Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ambiente 2013 - Trend Hall "Contrasting Sphere"

You didn't think a Sphere Trending trendspotting team could go all the way to Frankfurt to cover Ambiente, only to find a Trend Hall called, "Contrasting Sphere" and not celebrate it's coolness on our blog, did you?  Enjoy the great colors, finishes and textures found in this hall, we sure did!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ambiente 2013 - Plast Team

The halls of Ambiente are always a tremendous trendspotting task...  There is so much to see and so many different vendors to visit.  One of the best stops of our first day was a visit to Plast Team and their creative booth.  Product was colorful, as always, to celebrate Pantone's vibrant color of the year - Emerald.  Adding functional to fun, a twist this year featured magnetized gadgets that are easily hung to dry or for storage.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Think. Make. Do.

These pictures of the JWT offices in Amsterdam are inspiring to our team as we begin the process of ideating on our Fall 2014 trend season...  It's time to Think, Make, Do!  via: Contemporist

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Maison et Objet - Trend Hall Pionnier

An inspiring visit to the Pionnier trend hall at Maison et Objet in Paris made us feel a bit of the hand craft, hard work and heartiness of the American industrial age.  Textural fabrics, warm woods were accented by warm metals and cool steel.  Here are a few of our favorite images from Pionnier:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Maison et Objet - Spotlight on Design

Putting a spotlight on new vendors is one of our favorite part of the trend-tracking process at tradeshows both domestic and international.  At Maison et Objet we found Aava, a creative firm featuring beautiful fabrics that caught our eye.  Their unique combinations of simple patterns with striking colors were a fresh new take on design at Maison this season.  Visit their Facebook page to learn more.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Maison et Objet - Touches of Teal

In leaving for Maison et Objet this season, our watchful eyes were prepared to see a continuation of the deep emerald green tones.  Much to our surprise, touches of teal were everywhere!  Seen as stand-alone color or mixed with brights, this color remained key in 2013.  A few of our favorites:





Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Auto Show 2013 - Outrageous Orange

Whether bright and cheerful or va va voom and aggressive, orange was a red-hot story at the International Auto Show.  A common color for standard coupes and the occasional SUV, new this year were the bold orange statements from luxury makers Jaguar, Toyota and BMW.  On a lighter note, the Smart car concept gave the color a wash of anodized effects and Fiat paired a happy orange hue with bright white, both interior and out, for a fresh twist on citrus.