lunch bag

New Talent: From a Hug to a Paper Lunch Bag

New York — This year’s “Wilsonart Challenges” took place with the students from Pratt Institute. The competition is held yearly just before the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, and challenges students to develop and assemble a practical chair that integrates the structure of the Wilsonart Laminate chip. Here subscribers can peruse the works from international students originating from Turkey, Poland, United States, and India.

EcoChic: Party On!

Richmond — Trendease has brought you the inspiring material stories of Smile Plastics and the Green Bottle Factory. And now, continuing along the same lines of inspiration, innovation, and admiration, we bring you Vetrazzo. Like many surface materials Vetrazzo has diverse applications: countertops, vanity tops, tabletops, bar tops, hearths/fireplace surrounds, tub decks, wall cladding entryways, and shower surrounds… But there is more than meets the eye.

Work by SEEN, a pioneer of the "Street Art" movement


Paris — The past week we have been having an art attack. It’s nothing serious, just mild heart palpitations as we walk into a gallery or exhibition wondering what inspirational pleasure we will find to share with you. The Trendease Team has been exploring the latest international art events in Paris to see how they tie into lifestyle shifts and product trends we have been observing.


Worldwide — Today’s hot off the press news is an avant premiere of the trends to be unveiled at the September edition of Maison&Objet. For this edition’s theme the inspirations fall under the title of Intime, presenting home trends for 2011. “What does remain private in an overexposed era that wavers between exhibitionism and discretion, transgression and a desire for serenity?” Find out more here…


Toronto — This week has been filled with seminar work exploring the strategies of customer relationship management (CRM) with a focus on the new and dynamic multi-channel CRM challenge of the Information Age. But what does this have to do with home fashion and design? A good example is the current contest celebrating Umbra’s 30th anniversary, which is being marketed You Design. Learn and see more here!


Worldwide — The types, renderings, sizes, and shapes of flowers are forever changing in the design and fashion universes. So in which direction are they turning now? This week’s selection of images answers that question! Metal, wood, paper, and plastic; lighting, wall treatments, furniture, textiles, and decorative accessories; subscribers are welcome to walk through the garden of today and tomorrow in this newsletter.