Archive for April, 2008

This year again I am going to Leh Ladakh and Zanskar valley. The last trip was amazing. Those people who want to join the gang for this year… contact me..


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The dominant theme of the most directional pieces in Milan this year was survivalism, and how designers can help us (and themselves) to navigate the perils of contemporary life. The catalysts are the familiar problems of recession, environmental crisis and design’s neurosis about its role in a saturated consumer culture.The survivalists (as we’ll call them) responded by adopting a rugged, improvisational approach to design and a slightly forlorn, Goth-inspired style with dark colors and fractured shapes. They made the most of scarce materials by recycling or inventing them, often in objects with multiple functions.

This piece titled, “Evolution lovers’ seat,” designed and made by the young Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell, made its first appearance at the 2008 Milan Furniture Fair.

“Chinese Objects Object,” shown here, which was designed by Studio Maarten Baas for Contrasts Gallery.

The Dutch ceramics company, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, commissioned new flower pyramids from the Dutch designers Jurgen Bey, Studio Job, Hella Jongerius and Alexander von Slobbe. The pyramids are to be exhibited at the Moss design gallery in New York next month. This is Jurgen Bey’s design.

One of the dominant themes in contemporary design is for designers to develop objects that propose, rather than dictate, solutions to the practical problems of daily life by acting as “works in progress” to be completed by the people who use them. A young Israeli designer, Shay Alkalay, has produced such an object in “Stack,” a collection of individual drawers that can be piled on top of each other to create towers of different shapes and sizes, and in different combinations of colors.

Designed by Trent Jansen for the Dutch furniture group Moooi, the “Pregnant Chair” is intended to symbolize the relationship between a mother and her child.

“Enlaced Antibodi” was designed as an outdoor chair by Patricia Urquiola for the Italian furniture manufacturer Moroso. The metal structure of the chair is enlaced with colored PVC strings.

One way in which the European furniture industry is battling back against growing competition from China is by playing the history card. Porro, an Italian manufacturer, has reissued vintage design by reproducing the “Cubovo” lacquered wood and glass trolley, originally designed in 1962 by Bruno Munari, one of Italy’s most gifted designers and design theorists.

This “Globe chandelier,” was designed by Studio Job for Swarovski Crystal Palace.

The inspiration for the “Bouquet chairs” came from an installation created from some 30,000 paper tissues by the Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka for the New York showroom of the Italian furniture manufacturer Moroso. Yoshioka reworked the concept using fabric to devise a contemporary – and very poetic – version of old-fashioned rag furnishings. Each of the hundreds of fabric squares is sewn individually to look like petals on the flower-like shape of the seat.

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The warming light of cosy interiors in winter and the rich, expressive colourfulness of leather and woods reflect a scale of warm brown and golden shades.

Camel, leather, rust, walnut and pumpkin satisfy the need for cocooning proximity.

Allowing yourself to be spoilt and not resisting every sweet temptation makes life worth living.


The play of light and shade is reminiscent of the cinema of the forties. The couture of that time inspires an elegance which finds itself in the silky pastels and the dark shades of the colour range.

With quality and sophistication it refines the fashion statement.

Seductive frivolity and masculine allures are blended into a sensual cocktail. The decoration of art déco enriches in the filigree details.


The longing of mankind for unspoilt naturalness is greater than ever. The wide-open space of Nordic landscapes sets the mood with a range of cool, authentic natural shades.

Vegetal and mineral shades modulate olive green, khaki and fango tones to icy blue nuances.

Sulphur and woolly Ecru stimulate the restrained prevailing mood. Casual attitude is the ideal ground for a relaxed, but quality appearance. Today‘s claim to comfort characterizes stamps the materiality.


The cool objectivity of modern architecture offers the setting an urban atmosphere in grey and deep dark shades.

Intensive colours like red, pink, violet or green shine have a monochrome shine, like lights in the city. They define new volumes, provide rhythm for graphic or accentuated sporty looks.

A decided modernity stylishly points clearly to the future. Fashion makes use of current technologies to improve textile functionality and to find stylistic forms of expression previously unknown.

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There are dozens of design tradeshows but when it comes to home decor, Maison & Objet is the most influential, with the best in show generally setting the season’s trends.

Bursting Roses
Chintz just got modern and highly exclusive. For fall, it’s a roses-only club and the blossoms are massive, vibrant, and graphic.

Fabulous Fuchsia
Magenta to hot pinks is the “in” color for home furnishings.

Text Messaging
Typography becomes the pattern of choice as jumbled words take shape on pillows, candles, and lighting.

See-Through Structure
Furniture is stripped to its bare bones. Metals and high-tech plastics are molded into the shapes of tables and chairs, but left untreated for a see-through effect.

Strong Yellow
No longer an accent color, yellow solidifies its place in today’s primary palette.

Smooth surfaces take a back seat to faceted edges. High-gloss tableware and lacquered furniture take on texture with their new anglular shapes and details.

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Gridlock: A loose crisscross pattern is an organic take on the rigid grid.
Minimalist Blooms: Flowers have lost their leaves and their petals have gone abstract.
Greek Chic: Greco-Roman motifs get modern.
Nest: The bird theme has been around; now table fashions take a cue from their twiggy abode.
Polka Dots: White circles on colorful backgrounds—it’s cute, it’s classic, it’s back.

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Summer/Spring 2008 Screen-printing Trend/Forecasting Report fashion will be swept away by Romanticist, Energetic, Formalist, and Fundamental inspired designs. From washed pastels to a vibrant and golden color palette summer ’08 will combine these liberating colors with natural and synthetic fibers to create a sophisticated luxury for the next spring/summer season.
Inspired by Pop Art and Urban culture next spring/summer 08 screen-printed designs will be centered on Typographic messages, Prints and graphic repeats, Mod floral’s, and Retrospective geometrics. Incorporating 3 tone, halftone, pictorial, and texts spring/summers screen designs will adorn knitted t-shirts, tanks, dresses, textiles for 2008. Market ranges from suburban trendsetters to urban casual-wear adults.

I. Colors

A. Romanticist
· Washed Pastels
· Sea foam, Kiwi, Plum, Corel, Cream
B. Energetic / Formalist
· Vibrant bights
· Orange, Blue, Turquoise,
· Fuchsia, Raspberry, Red
C. Fundamental
· Golden
· Turquoise, Yellow, Army Green, Gold, Brown

II. Fibers

A. Cotton, Linen, Mohair, Cashmere
B. Polyester, Polyamide, Metallic, Synthetic

III. Fabrics

A. Nylon, Poplin, Tweed, Denim,
B. Jersey, Handcrafted Knits, Cable knits
C. Jacquard, Velvet, Taffeta, Voile, chiffon

IV. Finishing’s

A. Seersucker, Long staple cotton
B. Yarn dyed, Chunky knit, Soft knit
C. Micro texture, Sheen
V. Screen Printing Themes
A. Typographic Messages
· Logo, Street signs, Industrial
· Tie Dye, Japanese African blue prints
B. Graphic Repeated Prints
· Wallpaper, Country Style, Kitchen
· Floral, Ditsy, Linear, Sketchy
C. Mod Floral
· Stylized Pop Floral
· Geometric, Bulls Eye Dots, 60’s
· Graphic, Bold dynamic, Checks, Stripes
D. Retrospective
· Stylized Floral
· Scandinavian Geometrics
· Plaids, Checks, Oversized

VI. Screen Print Technique

A. 3 tone, Halftone,
B. Color Blocking, Sketchy, Solid
C. Pictorial, Logo, Messaging

VII. Inspirations

A. 60’s Art
B. Found Objects
C. Country Fairytale
D. Technical Advancements
E. Pop Culture, Urban Culture

VIII. Garments

A. Knitted T’s
B. Knitted Tanks
C. Dresses

IX. Market

A. Juvenile: 12-21
· Urban, Suburban, Trend setter, Sportswear
B. Young Adult: 21-35
· Urban, Suburban, Casual Wear


*Forecast Part II Summer: Silhouettes Summer 2008. Here & There, 2007.
*The Color Cubicle: Fall Winter 07-08. Here & There, 2006.
*”Information & Inspiration No. 852 June/July 08.” International Textiles Date: June 2008.

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