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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

26-07-2011 Solar Power: Good on Paper

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing a cheap alternative to regular solar power. Their discovery of printing solar cells directly onto fabric or paper is proving to be a complex mission for the team, but one that they think could be an economical and eco-friendly energy option for the future. Click here for the full article.

25-07-2011 Design Trend: Space Savers

City living doesn’t have to translate to cramped shoebox. While many live in rooms with limited space, a new wave of furniture designers are revolutionising the meaning of functional furniture, creating a new design trend. Click here for the full article.

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20-07-2011 Best Family Friendly Suburbs in Australia

No matter what Australian city you live in, raising children can be enjoyed even more with convenient amenities like good parks and schooling. We unveil the most family friendly suburbs that let you and your family take advantage of the Australian lifestyle of sun, sand and wide open spaces. Click here for the full article.

13-07-2011 Eclecticism: Careful Combinations

When Italian artist Agostino Carracci fused together classic tradition with Renaissance elements in one painting, eclectic style was born. Today, it is used in a much more modern way and is becoming an interior design trend. Home dwellers are combining styles from different time periods and origins within single rooms of their homes. While it is often thought that eclecticism can be created by simply combining a variety of beautiful items, designers will tell you this is not the case. A successful eclectic project will carefully consider the contrasting and

complimentary elements of colour, texture, artwork and

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furniture creating a unique style in its own right.

Next trends: 'The Radical Workplace', 'Interior Design Trend: Paint on Piles'

13-07-2011 Eco Design Trend: Driftwood Interiors

As part of a move towards living more sustainable lifestyles, interior designers are influencing the demand for the use of natural, organic woods such as driftwood. The style result: furnishing and

finishes that are aged and untreated. Style aficionados are abandoning the cleanliness of the popular minimalist style and are seeking something more interesting, according to Germany’s Heimtextil Trends. “People are looking for distinctive individualistic features marked by imperfection, not perfection,” they say. A forerunner in this eco trend is French manufacturer, the Bleu Nature who offer a very unconventional wall made from driftwood. The ends of the wood logs form a relief, much like pixels on a screen. Rustic at its best.

Next trends: 'Urban Trend: Vertical Gardens', 'Eco Design Makes Water Rationing Trendy'

13-07-2011 To Master the Art of Personal Branding

While online privacy issues have caused a global uproar as of late, a new lifestyle trend shows that more than ever, people are keen to build their image to the nth degree. Personal branding is becoming a necessity, not only for high-profile celebrities, business leaders and politicians, but also for the 'average' consumer. Victoria and David Beckham are the best example for mastering the art of personal branding. With their self-titled empire offering clothing, perfume and sunglasses, raking in a profit of over £2.2million. Celebrities aside, if you’ve ever searched your name on the web and results reveal your drunken Facebook snaps, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your own personal brand that potential employers will judge you by. Personal portals such as about.me and flavors.me are new online tools that allow you to create one customisable web page that compiles all your existing online profiles. It seems success is becoming dependent on how well you market yourself, Beckham or not.

 

06-07-2011 Top 10 Children's Books

Colourful characters come alive in both natural and urban settings in Trendspotting’s selection of the Top 10 Children’s Books for boys and girls aged 3-7. Be intrigued by beautiful illustrations and imaginative storylines that both kids and parents can enjoy. Click here for full article.

06-07-2011 Interior Design Trend: Paint-On Piles

Here’s a practical solution to rugs that accumulate dust and mites: Faux rugs that are painted on concrete or timber floors. This new design trend sprouted up in Elle Décor magazine and there’s no denying it’s a chic and streamline alternative to a heavy pile. By enlisting an artist to paint permanent ethnic, floral or symmetrical rug-like patterns, your interior space becomes more open – which is exactly what’s been spotted in interior design trends, globally.

Next trends: 'Minimalism Trend: Back to Basics', 'Design Trend: Weaving through the World'

01-07-2011 Urban Gardening Trend: From Japan to Space

An agricultural invention proves that crops can grow in almost any environment, even in space, according to the creator, Dr Yuichi Mori. His futuristic innovation called Imec is a groundbreaking system where seeds are planted in hydro membrane, a cling-film like material. From there, plants develop a network of fine and dense roots closely attached to the material, and then flourish using a mere one fifth of the water consumption needed in conventional soil-based agriculture. Dr Mori claims the method is superior over traditional ones for its production of higher quality crops and eco-friendliness. The system forces plants to regulate more sugar and amino acids making fruit and vegetables sweeter and more nutritious. Its capability of blocking harmful germs and bacteria means that there is no need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. If it comes to fruition, the project could be the answer for vast infertile soil in Northern Japan caused by the recent March tsunami tragedy.

 

 

Next trends: 'Urban Trend: Vertical Gardens', 'Grow up and Get Green'