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Posted by Walter Phillips on 18.12.2015 - Tagged as: Material Tendencies, trends
We spoke to nearly 100 industry professionals for insights into the latest market developments
Architonic continuously checks the pulse of the markets. Our team visited the key trade shows and design events this autumn to meet the top design brands. We spoke to nearly 100 industry professionals for a few insights into the latest market developments over the past twelve months, seen from the expert’s point of view.
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Michael Young – Photo © Architonic
Looking for a new journey, Michael Young moved to Hong Kong in 2006 where he was quickly intrigued by the highly evolved engineering skills and manufacturing opportunities. With a spirit of industrial adventure, the British designer likes to explore the facilities of the local factories and pushes its traditional techniques to new limits.
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Posted by Walter Phillips on 29.04.2015 - Tagged as: Le Vin Chin, trends
Layers by Nendo for Glas Italia, photo: © Le Vin Chin
This is the third of a three-part Trend Report from Milan 2015 by Le Vin Chin. The most notable visual design trend in Milan this year was the layering of colour and light; transparency, translucency, and reflection.
Posted by Walter Phillips on 28.04.2015 - Tagged as: Le Vin Chin, trends
Humus and Porcelain Project, photo: © Le Vin Chin
This is the second of a three-part Trend Report from Milan 2015 by Le Vin Chin. Playing with the design of the way we eat has launched many experimental restaurants with unconventional dining experiences over the past few decades. This year’s Milan definitely sees a sea-change in how mainstream this idea has become and how rigorously a designer can examine the subject without seeming outré. Quite simply, as we feel our natural resources diminishing, and as our own rate of human expansion continues to grow unabated, how we create and process food – both the macro- and the micro-processes – has never been more urgently in need of innovation.
Posted by Walter Phillips on 27.04.2015 - Tagged as: Le Vin Chin, trends
The Open Making Platform by OpenDesk, photo: © Le Vin Chin
This is the first of a three-part Trend Report from Milan 2015 by Le Vin Chin. Halfway through my visit to the Milan design week, this year, I posted a cri de coeur on Facebook: “Major FOMO. No time! No time!” The brevity only emphasised the point. Facebook had already blown up in preparation for the fair the previous week, Instagram was relating all the incredible stuff other people were seeing right then, in real time. Milan’s design week, in the digital age, gives you an incredible overview: you get to see the coolest installations and the most interesting pieces online before you’ve even set foot out of your AirBNB door. And doesn’t that show up the social trend and the design trend of the moment, our constant, continuous need for content, information and entertainment as enabled and encouraged by our new technological capabilities?
Posted by Walter Phillips on 04.02.2015 - Tagged as: imm cologne, Le Vin Chin, trends
This is part two of a two-part Trend Report from Cologne 2015 by Le Vin Chin. See Part 1 here.
Here we have no one particular materials trend, but a constellation of directions, relating to wool, to weaving, to knots, and to cords and ropes.
Posted by Walter Phillips on 03.02.2015 - Tagged as: imm cologne, Le Vin Chin, trends
Furniture from Oskar Zieta’s PAKIET range of modular wooden furniture. Photo © Le Vin Chin
This is the first of a two-part Trend Report from Cologne 2015 by Le Vin Chin. As ever, the mood and the buffet of design offers in Cologne reflect the location and the Zeitgeist. The imm cologne and the attending Passagen are shows with an European scope and we saw the sombre mood of Europe, and of Germany itself, in the presentations during Cologne’s design week. With economic, social and political worries spilling in from all around, it’s a time of contraction and therefore conservatism, a retreat to the safety of known quantities and values.
super normal: 'Bac' chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini
“Super normal” is normal
At times of crisis many manufacturers go back to basics, and the design principle of the “super normal” propagated by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morisson has become the answer for products when times are hard. No more focus on elaborate experiments with design and form. The aim is no longer to be noticed whatever the cost – instead the objective is to become part of scene as unobtrusively as possible. Delicate new interpretations of the archetypical chair were to be seen in large numbers and are intended to ensure healthy sales figures without long development times. The reason for this trend is that the “super normal” (almost) always adapts itself to its surroundings, whether these are in private households at the kitchen and dining table or for commercial purposes such as the restaurant or waiting room…
Cushion sofa by Front for Moroso
“Applied graphics” as an eye-catcher for furniture were a prominent feature in Milan, for example the surprise effects in the designs of Front for Moroso. Draped covers or soft cushions are printed as photo-realistic graphics on furniture upholstery.
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