Happy New Year 2014! We are very excited for this year to begin and we have lots of wonderful things planned for 2014. We will start the year with our third Pattern Plus collection releasing on Monday, January 6th at 3:00 pm.
We have received a lot of feedback and really appreciate your comments. We are constantly reassessing our product and how we present it to you. Please take a look at this next collection, we would love to hear your thoughts.
It is our favorite time of year when we get to share our research with you for the new trends coming your way in 2014.
As usual there are some continuing trends that will stick with us for this year and probably a year or two to come. There are also some great emerging trends that we will be watching to see if they gain momentum this year!
This is not your grandmothers’ lace. This trend began a few years ago, but has gained clout in 2013 and will continue into 2014. This lace is stunning and beautifully appliquéd. The concept has also inspired art and jewelry, and we predict it will move into home furnishings. It was heavily featured in the 2014 Spring runway shows by Balenciaga, Laura Biagiotti, Tracy Reese, BCBG Max Azria and Oscar de la Renta.
Molecular Magic is all about chemistry. Whether inspired by molecules or the equipment used in chemistry, it is a great resource for designs. The images below represent a variety of home furnishings, products and also city planning based on molecular structure. It is pretty amazing what science provides.
Everything we smell are molecules that float through the air into our noses, which is a nice segue from “Molecular Magic” to “The Nose Knows”! Smell is often the first response to stimuli and this year there was no exception to new scents! Whether it be canned air from Paris, Eau du Toast (yes, a perfume that smells like toast), breathable tea (no need for swallowing), or the Pizza Hut perfume! The weirdest new scent is the Dolce & Gabanna new fragrance for babies, yes, babies! It is said to enhance the baby’s natural smell.
“Truly Social” is all about being truly social! We have already seen an increase in shared work spaces to encourage interaction as seen in the new You Tube and Twitter offices. We also see it in more products such as the interactive wallpaper or the communal plate. Our absolute favorite is the handkerchief that states “My phone is off for you”.
Oh, Bee-Have is all things bees! We suspect this trend is due to the plight of the bees. And, with everyone being so sugar conscious, honey is a great natural sweetener. We are also excited to see the honeycomb structure become more popular in architecture and design. This also speaks to the molecular structure of the hive, and we think we will see more of these designs to come.
“You Are Here” speaks to the trend of making things user friendly and pushing the envelope of text and design. It is prevalent in architecture and beginning to show up in furniture. It is influenced by technology and Computer Aided Design. We are a huge fan of this trend, making it easier to find products and places!
There are five new emerging trends for 2014. An emerging trend is something we see small snippets of in 2013, and we anticipate growth in 2014.
The first trend is called “Hana Hou” (Hawaiian for “do it again”) which is exactly what creates a trend. The popularity of shows such as HGTV’s Hawaii Life and Hawaii Five-O are influencing this trend. We also saw this trend on the spring 2014 runway, with designers such as J. Crew, Cynthia Rowley, Tracy Reese, MSGM and Fausto Puglisi all being inspired by the Hawaiian flora. Keep a look out for this trend to grow.
“Organized Nature” is exactly that, taking natural elements such as butterflies, beetles, flowers or leaves and organizing them in specific pattern compositions. Works by Briana Sophia Horne and Christopher Marley are great examples of this trend; not to mention the shirt by J. Crew, super cool.
“Scribble Me This” is pushing the limits of clarity. This trend started in graphic design and is moving into product and fashion design. This is partly due to graphic designers exploring other mediums. Graphic designer Peter Saville was commissioned by Lacoste to redesign its logo for their 80th anniversary. You can also see this effect happening in interior design with the scribble-like way the orange cords are arranged to hang the lights. Lastly, we see the same trend beginning in fashion with Yigal Azrouel.
“Geometry” will always be a source of inspiration, but this trend speaks more to the harder lines and triangular shapes that are now taking the design world by storm. There are so many ways to incorporate geometry into designs, from line drawing to multi color artwork, we love the possibilities. Its popularity is expressed in the mainstream of tattooing. Architects and industrial designers are having fun with this trend as well, playing with complex angles in the Rotterdam Houses, to extreme simplicity with the furniture designed by Jean-Marie Massaud.
A Plush Story is our favorite new emerging trend. With the re-emergence of the Muppets in late 2011, and the sequel expected in 2014, plush animals are becoming a part of our culture. You also see the muppets in Imagine Dragons top charting video for their song Radioactive. The plush creatures are also making a name for themselves in the art world. They were used in NYC by Bansky who created “Sirens of the Lambs” which was a statement about the food industry. They were also used by artists Iza Rutkowska who created “The Cuddly” to get people to pay more attention the monuments in Warsaw, Poland and Paola Pivi whose brightly covered polar bears are meant to appeal to the playful child in us all.
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