Scarlet Opus 2018 Color Book

This Color report includes the 4 key Design Trends presented at Decor + Design 2017; Melbourne Australia.

The book includes a brief explanation of each of the trends, the Scarlet Opus Trend Boards illustrating each trend’s interior style and also the Pantone referenced color palettes for each trend story.

Winter Desert, Tribe, Urban Planet and Roots.

A great way to help guide the design and marketing of your product in line with future trends. It is an inspirational document that outlines key themes and important color palettes for interiors moving forward in 2018. Inspiring guidance for everything interiors including retail merchandising, product sourcing, stationery, furniture, decor, tabletop, kitchen design, and much more.

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Texture at the Surface Design Show 2017

We visited the Surface Design Show back in February, a show that exhibits the latest in design and innovation for both interior and exterior surface applications. From flooring to wallpapers, lighting, stoneware and much more, this years’ show was an inspiring experience, with impressive new sustainable materials and interactive design concepts.

In this post, we have reported on some of the key themes seen at this years 2017 Surface Design show, if you would like a more in-depth trend report or the latest interior trend report please do not hesitate to get in touch!


The Beauty of Nature

The focus really is on our natural surroundings and organic materials to create a deeper, more tactile experience in our quest to feel more connected to nature. The boundaries between our urban lifestyle and rural landscapes begin to blur with sustainability and eco-integration at the forefront of design in all sectors.

(From left to right) Bright Green Interiors, Innerspace Cheshire, Alusid Sustainable Surfaces, Rug-maker.

Enhanced 3D

Precisely engineered structures and prints come to life, whether it is a flat wall piece or rug design, the 3D concept creates inspiring new formations to be applied to interior and exterior surfaces. This architectural approach continues to trend as we push the boundaries with technology and embrace new compositions.

(From left to right) Evan-James Design, Rug-maker, Maria Ana Vasco Costa, Skuare79

Dark Metallics

An interesting mix of dark metallics was clearly present at the show. Liquid-look surfaces often with a distressed, industrial finish continue to be important as they spread their way through every sector, in particularly deep gun metal shades, bronze and dulled gold. This influence relates to our interest in planetary and outer space exploration.

(From left to right) Innerspace Cheshire, Alusid Sustainable Surfaces, Caroline Hough Design


Texture Direction Autumn/Winter 2017-18

Phil gave a presentation at the Surface Design Show on the latest texture trends for Autumn/Winter 2017-18 & beyond, it includes a brief explanation of 3 different trends, color palettes, interior styles and looks at how each trend translates into specific textures.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the presentation, with notes, email Phil. (£95)

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Creative Review; The next generation of Graduate Designers…

I recently visited the University of Huddersfield’s 2017 Graduate Show for the Textile Practice Design Course. The standard yet again was extremely high as the very talented new designers display fresh and innovative design ideas. It was interesting to see more Millennials expressing their political views and opinions through design; interpreting important topics that dominate headlines in todays society.

For example some of the projects included research into sustainability and recycled materials, with a greater consideration to how the outcome of a design project can be beneficial to society or to contribute to the preservation of our planet.

I particularly enjoyed reading the inspirational stories behind each project; understanding the designers attitudes and thoughts enabled a greater understanding of the end concept or product idea. Graduate designer Lo Green visually communicates perceptions of Female Power; questioning why images of women become political statements. Bridget Donoghue illustrates the mental scarring left being on the people and their families coping with cancer through the art of embroidery; a beautifully imperfect creation immortalised through stitch. Commercial designer Thomas Greenwood challenges ideas of the ‘social norm’ exploring gender identity and mental health issues through digital prints in Fashion. In todays society it is more important than ever to push boundaries, disrupt convention and exhibit creative freedom in all aspects.

So here are a few of my favorites in more detail…

Gemma Birrell

The very colorful bedding collection has been digitally printed using hand painted artwork which has been enhanced and arranged into repeated patterns. This designer is tapping into the consumer market of embracing Nature inside the home; the desire to be more connected to and be surrounded by organic and natural materials, surfaces and prints. In a dazzling range of bright pastels this designer creates quirky botanical designs that will freshen up any interior.

Lo Green

Designer-maker and embroidery specialist Lo Green displayed her project called Feminine Race which questions why images of women become a political statement. Each second-hand garment was chosen for the aesthetic; the detailed embroidery enhances the garment through color and composition. The designer plays with juxtaposition and exhibits the idea of ‘reclaiming’ female sexuality through ‘reclaiming’ garments.

Thomas Greenwood

Commercia Designer Thomas Greenwood creates a print collection for fashion called The Sensitised Pellucidity. This collection explores the desire to regain balance between privacy and transparency looking at elusive spaces and being translucent in new ways; suggesting a new sense of truth with the fusion of industrial and organic. The unisex prints are designed with ‘wellness’ in mind; finding calm in the mist of destruction; signifying the release of life anxieties. Within the collection research into gender identity was at the forefront of the project; looking closely at social, political and economical issues surrounding gender identity in the Fashion Industry.

Kathryn Lund

I really enjoyed seeing Kathryn’s work as she pushes the boundaries of classic knitwear. Her colorful and contemporary knitwear collection takes inspiration from personal experiences and a passion for travel. With dramatic color combination, bold patterns and an array of knitted textures, Kathryn challenged what can be considered as ‘wearable’ within Knitwear. The styling of her Colour Regeneration exhibition really portrayed the inspiration behind the collection; an exploration into the abandoned surfaces within urban areas focusing on the rejuvenating power of color. The carefully considered palette relates to the influence of color being pivotal to the reincarnation of lost and forgotten textures; brought to life once more through contemporary Knit practice.

Bridget Donoghue

Embroidery specialist Bridget Donoghue focuses on looking at cancer through the skin; the bruising, the marks, tones and colors. Her collection Irregular Everything picks out the tiniest of details in the irregular shape and shades, enhancing the beautiful imperfections and blemishes and the repairing of something fragmented and broken. Her work is a symbol of the marks behind the pain, the uncontrollable scar pigmentations and the temporary marks that can beautifully become immortalised by stitch.

We wish all this years graduates the best of luck for the future.

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Decor+Design, Melbourne – Trend Features revealed

It’s very nearly time for us all to head off to Melbourne for Decor + Design.  The show opens on July 20th and across 4 days we’ll be presenting the show’s trend features including:

Keynote Trend Seminar

On Thursday 20th July at midday I’ll be presenting the first in a series of seminars by a fantastic line-up of international speakers at Decór + Design.  I’ll be packing my 45 minutes with exclusive insights into 4 Macro Design Trends for 2018.  I’ll explain the influences behind each trend and reveal the colours, patterns, materials, finishes and styles which will impact on interior and product design next year.

I hope you’ll be able to come along and join me for this seminar session. You can register for the show and book a seat at my seminar by clicking here.

And you’ll find a full list of the International Seminar Series speakers and topics here.

 

Trend Hub

The Trend Hub proved to be a hugely popular feature at the show last year and we’ve got an even bigger space this year as well as a new location – you’ll find the Trend Hub (and the Scarlet Opus team) on stand J36.  This year’s Trend Hub design theme is ‘Winter Desert’, and with a lot of generous help from our friends at LaForma, Satara, Native Interiors, Tuscan Path and the fantastic team at Sugarcane Trading, we’re going to create a relaxing, immersive, sensory experience showcasing innovative materials and products that we’ve sourced from designers and makers from around the world.

We’ve boxed-up all the samples in our studio and they’ll be on their way to Australia this week!

There will be a strong focus on recycled, bio-composite, sustainable and natural materials – bringing together a global mix of styles and the earthen luxury of nature.

And whilst on the Trend Hub visitors will be able to ‘post’ and ‘like’ pictures of their favourite products at the show on the giant analogue Instawall we’re creating.

Laura will be on hand throughout the show to tell you more about all the amazing material samples and help you gather trend information and content for your social media platforms.  So come along to the Trend Hub and take advantage of all the free, inspiring trend information  … plus it’s a great place to rest your weary feet!

Oh … and look out for the Treewise pencil giveaways!

 

Trend Tours

Phil & I will be leading Trend Tours, which will meet at and set off from the Trend Hub, each day.  The Trend Tour timetable looks like this:

  • Thursday 20th July, 3:30pm
  • Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd July, 11am & 2:30pm
  • Sunday 23rd July, 11:30am

The tours will begin with a short overview of the 2018 trends displayed on the Trend Hub. We will then head out as a group onto the show floor and Phil & I will reveal the products on exhibitor’s stands that bring the trends to life. This year we have selected products from 10 exhibitors.  The tours let you see the show through our eyes and you’ll benefit from our trend forecasting expertise along the way as we discuss our special product picks from the show.

You can book a place on one of our Trend Tours here.

If you’re visiting the show then come and say Hello to us on the Trend Hub – you’ll find us on stand J36 with all the cool stuff!!

If you can’t visit the show then we’ll be sharing photos of the Trend Hub and the Trend Tours, so keep an eye on our instagram and twitter feeds.

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Textile, Lighting, Interior Design Trends and Dubai – INDEXdesignseries

The creation of visitor features and experiences  at Index Design Series was our task and you may have seen our previous post about the Urban Gallery of sustainability already. Another such feature, was our Textile Experience displaying a range of textile artistry (some might simply say “Interior Products”) created by designers from around the world. A collaboration with Hull artist Debi Keable created a stunning Lighting installation. These spaces, like the Design Hub Urban Gallery, reflected the theme of the show ‘Design for the Senses’ with the materials and techniques used employing high levels of tactility, immersive sound and striking visual effects.

Lets walk through the products that we carefully selected and imagined by some very accomplished artists/creators/designers were:

Ronel Jordaan

Ronel Jordaan is an independent textile artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She works with the textile technique of hand felting 100% merino wool fibres to create large wall installations, rugs and decorative designs which could be used as seating. Her work takes inspiration from the natural world and her designs are recognised for their originality and uniqueness. The wall installation ‘Garden of Succulents’, created especially for the show, made an impressive impact on designers and consumers alike.

Iota Project 

Iota Project is a social-business, both ecologically and socially conscious, with a commitment to sustainability and community support. They work with communities to provide mentoring and training programmes; re-appropriating traditional craft skills (crochet knitting) to create individual products which in turn provide not only income but skills and empowerment too.

Sugarcane Trading Co.

Pieces by this Australian company were displayed on the Design Hub (the post is here if you haven’t read it already). Similar to the Iota Project they work with communities preserving skills and providing a livelihood for communities in India. The Leela Rug, one of many displayed at the show as part of the Naya Rug Collection, has been made from recycled denim cloth from old jeans that would otherwise end up as textile waste in landfill. They aim to “bring beautiful products into your home”, “leave only the lightest touch on the world’s resources”, “preserve traditional artisan skills” and “give back to less well-off communities”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moss Trend

Moss Trend created the stunning jungle moss wall installation on the Design Hub at the show, and on the Textile Experience an alternative product was displayed showcasing the versatility of the moss, which is available in a range of colours through the addition of natural pigments. 100% natural the wall requires, a surprise to many, no maintenance or watering!

 

Our final space at the show was entitled the Lighting Experience which we collaborated with Hull artist Debi Keable. Hull is the UK ‘City of Culture 2017’ and over the year the city has been transformed by a constant series of events and exhibitions. The artwork exhibited at Index, was first exhibited at Hull’s Freedom Festival. ‘A Walk in the Trees’ takes inspiration from Nelson Mandela after he visited the city in honour of the abolition of slavery by Hull-born politician William Wilberforce. Created using phosphorus paint and UV light, Debi invited local school children to help with the work that celebrates Mandela’s greatest achievements re-imagined in light, colour and sound. As a result this installation fitted in perfectly with the show theme ‘Design for the Senses’. A true spectacle and immersive experience for all the senses!

Film by Alan Keable – Index Design Series – Dubai 2017

Posted by Debi Keable Art on Wednesday, 31 May 2017

 

Check out our Instagram for more photos from the show.

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