LIVE from TISE East 2014 in Miami…

This week the Scarlet Opus team have been in Miami for The International Surface Event (TISE East) We’ve been busy creating show stopping window displays, presenting trends and running informative and inspirational workshops. It’s been an amazing few days so far at a fantastic show, here are some of the best bits we’ve seen today and of course some images of what we got up to at our Visual Merchandising Workshop!

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Take a look at some of our “best bits” that we’ve found at the show…

Gemstone Tile Works

Gemstone Tile created a beautiful display of their product in a bathroom roomset. They had a giant bath tub complete with basin and mirror and check out this amazing shower they had displayed on their stand! We love the intensity of the colours in their product, they would look great in any bathroom!

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Barbie Kennedy Designs

The combination of materials in these beautiful artful surfaces create unexpected shapes and patterns. The collection of hand designed creations make extraordinary surfaces that are both beautiful and inspiring which will look great in any interior. Her mood board is a great reflection on her work, the use of inspirational textural imagery and combined materials can be seen within the products. Check out more of her work here.

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By Rock Corp.

We loved the patterns created in this marble. They have bold, striking yet intriguingly fascinating patterns that work well as flooring or as wall panels. It would make a fantastic feature piece! See more on their website here.

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Marble of the World

This beautiful mix of natural stones and gold textures creates a luxurious look yet keeps its raw earthen qualities. Its unique, extravagant and of the finest quality exotic stone. The Brown Agate is from the Caesarstone Collection available in more colours on their website.image (1)


Bedrosians created wonderful little product montages that not only invite people to be more tactile with the product but they also look amazing as wall art pieces. This is a great way of showing how different products work together in terms of colour and textures, their catalogue of product mood boards include, Cinnamon Sugar, Butter Cream, Cotton Candy, Ansel Adams and Morning Fog.

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Scarlet Opus Visual Merchandising Workshop

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We put together a hands-on workshop to help inspire customers with fashion-led visual merchandising. We presented three interior design trends for spring/summer 2015 relevant to both hard and soft flooring and wall surfaces, the objective of the workshop was to help the participants develop an understanding of how you can incorporate these trends into store design and displays.

Phil, Victoria and myself had one window each, along with one Spring/Summer 2015 Trend and of course our group of participants to work with in order to create fantastic window displays for flooring products, bringing fashion into flooring for visual merchandising! Take a look at the images, would you stop by if you saw a story-telling display like this? I think so!

Re.Tell window in the making…

FullSizeRender IMG_2637 IMG_2644 The final window displays…

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The session was fun, interactive and we created some amazing window displays for flooring! A big thank you goes out to Bedrosians who sponsored the product for the event and to all the participants who took part!

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Lessons from the West Elm LOCAL launch in London

Last month Scarlet Opus were invited to West Elm‘s ‘Meet the Makers’ event at their Tottenham Court Rd store in London. They planned to throw their doors open and present their ever so lovely furniture, textiles and tableware to the Press, as well as allowing local Designers to demonstrate their skills and discuss their work. Continue reading

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Top 10 finds at THE FLOORING SHOW 2014

Today Laura & I are blogging live from The Flooring Show in the UK, and we’re going to share with you our pick of the Top 10 best finds and features from across the show.  We walked all of the halls this morning to spot the best exhibitor stands, most innovative marketing ideas, and interesting products. Continue reading

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Decor + Design – The Highlights

It’s our last day in Melbourne at the Decor + Design show and if you’ve been following us on twitter then you’ll have seen the photos of our sell out seminar. It’s been a great trip but before we leave Australia I wanted to leave you with my pick of the best products in the best area of the show, and for me that was VIVID:

VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) is Australia’s longest running design competition for new and emerging designers.  This year at Decor + Design it showcased the work of over 80 innovative lighting & furniture designers (including students from the excellent Central Institute of Technology in Western Australia)  competing for a prize pool of $10,000.  In no particular order here are my favourites:

1. CLING LAMP by Megan Devenish-Krauth

Student at the Central Institute of Technology, WA –

Inspired by origami this beautifully executed wall light, made from the Australian tree species Spotted Gum, can be installed in groups but looked equally striking as a single wall light feature.  It genuinely did appear to be clinging to the wall, having paused for a moment before it continued to creep further towards the ceiling:

1 cling2. HEKSY PENDANT LIGHT by Daniel Giffin

These aluminium alloy lights had a stripped-back elegance that appealed to me.  They were designed to be hung in clusters and would most certainly make a stylish statement if hung en masse:

2 heksy3. CRACKED LOG PENDANT LIGHT by Duncan Meerding

Because a chunk of my trend seminar was dedicated to biophilia, our relationship with nature and natural materials, I was naturally drawn to these lights made from reclaimed timber.  They emitted a pleasing warm glow through the cracks of the logs and, although I resisted, I had an almost irresistable urge to touch the bark and physically connect with these simple but stunning lights.  Also check out Duncan’s STUMP cracked log table/stool design available in his shop:

3 cracked4. UNDERGROWTH PENDANT LIGHT by Jackson Turner

Student at RMIT –

This was a really stunning light on quite a large scale – I loved the contrast between the smooth gentle curve of the blackened aluminium dome and the carefully criss-crossed reclaimed Eucalyptus branches which were tucked underneath.  This light would look so good over a dining table:

4 UNDERGROWTH5. DIAGRID PENDANT LIGHT by Rowan Page, Marinos Drake & Ilya Fridman of Studio Batch

This talented trio were the winners of the Beacon Lighting Award (prize money of $5000). The ‘on demand’ design was 3D printed in nylon and then hand-dyed. The lights are created through computerised code which generates a unique form each time it’s printed. Their printed lights will be available to purchase via their online store soon … but in the meantime why not buy yourself a piece of their very affordable and unique 3D printed jewellery (I’m LOVING the ‘Diamond Cage Ring‘).

5 diagrid6. THE TREEHOUSE by Ali Sattarpanah

Student at the Central Institute of Technology, VIC –

I LOVED this free standing piece!  It presented a bonsai plant, lighting and a small storage shelf on bamboo legs.  It takes inspiration from childhood treehouses – personal, secretive spaces. I liked that it combined a whimsical concept with an honest construction:

6 treehouse7. REYKJAVIK CABINET by Amy Perejuan-Capone

Student at the Central Institute of Technology, WA

Made from American Rock Maple, MDF, copper, brass and steel, this compact cabinet inspired by the capital of Iceland was full of character and getting lots of attention at the show.  Amy describes it as a place to “tuck away or display all your special little keepsakes.”  Perfect.

7 cabinet7. LUSTRE COFFEE TABLE by Alexandra Tyquin

Student at Swinburne University, VIC –

This laser cut and manually folded coffee table in American oak, steel and sapphire glass successfully showcased the beautiful grain of the timber on a faceted platform of futuristic gloss white steel:

8 lustreCongratulations to all of the finalists and winners of VIVID 2014.

I’m closing this post with my 5 takeaway memories of Melbourne:

  1. Cool city vibe – edgy, vibrant, accepting & welcoming.
  2. Queues around the block at H&M!
  3. The best/most unusual hotel room service delivery ever = hi-vis jackets, bottle of wine & taxi fare (thanks Annette!)
  4. Animal print.  Leopard.  Lots of.  No but really, what’s with all the leopard print ladies?
  5. The enthusiastic audience at our sell out seminar at Decor + Design.

Thanks for coming everyone!

seminar finalOur special thanks to the Decor + Design show team who looked after us so well and put on an excellent show; The Langham hotel in Melbourne; Natalie; Alex&Elle for the fab graffiti wall art; Lisa Green from Australian House & Garden; Harry the Greek!

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