Natural Victorian Inspiration
Following on from my last post about the importance of trends, I was lucky enough to attend a seminar this week by a design trend forecasting team, Home Build Life (HBL), who were at the Autumn Fair, a retail event which showcases over 1,400 exhibitors across the homeware, gift and fashion sectors.
My head is still spinning a little from the experience but I thought it would be useful to share a snapshot of some of the trends to look out for in 2014 and also, using my own experience, to share a few current trends too.
'Bio-dynamics' was the overarching name of the trend and encompasses that Victorian obsession with the historical drawing and collections of shells, leaves, fossils and insects.
Shoeless Joe, a wholesale gift company, is already using these in their items (first pic). Second pic shows a vintage style display case, which again illustrates this trend.
Botannical designs, following the cross-over from fashion, will continue to feature heavily, according to HBL. I loved these very grown up, and decadent cushions, featuring rich colours from Evans Lichfield Ltd. I was also smitten with their adorable range of woodland animals; not a particularly new trend, but again one which continues to be seen.
Crochet, macrame, graphic and dotty patterns as well as natural materials such as wicker were also mentioned as key for 2014.
I think its always good to be inspired by what is going on around us; however in the end we should buy and make whatever pleases us most. But... if its on-trend too, then its more likely to get some good promotion which has to be good news for us makers.
And the real reason I went to the fair? I went to meet the lovely team from In-Spaces, an on-line retailer of beautiful products for the home, who are stocking some of my porcelain vessels. I was seriously impressed by their 3-D printing capabilities. And with news that they are soon to have a store opening, my trend prediction is that they are one to watch in the future!
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