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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

29-09-2008 Sh! Keep it Down

Creative, contemporary jewellery requests that you keep the noise down with Sh! Contemporary Jewellery. Unique pieces like the pod ring, a series of rings inspired by organic pods beginning to decay, are just some of the examples where nature has inspired designer/maker Suzanne Harbinson. Suzanne aims to capture the hidden and unobserved elements that fly below the radar, bringing them to our attention in this cleverly crafted way. Created with precious metals, her inspiration comes from a fascination with stones, always considering the textures and drawings they make.

Picture from: www.sh-jewellery.co.uk

 

If you like this trend, you might also like 'With Love From Mexico' and 'Ring Fit for a King (literally)'

 

26-09-2008 Bearing Resemblance to Phones

The Japanese are at it again with this cute and quirky craze. The Kuma Phone (also known as Bear Phone) is a stuffed bear which holds a SIM card that allows you to make and receive phone calls by holding it up to your ears. In terms of functionality (yes it has more use than just being adorable and quite possibly mistaken for a children’s soft toy), the Kuma Phone can save up to four speed dial numbers (one in each paw, naturally) which are activated by squeezing the internal sensors. It seems Willcom, the company behind the craze, also has quite the sense of humour, as to accept and hang up the calls, you simply squeeze its, erm, buttocks. Classy!

Picture from: www.kilian-nakamura.com

24-09-2008 When Coffee Cups Have Self Awareness

It’s the thrill of the savvy, just-rushed-out-of-the-office-with-an espresso-in-my-hand look but without the guilt of having to throw it out in dispensable fashion. ‘I am Not a Paper Cup’ from DCI is the ceramic equivalent of our favourite paper cup. This nifty little creation is made from double-walled porcelain with a flexible silicone lid. Coffee addicts will rejoice in the eco-friendly side of it – it’s the only coffee cup you’ll ever need. Plus at $20 a piece, it will only cost you the pennies you save on your daily coffee run!

Picture from: www.dcigift.com


 

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If you like this trend, you might also like 'Turning coffee into art' , 'Keep Cup Keeps you Happy' or 'Battle of the Espresso'.

 

 

22-09-2008 All' s Fair in Love and

Pamoyo is a fashion brand that dances to the rhythm that it dictates, taking advice from the streets of Berlin, from the past and

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the future and
combining it all to create collections with inventive artistry that really packs a punch. Not confined by the obstacles of time or the chains of trends, Pamoyo is all about looking for ways to increase green social production without compromising on quality and authenticity. There’s no need to hide behind superficiality with Pamoyo, a brand which aims to embrace all that is real, fair, social and green. It’s simple. Just embrace who you are. Humour, creativity, innovative concepts, sub cultures and retro images combine to make this powerful, rhythmic collection from Berlin.

Picture from: www.pamoyo.com

19-09-2008 Take the Pub Wherever you Go

So you’ve been thrown out of the local pub one too many times to make a return visit with workmates? Or none of your workmates can decide on where to go for the next work function? With the world’s first inflatable pub from Amber Iris, a company that focuses on designing and providing inflatable buildings and products for certain occasions, your dilemma is solved. The Portable Pub is the perfect solution for sprucing up those corporate events or to complement your existing business. It holds up to 50 guests, takes an hour to assemble and with its PVC walls it’s also completely, 100% drunk proof!

Picture from: www.amberiris.co.uk

18-09-2008 Sheila the Solar Queen

Architect Sheila Kennedy’s new solar energy device works like the photovoltaic cells in solar panels but are membrane like surfaces, able to be draped like curtains or used to cover walls or roofs. The Solar Textiles absorb light, converting it into energy, changing the way buildings receive and distribute energy. As principal architect of Kennedy and Violich Architecture in Boston, as well as a lecturer at MIT, Sheila Kennedy is an expert in solar cell technology. She used 3D modeling software to design her Solar Textiles, which are sure to impact greatly on the energy efficient world.



Picture from: web.mit.edu

 

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15-09-2008 Come and sit with Insitu

Not only are Insitu products recognised locally and internationally for their commercial design and hospitality, this independent company is also putting Ecological Sustainable Development on the map. Using safe and environmentally sound business practices, Insitu works to nurture a culture founded on excellent, responsible environment performance that doesn’t compromise on safety. The products have unique, eye catching designs like the Hollow series, a functional seating system with an open centre frame and a weather resistant surface which makes it suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. Take your pick of the innovative series; it could be just what your home is looking for.

Picture from: www.insitufurniture.com.au

11-09-2008 Battle of the Espresso

For years coffee has been considered over tea as the savvier, sophisticated drink. But that’s all about to change. From the leaves of the South African shrub Rooibos comes Red Espresso, a tea that imitates coffee with delicious results. Rooibos tea is transformed when put in espresso and coffee appliances. The result is a much stronger taste, as well as a caffeine free, high in antioxidants beverage. Sweet with woody undertones and richly red in colour, Red Espresso has no additives, preservatives or colourants. The battle between coffee and tea is about to heat up!

Picture from: www.redespresso.com

 

 

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like: 'Keep Cup Keeps you Happy', 'When coffee cups have self awareness' or 'Turning coffee into art'.

 

08-09-2008 Putting Bums on Seats

The great outdoor festivals and concerts are often a huge platform for environmentally conscious artists to spread their eco message. So what better way to listen, than while seated on a GreenSeat GreenSeat, a company from the Netherlands, has written a memo to itself: ‘We put trees ahead of profit’. Sounds idealistic, but their ventures to date appear to do just that. The GreenSeat is a small collapsible-system seat with back support, made of corrugated cardboard. Not only will bottoms be able to sit for longer, you’ll be less crabby by the end of the night in your 100% recyclable GreenSeat. With low production costs, simplified distribution and collapsible chairs that make transportation a breeze, you’ll be singing all the way home.



Pictures from:
www.greenseat.no

04-09-2008 Forget me not Souvenirs

Sick of all the ‘My dad went to Canada and all I got was this lousy t-shirt’ souvenirs? Canadian designers Anneke Van Bommel, Cynthia Hathaway and French born Giubrunet and Boursin feel your pain. That’s why they have invested in designing unique souvenirs that convey the sense of memory, while truly capturing the spirit and essence of Canada. The Souvenir Shop features trendy logo scarves, hanging lamps, post pocket do-it-yourself envelopes, a deck of cards and many raw yet beautiful ornaments that convey Canada’s natural beauty without all the clichés. All the pieces are considered works of art with forget-me-not nostalgia and a catchy logo to boot – je me souviens.

Picture from: thesouvenirshop.ca

01-09-2008 A phone that Mimique's no other

Gone are the days of feature- heavy, large, chunky mobile phones. RKS’s Mimique combines traditional mobile phone features with new touch screen technology and style. With downloadable upgrades, you won’t need to worry about buying a replacement phone when this one’s features are out of date. The Mimique also uses Google’s much anticipated Android open-source software, ridding consumers of their ties to specific mobile phone carriers. With the opportunity to liven up the Mimique phone with graphic skins, combined with all the other amazing bonuses, the question remains will any other phone ever be as good?

Picture from: www.rksdesign.com