LIVE from Exclusively Housewares 2015

This week the team have been in London for the Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical Show. This is a long-established, well-known and specialist show packed with over 120 housewares, electrical and tableware suppliers. We have been awarding our Scarlet Opus “on trend” badges to the products we feel are perfect for this season and near future seasons. Visitors can follow the trend trail to explore what we identified as key products to watch out for.

Our trend boards highlight some of the chosen products, these have been on display for everyone to photograph and reference. Our trend presentation by Phil and Victoria explained the background research to the trends including colour direction, material, textures and product development. IMG_4943


Congratulations to all of the exhibitors awarded the Scarlet Opus “on trend” badge. Here are a few of the chosen products to watch out for.

50’s Inspired Range by Meyer Group (Prestige)

This very smart retro stripe gives a contemporary twist to Prestige product. The block colour paired with pattern adds an interesting contrast with a 50’s twist.


Metallic Mix Copper Collection and Orange Collection by Kalorik

Kalorik’s newest collection features a mix of warm and cold metallic coloured electricals; this fits in perfectly with this seasons Christmas Trend. They work to provide on-trend colour and pattern in kitchen electricals to brighten up the social hub of the home. We also love their intense coral orange collection, mixing and matching the block colour items  also creates a perfect combination for Spring Summer 2016.


Rivsalt Himalayan Rock Salt by Auteur

We love the Auteur salt grater, it explores new ways of adding salt to food. This natural Himalayan salt is paired with a Japanese stainless steel grater of highest quality. Not only does it add a crafted, tooled yet luxurious element it also creates a beautiful center piece when placed on the table. A perfect gift for this coming Christmas.


Other products awarded the Scarlet Opus “on trend” badge include…

Addis Housewares (Copper Collection), Apollo Housewares (Nero & Martele Porcelain Collections), bergHOFF Worldwide (Eclipse Cookware & New Green Cookware Collection), Bodum (Copper Cafetiere), Dartington Crystal (Glitz Collection), Elia International (Pebble Orientix Chinaware), Groupe SEB (Tefal Ingenio), Jean Dubost (Laguiole New Age Range in Copper), KilnerLe Creuset (Chiffon Pink Cast Iron) Ladelle (Lunar Apron), Make International (Keith Brymer Jones Word Range), Mason Cash (Baker Street Range), Nordic Ware (Heritage, Jubilee & Pineforest) Premier Housewares (Cirque & Premier Slate Collection), T&G (CrushGrind Optic Mills & Pride of Place Collection), Typhoon (Vintage Americana), Vitamix (S30 in Green), Whitford (Diamond Series (changeant effect) & Spatter effect Series) Arthur Price (Alfresco & Horizon Mugs), Denby (Monsoon Home Collection) Ethos (Hammered Metal Collection), Eco Cook (Oven Love Collection), Octopus Publishing (Brazilian Cook Book), SMART Worldwide Ltd (Nostalgia Electrics – Popcorn & Snow Cone machine) Swan Products, Vintage Range in Green, Green Pioneer (Abeego).

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Trend Tour at TISE West Vegas

At The International Surface Event (TISE West) in Vegas both Phil and Victoria led Retail and Designer trend tours of the show, this included a selection of companies we felt had particularly interesting products in terms of current or future trends. Prior to the show we visited every single exhibitors website, we viewed all of their product ranges and selected 12 or so exhibitors whose product caught our eye. We would like to share with you the products we identified as being the top current and future trend related products of 2015.

1. Boen

Amazingly there have been saw mills manufacturing timber at the Boen waterfall in Norway since the 1600’s. They are Europe’s leading provider in the premium segment and the second largest participant in the wood flooring market. Their selection of grey-toned and blonde woods relate perfectly to the industrial style.

Another reason we were impressed by Boen was because of their website – after looking through the hundreds of sites, as we do every year for the trend tour, we’ve established the flooring industry is notorious for its dated, ugly (to be honest), difficult to navigate websites. Boen however was a delight to visit, their online style matches their real world style, its contemporary and fresh and that is something that is often over looked. The page layouts have a magazine or blog look to them which is familiar to end consumers. They are inspiring, clean and easy to navigate around. They work with a Trend Expert to achieve this, she identifies which of Boen’s products match current trends and then groups them together into stories along with colour, material, product and styling suggestions.


2. Mannington Mills

This is one of the giant exhibitors at the show, we were particularly drawn to the US made Luxury Vinyl. Wood flooring is a key part of achieving the historical glamour look and can also be an effective way of establishing the base canvas for industrial style too. But real hardwood flooring isn’t always within everyone’s budget, certainly not reclaimed wood.

The luxury vinyl is ink-jet printed using the latest technology and more than that, they got the haptics right, it is subtly but beautifully textured and so all the messages your eyes and hands are getting say its real.


The desirable characteristics for wood for an industrial look include aged, distressed or signs of wear, dark heritage-look wood tones, a ‘hyper-natural’ appearance, reclaimed aesthetic, displaying signs of artisanal or hand crafted techniques and the use of grey tones for the industrial/urban trend.

Another great feature of the Mannington Booth is their Trend Wall Display, a little like the Boen website, it identifies the key current trends; key desirable flooring characteristics; and links this to their product range.


3. Preverco

Preverco Hardwood Flooring were established in the late 80’s, they create products with a keen eye on the trends, saying that:

“We’re like the  wood itself: a living material that evolves and adapts over time”.

They have a clear and concise website, a blog and good pinterest boards that prove they follow trends, keep up-to-date on emerging styles and colours, as well as working closely with experts to translate this information into achieving the right colour tones and finishes for their product. On their website they divide their products into trend styles, which is really helpful for Interior Designers and end consumers to look through to find a floor that suits their personal (or client’s) style and the look they are trying to achieve in a room.

We were also impressed with Preverco’s new Ipad App which allows you to visualise your floor selection, giving you a better idea of the exact look.

IMG_3443 IMG_34444. Henan Prosper

This company started 15 years ago and is now the world’s largest ‘wool-on’ lamb and sheep skin supplier. Some of their key customers include huge brands like UGG, Prada, Timberland & Nike. The products had many qualities that fit perfectly with our Nature Luxe trend (DIScovered) including elements of texture, tactile experiences, natural materials, luxury, comfort, cocooning and Wellbeing.


5. White Oak Carpet Mills

Here we found beautiful plush and luxurious carpets and rugs.

The carpets and rugs are created in their own manufacturing facility in North Carolina with a brilliant in-house design team. A remarkable feature of White Oak Carpet Mills manufacturing ability is that there is no maximum pattern scale – so they can create huge single repeat patterns.


6. Ascend Rugs

Ascend make handmade custom wool rugs from the finest renewable New Zealand wool, and their rugs are actually produced in Christchurch, New Zealand. The ‘Textures of Nature’ collection uses NZ mountain wool, merino, alpaca, mohair, natural silk and bamboo. There is a distinct mix of nature, craft and luxury which aligns perfectly with current and future trends.

Long pile rugs, large loop pile, tightly curled or crimped long haired wools certainly deliver these qualities whilst the lustrous and noble yarns add a touch of luxury.


7. Louis De Poortere

We love their ‘Fading World’ Collection of rugs as it relates so well to the historical glamour trend. Distressed, time worn and with a sense of erosion or wear… even erased patches of pattern and colour are an important trend for rugs. A sense of heritage is woven into rugs via these qualities and they seem to have an interesting story to tell.IMG_3460

8.  Foshan Yueshan

Foshan Yueshan specialises in providing a vast range of mosaic tiles for wall applications to worldwide customers. They have a strong design and trend-led approach in selecting their collections, and this is what attracted us most to this product range. It is a little bit different and special, in particular the mixing of materials really appealed to us as well as the fantastic metallic looks. Products with features including tarnished metallics, armoured undertones, cracked surface effects or distressed effects really relate to current trends.


9. Olde Wood

Olde wood is owned by husband and wife team Tommy and Mandy. They started the company in the late 90’s, and from modest beginnings grew it into one of the largest reclaimed manufacturing facilities in America. Recycling, reusing and renewing beautiful old wood from old structures is what Olde Wood is all about, essentially giving old wood a new life and purpose as flooring.

Usually the structures the wood comes from is over a century old and taken from old barns and industrial factory buildings. So your wood flooring could have once been a beam in a farmers barn, or a stable, or a roof joist in a warehouse.

And this is the reason why we love this product so much, apart from its beautiful, authentic aesthetics… it has a story. These are literally antique woods that have had a previous life and use, and remember they were originally harvested for that purpose decades and decades ago from slow grown virgin timber. There is a romance to this wood flooring, where no two pieces are exactly alike, you are getting something truly unique and over the years of use, the natural patina from weathering from the elements of wind and rain, sun and snow create a proudly displayed array of historical scars, marks and patina that has developed over decades… It has HISTORY!


Other than the historical qualities that link it to current trends it also has an industrial and Wild Urbanism look because of the use of mixed tones of wood.

10. Onyx Tile and Mosaic Distributors 

Onyx Tile is based in New Jersey, its a family owned company that was started in the early 2000’s and they distribute to more that 3000 dealers across America. The product that we loved the most is a hi-definition printed porcelain plank with a distressed finish. It’s so unusual to see pattern and texture used in this way and a great fit for an Industrial/Urban look, as well as for a Historical Glam’ look.


11. Bedrosians

Bedrosians have been in business for over 65 years are a leading source of porcelain and stone tiles in the US. The products connect beautifully with our trend forecast for the creation of calm, soothing, serene minimalist spaces, as well as warm grey tones with soothing neutrals and a carrara marble look. Texture is a hugely important feature for 2015 as is the tonality of colour mixes, subtle Eastern influences of interlocking tile shapes, and mixed qualities of texture, shape, tonality, opacity and transparency all adding to the contemporary feel of the  Bedrosian product.


We also love Bedrosians display of sample boards which are small montages of their products, (we mentioned these in our TISE East posting.) They not only invite people to be be more tactile with the product but they are a great way of showing how different products work together in terms of colour, textures and materials and are well worth creating in your own store!

IMG_3417We look forward to seeing what next years exhibitors bring to the show!

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Getting Nude

quoteThe Nude palette is now well established, going from a soft pink blush to apricot cosmetic tones, and smooth eggshell to a luxurious taupe.  We’ve seen a super feminine look come down the catwalks, nude tones working with neons,  and now a more structured look or slouchy and layered, with a definite edge.  It’s a fashion trend that has transitioned perfectly to interiors and home products.  Nude tones can soften the hard edges of a space and they exude a sophisticated tranquility, creating a soothing visual flow.  Be inspired by the Queen of Taupe, Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen.

kelly hoppenI particularly love the dreamlike delicacy of the Gastrologik restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden.


 Gastrologik by Jonas Lindvall

This project features within our A/W 2013/14 trend, The Vision, which sees cosmetic and blush tones playing with the season’s new diffused pastels, as well as nude metallics and iridescents which create a new gorgeously elegant shimmer.

You can purchase The Vision trend board in our shop here or email Phil for full details of all the season’s key trends in our A/W 2013/14 trend report.

Other Designers working this trend (all shown below) include Phil Cuttance and Lorna Syson, both presenting faceted, origami-like structures in hushed nude tones.  I also love the simplicity of Frederik Roijé’s candle holders, and the lustrous sensuality of the Chignon chair by Koket.


Clockwise from top left: Blumarine S/S 2013 collection; Faceture Vases by Phil Cuttance; Decanterlamp in white by Lee Broom; Wall of Flame candle holders by Frederik Roijé; MAC nail lacquer; Chignon chair by Koket; Plymouth Touch Task lamp in taupe from John Lewis; Notebooks from One Kings Lane: Utensil jar in nutmeg by Le Creuset from John LewisValentino S/S 2013 collection; The Ritz sofa by Studio Bertjan Pot; Maze bowl in taupe by Gordon Ramsay in collaboration with Royal Doulton from OCCA Home;  Linear Fold cushion in cream by Lorna Syson

The lovely people at John Lewis asked us to review the Plymouth Touch Task lamp (shown in the montage above); the sample arrived in the UK studio today, here’s what Zak and Victoria thought:

js1024_ZakZak: “This delightfully nude-coloured lamp from John Lewis has real attention to detail – from the perfectly smooth painted glossy nude shade & base, to the twisted cable. I also like that there is no noticeable button on the lamp we were sent – it is ‘touch control’ so you simply touch the product and mysteriously the light comes on with a 3-stage dimmer function.  It’s stylish enough to work in any room in the Home or in an Office – it certainly looked good on my desk in the studio!”

VR head2Miss V: “I like this classic yet pared-down modern lamp.   It’s a touch bigger than I expected it to be from the online picture, which was a bonus, and the brass components & angle adjusters are weighty & sturdy so it feels like a quality product that was made to last. As you know, I’m a stickler for getting the details right and so, like Zak, I really like that John Lewis had decided to go with an old school braided flex – it’s a nice retro feature, and of course making a design feature of cables on lighting is currently a strong trend in Interior Design.”





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ANDREX Launching Patterned ‘Limited Collections’

I realise every other posting in the blogosphere will be discussing the OSCAR winners today…but I’ve got exciting news about a new product range I wanted to share with you in advance of it going into UK stores later this week!

Last year we began working with Andrex forecasting trends for their product developments and this eventually led to us creating 2 collections of designs for patterned toilet paper! 

Don’t panic!  There aren’t any twee florals or Fleur de Lys in sight!…Andrex’s new patterns are bang up-to-date and in line with current interior trends. 

Months of work have been involved, but I’m really pleased to be able to give you a sneak peek today before the packs become available in Morrisons on Wednesday 2nd March…and filter through into other supermarkets during the rest of the month.

First up…the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection:

Cheerful stylised butterflies, funky flamingo’s, popped-out polka dots, dazzling stars and retro geo’s!  If you have a bright, white, contemporary bathroom or toilet scheme this is the collection for you.  The rolls add a splash of on-trend bright colours (Sooo this season!!!) to a plain white bathroom and will co-ordinate perfectly with plain zesty towels & accessories. 

They are also a fab point of fun conversation for when your friends next come round for dinner…and at Scarlet Opus we think kids will love them too! 


Now there’ll be no need to hide your toilet roll stocks.  Display these patterns with pride! 

The inspiration mix behind the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection includes a dash of 80’s Miami + a good measure of retro geometrics and finally a big spoonful of Summer sunshine! 

The rolls come in multi-pattern packs (kinda like variety-pack cereals) offering a variety of quirky designs all created from the same co-ordinating colour palette…even the cardboard rolls inside are pink!

My favourite from this collection?…well it has to be Rebecca’s kitsch Flamingo!  Quirky, cool and sure to make me smile everyday!  I’ll be adding a roll to my downstairs loo for visitors to get a kick out of too! 

Now let’s take a look at the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ collection:

Stylised Chrysanthemums, scattered Cow Parsley, delicate Leaves, trailing Buddleia and oriental Blossom & Butterflies!  If you have a spa style bathroom or nuetral toilet scheme this is the collection for you.  The rolls add a sophisticated touch of soft linen shades to a plain white bathroom and will co-ordinate perfectly with natural pebble-toned towels & accessories. 

These designs are much quieter than the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection but they are still modern, clean and crisp.  The patterns in this pack have a contemporary silhouette styling which blend beautifully into chic bathroom schemes.

Display these rolls with pride on wooden bathroom shelving with your towel bales, stack on a vertical toilet roll storage holder in your ensuite or neatly pack into a rectangular basket in your downstairs loo.

The inspiration mix behind the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ collection includes a bunch of wild flowers + a good measure of big blooms and finally a scattering of delicate leaves! 

My favourite from this collection?…I really like how my delicate skeletal Leaf looks (above left).  And that reminds me…the quality of the printing on the paper is brilliant!  I’ll be putting the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ rolls in my main bathroom to bring a touch of pleasing pattern into the nuetral scheme.


To celebrate the launch of Limited Collections, Andrex have enlisted the help of 2 celebrity designers (to be announced Soon!) who will each be creating 2 designer bathroom schemes – 1 Bright & Bold and 1 Subtle & Stylish

We’ll bring you an update on the designers and their bathrooms shortly.  We’ll also be tweeting information about which magazines will be including discount coupons for the Andrex Limited Collection pattern packs. 


So if you aren’t following us on Twitter yet, be sure to click the link at the top of the right hand side bar so you don’t miss out!

The first packs will be available in Morrisons supermarkets on Wednesday this week…that’s the 2nd March.  And they will then become available in other supermarkets during the course of March.

Watch out for new Andrex TV adverts for these patterned toilet roll packs from mid-April onwards!  We’ll tweet an update when we know the exact day/time slot.

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