Inspiring Stationery by Emily McDowell

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Seen recently at The National Stationery Show New York, Emily McDowell enforces powerful messages within her stationery using typography as the design focal point, rather than a motif. Inspired by her own illness, Emily’s work evidences an emerging stationery trend that breaks the rules and places ‘Humanity at the Heart’.

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‘Washed Up’ Homewares This Summer

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As well as forecasting 2 years ahead, we believe it’s important to carefully track the trends that emerge in-store at key points throughout the year. Earlier this month, our researchers hit the UK and US high street to uncover the most popular homeware trends adopted by major retailers for Summer 2015.

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Food Inspired Stationery at NSS 2015

NSS_1From left to right: Elum Designs, Bramble Workshop, Sea + Lake, Knot & Bow, Bando

The National Stationery Show is the most comprehensive marketplace for greeting cards, stationery and crafting products in the States. Our US Trend Editor, Estela Lugo visited the show along with 10,000 other attendees last month, to report back on key design trends within the world of stationery.

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Events Not to Miss This Summer

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As part of our intelligence gathering process, our Senior Trend Analysts attend events and exhibitions throughout the year. Below we share more on some of London’s top Summer exhibitions, including the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate Modern, The V&A’s exploration of ‘What is Luxury?’ and the London Festival of Architecture.

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Why Cheapest Isn’t Always Best for Value Retailers

2933AD3100000578-3103774-image-m-38_1432997492639With the recent announcement of Mike Ashley’s Mega Value stores launching in the UK, it’s a good time to remember why banking on being the cheapest is not always the best retail strategy.

Over the past couple of years, a new breed of value retailers have begun rapidly stealing market share from the large supermarkets. Traditional supermarket business models are restricted by their cumbersome size and bargaining power in the face of new discount stores such as Poundland and B&M Home Stores.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2015: Editor’s Picks

CDW 4Clerkenwell in East London is home to more creative agencies and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world which provides a lively setting for its annual design festival. Our design team visit each year to spot emerging trends in design for the commercial and interior design sector.

Here we share our highlights from this year’s show.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

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Last week we attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to provide exclusive trend coverage for one of our bespoke consultancy clients. Despite the typically English wet weather, the 2015 gardens were showcased in true British style and were bigger and better than ever.

Below we share our highlights from the show.

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Milan Design Week 2015 Highlights

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Last month our researchers attended the biggest European trade show of the furniture and interiors calendar, Salone del Mobile. As part of Milan Design Week 2015, we also saw the return of the lighting hall Euroluce, and the debut of the first ever Kids’ Design Week (read more).

Here we share our highlights from the show.

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What’s influencing life at home for parents & kids in 2016?

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We believe children respond to their own set of influences. By understanding how this shapes behaviour for both the parent and child is essential in creating commercially successful product ranges, ad campaigns and marketing strategies for products used or consumed in and around the home. Below we reveal the key insights you should be tapping into for 2016.  Continue reading

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Home Trends: Spring Summer 2015

Our Seasonal Previews provide an insight into the trends you can expect to see emerge in stores over the coming months. Our Home & Interior Trends for Spring Summer 2015 were first forecast and published back in 2013.

Here we share a preview of two of four trends forecast for the season, Monometric and  Originate. Sign up to our free monthly trend updates and receive the full preview featuring all four trends for Spring Summer 2015.

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