Designers frequently enjoy a little something to occupy their ears, while hands and eyes are busy creating. Podcasts are always a good bet, and one of my favorites is 99% INVISIBLE, a podcast about design. I was doubly delighted with a recent episode entitled The Fancy Shape, which is all about a design element called the quatrefoil, and a little bit about trend spotting too! Though the Arabic world may have perfected it, and then spread it's use far and wide, the geometric quality of the quatrefoil means that it has appeared in the decorative arts of nearly every culture. And it seems to be the new darling of the design world; the quatrefoil is the new chevron, if you will! On the episode page, Roman Mars and his crew have provided many an architectural example of this universal motif.
And for your viewing pleasure, we've gathered several recent examples of the quatrefoil in surface pattern design. (Click on an image for a link back to the original product.) Finally, a link to the book Mr. Mars mentions, The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones.
The lovely folks over at Patternbank are offering a free trade show report from their first excursion to the Top Drawer and HOME show in London. This three decades old trade show covers everything from paper goods to porcelain, and the free PDF is packed with images from the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. And it is free! Patternbank's regular trend reports are quite pricey, more than the average freelance surface pattern designer can usually splash out for, so head on over and get your copy!
Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2014 today: Radiant Orchid. Their press release sums it up best:
If you don't already subscribe to Elle Decoration UK, you might want to pick up the October issue. It contains a 16-page "Pattern Book" insert with Elle UK's picks of the best fabrics and wallpapers for Autumn/Winter 2013. The issue also includes a peek at the British Design Awards nominees for best British pattern design.
See which designs and designers made these two esteemed lists and get some inspiration!
In honor of Spring, we thought we'd take a look at the colors of the season. Pantone’s Spring 2013 palette is called “Balancing Act.” In it, “designers overwhelmingly address consumers’ desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energize.”
You can download Pantone’s Spring 2013 report for free. In this report you will find numerous designers describing how they interpreted the colors you see above for Spring. Not only are their interpretations enlightening, but the illustrations showing their designs are fabulous!
The designers in the report include Tracy Reese, Peter Som, Herve Leger, Rachel Roy, Ella Moss, Charlotte Ronson, Tadashi Shoji, Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo, David Meister, BCBG, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Steffe, Barbara Tfank, Lela Rose, Bibhu Mohapatra, Sachin + Babi, Tommy Hilfiger, NAHM, Karen Walker, TiA CiBANI, Marimekko, Wes Gordon, Cushnie et Ochs, Custo Barcelona, Saunder, and Elie Tahari.
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