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Trends: Maison&Objet Fall 2013

Hi everyone, are you ready for a new trend report on the Maison&Objet show in Paris that I attended a few days ago? It’s Gudy here and I’m happy to join you again this month for another report from my travels. Funny thing is, and don’t let this discourage you, but there are not that many striking new trends right now! You might find a new colour or a different combination of colours in one product range, but nothing unusual. For metals, copper is still hot and since we have seen and talked about copper a lot, I have skipped metallics for this report. The brands at this show basically offer what they have tested in the past month to be accessible for the final consumer relying on their catalog and on recent bestsellers. Even still, with 9 huge pavilions there was a lot to see at Maison&Objet and I returned home to Barcelona feeling very inspired! I highly recommend this show – the next ones will be held in January and again in September of 2014.

Color Trends
BLACK IS STILL TRENDING
Black is an evergreen color, in some markets such as in the Scandinavian countries more than in others but yes, there is a common trend back to dark greys such as kohl and black. You will find black as an accent color or total look on accessories and outdoor furniture turned into indoor pieces (Sika Design). Or you’ll find black mostly combined with metallics (copper and gold) and/or white, and any material goes: wood, resin, glass, ceramics, textiles, etc. Walls are painted black again.

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Sika Design

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Guaxs

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House Doctor

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Brokis

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Normann Copenhagen

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Pomax

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Tina Frey

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Bleu Nature

BRIGHT PRIMARY COLORS
Bright colours are linked to geometric patterns and strong graphics. Black and white underline its boldness and play on patterns like grids and checkerboard many times. Red, blue, yellow, green and orange are still a big hit in interior design for accent pieces but look also for packaging, tableware, consumer electronics and graphic design.

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Parsy Debons Design

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Asia Tides

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Asia Tides

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Asia Tides

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Parsy Debons Design

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Girardeu

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Mariska Meijers

PASTELS + GREY
Pastels, mainly in combination with powder shades become more serious. Or shall I say less feminine? Pearl grey, slate grey and even kohl are the new partners to combine with. It gets cooler and all shades of grey play a major role again in the interior world. It is understated, sophisticated and most interesting when metals such as copper get into the mix. I think the new pastel + grey combo is truly elegant and perfect for the season to come!

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Broste Copenhagen

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Broste Copenhagen

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Eight Mood

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Eight Mood

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House Doctor

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House Doctor

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Muuto

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Muuto

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BURGUNDY
Do you recall the shy appearance of the new terracotta colour from my visit to the Milan Show Il Salone in Spring? Well, there is a similar novelty now. Burgundy has been spotted on the catwalks last Fall/Winter 2012/13 and is now hitting fashion stores this year. Since fashion and interiors merge with an awesome velocity for the past two years, we already have seen a few nice examples of the colour to come.
Are you ready to embrace the wine-soaked color trend?

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Arcade

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Guaxs

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Normann Copenhagen

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Normann Copenhagen

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Normann Copenhagen

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Normann Copenhagen

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Serax

Accessories
INKED CERAMICS
Ink stains and/or watercolour effects on ceramics are one of the hottest trends of the season. The clash of mostly blue hues is intense and resembling illustrators’ work.
Watercolours have been around quite some time now in fashion, stationary design, packaging, web design and textiles. As for tableware, watercolours or ink stain effects seem to be most effective when used with ‘less is more’ and reduced to a few colour shades.

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Asia Tides

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Grass Scent

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METALLIC EFFECTS
Shiny metallic reflections on glass is one of the latest innovations capturing light and creating stunning mirror effects. Glass design is exploring new fields in colour, shape, mixed materials and finishings. The An&Angel collection has been awarded for High Design Quality with the “Red Dot Award Product Design 2013”. There has never been such a variety and even not spotted at the M&O since I visited an excellent exhibition of Werner Aisslinger in Berlin) this past Spring and would like to add an extra image of his Mesh Vases since they fit perfectly here.

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Aisslinger

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Angel

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Pulpo

WALL WONDERS
Clustered framing is not new but what caught my eye is the tendency of hanging similar pieces with almost no or few space in between. Trays, plates, frames – there is no limit. It is not about preserving a memory with photos or to hang art on your wall but to decorate the wall with anything collectable.

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Asia Tides

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iBride

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iBride

ESCHER PRINTS
I am happy to see one of the many Escher prints back. I have always been a fan of his work. The classic black and white is the most applied and recognized pattern but there where some color pops too.

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Serax

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Asia Tides

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Rouge Du Rhin

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Ferm Living

Materials
WICKER, WOOD, BAMBOO CHAIRS
There is a throwback to the Emmanuelle armchair with the oval back rest and peacock pattern! Whenever I visit our local flea market here in Barcelona I am looking for a reinterpreted object or the original itself! But there are many other wicker and rattan armchairs now edited without compromising the spirit of the original design. The most characteristic feature is the very high back rest.

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Asia Tides

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Asia Tides

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Bleu Nature

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Sika Design

NATURAL FIBER CONTAINERS
Everything related to weaving, space-dyed knitting and natural fibers is the biggest trend right now. Due to the growing number of aficionados, new colours and materials are now combined mixing fabric structures with glass, wax, polyethylene, etc. Natural earthy colours are still the most popular but colourful fibers are expected to grow soon. Plus, there is a lot of black now too. This interior throw-back look is back and very popular again! Basket weaving is applied for different types of containers used for several purposes. In the process of weaving vegetable fibers, new materials such as wax or metal structures can be integrated giving a modern look and new style credentials.

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I’d love to hear your comments on those trends. Is there anything special that caught your eye and if so, why? Have a wonderful day and enjoy the upcoming weekend! – Gudy.

(images: gudy herder, ferm living, tinekhome)

Posted in trends on September 12, 2013

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Hello everyone, it’s Gudy from Eclectic Trends and I’m back with another monthly trend report. I’d like to talk today about a couple of microtrends. Let us first define what a microtrend is. Microtrends (some call these minitrends) are the new and emerging trends that will be found in all lifestyle sectors and may, or may not, convert into macro trends later on. Macro trends are globally relevant with more staying power —  and can have a real impact on consumer thinking and behavior over the next 3-5 years. I have chosen Brick and Bread today in this report since I see certain common characteristics: both are humble, both have existed for a long time, they share a similar color, they are affordable and lead us back to our roots: nature and raw materials. And both are a traditional craft.

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

BREAD:
Food styling has become quite a big influence now when it comes to trendsetting, and bread is one of its most used ingredients though rarely in a leading role and more typically in a “supporting” role. That’s why Musubi Aoki’s take is so interesting because his focus puts bread front and center. Based in Tokyo, he works as a stylist in advertising and for fashion magazines. His perspective is quite imaginative!

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Another very nice example of creative expression and food is shown above in Andere Monjo’s ‘Plates for Soulmates’ from the Belgium art gallery Valerie Traan. The artist wanted to redefine bread baking and its traditional craft by producing textiles, table ware and ceramics so these things were made using bread, baked, and served! Imaginative, right?

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Omar Sosa and Ana Dominguez play with stacked bread as a still life series for Spanish magazine Apartamento. They’ve used a variety of bread types in several forms and colours to create art.

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Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

The Nicky&Max food blog based out of Berlin, Germany admits to loving to style bread the best, “Bread is one of my favorite things to photograph (up there with salads and pizzas)…it just looks good. Everyone knows bread and it’s easy to conjure up lots of heart warming, comfort and nostalgia feelings when putting bread in a picture. I love its simplicity.” You can see their blog for gorgeous food styling with bread in this recent post.

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

BRICK:
This age-old building material works in any environment for flooring and wall covering. But if you prefer an easier option, you could always go faux with wallpaper. Here are some examples of brick on walls and floors.

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Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

A home in Germany on the island of Sylt, via April and May.

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Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Brick can give a quite industrial look, it underlines a certain country character and works perfectly also in a more urban, industrial environment. Which is your style? Photo above via: Angel Welp.

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Micro Trends: BRICK and BREAD

Next, brick is used in a very unconventional way: moody and playful arrangements created for a photo series by Omar Sosa and Ana Dominguez again. One can think of imaginary buildings or quirky robots made by different bricks, all important and fun in their own right.

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But brick advances in lifestyle design too (as usable products) such as in this fantastic 5 piece desk accessory kit called ‘Adobe’ by Ilaria Innocenti. It has been produced in different clay shades and coloured wire adding a bright and contemporary touch. A trend, to me, becomes most interesting when its material is been used in different lifestyle sectors in a new and unique way. And that’s what makes it so fascinating, right? Concrete and copper were huge last winter hitting the market with many home decor accessories. What will it be this winter? Holly and I would love to hear your thoughts about emerging micro trends. What is your favorite right now and why? – Warmly, Gudy

 

(text: gudy herder, editing: holly becker, images: linked to their sources above.)

Posted in trends on July 09, 2013

Four Big Interiors Trends For Fall/Winter 2013

Hello this is Gudy Herder from Eclectic Trends and I’m visiting you again this month with a trend post on decor8. I recently attended a trend conference forum from Mix Global Color Research in London held at the Pulse design show and the content was so amazing that you will love it if you are in the business of keeping up with trends. Even if you’re not, it’s still fascinating. Sallie Davies from Global Color Research gave us a sneak peak into an upcoming trend book published by Mix Publications about colour and pattern trends for Fall/Winter 2013-14.

The major trends that are influencing the colour and pattern landscape for the upcoming season Fall/Winter 2013/14 are: FLINT – STORM – CLUSH – ALPINE.

Four Big Interiors Trends For Fall/Winter 2013

FLINT
We need to step back to an honest approach in design. There is a certain Neolethic style going back to our roots reflected by rich earth soil colours, warm neutrals, rust. Primitive aesthetics, organic and handmade themes, found objects meant to express our own personality. Sophisticated and soft, rough and ready are the opposites that play nicely together. Thick leathers, hemp yarns and rustic and fossil textures are key here.

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STORM
Climate changes such as floods have been a big deal globally, leading to uncertainty and a certain surrealism reflected in hot and cold colours, bright and smokey shades. Feminine is meeting masculine. Colours range from different blues evoking a storm mood to a softer sand, salmon and bright red, always aiming to combine hot and cold colours. Changing structures and ethereal layers given through semi-opaque layers are translated into cool tye dye effects, blurred and and monofilament weaves. Holographic and metallic touches add reflective qualitities, deep structures and deep monofilament weaves are key here.

Four Big Interiors Trends For Fall/Winter 2013

CLASH
The main message is that we need to be positive. Traditional design shall be reconducted in new colourways. Bold colours are mixed with pastels. Blacks are not black but got a dark blue underground. Tutti Frutti colours are combined with neutral colours such as dark brown so they still work in a luxury environment. Pattern on pattern with a “more is more” approach are the way to go. It is a very expressive trend with intermixed styles. Mother of pearl shall be observed with a shiny and reflective quality. Plastic is not used as a cheap material but high end due to innovative finishings. Bold wallpapers are key here.

Four Big Interiors Trends For Fall/Winter 2013

ALPINE
This trend brings the outdoors in, there is a need of comfort, of time, being together and a friendly approach to a real folk feeling. The colours are warm (reds) and natural (greens and brown). Materials such as cork and wood shouldn’t be hidden but enhanced and embraced in any design. It’s all about sustainability and renewing of energies. Organic material is used in an honest way to make people feel happy and healthy.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how trends are established, here’s how Global Color Research works: they hold biannual sessions bringing together top experts from all over the globe from different industries. Trends that are being observed and shared at these events are done two years in advance. It’s all about future thinking, discussing certain influences, bringing in their own insights, collaborating and at the end, defining the trends. It is so interesting to me to see how every kind of environmental, economic or psychological issues might lead into a new trend.

I hope you have enjoyed this forecast, I’ve loved putting it together for you. Do you have a favorite colour scheme here? What do you think about this trend approach starting from a social behaviour, need or environmental circumstances? I would love to hear your comments!

Thank you so much Holly for having me! – Gudy

(images: mix)

Posted in trends on June 06, 2013

Macrame Plant Hangers

Okay so a few weeks ago I was talking about how I think plants in the home are trending, then today Gudy posts her trend report from Milan showing that hanging plants ARE trending, and now I open Real Living magazine Australia (never thanked them for this feature, but I was so honored to be in their mag and on their blog here) and spotted Ouch Flower and their hanging baskets of plants in macrame holders and I think – YES, hanging plants are trending. It’s sorta like when you start to look for a car to buy, and you decide on a red Fiat, and then that is all you see on the street – red fiats! Right!? So I guess all we will see now are plants.

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Let’s talk though about macrame. Because to me this is full on 1970s. My mother used to go to classes to learn how to do this and she made plant holders (like these from Plumo), double plant holders, owls with beads and other wall art, she loved macrame so much. By the time I started to notice decorating stuff, it was early 80s and macrame was already fading into the sunset. Maybe this was a 60s trend, but I just remember my mother loving it SO MUCH and having these hanging plant holders in our family home for years and years until one day I leveled with her and told her the macrame must go. Now I actually wonder what she did with them all? They are back in trend mom! She outta pull ‘em out and get on the trendwagon again! Do your mothers have these things stored in the basement too? I bet!

What do you think of hanging plants and plant holders involving macrame. Too boho for you? Or? I like them but…

When it comes to hanging plants, I personally like something a little more like the Michael Anastassiades hanging terrariums that Gudy spotted in Stockholm recently at Svenskt Tenn (shown here) and these gorgeous wall plants in ceramic holders. But you know, in the right room, maybe I could get a little macrame crazy… Hmmm.

Looking for more plant inspiration, following this perky pinboard I’ve made for you (and me) here.

(images: ouch flower)

Posted in trends on April 15, 2013

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