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Reflections on Ambiente 2014

Leonardo's Coco vases

Because this year’s Ambiente trade fair was the most successful in over a decade, we wanted to share some of the highlights of it with you! The Trend Curve attends Ambiente every year, without fail. That's because this huge consumer-goods event is often a leading indicator of upcoming surface designs. It also provides a window on the future of … [Read more...]

Michelle Lamb Presents Two Trend Seminars at the High Point Furniture Market

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Michelle Lamb, Editorial Director for The Trend Curve, is presenting two different trend seminars at the High Point Furniture Market.    WithIt Breakfast Attend the WithIt breakfast at 7:30am on April 6 to hear Future Trends: Driving Forces™. In this hour-long seminar, Michelle will talk about the "why" behind the "what" of color and … [Read more...]

Everybody Loves a Good Cat Video

Kisa, from PyroPet

I laughed out loud when I saw the Kisa cat-shaped candle by Pyro Pet at the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. It looks so sweet—until you light it. As it burns, its metal  skeleton is revealed. So clever! Watch the video...   http://youtu.be/CY5It5Wg3wk … [Read more...]

Spring Forward™ Has Arrived

Spring Forward™ 2015

Covering the Holidays from Valentine’s Day to the 4th of July, a spring/summer forecast has to be comprehensive enough to furnish trends and colors for both genders for  important gift- and card-giving occasions like Mother’s, Father’s, and even wedding days! With a whopping 12 trends and 29 colors, plus 3 metallics, our Spring Forward forecast for … [Read more...]

Stratasys Unveils Multi-Color 3D Printer

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The Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Multi-Color Printer with Prototypes 3D printer manufacturer, Stratasys, unveiled the world’s first multi-color, multi-material 3D printer called the Objet500 Connex3. The new technology enables a fast creation of objects made from unlimited combinations of soft, rigid and transparent materials and coloring without … [Read more...]

Farm-To-Table

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The farm-to-table movement is all about eating fresh and local food. It is also concerned with supporting local economies and limiting the carbon footprint of each meal by reducing the distance food travels from its source to your plate. But if you think that’s all farm-to-table is about, you should think again. Over the past six months, … [Read more...]

Making Asia Major

A worn Greek-key ground for Circa 1801's geisha

In early 2012, The Trend Curve forecasted that an updated Asian point of view would drive a leading trend for 2014. We even created a trend called Making Asia Major in The Trend Curve Colors™ 2014, which was released in the late summer of 2012.  At the December Showtime textiles market, fabric designs with an Asian influence were coming on strong … [Read more...]

Plenty of Purple at Showtime

American Silk's luxurious brocade look

The Showtime textiles market, held twice annually in High Point, took place shortly after Pantone announced their 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid. So, it was no surprise that fabric companies were showing off the entire range of red-cast purples in their assortments. The variety of weaves and surface-design styles confirmed that these … [Read more...]

Out-of-the-Box Displays at Showtime

New yarn color from CIrca 1801

Many companies were lightening up at the December Showtime textiles market. Some assortments conveyed the message with fresher colors, while others did so with designs ranging from random brush strokes to mustaches. And a few fabric houses took a lighthearted approach to visual display. Here are The Trend Curve's favorites, including a fun … [Read more...]

Tangled

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SOFA, the annual Sculptural Objects Functional Art + Design fair at Navy Pier in Chicago, is a carefully curated event, featuring the work of some 70-ish international exhibitors of studio glass, ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, design and art furniture. This year, there Editorial Correspondent Elaine Markoutsas noted an interest in knotted … [Read more...]