The best of the best

The best of the best

INDEX 2011, Scarlet Opus

In this month’s feature, Victoria Redshaw and Shelley Pond, trend forecasters at Scarlet Opus, predict a bold urge to challenge and strike-out in new directions in 2013

Following the success of our involvement with INDEX over the past few years, we were delighted to be invited to speak at the international design exhibition again this year.

Preparations for another exciting programme are now well under way as we get ready to conduct our popular VIP Trend Tour, jam-packed full of valuable trend information and the best products and innovations from the show through the eyes of a trend forecaster. This is a snapshot of the best of the best the show has to offer – the perfect way to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

In addition, we’ll be presenting an inspiring trend seminar on Tuesday, October 25, at 1.30pm, where we’ll give a short introduction to the forecasting process we follow at Scarlet Opus.

Then we’ll be looking in detail at the International Interior Design and Colour Trends that we’ll see evolving through 2012 into 2013, with a particular focus on textiles but also including colours, materials, patterns and textures, shapes, surface finishes, and styling that will resonate with consumers over the next couple of years.

So in this month’s trend feature we want to share a sneak peek at some of the key trends we’ll be talking about next month. At Scarlet Opus we have forecast six Interior Trends for the A/W 2012/13 season. Here is a preview of things to come; We head towards 2013 with a sincere yearning to protect and preserve but also a bold urge to challenge and strike-out in new directions.

The past is as much of an inspiration as the future as we explore heritage, craft, folk, traditions, and ancient history together with innovative new techniques, materials, and technologies.

The seasons colours both challenge and soothe us: light radiates and cleanses us, colour spectrums surge forth and energise us, plastic brights and felted mid-tones fuse to intrigue us, stormy dark shades fascinate us, and marble-toned neutrals deliver deep serenity.

Aurora has an ice-cold, silent, very pure beauty. It is a well-being trend, reinforced by our growing obsession with health and clean air post-Japan’s nuclear meltdown. We continue to see biomimetics informing design as architects and designers look at microscopic medicine, biology and chemistry for form and structure.

Coloured spectrums of light bursts make up this palette in an ethereal mix of über pale tints and iridescent shimmer.

Tokujin Yoshioka’s eight metre-high installation, Rainbow Church, for in Seoul last year was made of 500 crystal prisms creating a spectacular space filled with spectrums of refracted light and colour. This dream-like project is a beautiful visual description of this trend.

Virtual Reality is hi-tech and confidently intelligent, exploring the new visual language being created by contemporary light artists. Think LED architecture, urban laser projections, and Holokinetic Art. A move on from our S/S 2012 trend, Colour Capital, this trend works on a more mature palette of modern darkness: cold steel, bolts of electric green, laser blue, and a dynamic violet strobe with neon accents; dense, precise cuts of coloured light playing on a black backdrop. This is plugged-in sophistication.

The fourth floor of Madrid’s Hotel Puerta America by Plasma Studio, perfectly captures the mood and dynamism of this electric trend.

Old To New, the season’s new fusion trend, perhaps more significant than any we have previously explored; bringing together the trend for simplicity and self-sufficiency with an energised integration of technology inspired by plugged-in urban homesteaders. Combining technology and the contemporary aesthetics of fast-paced modern life with rural sensibilities, community spirit, and a nod to nostalgic traditions.

Forces of Nature. Earth, Air, Fire and Water: At a time when the forces of nature seem to be conspiring against us, international designers take inspiration from the natural powers of earthquakes, volcanoes, and intense weather systems.

Aspects of hot flowing lava, cracked structures and surface finishes, lightning strikes, and deconstructed forms converge in this trend built on a dark, stormy colour palette.

Ancient Times explores ancient elements from the great civilisations of the Mediterranean. This trend projects a beautifully understated grandeur. Quietly confident simplicity comes in the form of an investigation into sculpted and smooth forms and finishes juxtaposed against the crumbling, crumpled, and peeling layers of architectural ruins. A fascinating balance between a heavy, monolithic minimalism is offset by diaphanous and ornate detailing: a purposeful restraint prevails.

Mathieu Lehanneur’s altar and baptistery in St.Hilaire’s Romanesque church in Melle, France epitomises the values of this trend as the dialogue between the classical architecture of aging columns and the biomorphic form of the altar creates a bridge between the past and the present.

Emporium is the elaborate sibling to ancient times with a highly embellished, sophisticated glamour. This is a fusion of the great empires as designers take inspiration from ancient treasures and arts as well as the captivating beauty of ancient queens such as Cleopatra and Empress Theodora.

Expect to see a 1920s Parisian vibe in Art Deco geo’s alongside Damasks and Eastern inspired scrollwork. Mixed metallic effects work with a rich palette of beautiful, Byzantine jewel tones and an old, aged gold.

Step into a new era… we look forward to seeing you at the show.

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