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We have been working very hard here at the Scarlet Opus Studio so we thought it would be a good idea to update you on what we have planned throughout the summer; including our International Trend Seminars, Exhibition Trend Hubs and more!

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Next month we are at the International Design Exhibition Index in Dubai. We will be giving a Trend Seminar; (schedule TBC) and Trend tours; which showcase some of the best creative and contemporary products at the exhibition.

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You will also be able to experience our Trend Hub (visual below by Rebecca Shipham) to be inspired by information, trend stories and interactive features including innovative surfaces and material samples, representing future design trends.

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You can also learn more about Visual Merchandising by attending our inspirational Window Display Workshop. The hands-on course will teach you how to inspire consumers through trend-led displays, it is intended to help attendees make a connection between store design and consumer experience; connecting businesses to communities through merchandising. Sign up Here.

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For more information about the show please see the Official Preview Magazine. If you are planning to visit the event you can pre-register here.

Clerkenwell Design Week

And if you can’t make it to Dubai you can find us speaking at Clerkenwell Design Week in London. Sally Angharad will be presenting at Desso on the 24th May. The topic will cover Interior Design trends with translation into workplace design with a focus on personalisation.

Book your place here.

Exclusively Housewares London

We will be back again this year at Exclusively Housewares on 14-15 June. Our trend seminar will include trend confirmations as well as future trend information for housewares product. We will also be awarding our ‘#SOcool’ badges to products we feel consumers are looking for.

You can register for the show here. Find out what we got up to last year...

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Decor and Design Melbourne

On the 21-24 July you will find us at Decor and Design in Melbourne, Australia.   We will be taking you on Trend Tours to showcase the key products that just can’t be missed at the show! Victoria will also be giving a Trend Seminar (schedule TBC).

Register to visit here. Find out what we got up to last year

UK Flooring Show 2016

The Trends Hub will be back at the UK Flooring Show in September, plans are well underway…xBUpJ2GpSQbiEEs2o3C-yhyVi29YL-SEvAzJ_WgQu0g[1] Find out what we got up to last year

If you have any questions about any of the events please get in touch!

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Wool Floor Show, London

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Last week we visited the Wool Floor Show, this was a new and exciting event showcasing the industry leaders in the manufacturer of wool flooring; exhibiting in central London.

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There were lots of interesting and unique features at the show which brought wool concepts to life. Not only was it an educational event but also an inspirational one with Wool Trend boards by Jessica Light outlining key colour directions, fabrics and materials for 2016. A particular highlight was the Creative Colour for Wool Rooms which cleverly portrayed wool as coloured paint. The ‘Wool Forest’ was also a beautiful installation which promoted living naturally and choosing wool for all it’s benefits.

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Of course our interest in the show was confirming current trends and investigating what new colours, textures and styles were coming through. We identified 3 clear design stories for 2016 and beyond; Woodland Walk, Soft Minimalism and Tribal.

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The Woodland Walk trend is one we have been talking about for a while and includes grey toned neutrals and hazy heather shades. Patterns are often traditional, including houndstooth, muted coloured tartan (Stevens and Graham) and herringbone styles where textures are deep, comforting and organic. There is a deep connection to nature here, the beauty is found in the rawness and destructive qualities.

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Soft Minimalism displays powdery pastels, they are chalky, matte and often infected with a slight grey tone. These cosmetic shades are intimate, discreet and restrained which projects a calm and soothing sense of well-being. Chunky textures hold protective and comforting qualities where patterns are minimal, simple and sophisticated. (Tartan carpet by Stevens and Graham, Textured Carpet by Jacaranda Carpets, Sample Board by Jessica Light).

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Tribal is a fusion of global influences, mixing colour, textures and patterns to create a unique and exciting revival of traditional cultures. Intense brights are combined together with more neutral tones in weave style carpets (RogerOats). Deep textures appear in stripy brights and zigzag effects (M.I.D / Ruckstuhl).

Find out more about the Campaign for Wool and the Wool Floor Show by searching #ChooseWool #WoolFSL #BritishWool

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Ocean Waste inspiring #BeautifulDesign

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Tackling our ocean waste is a growing concern which we see many innovative designers addressing through modern practices. Considered design is now essential to product development, from the recycling of materials to the impact it has on the environment; in particular the damage it does to our already polluted oceans. Designers have to re-think, re-invent and re-evaluate ways to prevent waste and sustain our natural resources.

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Scientists estimate that about 8 million tons of plastic debris such as food packaging and plastic bottles are being washed into the oceans each year. With this in mind, we have put together a selection of our favorite designers that aspire to raise awareness of protecting and preserving our oceans. From fashion lines to interior product, here are 6 interesting projects that demonstrate the beauty in ocean waste.

  1. Sportswear brand Adidas with British Designer Alexander Taylor launched a prototype shoe with an upper made entirely from yarns and filaments produced using plastic salvaged from the ocean.Adidas
  2. Studio Swine have created a collection called Gyrecraft which includes five pieces that incorporate plastic trawled from the oceans. This piece is named North Pacific Gyre and is made from brass, sea plastic, green abalone shell, rope and shackle.Studio swine
  3. Interface have developed a collection named Net Effect™, a product range inspired by a project called Net-Works™ which collects discarded fishing nets and recycles them into yarn for carpet tiles. The Net Effect™ design is offered in beautiful textures and color reflective of the Ocean.interface
  4. Studio Nienke Hoogvliet is a textile, product and concept design studio based in the Netherlands. RE-SEA ME is a project aiming to ‘raise awareness of the waste issues we have in the oceans’. It aspires to show the beauty of materials we find in the sea in the hope to inspire people to work with them more often. Nienke creates beautiful leather out of fish skins which are a common waste product of the fishing industry. Studio Nienke Hoogvliet
  5. Pharrell Williams launched a collection with G-star Raw. “RAW for the Oceans” is a collaborative project retrieving plastic from the ocean and transforming it into denim. A step-by step-explanation of how they transform the waste plastic from the ocean can be found on their website.  g star raw
  6. Bureo creative skateboards from recycled plastic fishing nets found on the coastlines of Chile. Each skateboard prevents more than 30 square feet of harmful plastic fishnets from entering the ocean while providing support to local Chilean fishing communities. The company succeeds in demonstrating a positive, educational and creative way of addressing the growing problem of ocean plastic pollution. bureo
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Flooring Trends 2016 & Beyond

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This Floor Focus Report contains inspirational trend information for both hard and soft flooring products, color palettes and interior design ideas. There are 3 style stories in the report which highlight the key trends for 2016 and beyond. It is a magazine perfect for retailers, buyers, feature writers, magazine editors as well as interior designers.

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Feel supported, inspired, renewed and have your own ideas confirmed by the experts!

Got a question? phil@scarletopus.com call phil / Victoria or Laura +44 (0)1482 870 360

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KEY TRENDS at the Surface Design Show, London

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Last week we headed down to London for the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington.  On the train journey there I decided to write a post based around my 6 favourite finds at the show that connected with current trends, but on arrival it was obvious that 6 was not going to be enough.  This boutique-scale show was full of fascinating surface products and so here are all my favourite finds from across the show:

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I spotted this amazing leather panel (above left) on the Pintark by LOCO Design booth. Based in India, they describe themselves as “Specialising in advanced surface treatment and crafted material application”.  Their booth was filled with a diverse range of surface designs attached to their modular panel system.  This particular 3D leather panel reminded me of mushrooms or dried flowers … stunning!

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I was fascinated to discover the Metalier booth displaying panels that showcased how their product can turn virtually any surface into real metal!  Basically if you can apply paint to a material, either by spraying or brushing, you can apply Metalier to it … from cloth to polished concrete! It’s an ingenious product comprised of 95% pure metal and will last 20-25 years! This lace surface (above left) was getting all the attention on their booth.  Lace has been a big trend again since the royal wedding, and has even pushed through into makeup trends.  Now we’re seeing a host of products in stores that mimic lace patterns and textures, from tableware to wallpaper … and even baking products!

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It’s always exciting and inspiring to see the booth put together by The University of Huddersfield (above). For several years, design students whose work is a direct result of industry collaboration have been selected to exhibit at the show.  Although it’s been a great showcase for the students work, and has often resulted in placements and sponsored projects, it’s been a challenge to directly convert their ideas into commissions and cash!  So a Senior Lecturer at the University, Joanne Harris, launched IDEAShaus – a commercial enterprise working to help students gain commissions or sell their work to companies. 4 students brought the booth alive with their work this year … let’s take a closer look:

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Alice McBride showcased the work from her final major project at University, which was one of my favourite projects when we attended the opening night last summer.  Her work is inspired by the relationship between nature and industrialism, and she uses a fusion of Gothic architecture and “free living botanicals” to create intricate patterns. Layers of soft paint strokes and strict geometrics are joined together to create unique wall panels. Some of this collection was a collaboration with Daedalian Glass Studios and experimented with how laser cut materials reacted to being trapped in glass. Alice’s latest project ‘ORIGIN’ was also displayed and was really extraordinary work. It has an ordered calmness that I absolutely loved and it was so easy to envision this work as intricate privacy screens/space dividers in a chic bar or hotel in the likes of Dubai; backlit as a wall panel in a retail department; or as table tops in a restaurant!

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Samantha Stewart recently completed an MA Textiles at the University of Huddersfield.  She uses a variety of weaving looms to create fabric structures that effectively “trap ephemera from social waste” (such as zips and nails) to make a creative connection with the textile traditions of the people of Kohistan, who use redundant objects to decorate textiles. From these unusual woven pieces Samantha produces digital imagery to decorate fabrics, and then upholsters seating pieces with these fabrics.

Over the past few years we’ve been exploring Glitch Art in our trend reports and Samantha’s work was strangely reminiscent of this aesthetic … disrupted patterns that have the appearance of electrical interference and contained energy.  Look out for more of these types of mis-registered, glitch patterns over the next year.

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Emma Linney displayed her final major project from her Honors Degree show.  Entitled ‘Surface Tactility’ it explored 4 main techniques for creating imagery, which comprised of CNC routing, laser-cutting, UV printing and screen printing. These techniques were combined to create surfaces that have both visually and tactile appeal. Emma’s work is ideal for large wall panels and I’d love to see her commissioned to create pieces for a hotel lobby, a fashion accessories or jewelery store, or even an independent coffee shop.

It’s interesting that we’ve seen laser-cutting techniques trending strongly in product design at shows around the world, but I haven’t seen printed pattern used to forge such a close relationship with laser-cut pattern before.  It’s something I’ll be keeping a look out for in other Designer’s work because my trend senses are tingling!

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Rebekah Hutchinson recently gained a BA Honors Degree in Surface Design for Fashion and Interiors.  Her ‘Endless Abstraction’ collection comprised a series of unique wall coverings created using screen printing, hand printing, laser-etching and UV printing.  The resulting intricately multi-layered abstract patterns blend and bleed into one another and the surface of the plywood base material.  The finished panels seemed to me to have both botanical and industrial qualities, and it’s a mix I really like – the natural textures and motif are so intermixed with the raw, crumbling, weathered surfaces that it’s hard to tell which is which.  And this whole concept of developing a new relationship with nature in our urban environment is essential to current future design trends.

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Rebekah’s designs are begging to be blown-up to become large-scale wall panels and, as you can see above, they would provide a very contemporary, gritty/botanical backdrop to a coffee shop, bistro or restaurant.

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On our travels to exhibitions, from Décor + Design in Melbourne to Index in Dubai, we get to see a lot of products that enable nature to be brought indoors – whether it’s a commercial, retail, hospitality or residential setting. Caged plant pot privacy screens; felt plant pocket walls; ceramic planter wall tiles … we’ve seen them all! But Bright Green brought something to the show the likes of which we hadn’t seen before. They call it Vertical Pod. It’s a system that can be used with live or artificial plants, inside or outside, and it can be used against a wall or as free standing screening. And as you can see from the photo above, a row of Vertical Pods can work brilliantly as an unusual space divider or privacy screen, and is a great alternative to a traditional green wall.

Look out for the whole issue of Privacy being addressed by product designers in a big way over the next few years. It’s a hot topic in design circles at the moment as people begin to seek out greater privacy in all areas of their lives, including of course their online presence.

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I was delighted to see Caroline Hough Design exhibiting again this year and I finally got to meet the lady herself. Caroline produces interior and exterior surfaces using bio resins, Jesmonite and native timbers like Elm. Her work is both texturally raw, often exploiting the natural forms of the weathered timbers, and minimalist in its smooth simplicity. To me it epitomises a new design trend relating to ‘controlled rusticity’ (something we explore in detail in our Spring/Summer 2017 trend report). Put simply, I love Caroline’s work – the marriage of materials and the complimentary contrasts that exist between textures and colours. Everything about the surfaces she creates is deeply considered and precise, and yet she seems to leave space for natural processes and chance. It’s a way of working that requires confidence and experience, as well as respect for the materials she works with. My favourite surface on her modest booth brought together bio resin and pieces of hexagonal timber … everything about it was right.

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Pladec is a Portuguese manufacture of architectural decorative high-end panels for wall coverings and furniture applications. Their product development work is fantastic and they have a keen on current and future trends. We’ve showcased several of their panels on our Trends Hubs including at TISE in Las Vegas.
When it comes to innovative, on-trend metal or wood panels I think their range is second to none.

At the show this year they exhibited several ultra-oxidized metal effects that really caught my eye, as well as tessellated tile formations and blue-toned wood panels … if you were at my seminar or Trend Tours at TISE this year then you’ll remember that blue-toned wood was one of my top tips for flooring in 2017.

(For UK enquiries contact Kolourful Creative Solutions)

 

 

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