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Microtrends: Brick and Bread

July 9, 2013

Hello everyone, it’s Gudy 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.

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: 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!

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: 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?

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: 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.

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: 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.

Microtrends: 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.

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

via: Alvhem

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

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

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

via: Dorean Chaleunphonh

Microtrends: 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.

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

Microtrends: 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.

Microtrends: Brick and Bread

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?

 

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






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Four Big Interiors Trends For Fall/Winter 2013

June 6, 2013

Hello this is Gudy 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.

Four Big Interiors Trends For Fall/Winter 2013

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!

(text: gudyherder/images: mix)






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Macrame Plant Hangers

April 15, 2013

Okay so a few weeks ago I was talking about how I think plants in the home 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.

Macrame Plant Hangers

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 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)






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Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

April 15, 2013

Would you like to see the 6 tops trends from the Milan Furniture Fair, Salone del Mobile, for 2013? I am very happy to share my trend scrapbook today from my recent trip to the Salone del Mobile so you can see which 6 trends I’ve spotted for this year. Here are the top “must-see” trends…

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#1 PASTELS: The use of pastel shades is more of a reality than a new trend and comes as a result of the bold colours we have been seeing for quite some time. Home decor has never been so feminine! We can see pale violet, mint, soft blue, lemon, pale coral and other sorbet-like hues. Pastel color used to be injected through small accessories but as consumers grow in confidence, they begin to decorate now with pastels as statement pieces. The porcelain and beech wood pastel Lù tables shown were designed by Pinwu, a Chinese design firm that Holly is fond of so she says you guys have to look them up! Holly also loves designer Patricia Urquiola, you can see her new and gorgeous Clarissa Hood chair above that she designed for Italian brand Moroso which launched in Milan as part of the “Clarissa family” which are geometric in form (on the outside) but soft and cozy on the inside.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#2 NEW COLOUR – TERRACOTTA: I first spotted this colour in Stockholm in February at the furniture fair. Very few companies are launching this new colour so it looks still more of an experiment than a real trend. But that’s what makes it exciting! NCS, the colour academy, calls it terracotta which I believe hits the mark. What is your feeling about it? Some examples above are by Billiani, Flexform and Vitra.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#3 VERTICAL PLANTS: Hanging baskets, bulbs, wooden and metalic grids are innovative ways to grow vertically and one of the innovative gardening trends for your home. At the fair, many stands worked with hanging garden walls as part of the stand concept. Flower pots on display were not as common as specific furniture pieces designed to decorate with plants. Shown are some examples in the stands of Roda, Booo, MatteoGrassi and Moroso.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#4 MARBLE: Marble is culturally associated with a more luxurious taste, social status and, well, bathrooms. This trend appeared last year in Milan but is still to be seen and even growing – this year I spotted it developing in different ways for table tops and pedestal tables (Covo had a good example in solid marble shown above), seating structures, wall sculptures and accessories. There is almost no contemporary furniture label which is not at least offering one or two marble pieces in their collection. Others shown that I snapped and included above are from Poliform and also Flexform.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#5 CLUSTERED LIGHTING: Although I didn’t visit the lighting fair that took place at the same time (it’s a huge event and I didn’t have enough time), I still have observed that the aesthetics of the setting have become as important as the lamp design itself. All technical components are carefully designed and the lamp cable itself can be a playful item, as seen on the lights from Merry-Go-Round based in Sweden. Pendants are grouped with similar or equal pieces to create a dramatic lighting sculpture. And all kinds of materials are allowed: baskets, porcelain, glass, silk, wood, metal, etc. Other examples shown above are by Vuorivirta and Rossana Orlandi.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#6 AIRY STRUCTURES: This is one of the trends I love most: metal and wood structures are carved in an organic, light and very airy way becoming almost an art object or sculpture. Craftmenship is key here! I have seen this trend mostly at Italian brands so far like Ceccotti, Galotti&Radice, Porada and Porro.

So that’s my take on some of the trends this year. Which is your favorite? Where are you getting your trend updates from? Would you like to share your inspiration sources? Have you visited any inspiring fairs lately?

(text+images gudy herder, photo editing and layout: holly becker)






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Boucherouite Rug Trend – Hot or Not?

March 20, 2013

Let’s talk about a big rug trend, aside from the ever popular Beni Ouarains from Morocco and the over-dyed vintage or patchwork rugs from Turkey. The current craze that has the blog world rockin’ are the Boucherouite rugs. You  may have seen this photograph below from The Apartment (where you can buy them online) on some of your favorite blogs or over on Pinterest. It seems to be a popular room at the moment and it shows two stand out rugs, a Beni Ouarain (front) and a Boucherouite (back). Boucherouites are usually one-of-a-kind vintage recycled fabric rugs made in North Africa by Berber women who weave recycled wool and textiles together to create ribbon-like rugs.

Boucherouite Rug Trend - Hot or Not?

I first spotted these bad boys in 2010 in Australian design magazines since I subscribe to a few and they always seem to pop up in Aussie homes. They started to appear in Europe in 2011 but only here and there… And I saw them when I was in Morocco then, too. In early 2012 when I was decorating my apartment for my book, one of the founders of HKLiving tried to entice me with a special offer to buy one from his lovely company but I wasn’t feeling the deep reds, blues and yellows in his selection so I held back.

Boucherouite Rug Trend - Hot or Not?

I was holding back for awhile because lots of the Boucherouite rugs were in palettes way to deep for my taste which was part of my resistance to their ever growing popularity. Lately though, I’ve been seeing them in remarkable colorways that definitely fit my palette in pink, melon, turquoise, black, mint and orange and I really love them. I imagine we’ll see more and more in the months to come, especially since they look so fresh and summery. What do you think?

Boucherouite Rug Trend - Hot or Not?

Boucherouite Rug Trend - Hot or Not?

I found two gorgeous rugs on Rachel Ashwell’s online shop. Wow, totally stunning. I’d own them both. I love seeing them on a polished concrete floor, I like the mix of industrial with soft and fluffy femininity. I also imagine these rugs on white wooden floors or ok, on my hardwood floors in my apartment (smile).

Boucherouite Rug Trend - Hot or Not?

Here are some (above) from Beldi Rugs.

What do you think? I had rag rugs in my teens and twenties – my mother liked them – but once I moved out on my own I got rid of them and went more with the flat weave variety or cotton throws. Since moving to Germany though, I’ve been buying Turkish rugs – I have 4 currently – because we have some great Turkish rug dealers here but also I went to Istanbul in 2011 and was a changed woman – I loved what I saw in shops there. I also went to Morocco in 2010 to some gorgeous rug shops with Maryam Montague (see her home where I stayed here and read about my trip here) and that trip brought in a whole new level of appreciation for rugs that are handmade, vintage and colorful.

Boucherouite Rug Trend - Hot or Not?

You can even buy these rugs on Etsy, Amber from BYOB carries tons of them.

Boucherouite Rug Trend - Hot or Not?

For more inspiration, here is my Boucherouite pinboard that I made for you to drool over, enjoy!

What do you think of these rugs anyway? Love? Hate? Somewhere in between? Do you own one? Let’s talk!

(images linked to their sources above)






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Trend: Contrast Custom Sofas & Chairs

November 12, 2012

I’m loving the look of custom furniture more and more lately because fresh designs are popping up to give furniture personality. Gone are the days when you’d reupholster your sofa or chair in a single fabric – lately I’m seeing FUN being brought to design and a lot less stuffy frou frou, starting with the Contrast trend. In fact, while visiting Liberty last week, I noticed several bespoke chairs and sofas in contrasting Liberty prints and my heart went boom! boom! boom! Gorgeous! I love the idea of mixing patterns with solids, especially on sofas and chairs because it really emphasizes the details and differences so you see more of the piece then you may have noticed before had it been in a simple solid or single print.

Trend: Contrast Custom Sofas & Chairs

Also the idea of a solid fabric (velvet for instance) on a sofa with piping that is patterned gets me a bit hot and bothered. Turned on by a sofa – heck yeah! ha ha! Or a sofa with patterns on back cushions and solid seat cushions… Or, or or… Oh my! The possibilities are endless and I think we should all experiment a little the next time we call up the upholstery shop.

Custom pieces add so much charm to a home because they’re so unique and precious even… one of a kind is such a special feeling in a world of mass production that values quantity of quality. I’d frankly rather save up for a dream chair over buying something I’m half-hearted about just to have it today. Are you with me?

Violet & George’s has a lovely selection of custom furniture and I particularly love how they are keen on supporting up and coming fabric designers. They’ve recently worked on this sofa (shown above) with prints by surface pattern designer Ayme Fitzgerald. All sofas are made to order and take a few months to create but it is well worth the wait – and fabrics can be chosen from their extensive fabric library, along with sofa style and size. Check them out!

Do you dream of designed and owning special furniture like this too?

(images: Violet & George)






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