Sent: 22.02.12 at 16:27
Subject: Happy Anniversary!
Do you remember the day 3 years ago when you sat down to write your first ever blog posting? What was going through your mind?
I was thinking the other day how far we’ve come since the Trends Blog first began – we’ve incorporated a member’s area, editorial schedules, guest bloggers, integrated social media tools … the blog has really been a platform that has allowed us to connect, and interact, with our followers around the globe in a way I don’t think would have otherwise been possible. Although it’s been a lot of trial and error, it’s a journey that’s been worth it.
So in celebration of 3 years of blogging I thought I’d share my 3 favourite Products, Designers, and Interior Design projects:
P R O D U C T S
Faceture by Phil Cuttance
I LOVE this project right now and have actually just written about the vases in The National’s Trendspotting column which you’ll be able to read on March 3rd. Faceted surfaces, and the play of light and shadow, have always appealed to me but there’s something about this particular project I find really beautiful. To me these pieces are somehow solidly reassuring, yet also have a quietness to their aesthetic that I like, and the colour palette is just perfect.
Check out this lovely video showing the making of a vase.
The Poet Sofa by Finn Juhl from One Collection & The Scarab Cabinet by Patrick Naggar for Ralph Pucci
I know that technically these are two entirely separate pieces, but when I first saw the completed Spring/Summer 2013 trend board, Fraction, they immediately jumped out at me and now, like always, I feel I simply MUST HAVE them … both … together! It’s the simplicity in the lines that appeals, the functionality in the design and the retro styling – a new direction for me! And again, the colour; I find this beautiful shade of green incredibly calming and mature, yet there’s a sense of something else … if these pieces were a person they’d be Julia Roberts, poised and elegant with a sparkle in the eye!
Plumen Light Bulbs
Photographed by Ian Nolan ©
The saying goes you always want what you can’t have, as you know our apartment here is plagued with an invasion of spotlights, they’re EVERYWHERE!! The number of times I’ve been on the Plumen website and typed in my order is now ridiculous! I have dreams of a long line of bulbs hanging low over my dining table, through my hallway, right down the entire length of my balcony … yes, it has become an obsession.
D E S I G N E R S
Let it not be said that I am not loyal! I think I’ve driven you, and I’m sure at times our readers(?!), crazy with my obsession with both my top 2 design studios. Since I was first introduced to their work I’ve become a lifelong fan, raving about them whenever I get the chance. They are of course, the supremely talented and creative design duos behind Meystyle and Jimmie Martin …
Clockwise from left: Night Stripe and Night Curtain from the Fragmented collection; Sepia Pendulum, Chime, Maya Storm all from the Nina collection; closeup detail of crystals and LED’s (inset)
For me, Maria and Ekaterina are the unrivaled Queens of wallcoverings. Every single design is simply exquisite, enhanced by perfectly placed Swarovski crystals and integrated LED lights. In the words of Mr BC … Come ON! It just doesn’t get better than this.
Left to right: Love Potion carver chair, Cowboys & Angels sofa, Imperfection 2 cocktail cabinet; WHITE Turns me on… wallpaper (background)
I think I may have said this before, but I love the rebellious streak that runs through the Jimmie Martin collection. Originally from Sweden, Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar opened their studio in London in 2004 and haven’t looked back. Combining the decadent with the quirky, the nostalgic with the urban, I certainly wasn’t surprised to see Madonna show up at the Superbowl atop one of their designs!
Although I feel my tastes are slowly changing I think I’ll always have a relationship with industrial/urban styling and somewhere in my home you’ll always be able to find a little bit of graffiti something! Jimmie Martin’s ‘Imperfection’ pieces therefore will forever have a place in my heart.
Clockwise from top left: Salon armchair in beige wool with gold and beige studs; Carpetry pendant light in white; Parquetry coffee table; Salon dining chair in grey wool with gunmetal and grey studs
Lee started in theatre school – a beginning credited with influencing the sense of drama and narrative created in his collections. He later won a fashion design competition in association with The Clothes Show which led to a meeting with the fabulous Vivienne Westwood who he went on to work with; he followed this up by enrolling to study fashion at Central St Martins. He founded his company in 2007 and to date has won over 17 awards including a double win at the Elle Decoration British Design Awards in 2010 for Best British Design – Carpetry Sideboard and Best Interior Design – Coquine Bar. Lee’s currently preparing for his first solo exhibition in April during the Milan furniture fair – I’m sure he’ll be receiving rave reviews.
I N T E R I O R D E S I G N P R O J E C T S
Borgo Santo Pietro | Tuscany, Italy | by Jeanette Thottrup
Back in January 2010 do you remember I posted an interview with Jeanette and she kindly shared some wonderful photos of her Tuscan masterpiece? It’s still one of my favourite projects of all time with its beautiful, rustic Baroque styling, and remains on my ‘Places to visit’ list.
St. Hilaire Church | Melle, France | by Mathieu Lehanneur
Although I was struck by the very pure beauty of this project the first time I saw it on Dezeen, it was listening to you speak about the space during our trend seminars as you present the Ancient Times trend that really made me fall in love with it. The way you describe the rippling marble and alabaster appearing to surge up from beneath the church, and talk about the dialogue that has been created between the classic Roman architecture and the biomorphic form of the altar is so passionate, you’re able to give your audience a real sense of the serenity and understated grandeur that this space projects. Another one for my list.
Iris Cocktail Bar & Restaurant | Downtown Beirut, Lebanon | by addmind
In my desperate search for a location for ‘The Wedding’ later this year, I recently came across the Lebanese design company, addmind – Hospitality Concept Creators. They have a very cool signature style; my favourite space has got to be this rooftop bar in Downtown Beirut: Iris. I’m loving the streamlined design, and the custom lighting by .PSLAB looks perfect against the city backdrop. We are definitely going for a cocktail or two in June Miss V!
We’ve worked hard to ensure the content on the blog is inspiring and relevant to our readers – an achievement I think we deserve to be proud of. As people look to process information in faster and shorter ways, I find many blogs are now simply streams of captioned images, which is sometimes great and all you need/want, but other times a well-written posting offering an informative and interesting review, interview, or new business idea is the order of the day. Here are my current favourites:
Create Communities | Katrina Padron is a social media strategist and “ex-Award Winning Director of Marketing”, I’ve been following her blog for only a few months and really like her friendly and informal style. She posts a few times a week and is forever sharing free advice and video tutorials on how to get the best from various social media platforms. You can sign up to receive a free marketing to-do list via email each week and she’s currently posting “Ideas Worth Stealing” which brings together top tips from 10 social media experts.
Dezeen | an online magazine posting several times a day, you can always rely on Dezeen for information that gets straight to the point on just about every key happening in the industry! Probably the blog I most regularly keep up to date with.
Studio Em | Emma Stinson is an Interior Architect and Designer based here in Dubai and although I’ve never met her in person I enjoy following her on Twitter and admire how active she is on the social media scene here in the region. She blogs daily, reviewing great design projects, always with a specific focus, highlighting why she believes something either does or doesn’t work.
Which blogs are you loving right now Miss V?
Sent: 24.02.12 at 11:26
Subject: RE: Happy Anniversary!
3 years of blogging…can you believe it?!
We’ve been hacked, had postings copied, raced to re-photograph entire shows due to digital camera malfunctions…it’s been emotional…but it’s all been so worth it!!!
Yes I remember really clearly the day I sat down and wrote the first post 3 years ago. After a firm push from Jackie Harris to share our trend forecasting expertise via blogging, we set up the wordpress template and I began to write postings initially explaining the Trend Forecasting Process. At first I was a bit formal in my writing style, unsure of exactly what to write about, questioned if there was really much point to the effort I was making and clueless as to how we could build a readership following. But from that standing start we now have over 50,000 regular readers a month and I continue to feel truly passionate about sharing trend information. As time has passed and the blogging team has grown, we’ve learnt so much. You know we really must present a seminar on the subject at a show some time soon so other people can benefit from all of the good and the bad stuff we’ve gleaned along the way.
Thanks for sharing all your favourite products and projects etc… Great stuff! You have such good taste In response here are my 3 favourite bloggers, surface pattern designers, magazines…and colour combinations at the moment:
COLOUR COMBINATION 1: INDIGO & RED
Blue & Red are often teamed in room schemes but normally with white or linen to give a snazzy nautical, resort, French style that frankly bores me because I’ve seen it Sooo much! However, dark inky indigo can be used with a rich berry red accent to create a more exotic and lavish look that I’m currently loving for bedrooms, dressing rooms and dining spaces:
COLOUR COMBINATION 2 : GREY & GOLD
I love grey…I LOVE IT! I’m generally a dark grey & old gold kind-of-a-girl. Now that the hi-shine gold of the blinged-out years have thankfully passed (good riddance) shoppers can now embrace a more sophisticated set of metallics over the coming seasons; tarnished, brushed, pale or blackened…for me its all about Grey & antique Gold:
COLOUR COMBINATION 3: PETROL & PINK
You’ve really turned me onto peacock blues & greens Miss P…I guess it started when you created the Dreamscape Glamour
trend board for our Autumn/Winter 2011/12 forecast, which included some plumage in peacock tones. But recently Petrol Blue has started to appeal to me more! You know I’m not one for girlie pink but, as you can see below, a vintage
pink shade can lift petrol blue and give it a more feminine edge:
Above: David Collins House & Garden shoot by photographer Simon Watson
Writing features and providing expert comment on the coming & current trends for magazines is an important part of both of our jobs these days. But to be honest I really don’t enjoy looking through celebrity gossip mags in my own time and there aren’t many consumer mags that really hold my interest these days. However…there are 3 titles that I still love to look through:
Onto my current favourite surface pattern designers. As you know this is where it all started for me back in the 90’s(!) when I specialised in Surface Pattern Design (for Fashion rather than Interiors weirdly) at The University of Huddersfield. I’m just passionate about pattern! From an early age, way before Uni, I knew I wanted to make the world a more colourful & patterned place to live. Now as a Trend Forecaster I like nothing more than seeing the work of exciting designers and helping to spread the word…and these fantastic creatives are my current faves:
SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER 1: SARAH NEWMAN OF DESIGNBARK
is the product of Sarah Newman’s brilliant talent. Whilst at Chelsea College of Art & Design she developed her skills for screen printing onto real wood veneer. I have a big creative crush on her Bridget Lampshades
. I LOVE the dynamism of her patterns, the vibrant colours and sense of energy…it’s as though something is breaking-up into hundreds of parts and reforming into a new and more wonderful form. Her studio is in South London and she offers other products for the home as well as her super-cool lampshades…plus she has an Online Shop
. The hand screen printed wingback chair is a result of a collaboration with BYPLY
DESIGNER 2: FUKUTOSHI UENO & AKIRA ISOGAWA COLLABORATION
Above: In truth the furniture pieces I love most by Fukutoshi Ueno
are actually embellished with kimono-inspired patterns by fashion designer Akira Isogawa
. Both originally from Japan, but long-time residents of Australia, their collaboration on Dress Code
brings together bold elements of traditional pattern on a contemporary form. You might remember the Dress Code pieces at designjunction last year Miss P? They have a visual playfulness I enjoy and right now I’m craving a blue one.
SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER 3: SAMANTHA HAHN
Above: I always enjoy seeing the work of Manhattan-based illustrator and surface pattern designer Samantha Hahn
. Her designs seem to be drawn with a great sense of joy and I highly recommend having a flick through her extensive portfolio. Current favourite patterns include the Pin-Up girls and her Dancing Girl ink illustration.
And finally…I like your 3 favourite blog choices Miss P. As for my 3 favourite blogs …
I get my weekly pattern fix from Print & Pattern
. I’ve been addicted to the streams of colourful patterns & products showcased on this terrific blog for years now and there are no signs of me tiring of it. There’s also a book of the blog
(2nd edition now available) so everyone can enjoy Bowie’s finds offline.
Grace Bonney does an amazing job over at Design*Sponge
. I’m just 1 of 75,000 unique daily visitors who make Design*Sponge the most popular design site on the web. Grace is a blogger I admire greatly and I’m thrilled her long-awaited book of the blog
has been hugely popular.
As you know I love interior design projects with an Industrial look. More than this I LOVE to look in detail at photographs of industrial decay (don’t ask me why…I just do…I know it’s weird…but I still like it). So I get a regular injection of industrial decay from the aptly named Industrial Decay
blog. They also release a book of the blog
annually which includes the work of international photographers whose images document abandoned industrial facilities from around the globe.
So here’s to many more years of blogging! Thank you for sharing the reins with me Miss P as we venture into the next stage of our blogging journey…YeeHaaaaaaa!