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2- Home Interior Trends curated by Claire Phillips-Stanford
3- Recognising talented folk & featuring exceptional goods
4- This blog is dedicated to design devotees everywhere
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The Loco by Studio Boot for Ixxi
Ixxi famous for their wall hung pixleated images have a new collection of geometric patterns that accompany their successful figurative range. Add a feature wall, tile a whole room or a door, the possibilities are endless and you can dip into the tiled wall trend/look with ease as no tiler is required. The tiles can be attached and removed easily which is a bonus if you change your home regularly. Alongside the tiles you receive a booklet of patterns that come with the pack to inspire you to create up to 32.642 graphic designs. The Loco box contains 50 cards, is available in the colors Pink (fluorpink/warm grey/red/white) and Yellow (fluoryellow/warm grey/green/white) and costs € 149, – (186 USD).
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.
BEST OF THE REST:
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!
BRAND STAND: HAM
Jo Ham a farmer’s daughter launched an unexpected range of designs that capture comic moments in the life of a pig, horse and rabbit. Their playful lifestyles are translated into prints and applied to a growing collection of products. If you like clean, minimal and eccentric designs you will not be disappointed.
STANDOUT STYLING: WRAP
The unmistakable magazine from Wrap that explores the best in contemporary design and Illustration has been well documented. It is stocked at fine establishments in the UK such as Tate Modern, the Design Museum, Magma and Foyles and many other countries. At Pulse Wrap stood out not only for the magazine but the super styling. S/S/A/W loves the new look geometric parquet flooring linked and painted with colours from their current magazine. An excellent idea for flooring courtesy of Wrap.
BEST IN SHOW / CARDS CONTINUED:
One of the finest selection of cards at Pulse came from Dear Prudence designed by Laura Ruth Vickers. The narrative collection sensitively depicts nature at its quirkiest and its best, also hinting at Laura’s formal training as a textile designer. Whilst exploring the versatility of Textiles she printed greetings cards, set up a stall in Brick Lane and sold out the first day. Following her success Laura immediately started publishing her own greeting range and is busy developing the range to include further products, lookout for her new notebooks coming shortly.
1- Harley Boden
The most prominent trend at the show was seafaring and it was interpreted across the board in most product categories. Harley Boden introduced the Buoy cup and saucer in ceramics that played around marine imagery and Buddug created hand rendered plates with placements of ships. The theme reached textiles with Mengsel featuring graphic seascapes whilst Timbergram showed fish on their wooden postcard range.
PATTERN: Linear / Graphic
CONTEMPLATE: Vintage tattoos.
UP & COMING : Rachel Powell
A show-stopping lamp will put the finishing touches to any room and these vintage 60′s and 70′s ones definitely fit the bill. A lot of time and effort goes into the creation of Rachel Powell’s mid century inspired designs. The bases are sourced, re wired, and finished with a chocolate brown fabric cable. The customer selects an etched veneer shade from the series in Walnut or Cherry and once added they are looking at their very own unique piece with timeless style. Prices range from £130 – £220.
Following her success at New Designers in 2011 Rachel Powell will return to exhibit at the show launching her new homeware range in the ‘One Year On’ Part 2 section. Whilst focusing on the etched veneers she had become associated with she began to pine for print resulting in the new additions of hand printed wallpaper and tea towels to the collection. An exciting year lies ahead for Rachel as she embarks on the design circuit promoting her work; I wish her the best of luck, though I know she is not going to need it.
Sian Zeng is a versatile textile designer producing a range of interesting homewares. The allover wallpaper patterns such as the ‘Woodland’ (see above) caught my eye, what makes them noteworthy is that they are magnetic and come alive with the array of magnets supplied with the roll. Alongside this range I discovered Sian produces other home products and gifts, I found this bear, perfect for the discerning parent and the creative child, a hit.
PRINT AND MORE PRINT:
Coinciding nicely with launch of their magnificent Paisley Crescent and Buddha of Suburbia ranges, I officially appoint the cult label Mini Moderns as ‘Store of the Week’. A visit to this ‘Shoppe’ will take you back to an era when cd players didn’t exist and you had to record the Top 40 tunes on cassette recorders. Nostalgia rules and for retro prints so do Mini Moderns.
S/S/A/W favourite: the ‘Whitby print’