Trend Forecasts at INTERIORS UK 2013
The future of design
INTERIORS UK team up with Birmingham City University, Global Color Research™ and digital wall covering brand Tektura, inviting students from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design to interpret trend predictions from Mix Publications.
Now in its 7th year, the partnership has resulted in over 500 students engaging with interiors industry experts resulting in work placements, internships and employment.
The results each year speak for themselves, with designs being taken up by some of the nation’s leading brands and launching the careers of a range of new designers.
A/W 2014/15 Trends
The trends which Birmingham City University students will be interpreting at INTERIORS UK 2014 are FRAME and AXIS.
This trend reflects how western culture is increasingly reliant on technology, documenting and monitoring our everyday lives. Linear and grid like patterns reflect the restrictions we live with. Bright colours are synthetic, just like the technology on which we rely and geometric motifs simultaneously reflect both order and conformity.
Nature’s angular forms create a geometric basis for this trend by focussing on patterns within the natural world; the pale palette lends itself to an arid setting, as many of the influences are maritime, but with a backdrop taken from a barren shoreline of the future. Frameworks and skeletons provide a structure, whether in pristine stainless steel or corroded metal.
2013 trend interpretations
2013’s interactive showcase, inspired by Global Color Research™ Autumn Winter 2013/14 trends of Clash and Flint brought together two carefully crafted room sets, presenting over 20 new design concepts influenced by the juxtaposition of new colourways and dimensions of Clash; contrasted with the ‘back to basics’ inspired Flint trend.
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