April 2011 / A Time to Consider

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.

Natural calamities, wars and disputes, depletion of resources have us looking for solutions and brighter days. It could be as simple as a color that symbolizes hope, or new materials that will reduce the waste going into landfills. Design can, and will, make a difference. For each step forward we need inspiration – a stroll in the park, a trip to a museum, or a walk through a trade show – it can be found all around us and in the virtual pages of Trendease. Find Pantone color stories, motifs, fashionable furnishings, fresh innovations and more in the April edition!

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Jennifer Castoldi,
Chief Creative Director

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Features and Articles

Jennifer's April Antics

Multiple European Cities — This April, we have every intention of keeping you in the know with the latest and greatest discoveries from the interior world at large. What should you market savvy people keep in the forefront of your minds? Find out in this issue! And within this gallery view a photo selection of colored products, far from candy coated or the favorite palette connected with Easter, these combinations ooze more class and refinement.

Time, Skill & Technique

Worldwide — This international craft brings to mind different design and product applications for different people around the world. And that is true because it is a widely spread and intricate process used in countries such as Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uzbekistan, just to name a few. Customarily, the cloths represent status, wealth, power and prestige. Now they are the next big thing—again.

An Undoubtedly Trendy Color

Multiple European Cities — Why is this color so hot for the coming seasons? Could it be that it works so well with yellow, one of the previous seasons’ must-have hues, or that it reminds us of things hand-made? Or even, since it was once a color of wealth, it has come back into the limelight as we start to emerge from the 2008 economic crisis. Whatever this pigment means to you, we hope that you enjoy this gallery of images featuring products we have scouted from around the world!

The Harbinger of Spring

Worldwide — The year 1775 is when this flower was first used in the English language to describe a color. Three hundred thirty five years later and the color is used regularly, even more so when consulting the latest round of international trade shows! If Google could invent a tool to surf the latest home fashion products introduced at market, this hue would stand out. Google has yet to do this, so you have Trendease as your on-the-floor search engine.

And with a Splash of Color

Multiple European Cities — In this gallery we see our “harbinger of spring” in a fantastically alive color story. Canary yellow, saffron, plum, amethyst, sky blue, and chartreuse bring the festive vibe to modular furniture, sheer curtains, textile yardage, tabletop fabrics, bedding, and sleepwear. An interior decked out in these colors will wake you up and put a spring in your step!


Have Clarity in 2013

Worldwide — Six color stories with Pantone references give insight into the Autumn/Winter 2012-13 season. Local manufacturing, environmental consideration in preproduction, mass production is humanized, editing is in play, the consumer is the judge, and Corporate Social Responsibility is no joke – these are just some points touched upon here.

Cookie Cutter Decorating

London — The Ideal Home Show in London was founded in 1908 by the Daily Mail and was originally intended as a publicity tool for the newspaper to increase its advertising revenue. Around 600 exhibitors came to show off their wares for the 103rd edition of the event this March 11-27th. We particularly liked the room set ups, complete with decorating tips, which aim to demonstrate to people how to make the most out of a home’s interiors.

EcoChic: The 4R Design Strategy

Bangkok — During our visit the Thailand International Furniture Fair (TIFF), the Trendease Team was once again impressed with the designers’ and manufacturers’ devotion to being green. The Office of Product Value Promotion, under the Department of Export Promotion, sponsored the ECO Design in Thailand display. With fifteen eco materials and a dozen products on show, visitors could not help but improve their understanding of what sustainability means to the market.

NEWSLETTER #353 - Upholstery Directions

Multiple European Cities — Between country hopping and market research this week Jennifer attended her first design auction. As one may expect, it was much like an art auction: numbers being rattled off at the speed of light, paddles flipping up, phones buzzing, gusts of the world’s languages breezing through the air… and watching a previously-featured Trendease New Talent become a design icon.

NEWSLETTER #354 - Live from Milan Design Week

Milan — We have been nonstop since preview day on Monday: Zona Tortona, Superstudio Pui, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, SaloneSatellite, Designersblock, MeetMyProject, Zona Ventura Lambrate… Follow live coverage and photos from the events by following us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/TrendeaseIntl) and reading this week’s newsletter.

NEWSLETTER #355 - Keeping Things in Line

Worldwide — This week’s gallery of product images will keep you in line, or at least the new designs will. From Fuori Salone (Zona Tortona and MeetMyProject), Salone Internazionale de Mobile, and SaloneSatellite, the Trendease Team discovered a common aesthetic in lighting, tabletop, and furniture. What pray tell would that be? Subscribers can see for themselves within.

NEWSLETTER #356 - Suzani Supreme

Worldwide — People around the world are talking about the Royal Wedding. Whether you have Friday off, or are stuck in the office, we are bringing you this newsletter and a gallery of images full of cheer – it has little to do with marriage, unless perhaps, you are from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, or Kazakhstan. This trend is right in line with the new Trendease DesignVision episode “SURTEX Trend Tease”!