Scarlet Opus Team Update

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

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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Our pick of the Top Ten at TISE 2016

Here is a look at the products that caught our eye this year at TISE 2016. From hard wood flooring to tile, as well as carpet and rugs, we’ve put together a snap shot of the most on-trend products from across the show, many of which were featured on our Trend Tour.

1. Milliken & Company

Milliken are one of those companies that as Trend Forecasters we really love, because like us they are passionate about design trends and they look far and wide for inspiration. Their approach to carpet design is innovative within the industry because it seems there is a genuine desire to create flooring that will answer people’s needs and desires in style terms and they aren’t afraid to break a few rules along the way.

Our favorite product was Cloud Bank which is inspired by the paintings of English artist William Turner.

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2. Onyx Tile Distribution

‘Tile by Onyx’ exhibited innovative designs and mixes of materials with unusual and brave use of pattern. Our favorite style in particular were the tiles that replicate a worn and distressed effect against intricate patterning (photo 2nd down).

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3. Quick-Step

Quick-Step manufacture innovative laminate floors utilizing their technological developments that make their product incredibly stable, durable and realistic in terms of both graphic design and texture. From their vast range of products on their huge booth we zoned-in on their NEW Tuxedo Pine Planks, part of their Envique collection. This product is a contemporary take on the traditional Shou Sugi Ban technique, basically charred wood. The crackled, charred effect is crisp and detailed and varied, there are areas of small scale crackled detail and then more open areas of deep wood grain texture. The color is a soft black that has a very natural, inviting tone rather than a harsh, cold tone.

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4. Hereford Imports

Hereford Imports specialize in importing Tibetan and Indo-Tibetan hand-knotted, hand-loomed, hand-tufted and even hand–stitched custom rugs. The Lana Textiles collection is made from 100% felted wool and includes fantastic oversized, super-chunky knitted looks.

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5. IVC US

IVC US specialize in Luxury Vinyl Sheet and Luxury Vinyl Planks & Tile. They are the fastest growing Resilient Flooring company in the world (and they’ve got a super-cute dog as a mascot!). This patterned digitally printed Vinyl flooring fits perfectly with our Belo Rio Trend; a trend inspired by the hand-crafted style, reclaimed materials and spirited scenes of Rio’s street life.

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6. Eleganza Tile

Eleganza Tile is a leading brand of ceramic, porcelain and glass tiles. Urban Concrete is a NEW pre-cast concrete tile collection consisting of 2D shapes and 3D tiles. They have a fantastic sculptural quality that will introduce texture into room schemes and deliver unique visual and tactile interest. The individual tiles have a lot of natural variation and random shading, which is characteristic of concrete tiles.

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Slimtech Type 32 is also one of our favorite products from the show – it brings modernity and personalization to the parquet flooring look. The idea is based around 2 overlapping layers – 1st the reproduction of a wood plank, and 2nd a graphic stain pattern look.

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7. Karastan

We fell in love with Karastan’s Antelope carpet design (a tip from one of the Designer Day delegates on our Trend Tour 😉 thank you!). From the graceful plains where the antelope graze to the fierce jungle where the leopard prowls, Karastan’s Exotics Collection of animal prints captures nature’s true spirit of the wild.

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8. Fibreworks®

Fibreworks create stylish rugs and carpet in natural fibres such as sisal, seagrass, jute and wool. This jumbo braided look brings together craft style and luxurious, comforting qualities.

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9. Panaget

Panaget is France’s leading manufacturer of flooring. They not only have a beautiful color range but they also create wonderful inspiration boards for their consumers. Check out their website here to see how they present their flooring as part of a mood board format.

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10. Mannington Mills

Mannington have been in business for 100 years – they’ve survived 16 recessions, The Great Depression and 2 World Wars! We loved their Filigree product. As the name suggests it’s reminiscent of ornate metalwork with a vintage floral motif. Even though it’s a floral, it’s a very unisex design – partly because it’s been inspired by an architectural feature and partly because of the metal colorways – Nickel, Brass, Pewter and Iron. It’s a 6 inch tile that looks weathered and timeworn, the pattern fades away in areas giving it an antique feel.

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Exhibition Stand Design at its best … TISE 2016 Trends Hub

From acrobatics to dog shows and even giant-size magazines, the TISE event has it all, and this year was no exception. The Scarlet Opus Team designed and curated the 2016 Trends Hub, this year turning it into a giant walk-through Trend Magazine. It’s a space that encouraged the visitors to be creative, interact with new products, be inspired and take away useful trend information.

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Our Cover Story was a modern Memphis look with bold, contemporary styling with a retro twist. Including Sentiments Wallpaper by Ingrid + Mika for Milton & King, stylish Flooring by Quick-Step (Tuxedo Pine Planks from their Envique Collection), brilliant Floor Decals by Bionca Waller and gorgeous Pillows by Marlo Lorenz of THRO.

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Our Social Media Lab was hugely popular with presentations by social media experts and we filled the walls with posters highlighting key tips and tricks.

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Visitors were able to choose their favorite color from our Top Ten Colors of the Year with our pompom feature (the felt balls from Mamosa Crafts were handmade for us especially in Nepal). They could also read through our giant size flooring focused trend book. Other features of the walk through magazine included the ‘readers comments’ wall and creating your own sample pages with new launches products from the show’s exhibitors.

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Now let Victoria walk you through each feature…

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What you missed at the UK Flooring Show 2015

This week the team travelled to Harrogate in Yorkshire for the UK’s National Flooring Event. We are delighted to have been part of this exhibition which displays a rich selection of new and innovative flooring products. This year we were asked to create a ‘Flooring shop of the future’ as part of the Trends Hub, this was designed to give retailers lots of ideas on how to merchandise flooring. In case you didn’t manage to visit, we have put together a posting to showcase a selection of what we saw at the event…

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Exposervice create quality, luxury vinyl tiles (LVT Flooring) in a variety of exciting collections. We picked out their Swing Design flooring, which comes in a range of different colours and has a textile weave aesthetic. This look is something we don’t often see in LVT and relates to the growing trend of softening the look of hard flooring by mimicking textiles to create a comfortable, textured feel with durable and practical qualities.

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Earthwerks®

Earthwerks® (flooring inspired by nature) create LVT flooring solutions for residential and commercial sectors. We particularly liked their “Mix’iT’ collection which demonstrated a creative use of colour within each panel. They offer a range of different colours and styles which allows the customer to be the designer. Take a look at their Colorwerks Brochure for more ideas on layouts and mixing colour for flooring in interior settings.

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Polycycle

This company make carpet tiles from recycled plastic water bottles. What we found inspiring was their creative way of displaying yarn cones to show the different colours available in the range. We also love how they utilise a plastic bottle to explain the multi-layered recycling process of transforming plastic into carpet. From the crushed plastic, to the pure polyester beads and finally to the yarn that makes the carpet. It is a creative way to help customers easily understand the whole process.

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Natural Solutions

For several seasons now we have been highlighting the desire for carpet, rugs and wooden flooring with an aged, worn and distressed look and texture. We even had inspirational images on display at this year’s Trends Hub (Flooring Shop of the Future). It was therefore refreshing to see this aesthetic coming through in Laminate Flooring. Natural Solutions showcased a fantastic patchwork patterned laminate which had a very worn and distressed aesthetic. It enables end consumers to create the vintage, ‘old-world’ style in their homes in a way that is both practical and affordable. The subtle use of tonal greys works beautifully throughout the laminate to emphasise the faded pattern motif. distressed

British Wool Marketing Board

The Campaign for Wool and British Wool returned again to display Wool Trends; the inspirational centre for wool carpet. It was a stylish and vibrant showpiece that hosted leading carpet manufacturers such as Adam Carpets, Axminster Carpets, Brintons, Brockway Carpets, Bronte Carpets, Cavalier Carpets, Ulster Carpets and Westex in the Wool Trends area. The installation highlighted forthcoming wool carpet colours and style, and was created in association with Homes & Gardens magazine. Most interesting was the use of plain neutral coloured carpets and Aztec patterns placed along-side very striking, bold furniture. It immediately makes the roomset look more contemporary.

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Adam Carpet

This company demonstrated wonderful inspirational ways of marketing and retailing their product in line with current trends. They featured a giant pin board on their booth which included fabric samples, interior product images and colour swatches to inspire end consumers whilst in store when choosing carpet for their homes. It was refreshing to see a carpet retailer including other interior design elements in the presentation of their product. Adam Carpets also created Trend Mood Boards with detachable carpet samples so that customers can play and rearrange the samples to suit  their individual preferences – excellent interactive sales tools! These were also displayed in our ‘Flooring Shop of the Future’.

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Ornate Carpets

Ornate is a leading specialist in the wholesaling and manufacturing of contemporary handmade rugs, kilims and furniture. The business is a thriving hub to the European market, providing some of the finest quality handmade rugs to top interior designers and five star hotels around the globe. We particularly loved the ottomans made to compliment the rug designs. Not only are they unique, one-off furniture pieces but they are also a great way to showcase rug patterns at exhibitions.

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Oriental Weavers

Oriental weavers have an ethos of providing a rug to suit every style and budget. The machine made collection included a variety of 100% New Zealand Wool rugs, striking modern designs, unique woven rugs and a variety of anti-slip flat weaves. The fused array of multi-colours across this rug attracted our attention. 2015-09-21 16.01.29

The Flooring Shop of the Future

This year the Scarlet Opus team created a ‘Flooring Shop of the Future’ designed specifically to reflect the shopping experience desired by consumers when making flooring product purchase decisions for their home. There were many features that gave retailers quick, easy, inexpensive ideas of how to display and merchandise product as well as create an inspirational and inviting space for their customers to spend time.

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We even created a mock flooring shop window display based around the ‘Wild Urbanism’ trend. The window encourages innovative ways of using flooring product to create an inspiring presentation for visual merchandising.

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We would like to extend a huge thank you to British Ceramic Tile for supplying the tiles for our window display, Interface for supplying the Shop Flooring, Adam CarpetsAdriana Tavares Rugs, Jonny RossMartin CurtisQuickStep, Interfloor (Meister), Rug Guru, Tektura and Real Shetland for providing products to help make the window display, shop floor features and interior design table look amazing!

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