Inspiring products include platux photo-art and Boca do Lobo pixel cabinets
Victoria Redshaw, trend forecaster, Scarlet Opus UK, took Index participants on their second Scarlet Opus Trend Tour on Sunday, October 23.
The session which lasted nearly two hours included a study of key exhibitor’s products by Redshaw and Shelley Pond, creative director, Scarlet Opus, looking at them as a snapshot of the show from a trend and design perspective.
As a trend forecaster, Redshaw works with retailers, manufacturers, product designers, interior designers and the media informing them of coming trends for the world of interiors; the colours, patterns, materials, textures, shapes and styles that will answer the ‘wants, needs, and desires’ of consumers one to two years in the future.
“Having viewed every single exhibitor’s product range, we have collated our pick of the best.
“These were the real gems at Index 2011 in terms of current and future trends so that visitors can navigate their way to these ‘must see’ stands,” said Redshaw.
“It gives visitors a snapshot of some of the most inspiring, forward-thinking and on-trend products for future reference.”
Victoria Redshaw’s pick of the best at Index 2011 were:
MYB Textiles Hall 8, E331, UK The famous lace makers established in 1900 now launch their first lace wallpapers, entitled PaperLace, taking the traditional fabric designs and giving them a new lease of life. The collection has been created in conjunction with the design company, Timorous Beasties, with the two archive designs used as a basis for the collection date back to the 1920s. www.mybtextiles.com
Platux Hall 2, Stand D89, Germany There is no missing the Platux stand with its vibrant limited edition Light Art pictures. As a special highlight, it is showing a range of Dubai-inspired city motifs. The bright ‘plugged-in’ colours and electric vibe is right on trend for 2012. www.platux.com
Annemette Beck Design Studio Hall 2, Stand D77, Denmark This stand could so easily be missed said Redshaw, but, the entries collection of woven textiles is ‘fantastically forward-thinking. Annemette is a true trendsetter’.
Made with unusual mixes of metal threads (silver, copper, brass, steel), paper, rubber, wool and crystals, the work translates into rugs, room dividers, panels, wall hangings, blinds and fabrics. www.annemette-beck.dk
Boca do Lobo Hall 4, Stand A173, Portugal On the Trend Tour for the second year running, we are particularly excited by the brilliant Pixel cabinet and waves pieces being shown by Boca do Lobo this year, as well as its Mondrian White. www.bocadolobo.com
Sotis Studio Ceramics Hall 4, Stand C187, UK These ceramic creations fit perfectly with the trend we call ‘Forces of Nature’, which sees designers being inspired by extreme weather systems, such as volcanoes and earthquakes and the four classical elements of earth, air, fire and water. The dramatic Raindrop wall ceramics and gold vessels beautifully encapsulate the essence of this 2012/13 trend. www.sotis.co.uk
Variazioni/Mec Services Hall 6, Stand A248, Italy Showcasing its uber elegant, Diva D’Autore lighting pieces, designed by Italian architect and designer, Ilaria Marelli.
The collection features exquisite and subtle pattern elements based on past and present female celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, culture and science. Personal favourites include Maria, Louise, Rita and Dolly (inspired by Dolly Parton).
Boxed Online Hall 1 Stand E40 UAE The braincchild of Sarah Saleh, this online business based out of Bahrain not only offers modern pieces for the home, but support to independent artisans in developing countries via a free retail platform. Redshaw’s favourite pieces include the porcelain micro tiles and felted wool, which add ‘a welcome ‘CraftPunk’d styling’. www.boxedonline.com
Lighting | Visione Concourse The awe-inspiring Lighting | Visione installation proves that lighting is central to creating a sense of drama in interior schemes.
As well as being practical, lighting is an opportunity to explore the potential of materials and experiment with new forms and colour effects. Lighting | Visione includes the work of 10 designers and brings together some of the most exciting and iconic lighting pieces from around the world.
Redshaw’s favourites include: Lampster by Damson, CCult floor lamp by Arturo Alvare, Hanging Orbs by Dylan Roelofs and Loop table lamps from Fontana Arte.