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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

31-05-2010 Natural Floor to Walk on

Floor manufacturers are head over heels in love with bamboo flooring. Bamboo what? I hear you ask. Bamboo is a fast growing (would you believe it grows as much as 24 inches in a single day?) grass that doesn’t need nasty pesticides or fertilizers. It produces 35% more oxygen than most trees and is a renewable resource that is both durable and water-resistant. Bamboo is often used for building structures due to its strength. The Chinese have known for hundreds of years that the stalk of the bamboo plant is strong and will last for hundreds of years, whereas the Western world is just starting to cotton on to this new trend. The end result has quite an attractive finish for a sturdy, eco-friendly floor.

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Content Source www.home-improvement.mygarden.net.au

 

 

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31-05-2010 Sleeping Beauty

Innovative skincare has a different take on the idea of ‘beauty sleep’. It’s all about the bed you sleep in and the fabrics used, which enhances the skin’s condition. US-based company London Luxury uses products include SkinGlow Cupron Copper Technology duvet and pillow protectors. They work by weaving copper plated fibers into the fabric, which are activated while the body is sleeping. The idea is to eliminate bacteria, fungus and microbes, making the skin look smoother and

younger while nourishing stressed and

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aging skin. We’ll sleep to that!

Image Source www.mattresszine.com

Content Source www.bedbathandbeyond.com

31-05-2010 All you need are Portraits of Love

Sometimes you need to be reminded of the sweeter, simpler side of life.

Contemporary artists Mark Coulson and

Hannah Macleod fell in love and together they created Coulson Macleod. Rather than say it in a card, the two have created these simple; hand finished and framed limited edition pieces of some of the greatest love quotes. We feel that this is a lovely touch in any home, a constant reminder of the power of love and most importantly a wonderful gift. You can even purchase the prints online and have them delivered for free if you’re lucky enough to be in the United Kingdom. Show your love by visiting their Facebook page. 

Image Source www.coulsonmacleod.com

Content Source www.coulsonmacleod.com

28-05-2010 The Ceiling is the Limit

It’s that mysterious 5th wall that you don’t always notice when you first walk into a room. The reason for this might be a lack of impeccably designed wallpaper for ceilings. We’re getting quite attached to the growing potential of this kind of wallpaper; how it covers up a less than perfect ceiling, how it gives personality and attitude to a room, how the patterns, colours and textures give an unexpected, individual edge over other rooms. The benefits of the ceiling wallpaper are endless; the sky’s the limit, er, well not quite, the ceiling is. But what a great limit it is!

 

 

Image Source www.themodernhome.comwww.roomenvy.files.wordpress.com

Content Source www.designer-wallcoverings.com/

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27-05-2010 Plants Just Hanging Around

Lacking floor space? We hear you. We also understand that a house is missing that homely touch without some greenery. Young company Boskke (meaning a small forest) has come up with Skyplanter, pot plants which hang from the ceiling! The style is unique and aesthetically pleasing but the real clincher comes in the functionality of the plants which are self-watering. With less water required, they can be watered less frequently, as the upside down element allows the water to go straight to the roots. These hanging plants purify the air, reducing stress levels and improving the health and well being of those around them.

  

 

Image Source www.boskke.comwww.facebook.com/BOSKKE

Content Source www.boskke.com, www.twothousand.com.au

 

 

27-05-2010 The Radical Workplace

Imagine little adaptable neighbourhoods for employees to work in and you’re slightly on the way to understanding the uniqueness of Macquarie Bank’s unusual yet quirky interior design. Clive Wilkinson Architects are behind this creation in Sydney Australia. It has it’s own ‘meeting tree’ which represents its interconnected relationship with clients. Green enthusiasts will be proud to learn that the building’s energy consumption has been reduced by 50% with many revolutionary technologies being introduced like zone controlled lighting and harbor water cooling. The rest you simply have to see for yourself.

 

 

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Content Source www.archiwork.net

 

 

27-05-2010 The Opposite of Fast Food?

Well that would have to be Slow Food of course! Imagine: the Slow Food Movement has over 100,000 members in 132 countries so they must be doing something right. Developed in Italy by Carlo Petrini, the philosophy behind Slow Food is to counteract fast food and fast life. They’re all about bringing back local culinary traditions, along with people’s interest in the food they eat. Slow Food is about taking pride in where food comes from. Ultimately it’s a way of bringing people together and raising awareness of how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Image Source: www.cubedtv.com

Content Source: www.slowfood.com

 

24-05-2010 With Love From Mexico

So goes the translated motto from Santos Wish, a brand of inspirational jewellery by Sydney designer Kellee Cruse. Originally a gift from a friend in Mexico, Kellee was inspired by the saint necklaces that represented the spirit of Mexico and its people. The engraved medallions from Santos Wish (Santos meaning saints) also represent luck, courage, strength and love. You can find these iconic designs in over 80 leading fashion stores, spread out over countries like Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK with the hope to expand globally. Take these carefully crafted pieces made with love and wear them proudly, with superstitions from another world neatly intact…

 

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Content Source www.santoswish.com

 If you like this trend, you might also like 'Ring Fit for a King (literally)' and 'Sh! Keep it Down'.

24-05-2010 The Green Cyber World

The Internet is another thing to consider in the wider environmental picture. Eco hosting refers to the phenomenon where people choose carbon neutral hosting services for their websites. Now companies like Sustainable Hosting are providing alternative sources of eco hosting for websites powered by renewable energy. It proves to be a more economical option with prices no different to normal web hosting companies. This is a chance to be part of the bigger picture, which combines innovative yet responsible technology without compromising the world around us.
 
 
 

 

24-05-2010 Floating Homes

Born out of a fascination with water and a desire to utilise space, Floating Homes GmbH introduces the unique concept of homes that float on water. With sleek, modern designs that resemble something in between a house and a ship, the creators of Floating Homes were in search of a more active lifestyle, bringing people closer to the water in the process. The concept of Floating Homes was born out of the creator’s participation in a design competition in which they won first prize. They have now set their sights on exporting to the rest of the world.

 

Image Source www.dvice.com

Content Source www.floatinghomes.dewww.trendir.comwww.neatorama.com

17-05-2010 Towels That Suit Your Kitchen to a Tea

These unique and urban inspired tea towels have been made with loving hands and lasting quality. Kauniste a company established by a group of young designers from Helsinki are proud to present their first collection of kitchen textiles. Inspired by the Finnish kitchen linens of the 60s and 70s using Scandinavian designs, these tea towels bring fresh life to your kitchen. All designs are cut and printed by hand, so you can be sure you’re purchasing a quality tea towel that will last.

 

 

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Content Source www.kauniste.com/

 

17-05-2010 Keep Toasty & Warm

There’s nothing worse than being snuggly and warm in your bed and having cold arms! Now we’ve found a great way to keep the cold out with a blanket with built in sleeves! For anyone who feels the cold in their arms and fingers during the night, this is the way to keep them toasty while you’re reading. It may look a little space age and perhaps not the best for a passionate encounter, but it will keep your arms and hands warm and for some people this is indeed happiness in bed.

 

Image Source www.happinessinbed.com/

Content Source www.happinessinbed.com/

14-05-2010 Masking Tape that You Won't Want to Mask

Every house has a roll of masking tape in a cupboard, it’s one of the most useful products to have around. While it was originally used on construction sites and in vehicle panel beaters to help with painting now you can use masking tape for wrapping presents as well as in collage and art projects. This Japanese masking tape is made from rice paper in a variety of colours, it’s strong, durable and versatile but doesn’t leave unsightly marks when you pull it off. 

Image Source www.masking-tape.jp

Content Source www.masking-tape.jp

 

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14-05-2010 Plant a Tree & Save the Planet

Here’s a fresh idea from Japan – a global initiative for planting trees. While more and more of us are aware of the destruction of forests around the world, many of us feel that there’s nothing we can do about it. More Trees is a progressive movement which brings the simple action of planting a tree to the masses. The planting of trees brings health benefits such as retention of water and an increase in oxygen and the more people who support this cause, the better off our planet will be.

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Content Source www.more-trees.org/

14-05-2010 Sugar Sweet, Sweet Alternative

We are always looking for new ways to sweeten our lives without adding extra calories and now we find there are new and healthy sugars without chemical additives. The Stevia plant has been used as a sugar alternative for hundreds of years. Turbinado sugar is a brown and crunchy sweetener similar to brown sugar but completely natural. Fruits can also be used to sweeten our food, such as Rambutan and mangosteen which are sweet fruits native to Asia, and while you may have tried agave in a tequila, now its nectar can be added to sweeten tea and coffee. 

 

  

 

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Content Source www.abc.net.au

10-05-2010 Stationery That Saves Trees

It’s amazing what you can do with everyday items you don’t use anymore. From car tyres you can produce notepad covers, you can turn retail packaging into document wallets and even Sony Playstations can become handwriting pens! Remarkable, a company founded by Ed Douglas Miller, is about more than recycled stationery, it’s a company determined to show us how easy it is to help care for and save our planet. With products that are eco-friendly, functional and fun, we are also educated in the small ways in which we can change our world. 

 

Image Source www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/

Content Source www.remarkable.co.uk

 

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07-05-2010 Who WOOD'nt Love Custom Furniture?

Who could say no to the prospect of custom made furniture from an expert cabinetmaker and craftsman such as John Galvin? From unique pieces of bespoke furniture to custom designed kitchens, shop fittings and one-off creation pieces this master designer uses sustainable Scottish hard woods to create natural and free flowing furniture that does not compromise the environment. John Galvin’s furniture creations are beautiful, contemporary and would make a welcome addition to any home. These are masterful pieces created to stand the test of time. 

 

 

Image Source www.hautenature.blogspot.com/

Content Source www.contemporist.com/

03-05-2010 Shoes Glorious Shoes

Imelda Marcos and Carrie Bradshaw shared a love of shoes, in fact Imelda had more than 2,700 pairs of them. They both would have loved the virtual shoe museum established by Liza Snook in 2004 for women and men who love shoes. From flip flops, pumps, platform, pumps and ballerina shoes, this is a website celebrating shoes of every description from the kooky to the sophisticated. Showcasing designers from around the world and in conjunction with photographers, publishers and anyone with a connection to shoes, this is the definitive shoe shop of the virtual world.

 

 

Image Source www.virtualshoemuseum.com/

Content Source www.virtualshoemuseum.com/

03-05-2010 From Trash to Treasure

While you may throw candy wrappers, newspapers, labels and packaging straight in the bin, Ecoist is a company with a unique recycling objective – merging design with social and environmental consciousness. Here’s a company who saves their rubbish to create organic and earth friendly products.  This stylish bag is made from over 500 purposed candy wrappers woven in different sizes and handmade by fair trade workers in Mexico. Now it’s time to make an environmental and fashion statement with your handbag.

 

 

 

Image Source www.thegreenloop.com/

 

Content Source www.thegreenloop.com/

03-05-2010 Making Pill Packaging Pop

Product packaging cannot be discounted when it comes to brand identification, it’s a powerful tool and sometimes the only point of difference between similar items. Even the pharmaceutical industry is not immune – as these new pocket sized packages of every day medications prove. Based on the old fashioned pill box and produced from moulded paper pulp and bio-plastic, this biodegradable packaging contains four different medicines for simple problems such as headaches, allergies and sleeplessness. Eye catching and unique, this may be the future in pill packaging.

 

 

Image Source www.wallpaper.com/

 

Content Source www.wallpaper.com/