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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

18-02-2009 There's graffiti and then there's GRAFFITI!

You might scoff at the idea of natural and 301 Moved Permanently biodegradable graffiti. Well UK designer Anna Garforth is here to take you by surprise with ‘Mossenger’ – living, breathing, sustainable art. How? Simply take a common moss that thrives on brick walls, mix it up with a quote from poet Eleanor Stevens, carve the moss, glue the moss to a wall (preferably a pretty wall and do so with a mixture of biodegradable ingredients of course) and there you have planet friendly graffiti with a purpose. Best of all, the moss will grow and

301 Moved Permanently

spread and
nginx
the words will literally spread themselves across the wall until maybe cities are engulfed with the words of the poets. How lovely.

Pictures from: www.shapeandcolour.wordpress.com

18-02-2009 Sleeping on Cloud Nine

Relax. Your bed is like a cloud. Private Cloud may resemble a giant rocking chair but the good news is it’s really your own private rocking bed! Designed by German Manuel Kloker, this cloud bed sways when you touch it and with two back plates that maintain the tilted angle, owners of the Private Cloud can well and truly profit from this unique bedding experience. It takes up a bit more space than a normal bed, but surely a bit of space is worth the sacrifice to revolutionise the way you sleep (among other things).

Pictures from: www.freshome.com

16-02-2009 This is design

For a brand that aims to provoke people into paying attention to the meaning and value of what they buy, take a look at This is. Intent on conveying a straightforward idea of the product that also aligns with the brand, This is lends its name to various interesting and thought provoking designs of necklaces, bangles, badges, and even hot plates. The brand name forms a part of each product’s name, such as This is a Trivet, providing them with a unique and honest identity. With a high quality environmental and sustainable design, these products will definitely draw attention.

13-02-2009 Out with the Old and In with the New

Traditional paper is out. Electrophoretic Screens are in. Researchers have managed to print flexible displays onto long, thin rolls of special plastic. Although not yet available commercially, these screens are already popular, with the US Army likely to use them as electronic maps, replacing the bulkier technology that currently hinders soldiers. Unlike LCD’s, the images presented on these screens do not need backlighting, and consume less energy. The user relies on reflected light, just as they would if they were reading normal paper. As thin as paper, electrophoretic screens are sure to be the way of the future.

Picture from: www.economist.com

10-02-2009 Post a Surprise

The post often brings surprises, especially if you use the World’s Smallest Postal Service. This tiny transcription service sends short but sweet messages to wherever and whoever you want. Based in San Francisco, Lea Redmond sets up her small mobile office where people can stop and have a message written in extremely tiny writing. The letter is then sealed with a miniature wax seal complete with the sender’s initials, before being packaged normally, complete with a magnifying glass. Requests for letters can also be made via the WSPS’s website. Add some excitement to your mail with this charming service.

Picture from: www.leafcutterdesigns.com

09-02-2009 Down the Drain with a Dinghy

The classic rubber ducky has long been a mainstay at bath time for many families. The Newspaper Drain Stopper takes the concept of the classic bath toy, and updates it with a little modern flair. Made of durable PVC and able to fit most drains, this stopper is shaped as a dinghy and adds a bit of sophistication to your daily wash. If you’ve always wanted a boat but can’t afford one, here’s a way to make your dreams come true – in a much smaller and cost-effective way. So relax and take a ride on your miniature dinghy. Anchors away!

Picture from: www.perpetualkid.com

09-02-2009 Carpet of Moss

In a world where the environment is an increasingly precious part of life, the Living Moss Carpet allows you to be intimate with nature and welcome it into your home. Be at one with the outdoors and wiggle your toes freely in the moss carpet after a refreshing shower. Designer Nguyen la Chanh’s creation thrives in humid conditions, making it perfectly suited as your bathroom mat. There is little maintenance required for this lush green lawn, comprised of three different types of moss and decay-free foam.

Picture from: www.inhabitat.com

05-02-2009 Stitch it together

There’s a very cute way of sharing your travels for loved ones. The Stitchable Map Postcard. A product of The Curiosity Shoppe, this adorable card is available as a World, Europe or US map, and comes with a needle and thread. You could choose to keep the card all to yourself to track your own travels or plan your next trip. The Curiosity Shoppe houses other similar quirkily creative items, and hopes to inspire you to allow your inner creative persona to come alive. Check out some of their other hand-crafted stock to see what takes your creative fancy.

Pictures from: www.curiosityshoppe.com

05-02-2009 Miss Cardboard

French graphic artist and designer Miss Julia is renowned for exploring the many possibilities offered by recycled paper products and cardboard as an art form. Her cardboard Design Cubes are the latest offering of functional cardboard design. This funky design is useful for storing DVDs, CDs and books, or simply as an interesting household object. The Marseille based designer has created some very fun and intriguing products using cardboard, all of which are stunningly designed whilst remaining practical. Who knew cardboard could be so versatile? Miss Julia, that’s who.

Picture from: www.miss-julia.com

03-02-2009 Congrats Karen

Congratulations to Karen Jenkin, the February winner for our quarterly newsletter draw. 

Karen is the lucky winner of a $50 voucher for Dandi.com.au, a Sydney based design house.

Dandi is a group of leading-edge industrial designers who have a passion for beautiful and functional products.

Stay tuned for the next draw!

Your Trendspotting Team
 

Picture from: www.dandi.com.au

03-02-2009 A reason to celebrate

Congratulations to Karen Jenkin, the February winner for our quarterly newsletter draw. 

Karen is the lucky winner of a $50 voucher for Dandi.com.au, a Sydney based design house.

Dandi is a group of leading-edge industrial designers who have a passion for beautiful and functional products.

Stay tuned for the next draw!

Your Trendspotting Team

Picture from: www.dandi.com.au

03-02-2009 Congratulations

Congratulations to Karen Jenkin, the February winner for our quarterly newsletter draw. 

Karen is the lucky winner of a $50 voucher for Dandi.com.au, a Sydney based design house.

Dandi is a group of leading-edge industrial designers who have a passion for beautiful and functional products.

Stay tuned for the next draw!

Your Trendspotting Team

Picture from: www.dandi.com.au

02-02-2009 Take Away Karaoke

Everyone knows that karaoke is that shameful secret you keep behind closed doors, that guilty pleasure you partake in on a crazy night out with friends and no one knows this more than the creators of karaoke bar Lucky Voice, a Soho establishment in London’s Poland Street. This enterprise has catapulted into success, opening up more private party rooms in several locations. Now you can do it all for free in your living room (singing karaoke that is). Create the ultimate playlist with a branded karaoke party planning website and cute accompanying equipment. You’ll have access to more than 6300 songs, 1000 of them for free. Play them on the big screen, add more to your playlist and don’t forget to raise your voice to the rooftops. Product comes with a tone deaf guarantee.

Picture from: www.luckyvoice.com