Posts tagged ‘trade_fair’

April 15, 2011

milan design week 2011 on designboom

Take a look at  the library for milan design week 2011 (115 articles) on designboom

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April 13, 2011

Milan Salone del Mobile 2011

Photos from The Milan Salone del Mobile 2011 by the Future Laboratory (via their Facebook Page)

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January 21, 2011

The ‘Green Exhibition’ points the way to a better future

The future is green, as could be seen from the ‘Green Exhibition’ at this year’s Heimtextil.

“Called ‘Welcome to Utopia’ by designers Anne Marie Commandeur and Arie Vervelde of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, the ‘Green Exhibition’ comprised a landscape with white windmill fields, clouds of over-sized balloons and heavenly staircases made of light wood.

It was striking that the exhibition refrained from raising a warning finger but rather seemed to say we still have time to change things and will be given a second chance if we re-focus on essentials.

In the case of the ‘Green Exhibition’, however, it was not only the sustainable, natural-coloured textiles to be seen hanging from stands, draped over tables and scattered around Bedouin tents that attracted attention.

Considerable interest was also shown in the information on the walls, e.g., details about the Heimtextil Green Directory, a list of eco-labels and certificates, such as ‘The Blue Angel’ and the ‘FSC Forest Stewardship Council’, which help consumers not only to find sustainable home and household textiles, but also prompt them to rethink their buying habits in general and as a whole.”



via The ‘Green Exhibition’ points the way to a better future.

October 16, 2010

Premier Vision Report from a craft point of view AW11/12

One craft lecturers personal view of Premier Vision

Please find below my rambling report and thoughts on those things I saw at Premier Vision, Sept 2010.
PV / Indigo: Sept 2010 report, Nicola Perren.

Please find below an overview of my observations from trend shows (I always find strange as they are basically a round up of what is already in full manufacturing process! Still it is an overview of the work that sits on the edge / forefront of production). It was, as ever, inspiring not only to see the work but to have ‘textiles is a huge industry’ blast you in the face – and only a representation of those who can afford and are focused at the fashion industry.

It was busy but I found every stand I visited, accommodating, welcoming and openly pleased to discuss modes of practice, the state of the business and to hear that we have students from a variety of courses who I feel have something new to bring.I am rounding it up in our key specialism’s but I did find that some idea’s crossed all area’s and will just repeat those. My text is a round up of words that came to mind / open dialogue rather than wonderful prose…. (sometimes I also mention a craft student name – can point them out in catalogue if you do not know their work).Please excuse any dreadful misuse of terminology…


key words:Doubled up (double cloth, two sided, multi process)Timeless (chanel, fine (oriental) paisleys, liberties in scale of pattern)Chain effect (open weaves, grids (structurally), lace)Faking it (printed knit structures, embroidered lace effects, embroidered dogtooth check effects, printed embroidery, printed water drip marks!)Tame Laura Dowey – but subtler (all mixed up: plaids with florals, thickly printed process on fancy wovens, oriental fights paisley)

COLOUR (from prediction forum):Night time (rich, space, silky, velvety)Foody (olives, satay, smoked tea, cookie, quince)Landscape (leaden horizons, ambiguous landscape, full bodied coldness)
Overview – fullness, roundness, rigorous, elegant, warm, desirable, nourishing.
KNIT.Fairly plain but when there was something else it tended to have an ornamental feel – usually through cabling (hand knit) in a mid chunky state, nothing overtly chunky / oversized. Jersey fabic to die for in terms of touch, it felt soft, luxurious but not at all synthetic, raw silk feel (slightly dirty?!). Design studios a plenty had knit with an emphasis on small scale patterns (sorry but my knowledge is limited in terms but could point out a picture!), hand knit cables and crochet. The crochet tended to be used as on overlay on plain woven cloth – adding surface textures.Mohair / fluffy surfaces but the BIG thing (everywhere) was lace from sophisticated beauty – vintage fine to quite simple and open (knitted open squares). There was some interesting mixes – knitted laces cut into strips and stitched onto knitted laces – DOUBLES.What was missing (across the board) was the 80’s, this may be translated differently by the fashion designers but it was not clearly evident in the textiles or colouring. If anything it almost felt timeless, moving towards classic, vintage in process but not the ‘vintage’ look (no tea staining!).There was a lot of knit presented in Indigo by british companies, but my observation was that what was being shown in there was not in PV itself – possibly be there next year but not too convinced of that. Possibly these knit design are manufactured in process’s that avoid shows such as PV – i.e. out sourcing, home industries? Chris / Ruth could answer this I’m sure.Over all, on the knit front – v. positive, lively, real.

EMBROIDERY.Kirsty Lyle!! Just think our Kirsty – not sure if this is really going to work, but somehow…– certain pieces were clear – architectural process (not sure of name – couching?), black on white!Quite a lot of quilting (but not in V&A exhibition way) but two fabrics stitched together with wadding in middle. Various play’s on this – double sided: leather / fur, nylon / felt, also – stitching that holds it together was done in an ornamental manner with a wool / mohair which was subsequently felted resulting in felted overlays on sporty / crisp nylons – interesting and quite a bit of it in forums.Overscale broderie anglaise, cross stitch effects – small stitches building up a large scale repeat. Stitched lace look.Woven bases – worsteds, felts, moiré effects, velvet, voile, netting.Sequins – heavy application but then with chunky over hand stitch, patched sequins on fake furs which are then printed on.Giant home made sequins – foam discs with patent surfaces – glued onto cloth – not stitched.

PRINT.So so so soft, sumptuous, melting, INKY, rich (but soft), old tattoos, bleeding, brush marks, fluid – stunning. There did not seem to be edges as such, bleeding, water drips, ink applied to wet cloth – think star steamer gone wrong with an impatient hand painter…. but the effects were quite breath taking and EVERYWHERE.The print seemed on the surface – not saturated (double sided effect?), not much devere but I did see a few pieces that used a students technique of ours who was selected for texprint a few years ago (name avoids me) – a new technique apparently where the print remains in the devore’d parts – devore was structured chunky stripes with small floral prints.Printing onto silks, voiles, velvets, obvious weaves (!) – (chanel and paul smith types).If there was a vibe at all it was mainly apparent in print it was for 60’s / 70’s softness – oriental paisleys, Laura Ashley meets Liberties at some washed out hippy festival (?) – I can smell the campfire smoke and patchouli coming off them (faintly).
With regards to indigo there was once again so much print it made you giddy – to pick out anything in particular was impossible. What I did notice was the colour – it was intense, there was no time to breath / stop: it just seemed like a colour overload with pattern to be honest. There were some quieter places where it became very graphic and clean (Peagreen) alongside companies selling vintage samples from sample books (included a lot of weave).Animal prints (a la Robyn Lyndsay) – large scale but photographic (not hand drawn) – eagles, deer with big antlers – powerful, digitally printed and tones of grey. Power – not cute.

WEAVE.The least represented but maybe held the greatest changes / movement (possibly a personal opinion). There was little in Indigo (except Paul Vogel) but it was clearly evident in it’s use as alternate bases for printing / embroidery and crochet overlay.DOUBLE CLOTH madness, very clear differences in sides – nominated for virtually all the PV awards. From uber fine synthetics and silks to textured chanel derivatives and worked fur base cloth. Fur (tufted) was structured – carved / cut (embroidery technique whose name totally escapes me). Sheens in plain, nylon jacquards with wool and subsequently felted (pretty much only sign of jacquard).Dobby was king & queen: mohair plaids (quite open – reflecting similar moves in emb / knit), non twist – very thick – chunky extra’s, loop yarns – solid woven,.Oversized to medium dogtooth / houndstooth – cotton / fur combo’s – contrasting yarns.
– Finally – two more observations from indigo (probably mainly useful to crafts).

VINTAGE: Quite a few companies had developed a Vintage department in which they ranged from selling non altered 2nd hand clothes (!) to completely restructured mixed up garments with a contemporary feel, they were re-made, mixed with new textiles and felt quite fresh – it was the idea / concept that was being sold (thinking of a great ex student from Glasgow on crafts).

HAND PAINTED: Came across a few companies who focused on hand painted (non-repeating) prints – felt very raw and canvassy – but utilised a number of base materials from cotton, silk to linen and knitted jersey. Mainly Como, Italy based. – Quite refreshing in the sea of digital / transfer prints. Did find a company in London and another in New York (Japanese, very established – so anti computers does not have a web site! – music to the ears of some craft students).

September 29, 2010

Decorex 2010 @ Scarlet Opus Trends Blog

Check out coverage of Decorex by Scarlet Opus here
and find out who won their 1st Scarlet Opus Star Award

Decorex 2010 @ Scarlet Opus Trends Blog.

September 29, 2010

eponymous rugs: Nani Marquina

VALENCIA DISSENY WEEK: NANI MARQUINAby sabine7 / September 28, 2010

“Barcelona designer Nani Marquina gave a talk at Feria Hábitat Valencia today about the handmade, artisanal nature of her eponymous rugs and how materials and multiculturalism serve as inspiration.”

Handcrafting is the key factor that has led to innovation for this company that treats each piece as a work of art, as Martín Azúa, one of the company’s designers explained. Each new rug design or colour scheme can lead to a new technique, such as felting or tying on die-cut components one by one, but traditional skills are used and adapted to the contemporary patterns. Brushstrokes might not be involved, but because each element is done by hand, each rug bears the marks of many makers in countries such as India, Morocco, Pakistan or Nepal. “

more information from nanimarquina website

The history of nanimarquina is based on a very clear idea: wanting to design rugs. It’s a simple statement, a transparent declaration of intent that has become a reality by putting into practice values such as observation, innovative endeavour, communication, emotion and knowing how to contemporise traditional craftsmanship.

Since its origins in 1987, nanimarquina has been designing rugs and other textile products, paying particular attention to research on raw materials and production processes. These factors enrich the aesthetic aspect of the products, which are the true stars that give the brand its visibility and commercial success.”

via Valencia Disseny Week: Nani Marquina.

September 25, 2010

LA International Textile Show Trends

L.A. International Textile Show Special Section : follow the links for images

Paisley Tradition

Paisley patterns return, ranging from traditional prints to recolored novelties.

Indigo Mood

From jacquards and laces that seem dipped in indigo to shirtings that shift from denim to chambray shades, textiles convey an indigo mood.

Wild at Heart

Classic animal and reptile prints continue in sophisticated traditional colorways or are given a modern update with a jolt of color or a bit of shine.

Graphic Story

Graphic prints and bold knitted patterns give textiles a retro-modern makeover.

via LA Fashion Trends.

January 25, 2010

Final line up for the Industry Trends Conference – 27th January 2010

Industry Trends Event this Wednesday (27th January) at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham 11-5pm. Amazing speakers lined up including leading retailers, stylists, designers, costumiers, trends, event organisers, ethical brands … plus practical guides on portfolios, CVs, setting up own label, freelancing.
Go to for further details or buy tickets by tel 0115 9529116 or via Open to all fashion, textiles, & creative students … 200 tickets have already been sold (with students / graduates from all over the UK attending) … Make sure you don’t miss out!

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11.00am Key Trends for 2010 & Beyond by The Trend Boutique
A look at the key trends that look set to make an impact in 2010 & beyond, including an overview of major trend drivers plus future product direction.

12.00 noon Styling by Rebekah Roy, Freelance Stylist & Editor
Having styled & written for leading magazines, as well as, various celebrities & bands Rebekah provides us with a guide to the competitive world of styling.

1.00pm Spray-On Fabric by Dr Manel Torres, Director – Fabrican
Fabrican, the most amazing & innovative spray-on fabric that can be used for fashion & endless other applications, Manel explains some of the science behind this product.

2.00pm Colour Direction by Catherine Watkins, Colour Analyst – George @ Asda
A great insight into the importance of colour within the fashion & textiles industry and Catherine’s essential role within George @ Asda.

Event Manager by Lee Lapthrope, Creative Director – On/Off
Ever wondered what it takes to stage a major catwalk show? Creative Director of On/Off Lee explains all!

4.00pm Designer Label by Sue Baker, Design DirectorHunters & Gatherers
What does it take to run your own successful label, we asked Hunters & Gatherers to tell us about their season.

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11.00am A guide to Premiere Vision by Gill Gledhill – UK & Ireland Representative
Premiere Vision is probably one of the most important events of the design / fashion calendar, find out about event management from Gill who work on a truly global stage.

12.00 noon The Role of A Designer by Sophie Clinch, Fashion Consultant & Design Director
With a CV that includes some of the UK’s best design positions including Design Director of Miss Selfridge, Calvin Klein Jeans / Juniors, Karen Millen, and H&M this is an amazing opportunity to find out what you need to get ahead in the industry.

1.00pm Internships by Ellen Kerry, Intern – Heat Magazine
What really happens within an internship & why have become even more important & widespread, we asked a real life intern to give you a guide to how it has helped her.

2.00pm Costume Design, by Rebecca McManus, Key Costumier
A guide to becoming a costume designer by Rebecca McManus who has worked on both TV & theatre, this is an amazing chance to see behind the scenes.

3.00pm Ethical Fashion by Beate Kubbitz, Director – Makepiece
From her farm to the clothes we wear, we take a look at Beate Kubbitz unique approach to ethical fashion and wonderful self-contained supply chain.

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Practical Presentations by the Trend Boutique Team:
11.00am How to find the right positions
12.00 noon A guide CV’s and Portfolios
1.00pm How to handle interviews
2.00pm Setting up your own label
3.00pm Freelancing

To purchase tickets for this event online please book via <>  (booking fee’s apply) alternatively call The Trend Boutique directly on 0115 952 9116 (no booking fee is applicable). Tickets are £30 per person.

*please note that times & locations might change on the day so please pick up an agenda on arrival.

January 19, 2010

The Interior Design Show/IDS 10

Where will you be from January 21 to 24 2010?

“Take a peak at the first IDS 10 video – ” IDS 10 The Interior Design Show/IDS 10 is Canada’s largest contemporary design event. Since our inception in 1998, over 500,000 design professionals, consumers and media have attended. The newest and most innovative in international an…d Canadian products are annually presented by 300 exhibitors. Inspirational exhibits feature both emerging and established designers; and highlight international interior design, architecture and industrial design trends. The most influential architects and designers from around the world share their design philosophies and experiences within the international keynote speakers program. IDS is more than just a show. It is the total design experience.”

visit the official website IDS 10

January 11, 2010

CES 2010: Green Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show! | Inhabitat

Inhabitat reports from the Consumer Electronics Show

“The 2010 edition of CES is in full effect in Las Vegas and with it all of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies ranging from automotive to internet and wireless. Walking the floor it was clear that green tech is definitely making its way into the mainstream consumer companies more and more. There is an entire pavilion here at CES dedicated to sustainable technologies and products, but peppered throughout the wireless world and innovation areas of the show green products and services were being demonstrated. Read on for some of the cool green tech that caught my eye on this first day of the show!”

via CES 2010: Green Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show! | Inhabitat.