6 tips for Life After Lockdown
With lockdown soon coming to an end and restrictions gradually easing, we look at how to help yourself adjust back into a normal life that works for you.
1. HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
With the vaccine being quickly rolled out and a ‘road map’ now in place, we can move forward with a proposed structure of dates. Although subject to change, we can at least have an aim of expectation and therefore make a plan to slowly adjust back to a sense of normality.
Although the pandemic has brought great sadness and unimaginable stress, losing loved ones, losing jobs and generally struggling to cope, we can try to look back at this past year and ask ourselves questions like; What have we learned? What did we do that we wouldn’t have done before? What can we take forward? Life cannot instantly change and fall back into place to exactly how we remembered it, so it is best to try not to compare or recreate the past. This will only cause frustration and
hinder your thought process to be able to move on. Taking time to reflect is really important on the road to recovery, so take time to sit and note down any worries you may have and try to chat through these with a friend or loved one to help make little steps to overcome any fears or anxiety.
3. IN YOUR OWN TIME
Is it a normal feeling to be worried about what life will be like after lockdown? Whilst some people are poised, ready and raring to hug loved ones, get out of the house and live life to the full, many of us are feeling more apprehensive at the thought of what the new normal will hold and may not want to dive straight back into crowded places.
Our mental wellbeing has been of great importance during this pandemic and every individual person has dealt with the situation in their own way. Feeling anxious, emotional or even excited is completed acceptable and we should all take this transition back to pre covid life at our own pace. The virus won’t altogether disappear so this is something we have to accept to live with. The most important thing post pandemic is to respect one anothers feelings and give people the time and space to
adjust to what’s comfortable for them in their own time. Peer pressure is not acceptable. We’ve had a year of uncertainty and equally the next year or more will need an aspect of flexibility and understanding to adapt and accept.
4. LOOK FORWARD
Although it is important to reflect on and learn from the past year it is equally important to look forward and make a plan. Initially, try not to organise anything too far in advance, perhaps look week on week rather than months ahead to avoid overwhelming change or disappointment. Setting unrealistic expectations will only lead to feelings of frustration and failure, so start with little steps. Maybe make a
trip to your favourite shop, book a weekend away or even get back to the gym, whatever you enjoy, create a purpose and a routine to ensure you have some sort of focus. Maybe you discovered new hobbies during lockdown? Try to continue with the things that you enjoyed. Keep walking, take time out, get outside and exercise and most importantly keep connected with loved ones. This is all key to achieving happiness.
5. BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS
The pandemic has brought huge unforeseen problems for many companies worldwide. Unfortunately we have had to witness so many historic brands close their doors, watched small businesses struggle and seen the numerous amount of redundancies that follow such difficult times. We are so glad to hear that retail will again open on the 12th of April and hope this kick starts the uphill climb to get the economy back on track. For the Woven Edge, it hasn’t been easy but where and when possible, we have continued to supply custom made rugs throughout the pandemic, supported our manufacturers and kept contact with retailers to help them through these difficult times. Not all business suffered, opportunities arised and new start ups have been born and with this new job opportunities and developments have arised. When safe and when restrictions lift, we look forward to welcoming you back into The Woven Edge studio and hope to see you soon at an exhibition near you.
We want to take this moment to reflect and remember the lives lost, thank all the NHS staff and the superheroes that gave up their free time to help people less fortunate than them. We really hope our blog helps you start your journey to a new normal so take a moment and step by step, slowly but steadily, we will recover from this.
Top 6 Tips when working from home
1. Plan your day
Having set tasks and a regular routine with help your maintain normality in these uncertain times. Have a list of to do’s and feel the enjoyment of ticking them off one by one. Take breaks. Even taking 10 minutes can make a big difference to a full days work sitting in one spot.
2. Get outside
You can’t beat the Great British outdoors and although with the current restrictions it is only advised once a day at a safe distance from others, taking a walk outside can really help. Even opening windows for fresh air will keep you awakened and full of ideas.
3. Take care of your eyes
Your eyes are one of the most important body parts and
especially to the likes of us working in design. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes or so and give your eyes a well deserved break.
4. Ensure you sit correctly
Where possible, sit at a table or desk on a suitable chair.
Ideally your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle with
your hands resting flat on the work surface. If adjustment is needed and to reduce the risk of neck strain, ensure screens are level with your gaze.
5. Create a work area
Ensure your work space is seperate to your normal every
day living areas. If possible, designate a space for your working environment with plenty of natural sunlight. Add elements that can help de-stress and bring calm to such as plants or pictures.
6. Fuel for your body
Drink plenty of water throughout the day and always ensure that you take a lunch break away from your work area. Eating healthy snacks will boost energy levels and keep you going until home time.
7 inspiring christmas themes for 2019
Christmas is undoubtedly a special time of year. But Christmas is also very personal, it can have different meanings for different people. Our surroundings and how we choose to decorate our homes has a huge impact on the atmosphere we are creating, so taking time to do a bit of research always pays off.
What does Christmas mean to you?
For many, Christmas is a time of traditions, of getting together with family and enjoying mince pies and mulled wine. For others it may mean long winter walks and appreciating nature. You may look forward to spending time at home, relaxing and treating yourself to some quiet time, far away from our usual busy routines. Or maybe it is a time of celebration, and partying with friends?
Whatever Christmas means to you here are 7 inspiring Christmas themes that will help you to achieve the perfect Christmas mood that's the perfect fit for your home.
Themes adapted from John Lewis Christmas Decor Inspo
Why not support your local high street this Christmas?
Before you start buying your latest Christmas look, please don't forget your high street stores. Whether you're buying Christmas decorations or presents for our loved ones, Christmas is a great opportunity for us to shop locally and support our local independent retailers.
7 reasons to shop locally:
1. Your spending will boost the local economy
2. It is the ethical choice
3. They sell quirky, one of a kind gifts
4. You will be supporting British entrepreneurs
5. You can help build communities
6. You might get a better deal or some good advice
7. You can sometimes try before you buy.
Festive Treat from The Woven Edge
What better way to add instant, luxury and a warm welcoming atmosphere than with a Woven Edge Rug. We are running a fantastic Christmas Promotion on our very popular Indo-Nepalese Collection. Handmade from only the finest New Zealand Wool and Bamboo fibres, in a wide range of stunning styles. From now until Christmas all stocked items are 40% off.
Last orders for Christmas delivery 18th December! Simply call 01562 215 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 5 Trends for Summer 2019
This cool shade is set to take the fashion and interiors catwalk by storm and is the latest update to the green colour family as we head towards 2020. This growing importance of connecting the technological world with nature gives fresh shades like Neo-Mint edge with a feeling of optimism and a sense of calm.
From left to right- Little Green Paint Pall Mall 309. Velvet Cushion by Chloe Craft £65 Wolf and Badger.com. Pantone Mint. Neo Mint WGSN. Claybrook Studio.com CAMPINOLA MINT 2.20 each. marshmallow-sofa_8210-product.
Tactile surfaces and variation of depth create interest without having to over power on colouration. Through enhanced 3 dimensional qualities we get a sense of architectural form somewhat inspired by organic matter. Again this balance of nature and structural material creates a balance of hard and soft surface giving us a complimentary contrast.
From left to right- Kristine-Morich-Clayhaus-signal-modern-tile-1. Cox and Cox £55 Bali Cushion. Habitat £125 Burdock lamp. www.christy.co.uk £210. Lux Deco £110 Guaxs Sky Somba Vase - small.
Adventurous pattern combined with bright colour makes a big statement in fashion and interiors. Quirky prints with intricate attention to detail draws attention, whilst large shapes daringly coloured gives impact on a larger scale.
From left to right- Bespoke_cushions_pouffe_for_Quince £70 Quince living .co.uk. Wolf and Badger Silk Cushion Gothic Floral Red Print £120. Little Greene. Ultra Blue. OsborneAndLittle-EnchantedGardensWallpapers-RainForest.
Kruger-Lime, Clarke and Clarke.com Emma J Shipley.
Inspiration from our natural surroundings influence our every day lives. The blur between indoor and outdoor decor allows for bold tropical prints and great walls of green foliage to give a sense of being closer to nature. From floral prints to organic material, the news surrounding climate change and our awareness of our individual impact on the environment is changing design, so it’s only natural that sustainability is one of the biggest interior design trends to emerge.
From left to right - outdoor-snake-plant-pillow WEST ELM £27.30. Image from Trend Design Book. Image from Cath Kidson. Imagefrom Patternbank. Image from Amara.com pinterest.
Incorporating different trend styles through combining well thought out pieces of interior accessories. Keeping colour simple allows for walls to become a neutral backdrop for bold stand out pieces of home furnishings. This trend allows for personality to thrive so mix and match to your hearts content, colour clash and dare to layer different elements.
From left to right - eclectic-clutter-2-849x1024 trenddesignbook.com Kelly Wearstler Interiors Spring Street Residence New York. Italian Bark. velvet-mey-meh-cushion.House of Hackney £148
The Woven Edge are a team of passionate UK rug designers who have the knowledge and experience in taking bespoke briefs and making them a reality. Whether you love our collections that are stocked or would love a design with a personalised touch call The Woven Edge team and we’ll be happy to help you with your rug design brief.
Stocked rugs can be delivered the very next day or if you would like a bespoke order, contact The Woven Edge team to enquire on how we can help you with your design project.
The Woven Edge can offer design and production expertise to create luxury, hand crafted rugs around your ideas and design briefs. From professional drawings to samples of fabrics and wallpapers, we can work to adapt the design and colours to meet your requirements.
Depending on your chosen construction delivery can range between 4 weeks to 22 weeks for a custom-made order. If you’re limited on time, we will advise the best construction to meet your project deadline.
Create a luxurious haven
Imagine sinking your bare feet into the finest quality New Zealand wool on a chilly morning. One of our beautiful bespoke rugs will not only transform your living space into a luxurious haven, but it will also give you peace of mind that your rug has been made with the pride and passion of a true artisan.
Add instant wow factor
We aim to create the most desirable rugs in the world; rugs of such unique memorable design that it will be the most eye-catching feature of your home and the talking point of all your friends.
Finest New Zealand wool
To create your beautiful rug, we use only the highest quality yarn of New Zealand wool and bamboo fibres. Wool is a luxurious material with unique natural properties, not least its softness, warmth and natural strength. The rich texture of the wool we use to create your luxury rug gives it excellent durability and a wonderful quality underfoot. Combine this with the luminescent radiance from the soft bamboo fibres and the result is stunning.
Homegrown British design
With their talent, passion and drive, our British designers create designs perfectly tailored to suit your personal style. On approval, they are then hand woven with intricate care into works of art by our team of artisan weavers in India. So, when you order a bespoke rug from us, you are not simply ordering a rug, you are purchasing a timeless design that has taken many hours to produce.
The magic begins in Kidderminster, home of The Woven Edge, which has a long and honoured tradition, known for its wealth of manufacturing for the carpet and rug industry. It is from here that the creative minds of The Woven Edge originate and it’s in this setting that your rug in designed.
The design is then passed to our skilled artisan weavers in India. Our weavers are the heart and soul of our company. It is their dedication to their craft that ensures you have a rug of unparalleled quality and beauty.
Why wouldn’t you buy a Woven Edge Rug?
Each rug we produce is the result of our dedication to our art and to sustainable and ethical methods of manufacture. And you’ll know you have a true masterpiece on your floor when it is not only beautiful, durable and luxurious but has a legacy to be truly proud of.
If you need help finding the best rug for your latest interior project, please give our friendly, expert team who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Here’s The Woven Edge round-up of the top home decor trends to look out for to help you stay ahead of the curve in 2019.
Read our latest blog and you’ll discover that many of our key interior trends for 2019 offer a way to update existing looks at home, such as “Back to Bohemian”, or “Organic Matter”. This means you don’t have to redecorate your whole home to be on trend, just a few tweaks and you’ll keep ahead of the design curve.
Animal print in all it’s variation continues to be a popular pattern in both fashion and interiors. Abstract versions of this classic trend gives us a different look with mirrored effects, fragmented form and striped design to break up bold pattern.
Images from left to right...
Victoria Beckham Resort 2019 fashion runway on Vogue.com
Paradise Zebra Skin Cushion by Jan Constantine from Amara.com
Feline fabric from https://www.fschumacher.com.
The digital age has moved on beyond what we may have thought possible, making pattern design a paradise and playground for designers to create new looks. Trends see us using printing techniques more, allowing greater colour capability with purposefully pixelated edges. From this we can get photographic prints onto all sorts of substrates whilst linear overlays add movement with multidirectional pattern giving a modern alternative to woven material.
Images from left to right...
Image from Pixabay.
Elle Decor Trends. Hanawa Fabric by Black Edition.
Vibrant overlays of colour bring all varieties of checks to life. Mix these with traditional colour combinations to modernise staple tartans and use chunky yarn to emphasise stripes. If you don’t dare to go bold keep things tonal or monochrome to give a subtle nod to this key trend.
Images from left to right...
SS2019 Macro trend from WGSN.
Christelle Le Dean textiles.
Missoni 2019 vogue.com.
MATTE BLACK AND KEY CORAL ACCENTS.
Make an impact and be adventurous with the hottest trend right now, Matte Black. Go full on into the depth of darkness with rich shades of ebony and coordinate with natural elements of greenery and wooden furniture to add aspects of light. Coral uplifts intense tones and is set to be a big accent colour for 2019 being Pantones colour pick of the year.
Image from left to right...
Paean Black from Farrow and Ball.
Image from Apartmenttherepy.com
Bathroom inspiration from Domino.com
ALL ABOUT AMBER.
With Dulux revealing it’s Colour of the Year for 2019 as ‘Spiced Honey’ we see a versatile shade filled with warm and inviting tones of amber and rich caramel.
Image from Dulux.co.uk
BACK TO BOHEMIAN.
Bold boho prints mixed with scandi chic explores bright pops of colour within a mostly white surrounding. Decorative pattern, hand drawn in style is kept repetitive in structure can be layered using an eclectic mix of materials.
Images from left to right.
Fabric from Spoonflower.com
Roomset provided by Livingetc.com
Who doesn’t love a bit of flower power!?
Barely ever out of fashion, botanical prints inspired by Asian decoration and pretty chintz sees us through to 2019 and beyond. Darker backgrounds make bold prints stand out with greens complementing warm charcoal greys nicely. Mix different scale and pattern to create a jungle full of floral within your home.
Images from left to right.
Gucci Vintage Floral Pattern.
Farrow and Ball Helleborus BP5606
Ottoman wallpaper by Anthropologie Stylecaster.comstylecaster.com/
As it becomes increasingly important to create less impact on the environment, eco-friendly products are at the forefront of topical trends. Natural looking pattern is an important theme bringing back terrazo and rustic products. Organic materials like cork also bring back a sense of nomadic styling against industrial influenced surfaces.
Images from left to right.
Image from WGSN.
Amber Grant Pinterest Macro Trend.
Our well-travelled, trend spotting designers can help you choose the perfect rug to ensure your interiors are en vogue, just drop us an email email@example.com we’d love to help.
We know now until Christmas is a super busy time for our Interior Designers. So we've been researching our top four style trends that are happening right now. We have also included links to the rugs we currently have in stock - so no lead time, these can be delivered in just 48 hours! What's not to love!
This trend allows nature to take back the landscape to it’s untouched and untamed beauty. Purposefully left to regenerate wildlife and natural habitats has been of great importance to balance out our busy urban city lifestyle and sustain a greener future for generations to come. Boundaries are blurred where indoors and outdoors come together for a sense of peace and mindfulness. Indoor plants have soared within
home interior trends and have been proven to create a happier living environment. #planteriordesign. The idea of city forests have taken focus in our ever growing awareness of our surroundings. Colours are earthy but soft with clay, terracotta and rust adding a contrast of warmth against brighter tones of forest green, moss and verdigris. Textures are rustic and make use of natural elements of stone, wood and vegetation. Crackled surfaces of worn and weathered elements allow for abstract colour movement and oxidised effects.
Tracing routes back to a cultural heritage of nostalgic times, designs take a worldly influence whilst still remembering individual personality. Designs have an aged look with textures of weathered wood and stone layered up with patterns of decorative blooms and botanical elements. Faded prints of flora and fauna embrace a vintage look often drawn with linear qualities to give more of a simplistic graphical look. Colours include a bright and cheery ochre, mahogany, marine blue, cardamon, greige, sail white, brass and haint blue.
Minimal design takes on organic abstract style within this Solace trend. Layers of natural elements creating landscaped pattern. A considered palette of almost neutral tones; blue now being a close third behind cream ones and grey keep a balance of tone, not being too bold or too brash in contrast. Harmonising is key with colours bleeding into one another for subtle change. A search for silence is described with Antarctic reference of white space and soft texture. Grey tones of haze and storm sit alongside purple infused twilight blue and amethyst grey with only maroon making any difference of colour impact.
Colour and light is the centre focus for this trend where experimental clashes of pattern create high contrast and a curiosity to discover more. Designs make use of simple polka dots, bright accents and black outlines creating a very pop art style.
Our latest "Construct Collection" is completely on the Vibe trend. These stunning and dramatic, modern designs create a brilliant talking piece and really add the wow factor to any hall way or contemporary styled home. We designed these and had them handmade in readiness for the Decorex Show where they proved to be very popular, want one for Christmas? You'll need to act fast! Our Vibe collection is available in handtufted in 2 sizes 120cm x 180cm (£950) and 160cm x 230cm (£1620).
Do you deserve a Christmas Bonus?
We think so. You've worked hard all year, just managed to complete your client projects just in time and they're all thrilled to bits with the results. Get in touch to find out about our trade discount! Please call 01562 215115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about our excellent rates of commission.
For All Rug Enquiries please call 01562 215115 or email Helen@thewovenedge.com
Reference: Thanks to Hannah Malein's Colourhive Colour and Material Trends for AW 2019/20 Decorex Seminar.
Finally we have seen the sun for the first time this year and colour has burst into action and opened our eyes to key trends. Pantone has demonstrated key pops of colour reflecting recent exhibition and trend direction from Heimtex and London Design Week amongst various other shows so far in 2018. Embracing bright colour will be the standout trend for Spring 2018 and the Pantone palette features in our blog Top Tips for a Luxurious Living Room.
London Design Week Highlights.
The trends brought to us by the showrooms of Chelsea Harbour this spring, bring us sophisticated and intricate design with a wealth of confidence in bright colour and bold print. The depth and attention to detail stands up to further scrutiny rewarding your eyes upon their second look. Neutrals are brought to us in natural, unbleached materials such as sea grass, wool, slubbed silks and cottons with a celebratory splash of champagne to add some class. Metallic tones of silver and stone greys pair well with mineral and elemental inspired palettes of green malakite and peridot, showing the first shoots of spring greens. Other dominant accents brought us shades of yellow including butter milk, mustard and ochre. Indigo, teal and peacock blues will be big and pair up well with a warmth brought by coral through to rouge and burnt orange. With sunshine hopes for spring and summer come playful but subtle ice cream tones of raspberries, mint, vanilla and pistachio as shown below in our colour stories
London Craft Week returns to the capital for its fourth edition and tickets for the special event are available here http://dcch.co.uk/London-Craft-Week-2018. 'Reflecting a rising global appreciation of exceptional craftsmanship, it attracts a discerning audience united in their admiration of beauty, substance and authenticity'... if the hand crafted look is for you check out how our rugs are made https://www.thewovenedge.com/rug-making-process.html.
Watercolour and painterly feels are still apparent, easy on the eye and fresh with texture flowing on all levels. Marbled effects, cloudy treatments, washed out bleeds and ikat influences extend the trend surrounding indigo dyed products and handmade techniques. These handmade elements mixed with recycled goods really highlight current world issues and just shows how much influence on interior trends this can create.
Spring Has Sprung
Combinations of green tones and pastel shades of lilac inspired lavender and blue are a combination born to be together. They bring meadow inspired interiors and accentuate the need for foliage inside our homes. Farrow and Ball have created a refreshing look using their Pitch Blue, no.222 and Calke Green, No.34 giving us a real countryside inspired decorative scheme. http://www.farrow-ball.com
An Ice Cream Cone full of Colour
Choose your flavour and sprinkle a joy of pastel shades over the top to mix and match shades of coral, pale blue, lilac grey and peach. The power of pastel is strong and injects lightness and a calming sense into a room. We have seen this flood not only into the interiors market but the catwalk too, really bringing fashion to floor. Use multiple shades combined with simple abstract forms of floral and fauna to add some contrast. https://www.celine.com/en-gb/home/
The Perfect Imperfect
Having a focus on the revival of handcrafted products, 2018 has seen an
influx of the changing of attitudes towards the effects we have on the planet and from this we have a new found acceptance for perfect imperfection and the recycling and reuse of materials such as plastic and rubber. Deriving from Japanese cultures of wabi sabi its all about bringing nature back home and being content with whats we have. Handmade crafts such as shibori and woven products are brought back to life within this trend.
Heimtextil 2018 incorporated this movement as one of their future trends. It is the art of finding beauty in the something that is incomplete and not conforming to what is believed to be pure.
The Power of Pigment. Red and Blue
Graduations of blue and red use as tone on tone colour palettes are big news. Design is kept simple with layers of contrasting scales of light and dark gradations of colour.
Cherry Tomato and Palace Blue from Pantones collection of Spring Summer 2018 colours show us the brightest sides of these bold hues. Red is seen to be the relaxing influence coming across as confident but soft, whilst Blues encourage energy being uplifting and fresh. Dior seen on the catwalk, combines multiple trends of translucent layers with a reflective edge of molecular design in a rich and appropriately royal blue colouring.
With a short flight of around 2 hours to Germany's capital city from the UK, Berlin is a top destination for a wealth of culture and history. More than 100 museums open their doors after hours to offer tours, films, lectures and music events known as the ‘Long Night of Museums’ for tourists and local residents to visit. The annual event takes place on the 25th August 2018 from 6pm until 2am. Admission is 18 euros or reduced admission at 12 euros. Admission is free for under 12s. Last year they celebrated 20 years of the late night opening and honoured the anniversary with a ‘Made in Berlin’ theme focusing on inventions, brands and legends that have an association with the city. Whilst here also take time to visit Berlin’s Museum Island (Museumsinsel), a magnificent collection of art work and a truly outstanding ensemble of five world-renowned museums. Apart from the legendary bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, the most famous and important cultural exhibits on show here include the breathtaking Pergamon Altar and the stunning Ishtar Gate. In 1999, the Museum Island complex was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage. The admission for visitors under 18 years is free. Regular admission is €18, reduced €9.
The five museums on Museum Island are:
- Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum)
- Neues Museum (New Museum)
- Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
- Altes Museum (Old Museum)
You’ll be spoilt for choice!
For the globetrotter amongst us, take yourself further afield and head to the area of Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. With a train trip of around 90 minutes (one way) it’s a great day trip from Japans capital to take in the sights of Mount Fuji and the beautiful surrounds of Hakone. Famous for natural hot springs, and the view across Lake Ashinoko of nearby Mount Fuji there’s plenty to see. Whilst in the Hakone area, be sure not to miss The Open Air Museum, open 9am - 5pm daily. Tickets cost 1600 yen per adult. The museum has various different sections and exhibition spaces outdoors and indoors with the Picasso Exhibition Hall showcasing two stories worth of paintings, sculptures and ceramic works by the artist in addition to photos of him at various points during his life. Other artists work on show here include the great Henry Moore, Taro Okamoto, Yasuo Mizui, Churyo Sato, and many others, featuring over a thousand sculptures and works of art. The outdoor space covers 70,000 square metres of space so it’s a great breath of fresh air to wonder around these beautiful gardens full of inspiration and history.
Located in the Northern area of Spain Bilbao is the tenth largest city in the country surrounded by beautiful landscapes of forests, mountains, beaches and steep coasts.
Amongst many other tourist attractions, the Guggenheim museum is a magnificent place to visit with a large display of art from all over the world, including, David Salle, Chillida, Jeff Koons, Louis Bourgeois and Robert Rauschenberg. Committed to innovation, the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. With its constellation of architecturally and culturally distinct museums, exhibitions, publications, and digital platforms, the foundation engages both local and global audiences. Admission for Adults is €13 Seniors and for students it’s €7.50.
Mexico City has been chosen as the Worlds Design Capital of 2018 becoming the 6th destination to be added to the list. The city offers a global fusion of art and design infused with local flavours of ancient culture, living by a motto of better city design
equals a better quality of life. Previous countries honoured with this award include Torino (Italy) in 2008, followed by Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014, and Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) in 2016.
For Mexico, regeneration will take place in low-income areas around the city, where they aim to transform lives though design. The artistic capital of Mexico City is also home to the Frida Kahlo museum, a place where she grew up, lived and died, also
known as the Casu Azul (The Blue House). The house shows traditional crafts and personal belongings as well as Kahlo’s art expressing the anguish of her existence as well as her flirtation with socialist icons.
In April 2018 the biggest art fair in Scandinavia takes place with an estimated 16000 visitors to view more than 200 artists selected to take part. The average size of each exhibition space is more than 15m2 bringing a spectacular venue to life. Visit the exhibition from the 20th to the 22nd April. Whilst in the city take your time wondering around the vast selection of art museums including the National Gallery and the Arken museum of Modern Art.
LUMIERE, LONDON. UNITED KINGDOM
Light up your life with London's Lumiere Festival with local artists transforming the city with installations covering areas including King's Cross, Fitzrovia, the West End, Mayfair, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank & Waterloo. It’s an event curated by Artichoke, a leading arts charity that work with artists to put on extraordinary and ambitious exhibitions. Check out Lumieres websites to see what other cities have previously been transformed and show your support with donations. Next year see the show from the 18th to the 21st of January 2018. (Ticket prices to be confirmed).
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM AND RENWICK GALLERY. WASHINGTON DC. UNITED STATES.
Visit the Renwick Gallery, open daily from 10:00 A.M. until 5:30 P.M and absorb the local history of Americas greats. Located near the to the White House, the closest Metro stations are Farragut West (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and Farragut North. Take the opportunity to really get into the design mindset and visit the Smithsonian American Art museum, just 20 minutes from the Renwick. This museum is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world revealing key aspects of America’s s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today.
Below explores the trends that will out live the winter blues and see us into the New Year. These bright, light, bold and cultured trends have longevity with a wealth of pattern to explore.
GET THE LOOK
Acqua di Parma Decorated candle oolong leaves green tea £91 Harrods.
Embroidered Chair, By Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son £2679.29 ($3538) from carlhansen.com.
Reinbo Toucan Print, Instant Art Download. AU$10.81 at Etsy.com.
Gardenia Rug from the Floral range at The Woven Edge, various sizes £1296.00-£7200.00.
Geometric pattern has stood the test of time and launches back into fashion with force. Flat 2D design is layered with linear elements of permanent marker style black outlines and block colour. It’s all about pattern clash with bright geometrics and bold colour creating contrast to the more simplistic of patterns, adding vibrant tone with iridescent layers of angular shapes.
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Dries Van Noten Villa geometric-jacquard bomber jacket £1220.00 from Harvey Nichols.
Hexagonal Shelf Mirror £149.00 Marks and Spencers.
Facet Accent Chair, Mineral Blue and Emerald Green £299 from Made.com
Irina Black and Orange Embroidered Cushion £55 from Habitat.
ASIAN - Kabuki
This ancient Japanese art of Wabi-sabi emphasises the use of organic materials and the acceptance of imperfection. Its origins lie within Zen Buddhism where it’s all about finding beauty in hand made goods with irregular characteristics.
Bold palettes of pumpkin orange, rustic red tones and grassy greens add focal points to neutral environments keeping colour at one with nature. Taking influence from traditional Japanese design, certain shrines and gates use these warm tones of orange and are believed to obstruct magical powers and evil spirits.
Handmade bowls and creased linens are a must, so leave your show home worries behind and embrace this eastern trend.
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Gubi Turbo Pendant £459 from Houseology
Black Kyusu teapot £70 from cominstea.com
Scion Shibori Wallpaper £39 from Stylelibrary.com
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RV Astley Thomas Griem Hurricane Chandelier £1542.00 from Houseology.
Umbra Planter set of 2 Nickel/Brass £40 from redcandy.co.uk.
Gold and Glass Console Table £575 Cox and Cox.co.uk
Celeste Rug from the Classical range at The Woven Edge, various sizes £1296.00-£7200.00.
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Puccini Cocktail Cabinet £1999.00 from John Lewis.
Margo Brass Table Lamp £125 from Habitat.
Moby footstool in pink velvet £229 from Made.com.
Bilbao sidetable £179 from Swoon Editions.