Hello friends and happy Saturday to you all! My lovely columnist and dear friend Gudy Herder will no longer cover trends on decor8 since she’s decided to take a leave from traveling to trend shows as regularly, so I’ve decided to go back to producing my random trend posts based on what I see online and during my travels locally. I will miss Gudy but I’m sure she’ll come back and visit us again soon. So let’s talk about a trendy little motif that you’ll see dotted about in the fashion and interiors world right now, particularly in parts of the world where it’s summer. PINEAPPLES!
Pineapple feet print (bottom left) by Kim Fearheiley.
You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. In celebration of this trend, I had a virgin piña colada for lunch with my girlfriend yesterday which helped reiterate the fact that I’m a pineapple fan to the core. As a motif and food! I believe its popularity and whether YOU like it or not has to do with where you live. Like if you’re in the middle of Ohio this motif may not speak to you as much as if you live in Miami or LA. I grew up on the South Carolina seacoast so I can totally imagine working pineapples into our family home back in the day or running around with a pineapple clutch under my arm. But in northern Germany, not so much. For me to hop on this trend, I’d have to work it in subtlety at home or include it in a summer party theme. I remember as a kid we always had a golden pineapple on our bookcase. It symbolized hospitality. And of course, one on our doormat. Maybe that was just a southern thing growing up in South Carolina. I remember seeing pineapples more commonly there, especially as brass door knockers. So tell me, where are you based, would a pineapple motif fit your world? Or would it feel out of place? So, let’s look at some fun pineapple-y things that I found online that may inspire you. I personally LOVE seeing all of the yellow and citrus hues – it makes me happy!
Pineapple Love print from Hard to Find.
DIY pineapple ring dish by Jade and Fern.
via helado de nata
Pineapple t-shirt from The Working Girl.
Pineapple pattern from we heart it.
Pineapple wallpaper designed by Rifle Paper for Hygge & West.
Gold pineapple wall decals by Empire Lane.
DIY Pineapple piñata by Studio DIY.
Pineapple throw pillow by Eloise Roberts, throw pillow by Sibylline, throw pillow by Jacqueline Maldonado, pillow by Grace, solo pineapple by ez pudewa, pillow by marta li, fresh pineapple by penelope prince, fruit pineapple by Madelyn Bilsborough.
Pineapple straws DIY from Sugar and Charm.
Free printable gift wrap at Whimsy Box.
Print from Letters on Love on Etsy.
Girl’s t-shirt from JCrew, Labdip skinny jeans at Anthropologie in pineapple print, Pineapple still life tee at Anthropologie, Anthro pineapple print pillow, pineapple-y paradise cove tablecloth, pineapple tights for kids by Strathcona.
A more grown up take on this trend is the Pineapple print by Kara Rosenlund.
Pineapple cookie jar as seen on the Hunted Interior.
Great art in the home and one with a pineapple! Fun! As seen on room gallery.
So what do ya think? Are you in love or not? Psst: Looking for pineapple print fabrics? Visit spoonflower here. Or are you feeling hungry after seeing these lovely prints? Try this pineapple skinny smoothie…
Have a lovely weekend everyone, see you next week!
(images linked to their sources above.)
Are you ready to venture into the wild for this trend post? Hi, it’s Gudy again with my June column for decor8. This trend post is different to the ones I have been written so far as you will soon see… Into The Wild is not tangible, it’s not about a piece of furniture or an object you can buy. It embraces a feeling, a way of living, a call back to nature. I’d like to take you on a journey of observing colour, texture and keywords that describe what Into The Wild means to me.
Photo: Ashley Herrin Photography
Into The Wild describes an urge for taking a break from every day life. It’s about hanging a hammock somewhere outdoors to pause and contemplate. It is a visual response to our need of exploring once again to tap into our inner world, to travel and get lost without wifi and Instagram, no GPS marking our route and plans.
There’s romanticism and a strong bohemian vibe underlined by the aesthetics of feathers, flower crowns, French braids, forage materials and tribal patterns. Photos are taken often during the golden hour searching for a softer, blurry look.
Colours are warm and rich, greens, curry, oxid and sunflower yellow, combined with pastel hues such as pale pink and peach. Chocolate brown and black are added to give the right contrast and focus of the ‘wild aspect’ here.
One of the micro trends included is the caravan revival. They are made for camping and exploration, used as food trucks (you’ll find them on all cool street events these days) or traveling from here to there selling lovely things. TIP: See and follow stylist Kara Rosenlunds journeys, they are so inspiring!
Photo: Kara Rosenlund
When it comes to defining materials, they are all very related to nature but do have a lived-in aspect — imperfect and weathered.
Photo: Pamela Schmieder
As for interior design, let’s talk swinging hammocks, hanging wicker chairs and peacock armchairs, all combined with huge lush indoor plants.
I hope you liked the different approach today. Let me hear your thoughts and what your into the wild experience lately has been.- Warmly, Gudy
I’ve been noticing a marble trend over the past year in both interiors but also food photography, have you slowly noticed it creeping in too? I think it’s a stunning surface to work with at home but also for shooting food and even craft, flowers and more. When I see foodies working with new materials it excites me so much since the same old things do get a bit boring and we just crave newness don’t we? Marble may not be “new” – it’s been around forever – but seeing it pop up in modern homes and in food shots feels very fresh when done right. I think marble looks best in pared-back interiors and with food, it works best with foods that are rich in color like berries and chocolate and citrus fruits (vs. white foods, for instance). Here are some examples of how I’m seeing marble being used in the kitchen…
My friend Susanne in Hannover, Germany writes Milas Deli and she is the first person I spotted regularly using marble as a surface for her food photography. (Her Instagram stream is great – you guys have to follow her.) I love that you can smear berries on it, that liquids stay puddled vs. soak in (as they would shooting on wood or fabric) and that it’s light and bright but still has those gorgeous gray lines running through bringing in lovely random patterning.
These top three photos are from Susanne at Milas Deli. See what I mean with the smeared food and that lovely faint coffee stain?
This shot of fig tarts shown above is by Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille. Also a stunner.
Another shot using marble as a background. This time by the food blog, Oh Ladycakes – a new blog find of mine that is just delightful.
This one is from Top With Cinnamon – I like seeing the surface from the side don’t you?
Here is some more drippy yummy goodness from Dash and Bella. Seems like there is also a trend in using red drippy things on marble, too! :)
(Another view of marble in the kitchen as shown on Martha Stewart.)
I’d love to see marble used for styling flowers against – particularly deconstructing blooms petal by petal to create something artistic and shoot it straight down – wouldn’t that be unique? I’m convinced I need a slab of it to place on my kitchen counter or on top of my small table so I can roll out dough and use it more for cooking… Some think of marble as a cold surface lacking emotion but I actually see it as one that provides a lot of versatility and is interesting visually – it’s subtle but still present. It’s also a great surface to present food on – particularly dessert cheeses after supper at a dinner party with fruit, jams and crusty bread. Yum.
What do you think of marble in the kitchen? What about having it as a surface for food photography? How else can you see marble being used in a creative way at home?
(images: linked above)
Are you interested in seeing 6 hot interiors trends straight out of the recent Salone Del Mobile in Milan? Hi, it’s Gudy for another monthly trend report and I am just back from the best interior design event that took place in Italy earlier this month. If you can make it, please try to visit the Salone next year, it is utterly inspiring! It was a good show this year. I have never seen Milan that packed during the event and the exhibitions downtown and at the fairground were super interesting. For me, it was THE best show of the past three years that I’ve visited. It seems the industry is getting back slowly to its former glory, which is wonderful news for us all. The so-called Off-Salone was my favorite playground this year. Brera, Ventura Lambrate and Tortona are the three districts were I spent most of my time strolling through hidden courtyards and discovering both new and familiar spaces again. In these areas you’ll find young talents and established brands who prefer the cool and laid back atmosphere against the business style of the fairgrounds. Looking back at my trends, most of them I’d spotted at the Off-Salone which confirms these areas are the hot spots right now. You know when an area is the place to be when Li Edelkoort decides to have her exhibition there. But let’s look now at what I’m calling my 6 micro trends, some are new, others are just evolutions of existing movements such as b&w or marble.
1. MINI SHELVES – Mini shelves are hot! It’s not exclusively about storing anymore but the shelf becomes an art object or displays just one or two pieces. It’s meant to be an eye catcher, a way of showing your favorite piece, a plant, or whatever treasure you want to highlight. Any material is allowed, there has been a stronger focus on metal though. Image 1: HAY, Pivot by Lex Pott for HAY, Moustache, Bouroullec for Vitra. Image 2: Petite Friture Image 3: HAY.
2. GLASS FUSION – Glass blowing has always been a beautiful handcraft and is kind of evolving towards a fusion with other materials now. You’ll find often round blown glass bodies combined with wood, cork and metal but there are interesting designs too for furniture and lighting. Below: Image 1: Hopf Nordin, Ruben der Kinderen, Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto for Moroso, Lee Broom Image 2: Muuto Image 3: krehky
3. MIRRORS – I’ve loved seeing this new trend. Mirrors have been the star of all accessories this year. They can be completely tarnished, spread with paint, shapes are different, they hang or can lean towards walls. Mirrors have lost their mere function and become little art objects to be displayed by themselfs or hanging as an ensemble together. My favorite trend of all! What do you think? Below: Image 1: HAY, Petite Friture, Moustache, Petite Friture Image 2: Lex Pott Image 3: Charming Reflections by Rooms Image 4: HAY
4. BLACK + WHITE - B&W was everywhere in Milan, at the show and in the fashion retailers, in all possible patterns from stripes, to chevron, tartan, dots and herringbone. The interesting part was that even colorful trendsetter brands such as Missoni and Roche Bobois had a large range of black and white backgrounds mixed with bold colors. B&W patterns are designed for fabrics, ceramics, metal, wallpaper and many other surfaces. You’ll soon see a lot of b&w/gold combos coming up for a more sophisticated taste. Below: Image 1: Missoni Home, Paola Navone for Gervasoni, Missoni Home, emanuel ungaro, de rosso Image 2: Paola Navone for Gervasoni Image 3: Jaime Hayon for Bosa Image 4: Kose Image 5: de rosso
5. MARBLE – Ok, I’ve been seeing now marble on this fair for the past two years. In 2012 only Italian brands would come up with tabletops. There is quite some tradition and local quarries in Italy. Last year marble and already other stone qualities had been shown by other labels too, and in 2014 noble stones are now used in smaller sizes to make them more accessible for a wider public. Tableware, lamp feet, side tables, or smaller furnitures, there is such a wide range of possibilities. My guess is that marble will stay for quite a while. Below: Image 1: Heatty by Claudio Larcher for Clique Editions (marble fan heater), Earnest Studio, Tord Boontje for Moroso, Echo by Claudio Larcher for Clique Editions (bookcase with integrated marble bluetooth speaker), Lens Boxes by Thomas Jenkins – Wrong for HAY Image 2: Earnest Studio and Dana Cannam Design.
6. YELLOW METAL - Good news for all of you who are a bit tired of copper: brass seems to be a nice successor. Yes, there still have been many designs in copper but the yellow metal or similar finishing are getting stronger, and even the copper king Tom Dixon appeared to show a larger palette at his stand. Matte and shiny, both options work, and if not on metal, ceramic glazes are another much seen material. Most of the brand nevertheless offer the three options of white, yellow and rose finishings on metals. I guess it’s a way to have something to offer to all types of clients. Below: Image 1: Form by Tom Dixon, Dante, Jaime Hayon for Bosa, Flexform Image 2: Seletti Image 3: Maskhayon by Jaime Hayon for Bosa Image 4: Mass by Tom Dixon
What is your favorite of the trends and is there anything that you spot about that you could easily see integrated in your home? Wishing you a wonderful April, I’ll see you again in May with another trend report from Europe! Warmly, Gudy
(text/images: gudy herder)