New Designers 2016 – Part 1 – a most important Creative Showcase

This week New Designers took place at London’s Business Design Centre now in its 31st edition. The UK’s most important exhibition for emerging design is split into two parts. Part 1 focuses on textiles, jewellery, ceramics and glass and contemporary crafts. Part 2 is slanted towards product and industrial design, graphics, illustration and animation.

Designers who have completed their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees exhibit their work representing their university. A breadth of specialisms and talents are on display exhibiting high levels of originality, innovation and craftsmanship. Here is a round up of our favourite pieces as well as some of the trends which caught my eye.

First is Bath Spa graduate and Texprint 2016 finalist Lydia Knight. Inspired by botanicals, plants and flora she creates beautiful prints developed from exquisite hand drawn illustrations and paintings. I was attracted to her artworks which have then been developed in repeat using digital print techniques. Her designs could easily be adapted in the commercial interior and home furnishings sector; specifically wallpaper or the bedlinen market.

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Fellow Bath Spa graduate is Rhian Beynon whose stunning paintings have been developed digitally. What I liked most about her collection, was her preference to display both the digital fabrics and a large scale painting (right) which would look beautiful as a bespoke artwork. The details and colours have been translated wonderfully into her repeated designs, again highly suitable for the commercial interiors sector.

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One of the themes I noticed at the exhibition was ‘pleating’. This covered various disciplines including weave, knit and print. Catherine Kinsbury-Smith of Herriot Watt University uses iridescent yarns within the knitted fabrics.

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As the light shines depending on the time of day, the 3D illusion is emphasised. Likewise Glasgow School of Art graduate Rochelle McGuiness; the sharp lines and iridescent surfaces of her collection entitled ‘Distorting Perception of Depth’ allows the pieces to take on the colour of their surroundings and vary depending on the viewers standpoint. I particularly like the projection of her designs when used for lighting.

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‘Folded Nature’ by Loughborough Textile Innovation & Design graduate Lauren Saunders explores a three-dimensional, structured aesthetic for fashion. Taking inspiration from natural forms she combines a variety of fabric manipulation methods including ‘heat forming’. Enabling the fabrics to not only demonstrate functionality as they become flexible in response to the body, but also remain visually appealing. Although intended for the high end/haute couture fashion market, her designs could also be considered in other contexts such as an architectural installation.

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Continuing with the theme of optical illusion, a number of new designers exhibiting represented this trend in the form of printed textiles. I’ve selected the work of graduate Stefan Volder for simple yet very effect designs. His menswear collection entitled ‘Concrete Nostalgia’ took inspiration from post-war modernist architecture in Scotland.

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Anna Helgesson‘s work, from first time exhibitors Swedish School of Textiles the University of Boras (winners of the award for Best Stand); particularly stood out to me for its simple and striking primary coloured designs providing a clever optical illusion. It reminded me of the work by Japanese design studio A.P.Works. I really enjoyed all the Swedish School of Textiles’ graduates use of scale including the collection (UN)PERFECT – ‘Breaking the rules in textile printing’ by Lisa Fredin (left). These particular pieces I think would work well as drapes for windows or room divides as light can still be passed through whilst offering privacy.

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Talking of large scale work, to be admired is the work of Katherine Plumb. The printer from Central St Martins takes inspiration from purpose built landscapes which are then developed into cut-paper collages and large scale prints destined for interiors. The quirky pegs used to display the fabrics are also playful and really suit the fun and bold colour palette.

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One Year On is a feature of the show that presents selected designers in their first year of business. Chosen by an independent panel they are selected based on their flair and quality of product. All work exhibited can be bought or commissioned directly from the designers at the show. Favourites of included Aimee Bollu, a member of the Crafts Council’s Hot House programme, Aimee seeks out objects that have fallen out of use and aims to bring them back to life. Combining found objects which may be viewed as conventional and mundane she adds newly created simple vessel forms offering the viewer something familiar yet fresh. With a subtle and contemporary palette, splashes of bright, the vessels can be viewed as a collection or as individual objects.

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Well that’s it for the Part One report, I had a great time and highly recommend the exhibition as a great day out, a wonderful way in which to discover new talent and of course, a great place to buy some exquisite and unique pieces.

Let us know what your opinion is about what you’ve just seen and if we’ve persuaded you to go next year………

 

 

 

 

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Huddersfield University Graduate Show Review

Last week I visited the Huddersfield University Textile Practice Graduate Show to check out new and emerging talent. I always enjoy returning to the place where I studied and it is great to see the fantastic work displayed by the students. Here is a round up of some of my favourite designs…

Laura Ensinger

‘Poetic Profusion’ provides a print collection that’s bursting with artistic integrity, challenging fast paced and impersonal digitally generated design. This project is truly commercial with a quality made, ‘mix and match’ collection that has a beautiful painterly hand drawn aesthetic. 2016-06-11 13.14.56

Jordan Evans

‘Priceless Possessions’ is a project created for the luxury menswear market, these highly intricate and beautiful embroidered fabrics bring a unique and stylish element to detailing on fashion items. In particular this idea relates to the growing desire for handcrafted and to a greater extent personalisation.

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Becca Buttons 

Scandi Stitch offers a combination of traditional 50’s Scandinavian design with a contemporary, colourful twist showcasing a range of playful embroidery designs into hard materials and fabric. These pieces are intriguing and unique; a perfect addition to a modern interior.

Becca Buttons offers a bespoke made to order service. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted and made from laser cut Perspex which is then slowly hand embroidered into.

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Gemma Blackwell

I love how experimental and playful this project is, ‘Oddity’ adopts a curious approach to exploring the use of materials in relation to embroidery. This project investigates a combination of traditional techniques such as print and embriodery with unconventional material use and embellishment. The outcome inspired sample development for wearable luxury fashion fabrics. This project relates to our ‘Play’ trend which embraces materials such as foam, neoprene, silicone and plastics.

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Sophie Lee Wilkinson

Inspired by the traditional methods of craftsmanship, this project incorporates hand-dyed British Wool and hand-woven fabrics to create a unique collection that celebrates the integrity and skills required during the making process. Indigo is a key colour for 2016 and this technique allows us to fully appreciate it’s dynamic and pleasing application to textiles.

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Jessica Moor

The ‘Honesty’ collection embraces the delicacy of nature with the peeling back of layers through time. It is designed to explore the hidden beauty of nature through print techniques on transparent flowing fabrics. I think it works beautifully as a collection, where the intensity of the colour palette creates an intriguing dark atmosphere, perfectly in-keeping with our Autumn/Winter trends of re-establishing our relationship with nature.

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To see more projects please visit the Textiles Practice Blog.

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Stationery Design Trends 2017: A Report for Retailers, Designers & Manufacturers

This summer Scarlet Opus presented a selection of trends specifically for stationery design at the London Stationery Show. For those of you who didn’t manage to attend, we’ve put together a Scarlet Opus Edit of 2 trends for Spring/Summer 2017 which you can read below.

Or you can opt to Buy the full report NOW! It’s Incredible value for money, great ideas and inspiration for stationery designers and manufacturers, whilst also being superb stock purchase & merchandising guidance for retailers.

Trend 1 – Analogue Workshop Analogue WorkshopInspired by a trend that seeks beauty in the ordinary. Analogue Workshop is designed to counteract the constantly connected ever updating and accelerating pace of modern life. We reach out for what is grounded, offering liberation from the digital world with a renewed appreciation of what is analogue, low-tech and every day.

Materials include leather, concrete, maple woods, cork and …..

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1. Of Instruments and Archetypes by Unfold 2. Sassy Stitches by Lori on Etsy 3. Alfamarama on Etsy 4. The Designer Medium Notebook – Indigo Denim by Emgie Libris on Scoutmob Shoppe 5. Y Studio Mechanical Pencils & Pens 6. Mechanical writing tools by Giulio Iacchetti 7. Grovemade 8. Homework Pencil Box by Present & Correct 

Styling and Merchandising

A craft workshop…

  • Use peg boards to create an organised display of tools (stationery)
  • High top tables encourage interaction and collaboration
  • Leather belts can be used to hang ………….. in the window
  • Include bold geometric shapes on …..
  • Be inspired by mathematical instruments and …

Trend 2 – Tribe

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This trend relates to an emerging new attitude amongst women across many cultures. It promotes empowerment and independence. Women around the world are better educated, stronger and in control.

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1. Decorative Matchboxes by BelloPop  2. Archer Pushpins at Urban Outfitters 3. Notebooks by Sasha Kretova 4. Patterned cards by Sanna Annukka 5. Sacai collection for Nike 6. Woven paper “sketches” from textile designers Helle Gråbæk and Maria Kirk Mikkelsen 7. Aztec prints Styling by Jessica Hanson, photography by Craig Wall

Styling and Merchandising 

How can you create this trend’s look in your stores?

  • Woven baskets for display give a sense of authentic craft.
  • Display units that have a teepee shape to them.
  • Include textiles to add tactile qualities; bringing colour and pattern to displays.
  • Painted driftwood and global fusions of sounds, smells and visuals.

Download this inspiring report in full now and make sure that your 2017 Stationery product offer is exactly what consumers will be looking for……

To access all trend information… download our 2017 Stationery Design Trend Report. This 60 page download is bursting with inspirational trend information; it includes 1 Christmas 2016-17 Trend Direction and 4 Spring/Summer 2017 Trend Stories with translation into stationery. You will discover what is driving these trends and understand which materials, patterns and colours will be specific to stationery design. Gaining specific product design inspiration and guidance. It’s a ‘must have’ for designers, manufacturers, retailers and stationery addicts! ALSO included: 5 essential referenced colour palettes and many visual merchandising ideas.

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Visual Merchandising Workshop at Index Dubai 2016

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Last week the Scarlet Opus Team ran a Visual Merchandising Workshop at the International Design Exhibition Index in Dubai. The hands-on workshop was designed to suggest and encourage multiple ways of inspiring customers with trend-led visual merchandising; creating consumer experiences with brand themes and stories. The participants began the morning in the classroom where key psychological tips for effective merchandising were discussed; as well as 3 Interior Design Trends translating to inspirational visual merchandising.

The intended learning outcomes included …

  • Understanding how and why Consumers are motivated to enter a store by a window display
  • How to make a connection between store design & the Customer Experience
  • How to identify trends and put them to practical use in product displays
  • How to create aspirational window displays using Interior & fashion trends
  • How to connect your business to your community in your Window

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The second segment of the workshop involved putting new vision, skills and imagination to work. Participants had a life-sized window structure to build an extraordinary display – a display designed to capture the eyes of fellow peers, drawing them in and encouraging interaction as ideas came to life; right on the show floor! The workshop ran once a day over 4 consecutive days, each group had the same purposefully limited props so they had to be very creative in order to build a display inspired by Scarlet Opus interior trend – Play.

Day 1

In keeping with the geometric and modern Memphis Movement influenced trend, the first window display included bold uses of wallpaper – covering shapes and furniture. Subtle fashion influences such as the dress and sun glasses purposefully enabled the consumer to connect the ‘interior wallpaper store’ to relevant trend-led fashion brands. It is a confident, daring and wonderfully dynamic way to display wallpaper.

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The final window display…

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Day 2

The second group worked hard to bring a luxury lifestyle interior display to life. After carefully considering all inspirational images, they designed a subtle but intriguing display with a surreal twist. With pops of strong colour and geometric shapes positioned carefully alongside softer, delicate and beautifully placed props; they created a perfectly balanced and inspiring interior visual – quirky yet classy

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We loved the innovative use of the mannequin in this window display, an injection of surrealism is bound to intrigue passes-by!

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The final window display…

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Day 3

Team 3 decided on creating an installation window piece with patriot multi-coloured ribbon and string. They creatively attached the ribbon at the front of the window to make an abstract foreground effect with the product displayed behind.

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The final window display included suspending cushions to make a central focus point. The team used strips of wallpaper to drape from the central beam at the back wall to the front of the window. Bold shapes were stacked and positioned in each corner of the window to create the perfect balance.

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The final window display…

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The workshop was a huge success and we had some very positive feedback, we would like to thank all participants who signed up and took part; we hope you were all able to take away some useful tips as well as having a very fun day!

A big thank you to our supporters and sponsors who supplied various props in order to create the display – Boss DesignHome Outfitters, Styro, Baines de mer, Worlds Away, Casador and Newmor Wallcoverings.

Leave a comment to let us know if you prefer the window from Day 1, 2, 3 or 4.

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Scarlet Opus at Index Dubai 2016; The Trend Hub

In cooperation with the show organisers, we created the Trend Hub; a themed lounge area on the show floor where visitors could be inspired by information, images and interactive features all influenced by future design trends for the world of interiors and architecture.

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The Trend Hub was a place in which to be enthralled by unusual material & texture samples from around the world and themed to also educate in future interior design trends. The Trend Hub was a space for visitors to adopt and ‘own’, taking advantage not only of the trend information but also of the opportunity to have somewhere to sit, chat, meet and work for a while.

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The 2016 Trend Hub theme was ‘a day in the life ….’ concept showcasing a home lounge, an office workplace and a ‘social hub’ represented in the form of a coffee shop. Furniture by Boss Design and Flooring by Interface.

Privacy

As we realise the potential consequences of having shared so much about ourselves this trend answers our desire to ‘take back control’ as designers explore ‘revealing’ and ‘concealing’. This space was designed to enable visitors to have a quiet moment inside a bustling exhibition. Cocooned furniture by Boss Design, Accessories by Worlds Away and cushions supplied by Casador.

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Play

A bright, fun, colourful design trend driven by the Millennial generation and taking the workplace by storm. This area investigates how to bring an element of ‘Play’ into offices and work spaces. The table tennis proved a very popular feature as well as the spinning tube chair by Boss Design.

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Organic Matter

A true Mega-Trend exploring our desire to connect with nature, natural materials and people; and whenever possible, to do all 3 at the same time. This space allowed visitors to readdress the importance of an extreme naturalness where nature inspires innovative design processes.

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Our soft snug area was supplied by Tunisian Made Foutas and lifestyle essentials by Bains de mer. IMG_3602-min

Alex Turco was our trend hub sponsor; the decorative Art Panels are custom made to meet clients requirements in terms of size, color, and finish. Conceived to lavishly style interiors and to rejuvenate the concept of living well, the Canvas Art Panels are a valuable accent to tastefully created atmospheres. The Aluminum Art Panels are spectacular, one of a kind statements fashioned for either indoor or outdoor use.

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The Sample Table included innovative materials, textures and surfaces by Gemstone TileMuraspecVescomAltfield LondonHornschuch GroupArmourcoatCarina SohlNewmor WallcoveringsOber Surfaces, Northern Engraving, Campioni, Shou Sugi Ban and Focus SB Electricals.

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