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S/S/A/W LOVES: Compat Notebook & Keyboard Memo Pad, Katy & June
Pulse featured 500 exhibitors in five sections, Home, Gift, Fashion Accessories, Wellbeing and Launchpad. It is a must see show for retailers to discover brand new collections and innovative products. The highlight of the show was the excellent Launchpad section, it is an integral part of the success of Pulse showcasing 120 emerging and enthusiastic designers, who were delighted to be presenting their work to the 7000 serious buyers from independents, multiples, e-tailers and department stores for the first time. Without further ado here are the final highlights of the show plus another one of my trend boards.
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Both Dicky Bird and Red Brick North have emulated the theme in their own signature style to print for different products, Dicky Bird created cards and RedBrick chose to translate images onto scarves. A special mention goes out to the designer Karen Mabon of Red Brick North not only for the scarves but also for her innovative packaging which I tweeted about live from the show @SSAWhometrends.
TREND: the Laboratory trend appeared at the shows in January 2012 and now moves into the card and textiles market.
DETAIL: graphic prints and muted brights
CONTEMPLATE: Linear graphic prints with bright accents.
Amongst the quirky retro inspired papergoods at Lovely Pigeon I discovered Kirsty’s brand new contemporary collection of geometric jewellery. In contrast Red Brick North offered a graphic feminine approach in enamel, both highlight the considered selection process by the shows curators i.e. high quality design led goods.
Captain Hook Lamp, Dan is your soulmate
S/S/A/W loves the Captain Hook Lamp and also the product name. This very versatile lamp designed by Brooklyn designer Dan McMahon has an extra long coloured lead and is aesthetically appealing when unravelled or wrapped around the handle. Take a look at his website to discover how he approaches other products.
Cluster, Jill Shaddock
The ceramic work at Pulse was particularly strong and here is another example of the craft at its finest. I like the composition of the clusters, the number detail and the mix/match colour palette. A winning combination and also Jill ticks all the boxes for the Cluster trend with this combination.
Wood print, Mr Wingate
Refreshing to see a print not so figurative, here Sam Wingate plays around with trompe l’oeil effects.
Studio Lav successfully experimented with print and scale, zooming in and out with the geometric linear prints on bone china.
Archipelago, My friend Yarn
Eva and Lisa Holst, mother an daughter team fuse graphics and textiles disciplines making cushions that evoke Swedish nature and jumpers from the 1970′s. Look out for the prints that will follow shortly.
NY Bike Lovers, Emma Cowlam
Finally: The last tip would be to check out the embroidered / printed illustrations by Emma Cowlam. As you can see she can draw, but she can sew also. Head to the site to see the selection of images available, I particularly like the fantastic bride and groom.
That all design folks!
DECORATION: the collage ceramic head by Professor Stephen Dixon is a timeless piece of art you can use to decorate your home. Find his work at Collect represented by The Blue Display Centre. He will feature alongside 30 of the world’s finest international galleries exhibiting exceptional work of museum quality from their portfolio of artists.
Song Dong: Waste Not
If you are a collector, visually excited or inspired by collections you will not fail to be moved by Beijing artist Song Dong’s exhibition ‘Waste Not’ currently underway at The Barbican Curve Gallery.
Following the death of Son Dong’s father in 2002, consumed with grief his mother Zhao Xiangyuan continued to live in their small Beijing house. Taking the Chinese philosophy ‘Waste Not’ to the extreme and disposing of nothing, Zhao obsessively collected household items as if she were continuing to provide for the family under a regime where shortage prevailed.
Song Dong became increasingly worried about her living conditions and in 2005 he suggested to his mother that they turn the collection of objects into an art project allowing nothing to be discarded or lost; ensuring care would be taken to meaningfully recycle and preserve the contents. With the help of his mother and sister, Song Hui, they emptied the premises culminating in this internationally acclaimed exhibition, which was first shown in New York at MOMA in 2009.
What remains today is this fascinating portrait of a family, whose household paraphernalia is displayed in categories, toothpaste tubes are lined up on a wooden board, clothes are neatly folded and shoes worn over time are lovingly positioned in rows. The significance of the installation is more poignant following the death of his mother in 2009 and it is important that her obsessive behaviour is applauded not frowned upon. The exhibition is incredible, moving and undeniably unique, go and see this, you will not be disappointed.
Now showing until 12 June 2012