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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

30-04-2010 Fresh and Filtered Water on the Go

Almost everyone you see at the moment is walking around carrying a water bottle, but now you can enjoy fresh, filtered water in a beautifully designed bottle for weeks at a time. Karim Rashid has designed these environmentally friendly, colourful bottles made of recycled plastic with a built in carbon water filter, so now you can refill your bottle wherever you are straight from the nearest tap! The bobble water bottle is available in six funky colours including red, green, blue, magenta, black and 301 Moved Permanently yellow.

 

 

 

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27-04-2010 Pepper your House with Paper

We always love a designer who turns a childhood passion into a thriving boutique business. Justine Fahd and her husband Matt are two graphic designers from Sydney who travel the world sourcing gorgeous and

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fun paper products to sell in their newly established online store. You’ll find a unique collection of notebooks, stationery, cards, wrapping and
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all things paper, even jewellery and doll houses – some items you’ve never seen before. Visit online and you’ll begin your magical journey into the world of paper

 

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27-04-2010 Font-tastic

They might make you take a second or closer look at an advertisement or an article and they are so subtle, you may not even know why you’ve taken another look. We’re talking of course, about fonts and while it’s hard to predict which fonts will be in fashion in 2010 we can almost certainly predict a move away from the curves of 2009 towards sharp, clear and geometric lettering. From FF Yoga, to the Tempera family designed by Nikola Djurek, softened edges are leading to more sophisticated presentations within the design world.

 

  

 

 

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Content Source www.fontshop.com/

27-04-2010 Night, Night - Don't Let the Sleep Box Bite

Stranded at an airport and can’t get to sleep on those uncomfortable chairs? The sleep box is the answer for busy travellers caught in transit. Catch up on your sleep in one of these specially designed pods, complete with bed, table and not much else. Russia’s Arch Group designed the portable sleep box especially for airports and hostels. With the opening of the Capsule Inn  Tokyo and similar yotels across the world, the sleep box is the new way to catch some shut eye while you’re on the move.

 

23-04-2010 Vegetables that ARE Good For You

Walking through our supermarkets and grocery stores you see the same old varieties of fruit and vegetables. But before World War II and industrialised farming methods, many different types of vegetables were grown by farmers. These are now called heirloom vegetables and they are making a comeback in the organic world of gardening. Heirloom vegetables are decorative often brightly coloured with strong flavours and textures. They are excellent for growing in home vegetable gardens and bring new opportunities for extending your menu and getting the kids to eat and enjoy their veges!

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Content Source www.heirloomvegetables.net/

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22-04-2010 Street Fashion is in the Bag

There’s not a woman alive who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful handbag and when it is designed by an award winning fashion designer and flaunted by celebrities such as Nicky Hilton you can be sure this handbag is going to be the next “must have” fashion item. Alexander Wang has been designing fashion collections since he was 18. Incorporating elements of street fashion, he is of the belief that the humble tee shirt worn with jeans can be equally as stylish as a dress. This Alexander Wang handbag is big and roomy with distressed studs and 2 hidden zip pockets. Yes, it’s expensive but here’s a fashion statement in a bag!

 

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19-04-2010 Show Stopping Bottle Stoppers

You know you’re going to find fun, unique and creative products from a company that devotes itself to a smiling home style. Legnomagia is an Italian company with a range of cheeky but extraordinarily useful products guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. From the kitchen to bags, bathroom accessories and keyrings, you’ll find products for happy homes all over the world. Latest to its range, Legnomagia brings you a range of bottle stoppers made of European maple wood and real cork treated with natural oils and bees wax. Great for wine, oil or water bottles these high quality bottle stoppers will bring a colourful and vibrant feel to your table.

 

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19-04-2010 Get a Head in the Latest Helmets

Now, we’re sure you agree, when it comes to fashion headwear, bike helmets are not necessarily on top of the list. It’s hard to look attractive in a helmet when the emphasis is on safety. Yakkay helmets however, have been designed with both safety and style in mind. Even though the main function of a helmet is to protect your head should you fall, you don’t need to compromise on style and fashion. The Yakkay helmet covers mean you can change the look of your bike helmet almost as often as you change your mood!

 

 

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15-04-2010 From Magazine to Design Store

It’s often hard to find a magazine which reports on serious issues without compromising on style. Monocle is one such magazine, managing to combine a global mix of relevant reportage together with the latest in design, fashion and film. Writers and photographers are sent to over 50 countries across the world to ensure that every issue delivers the stories you want to read. To celebrate this diverse publication Monocle has launched two shops in London and Los Angeles where you can find the very latest trends when it comes to accessories, clothing, stationery, music and books. You can also purchase online, find out more at https://shop.monocle.com/.

 

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If you like this trend, you might also like this: 'A kind of Shopping 2.0' and 'Street Fashion is in the Bag'.

 

14-04-2010 Zip Through the Traffic

 When traffic is getting you down and there’s not a parking space to be found, frustration levels can mount. Now you can relax, because  Erik Lanuza has designed a new Taurus single seater bike. This commuting vehicle, a hybrid Segway is a safe, convenient way to travel around the city with a clear conscience. No carbon emissions and no pollution, this Segway runs on wheels and is powered by electric motors. The space efficient design means that you’ll never have to drive around looking for a parking space again.

 

 

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13-04-2010 Let your Fingers Pay the Bills

No money? Forgotten your credit card and want to buy a drink or snack from a vending machine? No problem – well in Japan anyway! New technology links your finger print with your credit card details and by simply scanning your finger you can buy what you need from these specially designed vending machines. Everyone has a unique finger print so this technology is foolproof and cannot be forged. Let’s wait and see whether this technology takes off and we start being able to pay everywhere with our fingers.

 

Image Source: JapanTrends.com

Content Source: JapanTrends.com

 

12-04-2010 Care for Your Hair - Care for the Environment

We all feel a sense of responsibility towards our environment - even when we wash and condition our hair at home, we want to be sure we're looking after our oceans and waterways. All over the world hair dressers are developing organic perm solutions and nourishing serums. In Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK and the USA new hair care treatments are being produced to ensure the safety of our environment. In Australia we too take environmental issues seriously. Eco Hair Products are available in Australia, have a refreshing range of hair care solutions which are not made withe ammonia or toxins.

 

 

The Aveda Feel Amazemint set includes a shampoo, conditioner and bath bar made with peppermint and rosemary to protect both your hair and the environment. Cooling and refreshing, this amazing set will awaken your senses without harmine our waterways.

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Content Source www.ecohairdesign.com

 


 

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12-04-2010 The In-Car Home For Your Cigar

 Cigars are certainly not for everyone – but if you have a Ferrari F430 or 599 GTB and around US $885 to spare, you can purchase an in- car Cohiba humidor!  The legendary Cuban Cigar maker Cohiba has teamed up with Ferrari to produce this portable humidor designed to keep your cigars in the perfect environment even while they are being transported. No installation required and the Cohiba humidor comes complete with a dozen Diglo VI Cuban cigars.

 

 

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12-04-2010 The Material Girl Turns Fashion Designer

Have you heard? Madonna has announced that she will be collaborating with Dolce & Gabbana to produce a 2010 range of sunglassses. The chic range of sunglasses will feature a MDG logo filled with little starts and will be in stores in May. This is not the only fashion design venture Madonna has embarked upon. The Material girl and her daugther, Lourdes, have designed a line of clothes, footwear, handbags and accessories for juniors that will launch at Macy’s in August. 

 

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06-04-2010 Photos That Say a Thousand Words

 With camera equipment so affordable and the introduction of digital technology, it’s easy to consider yourself a photographer. However, PDN celebrates 30 unique photographers who have followed their passions to produce long term projects using the visual language of a photograph. From music and food to war stricken areas and the life of a mother with paranoid schizophrenia, these photographers have produced individual works which tell us stories that matter. Celebrate these images at pdngallery.com/

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06-04-2010 Easy as abc

Now the alphabet has inspired a stand out, lighting centrepiece for your home, simply by using by the A B C! This stylish lamp has a diffuser available in clear crystal, opal white or black crystal with an included dimmer, fusing light and language together. Prandina the Italian light specialist, has joined together with designer Sandro Santantonio, to create a lamp which generates poetic shadows and projected letters. Find out more a stardust.com

  

 

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06-04-2010 Driving Into the Future

 You might not be able to buy it in Australia yet, but the Tesla Roadster is definitely the car of the future. This car proves that an electronic car can be as sleek and slick as a sports car. This car is fast, with a carbon fibre panels making up the body of the car making it lighter and smoother than other electric cars. The battery power means that you’re conserving energy while driving giving you the high performance you would expect from a conventional engine.

 

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