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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

28-07-2010 Happy Utensils

Everyday appliances can seem mundane and a little on the boring side after a while. Why go for the same old utensil, when designers like Anglo-Swiss partnership Black and Blum are coming up with genius designs, all with a twist on old favourites? Some standouts include the fruit bowl, the potato masher, a little man bookend (his name is James), a loo roll holder, a teacup pencil holder and an insect lamp. These cute and quirky designs are dripping with personality and they make us happy for those every day moments. 

If you would like to go into the draw for one of their funky candleholders sign up for the Trendspotting newsletter now!

 

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22-07-2010 Superhero Clothing Fibres

While we’re still living our lives out normally, (ie. wearing clothes that don’t have interactive fibres with special superhero powers), scientists are busy coming up with…well, super interactive fibres. Just like the latest one, which has the ability to detect and create sound. Sure it took them ten years to come up with, but they are now looking at fabrics that can interact with their environment. Think clothes with microphone features, if it doesn’t boggle the mind too much. They can generate electricity and

can even be used to monitor the flow of water. In fact, the possibilities are endless! Guess this t-shirt I’m wearing doesn’t seem quite so cool now.

 

 

 

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Content Source web.mit.edu


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22-07-2010 Self Contained Recycled Art

Recycled shipping containers? Don’t mind if you do! Who knew that they could provide such striking, visual art sculptures? Although shipping containers are often recycled into houses, clinics, offices and

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dormitories, turning them into art and
sculpture is the latest craze for such artists like Michael Johansson from Sweden. In a project entitled ‘Self Contained’, Michael piles up colourful shipping containers like Tetris building blocks, for a striking visual effect. The sculpture below was found in Yokohama Harbour in the Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Not your average sculpture!

 

Image Source www.greenmuze.com

Content Source www.michaeljohansson.com

 

21-07-2010 Lipstick without the Slick

The oil spill is on everyone’s mind at the moment, as we reconsider the role that oil plays in our lives. This dependence can turn on our environment. The good news is we can send a message to oil companies by turning to oil free products. Most products use oil-derived ingredients to some extent. Primitive Makeup is one such brand that not only provides oil-free lipsticks, but also vegan lipsticks, humanitarian lipsticks (where the proceeds go to the Jane Goodall Institute) and organic lip liners. Products are not tested on animals, so you can really make a point to oil companies about what you won’t stand for (while looking saucy in some of these delicious shades, mind you!)

 

Image Source www.beautylab.co.uk

Content Source www.primitivemakeup.com

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15-07-2010 We have a new Winner to announce...

We are pleased to announce this month’s Trendspotting prize winner. 


Congratulations to Claire, our ‘Sign Up and Win’ winner for July. 

Claire is the lucky winner of a  $50 gift voucher from kikki-k
The good folk at Kikki-K are committed to providing simple and timeless Swedish designs for stationery, objects around the home and gorgeous gifts to make every day life that little bit more interesting.

 
If you also want to win a trendy prize, subscribe to our newsletter to be in the next draw!

 

 

 

12-07-2010 Retro Typewriters

Yes, old things are all the rage these days. Call me old fashioned, but there’s something special about vintage typewriters: maybe it’s that old, simple typeface on paper, conjuring up the image of a lonely writer in a small studio, frantically typing away and scrunching up unsatisfying paper (in today’s world, however, it would be recycled). There’s the whimsical nostalgia of having no distractions like Facebook and Twitter – only paper between you, your creativity and the machine. Antique typewriters are investments as people are willing to pay big money at auctions. They’re also a lot better for the environment as they don’t work off power. Some people call it the Revival of the Obsolete. We like that.

Image Source www.nightowlvintage.com

Content Source www.bundlebox.com

 

12-07-2010 A Phoenix from the Ashes of War

It’s hard to believe that remnants of war and death can lead to art. And yet turning used bullet cases from war torn countries into jewellery is a way of inverting our expectations, proving that harmful things can be taken from its original purpose and context, reworked and given a whole new purpose. This provocative work has recently emerged from young designers like Adi Zaffran Weisler from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and 17-year-old former refugee from Liberia, Lovetta Conto who now lives in the United States. Lovetta astonishingly takes the spent casings used in her former country’s civil war and turns them into beautiful jewellery, promoting peace and harmony in place of chaos and destruction.

Image Source www.ecouterre.comwww.ecouterre.com

Content Source www.akawelle.com/

 

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12-07-2010 Is it Hot in Here or is it Just my Bag?

The latest fashion accessory on everyone’s lips is a red hot cracker! Used fire hoses have been vigorously cleaned and then transformed into a stylish, streamlined and limited collection of bags, belts and wallets. You can see these designs from the Dutch fashion accessory company Elvis and Kresse. Celebrities like Cameron Diaz and former first lady Sarah Brown are already huge fans of the collection. Each product is adorned with product labels printed on old luggage tags and the bags and wallets are lined with parachute silk, resulting in an authentic and durable finish. The packaging is made up of, curiously enough, used grapefruit crates. In fact, no tiny detail is forgotten in the bid to help the fashionably, eco-conscious sleep well at night and look red hot during the day! 

Image Source www.ecouterre.comwww.ecouterre.com

Content Source www.fire-hose.co.uk

09-07-2010 Wine with a Twist

It’s hard to imagine wine getting any better than its current form.  And yet, take it from us - organic wine goes down very smoothly. So what’s the difference? Organic wines are grown from grapes using no chemical or artificial fertilisers, and without the use of added sulfites. Other benefits of organic ‘green’ wine often include sustainability in the winemaking process. Wine bars and restaurants are jumping on the sustainable wine bandwagon, offering a selection of organic wines on their menus. They’re not alone either. It’s said that the Obamas hosted a dinner party in the White House and organic wine was on the menu! How nice of them.

Image Source www.sociallysuperlative.com

Content Source www.americanprogress.org

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09-07-2010 You know what they say about Big Logos...

Naturally web design is constantly evolving to create a bigger and brighter visual impact at first glance. This is where the latest design trends of oversized logos and oversized headers come in. Taking up virtually the entire screen and featuring one important note, visitors needs not click on anything at all. Just scroll lovingly down the page. Images will be big and bright. Hand drawn images and sketches are also going to make a very retro appearance in cyberspace design this year. How sweet is that? 

Image Source www.webdesignledger.com

Content Source www.uxpassion.com

 

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09-07-2010 Pandas and Tigers and Dogs, oh my!

Why would pets need to attend a beauty parlour? Could you really get confused between a tiger and a dog? Look twice. That’s not a panda. Welcome to the crazy new trend hailing down on China now. Pet owners are now dyeing their pets to look like other animals. The resemblance between the animals is eerily accurate, however we’re sure it could result in some kind of existential crisis when a real panda spots a dog masquerading as one. What makes a tiger a tiger? Is it the black and orange stripes? Down boy! Good, doggy. I mean, tiger? It’s a confusing world we live in.

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Content Source www.dailymail.co.uk

05-07-2010 A Sweet Cocoon for Gizmos and Gadgets

Fabrix is one of those brands that conveniently place their staff and designers on the cusp of changing technology. This is because their products are constantly being updated, providing quirky covers for a range of laptops – Macbooks, Macbook Pros and iPods, iPhones, iPads and cameras. This Singapore-based company began its enterprise when a group of people wanted to keep the iPod in pristine condition and transform it into a fashionable, unique accessory at the same time. Now they’re customising their designs to suit all manner of gizmos and gadgets – and you can have the covers customised to your taste to reflect your personality (or just because you can). If you like this, check out their facebook page and let them know.

Content Source www.fabrixcases.com/

Image Source www.fabrixcases.com

 

05-07-2010 The Cool in Ethicool

Young entrepreneur brothers Rob and Martin Drake-Knight, based in the small Isle of Wight, are the innovative brains behind Rapanui Clothing, an ethical clothing company that’s aiming to put the ‘cool in ethicool’. We think they’re doing a mighty fine job of that by using sustainable textiles and natural, organic fabrics. The folks at Rapanui believe that the key to awareness is communication. It’s not that people don’t care about what’s wrong in the world. It’s more that people don’t know. And what better way to tell them than through cool, surf inspired clothing? Check out their inspiring collection and support their cause on Facebook and Twitter. It could be the start of an ever-lasting eco-friendship.

Content Source www.rapanuiclothing.com

Image Source www.rapanuiclothing.com


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