Monthly Archives: April 2013

floating color- additional influencers

click image to enlarge To further reinforce the ideas behind Floating Color, the strongest directional trend mentioned in my previous post, I am including here additional inspirations I discovered in my research. Most of all, I am inspired by the story behind the … Continue reading

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s/s 2014: key directions in design

click image to enlarge For several years, contemporary architecture has largely been grounded in two polar directions: finding ways to re-imagine manmade forms as an organic part of their natural surroundings, AND creating sleek/serious industrial monoliths. Though the potential creative implications of both … Continue reading

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fall 2014 trend forecast: tactile craft

click image  to enlarge The tactile and vibrant qualities of traditional Moroccan textiles and American folk art embroidery are permeating emerging cultural aesthetics.  Seemingly in reaction to the current digital overload many are feeling, people are being drawn to the … Continue reading

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inspiration: new blue and white

click image to enlarge Left: Ah Xian, China China- Bust 35, 1999. (porcelain) Center: Caroline Cheng, Prosperity, 2010. (burlap fabric, porcelain) Right: Annabeth Rosen, Wave, 2012. (glazed ceramic, steel frame, baling wire) Surrounding: Richard Saja, Behold: ELECTRICITY!, 2012. (cotton floss … Continue reading

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spring 2014 trend forecast: fake plastic trees

click image to enlarge Consumers, growing tired of the over saturation of social technology and the requisite personal branding associated with it, are moving away from overtly industrial trends and looking for ways to return to nature. However, Gen Y … Continue reading

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spring 2014 trend forecast: there is a light that never goes out

click image to enlarge Shrinking job opportunities have caused young people to defer adulthood. Displaced from the expected life trajectory, they stay in school longer or work in coffee shops despite their degree. However, their dreams do not die. They … Continue reading

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new strength: artificial mass (material application)

click image to enlarge The materials in this forecast are platforms through which deceptions of size, space, and weight are represented. Stiff structured fabrics create volume while crumpled and deflated forms hint at what was or the potential of what … Continue reading

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new strength: artificial mass (material inspiration)

click image to enlarge Professional and personal merit is largely no longer about the creation of the tangible, but about the expression and selling of the idea. Imaginary inflated forms are massive but light as they take up invented space … Continue reading

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new strength: open identities (material application)

click image to enlarge Much like the cultural trends that inspire them, the materials in this forecast are defined by their multiplicity and openness. Collage-like prints and knits bring together contrasting elements for dynamic textiles. To create airy negative space, … Continue reading

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new strength: open identities (material inspiration)

click image to enlarge As the culture moves away from valuing personal identity in singular terms, the strength of self is found in the incongruent elements by which we choose to define ourselves. The freedom of expression allowed by this … Continue reading

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