Trade Show Reports: NY Now


This month Trend Bible’s US Trend Editor, Estela Lugo attended NY NOW (previously known as the New York International Gift Fair), an international trade fair showcasing the latest products across home, lifestyle and gift. Below we share Estela’s top highlights from the show.

If you weren’t able to attend the show, our comprehensive Trend Report on NY NOW is now available to buy directly from our online shop.
This digital report details the emerging trends evidenced at the show, across four categories; Print & Pattern, Surface & Material, Shape & Construction and Colour -featuring over 25 trends.


This seasons highlights:

  1. Geometry inspired shapes and motifs had a strong presence at the show this year. 3D cubes, hexagons, and faceted objects replaced more traditional product shapes.
  2. There was a distinct presence of orange tones with soft peach and coral shades featuring heavily.
  3. Prints and patterns were simple and texture focused. Stripes, dots and dashes appear hand painted and stamped. Prints are less dense with a focus on marbled and hand crafted techniques.

Click here to get your copy of the full trend report on NY Now -available to download now from our online store for £350+VAT. 

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What Home Means to Me

WHM - Helen JamiesonHelen Jamieson, Interior Designer.

The first in our series of blog posts exploring the meaning of home comes from interior designer, Helen Jamieson.

“Home is my anchor in the world, the place I can come back to. It has to feel right, like it’s comfortable to lay down roots and be grounded. I’ve moved house many times in the last ten years and I believe I just know when I walk in to a place whether or not it’s got the right energy to be my home. It can be the most wonderful house in the world but if it doesn’t feel right then it will never feel like home.

My home is ‘my world’, a space in which I can create a feeling, a look, a mood that reflects me and my journey – objects I like, gifts from friends, old things and new things. It’s the adult version of my wendy house. I know it’s right when friends visit and say ‘it’s so you’.”

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“I like to be resourceful at home, it’s not always about making it perfect or buying new things. I get enjoyment from making, mending, restoring and finding new uses for unused items. I think I’ve inherited that from my parents and grandparents. I like to feel like I have a good relationship with all of the objects in my home, they are all friends who in someway add value to my home, items that I’d miss if we had to part company.”

We’d love to hear from our readers about what home means to you. Get involved by sending in your thoughts to or tweet us – @TrendBible #WhatHomeMeans.

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Talks and Events: Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair1As part of the Trend Seminar series at Autumn Fair on the 8th September, our Home and Interiors Editor, Anri Hamilton will be exploring how retailers can build longevity into their core ranges.

Retailers and brands are constantly evaluating existing ranges to determine which trends have true staying power beyond the seasonal trends. In this presentation, we will share the key trends to carry over from 2014 to Spring/Summer 2015.

Whilst it’s important to understand what changes, we believe it’s equally important to analyse what stays the same, from householder attitudes and behaviours through to colour and design trends. This presentation will help buyers and product developers plan core ranges and refresh established trends that continue to have commercial significance.

Click here for more information on the seminar timetable to make sure you don’t miss the Trend Bible talk.

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What Home Means To Me

Home is at the heartHome is at the heart of everything we do at Trend Bible, we spend our time understanding what motivates people to build, create, decorate, love, hate and change their homes. It can be as subtle as changing a cushion on a sofa, or as dramatic as building a new room. What interests us is not only what compels people to do this, but why.

In the first of our forthcoming series, we explore the notion of home and what it means to us as individuals. The practical, the emotional, the psychological strands that make us choose, reject, embrace, share, enhance, curate and hide aspects of our homes. Sometimes a decision is made on a momentary whim, sometimes it’s after years of planning and saving.

As the saying goes ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’, and indeed we have lots of evidence to suggest that Brits are attached to their home – 65% are homeowners, versus 43% in Germany (this falls to only 14% in Berlin). But does home ownership equate to greater happiness? Studies by the OECD suggest not, with 93% of Germans stating they are happy with the current housing situation.

Over the coming weeks we will share fascinating snippets of interviews with people in our network, from cutting-edge creatives to stay-at-home mums (and some that manage both!) as part of our exploration of what home means.

We’d love to hear from our readers about what home means to you. Get involved by sending in your thoughts to or tweet us - @TrendBible  #WhatHomeMeans.

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Trade Show Report: New Designers Part 2

New Designers Part 2Bottom Left: Tom Hutchinson Design

Last week we visited and reported back from graduate design show New Designers Part 1; where we gave out our ‘Trend Bible Loves’ cards to selected graduates. This week we returned for Part 2, which celebrated the best in visual media, furniture and product design. Continue reading

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News: Designer Insights

Trend Bible founder Joanna Feeley is featured in this months Designer Insights on the Terry’s Blinds blog – you can see the full feature here which includes her top picks for the season.

Designer Insights - Joanna Feeley

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News: Where Are They Now?

Over the past six years, we’ve had over 25 work placement students join our core team at Trend Bible and we’re firm believers in the insights, inspiration and sheer hard work students bring to our team! Naturally, we try and support our local universitiescolleges and schools through a number of initiatives from speaking at New Leaders conferences for schoolgirls, through to setting live design projects for universities and colleges.

Our rigourous interviewing techniques ensure we sift through the 40-50 CVs we receive per week to get the cream of the crop to come and work with us to learn about trend forecasing and how to develop high quality trend analysis skills. Continue reading

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Trade Show Report: New Designers Part 1

New Designers 2014The UK’s biggest design graduate show, New Designers, opened it’s doors last week for Part 1; showcasing textile and surface design, applied art and jewellery from over 100 British art colleges and universities.

We visit New Designers every year as it offers a unique insight into the ideas that are inspiring young graduates. It’s also a fantastic place to spot the stars of the future. This year we awarded “Trend Bible Loves” cards to the designers we think are doing something really special. Continue reading

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News: Spring Summer 2016 – Available now

SS16 launchOur Home & Interiors and Kid’s Lifestyle trend books for Spring Summer 2016 are now available!

Our forecasting publications are seen as an essential tool for product designers, developers, buyers and art directors. Providing clear design direction over two years ahead of the season, they help our clients to build inspirational, commercially successful product ranges.

Our Spring Summer 2016 books contain unique 4 trend stories with carefully sourced inspirational imagery, material samples, 32 cotton colour swatches and exclusively copyright prints designed by Trend Bible.

Trend Bible are the only publisher of global trends for Kid’s Lifestyle products – providing trends and inspiration for baby and child across furniture, toys, games and soft furnishings.

From July 2014 our books will also be available as e-books – perfect for sharing with your global team or using our trends on the go.

Contact Trend Bible or find your nearest agent to order your Spring Summer 2016 book now.


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Retail Reports: Christmas in July

Festive Report

Are you working on your Christmas range this month? If you need a refresher of what was in store in 2013, we captured over 30 trends in our Transatlantic Festive Report.

Our Trend Analysts reviewed homeware and lifestyle products in-store over the festive period -including stationery, giftware, festive decoration and tableware.Our researchers spotted products from key London and New York stores including:  Heals, Conran, John Lewis, Selfridges, Liberty,West Elm, Anthropologie, CB2, Crate & Barrel, Papyrus and Paper Source.

Order your copy of our Transatlantic Festive Report now for only £250 (+VAT  in the UK) from our online shop. Continue reading

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