Textures, Materials & Patterns

August 7, 2019

The Future of Design is Biomimicry

Before biologist Janine Benyus, biomimetic design was an amorphous idea, without a singular guiding methodology or end goal. That all changed with the publication of Benyus’s 1997 book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, which gave the world its first working definition of biomimicry and introduced us to the ingenious ways the Earth has thoroughly mitigated many design problems over its 3.8 billion-year development.

July 22, 2019

Design Trends that Mixed and Mingled at NeoCon 2019

Same, but different. The lines that define interior spaces, aesthetics, color and materials are being blurred more than ever. What we spotted at Milan Design Week bleeds into NeoCon and beyond: the continued blending of workplace design with residential, hospitality and more. The latest looks celebrate our differences in a unifying mashup.

May 8, 2019

What We Saw at Milan Design Week 2019

Mid-April marks a shift in the design calendar. Brands begin promoting their latest campaigns. Emerging designers present new and compelling ideas to challenge the status quo. It’s Milan Design Week, the most influential design showcase of the year — a week-long spectacle overflowing with inspiration and innovation. What’s shown in Milan inspires and evolves over…

April 5, 2019

Spotlight on Scandinavian Design at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Design shows like SFF are of course mechanisms for companies to showcase their latest products, hottest trends and freshest colour palettes. But more and more, companies are using this arena to talk about how they’re tackling broader design issues such as wellbeing, sustainability and community in the office environment.

October 26, 2018

From London & Paris, With Love — Fall 2018 Trends Report

Pre-Fall, End of Summer. Whatever you call this transitional time of year, it’s a major moment for fashion, art and design. Throughout the months of August and September, fashion weeks are staggered in major cities around the globe, followed by Paris Design Week, Maison & Objet, the London Design Festival and the increasingly fascinating Frieze…

July 17, 2018

Colors Clash and Influences Mesh: Design Trends from Clerkenwell to NeoCon

2018 design trends spotted at Clerkenwell Design Week in London and NeoCon in Chicago featured a modern mash-up of both strength and softness. From colors and patterns to materials and usage, exhibits reiterated contradictions we’ve been seeing that reflect society’s balance of high-tech vs. low-tech. Clash of color Intentionally awkward color harmonies continue to be…