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<![CDATA[Food Trend: Destination Dining 2012]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2012/02/03/food-trend-destination-dining-2012 2012-02-03 09:25:40 Sometimes you need a good reason to get away. It’s not enough to just say to yourself “I need a break”, it’s good to have an excuse. Food tourism and in particular “destination dining” are certainly the flavours of 2012.  Read more here....

 

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<![CDATA[Bin Nothing, Keep Everything]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/10/17/design-trend-clutter-reducing-design-storage-solutions 2011-10-17 09:18:07 Stop thinking about what to throw out next. Keep your belongings with clutter-reducing designs. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Bike Trend 2011: Motion By Mahogany]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/10/14/lifestyle-trend-wooden-bicycles-timber-bicycles-mahogany-bike 2011-10-14 09:51:29 Conventionally thought to be too cumbersome for riding, only a few craftsmen have been successful in building timber bicycles that are a lightweight and aerodynamic transport method. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[A Natural Match]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/10/12/eco-trend-garden-sharing-urban-farming-landshare 2011-10-12 08:44:57 Forget online dating. Numerous web-based projects provide matchmaking of gardeners and land owners to nurture a garden and cultivate relationships in the outdoors.Click here for the full story.

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<![CDATA[Like A Star]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/10/10/design-trend-movie-replica-back-to-the-future-nike-mag-shoes 2011-10-10 15:07:23 1510 people will be sporting Nike replicas of Marty Mcfly’s sneakers from Back to the Future. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Losers Keepers]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/10/05/lost-and-found-system-turly-tag 2011-10-05 08:43:46 Losers are now the keepers with an anonymous tagging system helping people find missing possessions without having to label the items with personal details. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Eco-Trendy Ralph Lauren]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/30/eco-trend-ralph-lauren-solar-panel-backpack-rlx-mens-collection 2011-09-30 10:32:01 No need to worry about your iPhone or iPod dying on your travels. Introducing Ralph Lauren’s solar panel backpack which uses the sun’s energy to charge your gadgets while on the move. Warning: hefty price tag attached. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Luxe Rooftop Pools]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/28/rooftop-pool-lifestyle-trend-luxe-edgeless-pool-trendspotting 2011-09-28 10:02:04 Metropolises like New York and Singapore have created the next glamorous lifestyle trend for their visitors: Luxe Rooftop Pools. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Into The Wild]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/26/design-trend-organic-materials-wilderness-chic 2011-09-26 13:25:37 Unlace your designer hiking boots and get ready for the new wilderness chic of handcrafted and organic materials. Click here for the full article.

 

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<![CDATA[Eco Trend: Rent a Plant]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/23/eco-trend-rent-a-plant-indoor-plants 2011-09-23 11:43:35 They make your office look more stylish, improve air quality and can even reduce stress! Enjoy the benefits of nature in your office with the 'hire-a-plant' concept. Click here to read the full article.

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Interview with Chris Anderson]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/23/exclusive-interview-with-chris-anderson-1000-surfboard-graveyard 2011-09-23 10:22:48 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/23/exclusive-interview-with-chris-anderson-1000-surfboard-graveyard <![CDATA[A Sight For Sore Eyes]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/21/lifestyle-trend-extreme-tourist-attractions-edgewalk-the-ledge-sydney-skywalk 2011-09-21 14:21:03 Would you feel comfortable standing on an entirely glass balcony suspended 103 stories in the air? This is just one extreme experience attracting tourists to city sights. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Sewer Stay]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/19/eco-hotel-tubohotel-mexico-eco-trend 2011-09-19 10:35:55 Already in 2008 we introduced 'dasparkhotel' to you in our article "A Pipe to Crash". Now the trend has spread and another eco-responsible hotel has sprouted up, located 45 minutes south of Mexico City. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Individual Ikea: Mykea]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/15/mykea_interior_design_trend_ikea_furniture_decoration_trendspotting 2011-09-15 15:08:59 Ever felt like your room isn't individual enough with all the IKEA furniture in it? Now there is a solution for that! Personalise your room with Mykea! A smart Dutch company came up with a concept that puts an end to the era of naked IKEA furniture. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Cookbooks]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/14/top-10-cookbooks-trendspotting 2011-09-14 13:08:23 Put on your chef’s hat, get out your finest cooking utensils and get ready for the most delicious food you’ve ever concocted in your very own kitchen! Trendspotting’s selection of the Top 10 cookbooks will take you on a culinary journey through today’s top cuisines. Click here for the full article.

 

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<![CDATA[Random Acts of Refreshment]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/12/social_vending_lifestyle_trend 2011-09-12 10:28:41 Ever heard of Social Vending? No? Then it is time that you do! With this new marketing idea from the beverage industry, you can treat your friends to a drink even if they live across the country or at the other end of the world. Click here to see how it works.

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<![CDATA[Breezy Consumer Choices]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/09/wind_made_sustainable_energy_sustainable_products_eco_trend 2011-09-09 11:46:02 Is sustainability important to you? Now you can support sustainable production processes by buying products that are made with wind energy. A new not-for-profit organization has developed a label for these products. To know more and see what it looks like, click here.

 

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Japanese Obi Belts]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/02/obi-belts-summer-fashion-marc-jacobs-design-trend 2011-09-02 10:05:10 Spotted on the Spring/ Summer runway: obi belts! Once restricted to complete a Japanese kimono, designer Marc Jacobs now brought this stylish accessory to the runways of the world. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[A Leaf to Power Africa]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/01/new-energy-source-artificial-leaf-cheaper-source-of-power-eco-trend 2011-09-01 14:00:12 Scientists have created the world’s first practical artificial leaf that can turn sunlight and water into energy. This breakthrough could pave the way for a cheaper source of power in the near future. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Play To Learn]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/09/01/educational_video_games_business_training_lifestyle_trend 2011-09-01 11:00:29 Imagine your boss asks you to play video games during work hours. That will never happen, you say? Thanks to a new lifestyle trend this might happen to you sooner than you think. Click here to read the full story.

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<![CDATA[Eco-friendly iPad and iPhone Docking Stations]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/23/ipad-gadget-ipad-docking-station-i-log-eco-trend 2011-08-23 15:25:44 The Apple iPad is by far the hottest gadget of 2011 so it's only natural that manufacturers have produced eco-friendly docking stations to match. Click here for the full article.

 

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<![CDATA[Dapper Deliveries]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/23/home-deliveries-dapper-deliveries-lifestyle-trend-trendspotting 2011-08-23 15:03:39 Men are Useless is just one brand making life easier for a man to stay hygienic, and for their female partners to stay happy. A new wave in consumerism is proving that many modern day citizens are too busy to keep up-to-date with their shopping necessities. Click her for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Stick-on Fantasy]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/23/interior-design-trend-wall-stickers-mirror-wall-stickers 2011-08-23 14:00:57 Replacing the 60’s and 70’s interior design craze of patterned wallpaper are wall stickers. Create a little fantasy in your living space or make it look more spacious. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Bringing Nature in]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/22/interior-design-trend-bringing-nature-in 2011-08-22 15:38:47 No matter who you are, it’s a fact – humans are drawn to nature. The beauty of an azure ocean, the overwhelming tree stumps of a green forest or even the vastness of a remote desert. Now, people are bringing “nature” indoors. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Leave Your Message After...Nothing]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/19/cross-platform-voice-messenger-hey-tell-instant-voice-messaging-lifestyle-trend 2011-08-19 17:32:04 You know when you’re preoccupied brushing your teeth or driving your car and there’s no way you can start tapping at your smart phone to send that SMS message? But you need to! Now there’s an efficient solution called HeyTell. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Nano Couture]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/16/design-trend-nano-couture-intelligent-clothes 2011-08-16 16:27:09 Smart fashion is the new wave in textile design trends which promise to dazzle consumers not merely by style but with a blend of style, innovation and intelligence. Click her for the full article.

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<![CDATA[An Ultra Luxe Lifestyle Trend: The Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/15/lifestyle-trend-luxury-strand-craft-122-super-yacht 2011-08-15 10:40:21 Excelling in all round extravagance, the Strand Craft 122 Super Yacht has a lot to say for itself. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[A Natural Beauty]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/11/eco-trend-natural-organic-make-up-naturally-beautiful 2011-08-11 10:07:57 Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and even Tom Hanks all have something in common. And it’s not that they’re all high income-earning celebs. Even these guys are going back to basics and spurring an eco trend that environmental enthusiasts have followed for decades. Natural organic cosmetic are easier on the skin, don’t clog pores, and when using them, the skin “breathes” more naturally. For the full article click here.

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<![CDATA[Good Design Equals Knowledge]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/10/design-trend-infographics-visual-communication 2011-08-10 11:20:49 Infographics have been implemented in education and signage for a while, but now this design trend is skyrocketing through to media and advertising industries more than ever before. Click here for the full article.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Video Games]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/08/lifestyle-trend-top-10-video-games 2011-08-08 13:04:47

You know what they say about all work and no play. So this week we've decided to count down the best 10 video games. These are our choices taken for PS3, Wii, PC, and Xbox 360. Click here for the full article.

 
 

 

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<![CDATA[Retail Trend: Pop up, Pop down]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/08/02/lifestyle-trend-pop-up-innovation 2011-08-02 20:12:44 To reduce crowding in Geneva airport’s main terminal, a pop up terminal was erected. A perfect example of the new wave of pop up innovation since the year of 2004, which saw conceptual pop up stores doing just that: popping up. Click here for the full article.


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<![CDATA[Solar Power: Good on Paper]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/26/eco-trend-green-energy-solar-power 2011-07-26 15:28:18 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.

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Space Savers]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/25/interior-design-trend-multi-purpose-furniture 2011-07-25 11:26:07 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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<![CDATA[Best Family Friendly Suburbs in Australia]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/20/best-family-friendly-suburbs-in-australia 2011-07-20 14:42:59 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.

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<![CDATA[Eclecticism: Careful Combinations]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/13/interior-design-trend-eclectic-furniture 2011-07-13 15:05:35 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 furniture creating a unique style in its own right.

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<![CDATA[Eco Design Trend: Driftwood Interiors]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/13/eco-design-trend-driftwood-interiors 2011-07-13 14:25:35 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'

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<![CDATA[To Master the Art of Personal Branding]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/13/lifestyle-trend-personal-branding 2011-07-13 09:07:19 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.

 Next trends: 'Design Books: Editor's Pick', 'Eco-friendly Organic Perfumes'

 

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Children's Books]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/06/top-10-childrens-books 2011-07-06 15:07:00 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.

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<![CDATA[Interior Design Trend: Paint-On Piles]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/06/interior-design-trend-paint-on-piles 2011-07-06 13:19:36 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'

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<![CDATA[Urban Gardening Trend: From Japan to Space]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/07/01/eco-trend-grow-crops-without-soil-new-product-trend 2011-07-01 10:11:42 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'

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Interview: Little Blak Dress]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/27/new-indie-music-lbd-little-blak-dress-interview 2011-06-27 16:42:36 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/27/new-indie-music-lbd-little-blak-dress-interview <![CDATA[Product Trend: Embedded Stories]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/24/lifestyle-trend-embedded-stories-rfid-tags 2011-06-24 15:45:30 Personal anecdotes have the ability to touch hearts, infuse laughter and connect the storyteller to the listener. So it’s more than understandable that consumer brands have tapped into human emotion to expand their seemingly highly emotional customer base. These empathetic people have responded to Spain-based clothing and lifestyle company N-spired Story by sending photos, videos, news or stories to the brand. Each month, one story is printed as an image on a limited edition t-shirt. Owners can point their phone at the t-shirt's design and link to similar content online. Other organizations like Oxfam are making connections for a good cause. Their collaboration with TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) called RememberMe lets people attach their stories to donated personal items using Radio-frequency identification technology (RFID).

Next trends: 'We like Short Shorts (Stories)', 'Super Hero Fibre'

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<![CDATA[Fancying Function over Fabulous]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/23/design-trend-functional-design-2011 2011-06-23 12:29:43 The Twin Chair, a design by Frenchman Phillipe Nigro highlights a new design trend: valuing function and utility above all. While the chair’s design is still elegant, its most prized characteristic is its ability to convert from one chair to two in a matter of seconds and vice-versa. The chair conveniently allows for space saving as well as accommodating more guests around the dinner table. Both furniture and fashion will prove to be especially useful and ergonomic in the coming years.

Next trends: 'Authenticity Trend: Imperfect Is the New Perfect', 'Minimalism Trend: Back to Basics'

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<![CDATA[Eco Trend: Bring your own Container]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/21/eco-trend-byoc-bring-your-own-container 2011-06-21 14:26:16 Japan was the forerunner in the BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) or Precycling eco trend that other nations are now emulating. Japanese greenies carry around their own pair of chopsticks, water bottles and bags for grocery shopping. But when many shoppers arrive in the grocery store aisles, they’re presented with goods wrapped in an abundance of plastic and for good measure, paperback. Chicago’s Real Naked Food strips the clothes off organic foods so you buy the product, minus the packaging. Precycling has its perks too. By bringing your own washable containers to restaurants and avoiding having to recycle altogether, many restaurants like Antonella's Italian Kitchen in Pennsylvania offer discounts on meals in return.

Next trends: 'Shadows and Light', 'Dumpster Diving: Long Live Anarchism'

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Interview with Nathalie Boutte]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/20/exclusive-interview-with-nathalie-boutte 2011-06-20 16:59:16 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/20/exclusive-interview-with-nathalie-boutte <![CDATA[Best Family Friendly Suburbs]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/20/lifestyle-trend-top-family-friendly-suburbs 2011-06-20 10:08:28 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.

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<![CDATA[Web Design Trend: Scream your Site!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/17/web-design-trends-2011-large-typography 2011-06-17 14:57:08 With so many websites available in every imaginable field of interest, from portfolio-based, directory or company websites, vying the attention of site visitors is becoming compelling. Internet users are dismissing products with a single click judging by the usability of their websites. You know you’re a culprit: If the site is too complicated and its readability is hindered by a small font, moving along is what’s done. Current web design trends are seeing large and concise typography rule over intricate ones. According to an array of trendy designers, there needs to be a balance. Get the message across with large, stylish icons and letters that are coupled with occasional delicate features as well.

 

Next trends: 'You Know what they Say about Big Logos...', 'Celebrating 50 Years of Helvetica'

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<![CDATA[Lifestyle Trend: Fake it till you Make it!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/16/lifestyle-trends-2011-cloud-girlfriend-social-media 2011-06-16 13:33:20 The classic theory that appearing unavailable attracts the attention of the other sex has inspired the invention of Cloud Girlfriend. It is a fantastical online service that believes the best way to get a girlfriend is to already have one. But not everyone is so lucky in love. The website supplies a behind-the-screen live woman who becomes a faux girlfriend, posting comments on the dateless man’s Facebook wall. With some recent development, the Cloud Girlfriend site will also allow both men and women to source and communicate with a so-called partner through the website. According to its creators, although the partner is not real, the online contact can prepare the dateless man or woman for when the real prince or princess charming arrives. And, it’s a cheaper way to “date”. “Practice makes perfect”, they say.

Next trends: 'All you need are portraits of love', 'Not just your average Joe Stalker'

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<![CDATA[Charge it, Don't Bin it!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/15/eco-trend-green-product-battery-recharger 2011-06-15 11:24:17 The lifespan of disposable AA and AAA batteries can now be recharged, thanks to Canadian distributor and retailer RONA. Their alkaline battery charger is a first in its field as it’s capable of recharging regular disposable batteries as opposed to batteries specifically designed for recharging. The product, analysed by the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment at École Polytechnique de Montréal, can recharge batteries in 90 minutes. The same battery can be charged up to 200 times, raising the average life expectancy of a battery from eight hours to 1,600 hours, according to RONA. The charger also introduces a great monetary saving. The energy of 200 batteries that would normally cost $1296 will now set you back a suggested $59.99 for the charger. This is surely an eco trend in the making.

Next trends: 'Eco Trend: Energy Saving Monitors', 'Energy from your Balcony'

 

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<![CDATA[Design Books: Editor's Pick]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/10/design-books-editors-pick 2011-06-10 16:15:55 Due to popular demand, our Trendspotters have researched the latest and coolest book releases for branding and design lovers. We hope you like them as much as we do:

1. Branding: Alina Wheeler’s Brand Atlas aggregates and simplifies the science behind branding. The book is packed with beautiful diagrams, designed by Joel Katz, an internationally known information designer.
2. Symbols: Our top pick this month is Angus Hyland’s Symbol . The book features over 1,300 symbols, ranging from ancient to avant-garde. It is organized into groups and sub-groups according to visual characteristics.
  3. Typography: Type Form & Function by Jason Tselentis is an absolute must for both students and professional designers. It explains the fundamentals of typography and how to use it in design.
  4. Colour Psychology: Colour Hunting by Jeanne Tanis a perfect gift idea for everybody who has a passion for design.


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<![CDATA[Product Trend: Caffeine Foray]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/09/design-trends-2011-coffee-joulies 2011-06-09 13:35:54 The project platform, Kickstarter introduced to the world a clever product called Coffee Joulies. They’re a food-safe, thermodynamic heat storage device that sits in your coffee, maintaining liquid heat for an extended period of time. Their coffee bean shape and polished stainless steel finish raises the bar for the design for its innovative aesthetic. It is clearly not just a gimmick. The project successfully raised its funding goal this month with 4818 backers supporting the product.

 Next trends: 'Turning Coffee into Art', 'Battle of the Espresso'

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<![CDATA[Planking: The Viral Spread]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/09/lifestyle-trends-2011-internet-memes 2011-06-09 13:26:08 Someone like Yoko Ono would label it as performance art, while others would deny its worth. However one thing is for certain: planking has become a viral meme, a concept that has cultures catching on by the minute. The recent Internet phenomenon was born by the boredom of two Australian teenagers 14 years ago. The pair called it the Lying Down Game where they would manoeuvre their stiff, plank-like bodies to fit in public spaces, much to the amusement of each other and bystanders. A Facebook page, a tragic accident and then media coverage all attributed to the notoriety of the game. But 'planking' is only one meme. Other internet memes that have been started by individuals and penetrated cultures include Lolcats, Flashmobbing and Extreme Ironing. You only need to search these keywords online to grasp their impacts.

Next trends: 'The Logical Evoloution of Blogging', 'The Balancing Act'

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<![CDATA[Eco Trend: Energy Saving Monitors]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/09/eco-trends-2011-energy-saving-power-monitor 2011-06-09 11:18:51 We are witnessing a global shift in how homemakers and car operators are starting to save energy and thus the earth. By making our energy usage data accessible to us, an incentive arises that boosts savings of both energy consumption and expenditure. USA’s service provider OPOWER tracks the energy consumption of a household and compares it to other households in the same neighbourhood! If peer pressure is not likely to encourage progress in your home, the mere act of keeping track of energy consumption has gained a high interest using energy monitors like the sexy DIY Kyoto Wattson. Available as online purchases are Efergy’s plug-in and wireless devices, which show results in bars and pie charts on your home PC and Mac computer.

Next trends: 'Energy from your Balcony', 'The Radical Workplace'

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<![CDATA[Trend Colour: Honeysuckle]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/03/design-trend-colour-trend-2011-honeysuckle 2011-06-03 15:37:40 Victoria’s Secret models have been styled in the colour for years. Barbie has driven cars, lived in houses and worn countless ensembles in it, too. Now, thanks to the declaration of colour innovators Pantone, ‘Honeysuckle’, a.k.a vibrant pink is the colour of 2011. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating colour that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This design trend has encouraged designers and stylists to take a feather out of Barbie’s beret. Badgley Mischka and Peter Som both used this colour in feminine frocks, while interior stylists will be introducing feature walls, blankets and even lamp shades in the dynamic hue.

 Next trends: 'A World of Colour', 'Brightening up the Slums'

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<![CDATA[Fashion Trend: Colour Blocking]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/06/01/fashion-trends-2011-colour-blocking-trend 2011-06-01 13:07:52 Colour enthusiasts will be glad to know that colour blocking is back in fashion after Gucci’s 2011 Spring collection showcased bold greens, oranges and blues, all fused into single ensembles. Following suit was MaxMara’s sporty fluros and Etro’s 70’s-inspired mustards and yellows. It didn’t take long before the likes of J-Lo and Olivia Wilde transformed the looks from runway style to a highly wearable fahion trend. But it appears that the first lady, Michelle Obama was ahead of the trend, blocking colours in her clothing for the past few years. No matter what the season, wearing colours can infuse energy and joy into your mood.

 Next trends: 'Cool Fashion Trend turns to Geeks for Inspiration', 'Skirting the Floor'

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<![CDATA[First Eco Simple, now Eco Superior]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/31/eco-trend-sustainable-cars-eco-design 2011-05-31 13:54:46 The concept of sustainability has penetrated our consciousness for long enough. Now, manufacturers of consumer goods are stepping up their game and creating superior eco products, teaming up earth friendliness with class and style. While we have valued products that decompose to reduce waste, manufacturers have picked up on more durable options. Take the car brand DeZir by Renault, for example. This two-seater, electrical powered sports coupe is a far cry from the original hybrid car models. This one could be fit for Batman. Green never looked so hot red, with all-electric super cars and plug-in hybrids on show at the Detroit Auto Show.

 

Next trends: 'Electric Cars Go Mainstream', 'Bigger than the Internet?'

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Weaving through the World]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/27/interior-design-trend-2011-ikat-furniture 2011-05-27 11:23:36 It’s never long before Western trends hitch up ancient furnishing methods. Forget the disposability of IKEA. We’re introducing Ikat – a universal textile weaving style that values detail and production time. Instead of creating patterns and dying on top, the intricacy of the dying process lies in bundles of coloured thread being pre-dyed before being woven into the distinguishable pattern. While no one culture can claim the origin of the method, the ethnic style fits into Central and South American, Cambodian, Thai and Japanese cultures. Because of this flourishing design trend, we’ll now be seeing it in modern homes alongside minimalist whites and polished timber floors.  

Next trends: 'Minimalism Trend: Back to Basics', 'The Cool in Ethicool'

 

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<![CDATA[Baby, Won't you Drive my Car?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/25/eco-trend-2011-collaborative-consumption-car-sharing 2011-05-25 13:51:52 We’ve swapped books, exchanged clothing and shared gardens. The term ‘collaborative consumption’ coined in 2007 is now moving mainstream into the lives of both eco-aware and budget savvy car commuters. Organisation ZipCar and run-of-the-mill car rental service, Hertz have stimulated the eco trend by initiating car sharing services in urban areas. Their fractional ownership model allows members to pay an annual fee allowing access to a car for short trips, when they please. With the help of social networking and the web, Peer-to-Peer car rental companies connect car owners with those in need of a vehicle. UK based WhipCar and Australian Drive My Car arrange fully insured short-term rentals within communities and between neighbours. After all, sharing is caring.

Next trends: 'Fridges for Flatsharing', 'Not so Forbidden Fruit'

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<![CDATA[All that Glitters]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/25/lifestyle-trend-2011-dental-jewellery 2011-05-25 11:28:03 We’re not minding our business when it comes to the who’s who of dental jewellery. It may have started with hip-hop celebs like Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West donning shiny metal on their pearly whites, but now the lifestyle trend is moving mainstream. We can thank Johnny Depp for that. Once Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was finished filming, Depp announced about his gold pirate fillings, “They will be staying on, but only until we're done filming number three.” Pink and Sugababes, Mutya Buena have set the standards for women’s teeth adornment with Swarovski crystals or even real gems giving a subtle sparkle to the smile. Also in the US, tattooing the teeth is a trend on the rise.



Next trends: 'A Phoenix from the Ashes of War', 'With Love from Mexico'

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<![CDATA[Music Trend: The New Indie]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/20/lifestyle-trend-2011-indie-music-platforms 2011-05-20 11:39:16 Indie music blossomed as a genre in the 1980’s to help publish the sounds of small, uncontracted bands. Today, Indie music is a lifestyle trend that is as fitting as ever. We just need to look at self-publishing web portals like YouTube and Facebook to understand the word ‘independent’. With the disappearance of the CD and the growing possibilities to record your own music on a low budget, traditional music labels are becoming redundant by the second. While MySpace is still used by music amateurs as a platform to expose their work, we’ve been mesmerised by another stylish music platform: thesixtyone.com. Here, artists can upload their music for free while thesixtyone.com community can easily donate money directly to the artist, without music labels taking a cut. That’s D.I.Y. to the core.



Next trends: 'Music Trend: Dubstep', 'Greenest Musicians', 'Swedish Spaniards'

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<![CDATA[Earth Conscious Tech-Heads]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/20/design-trends-wooden-headphones 2011-05-20 10:30:50 From black boom boxes in the 80’s to white plastic Mac laptops in the 90’s, high tech matt silver was all the rage for technological devices in anticipation for the robotic future ahead. Now, mainstream pop culture is opening its arms to organic materials for gadgets. There has been a multitude of contemporary design companies worldwide producing sound-enhancing wooden headphones. Hipsters have been spotted sporting the organic earpieces donned in equally organic earthy cotton threads. Vers Audio, who also make a bamboo variety, plant 100 trees for every tree they cut down for production. With the modern demand for both technology and sustainability, predictions point to the fusion of the two to satisfy the new generation’s insatiable appetite.

 

 

Next trends: 'Ear Speakers', 'A Bit of Urban to your Ears'

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<![CDATA[The Balancing Act]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/18/the-balancing-act 2011-05-18 14:32:33 Slacklining, a balancing sport much like walking a tightrope, has had exponential growth of interest since its official introduction. The time was the 1960’s and 70’s and the place, Yosemite National Park. How is it different from walking a tightrope? The line that you walk in slacklining is dynamic. It stretches and bounces like a trampoline, challenging the core muscles and mental focus of the player. Trees make the most likely anchor for setting up a slackline and they can also be found spun over canyons worldwide. Dare try slacklining? Purchase a kit from Slackline Australia’s website and start your very own balancing act in the backyard.

 Next trends: 'The Bike of the Future', 'Bigger than the Internet?'
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<![CDATA[Sustainable Materials, less than Sustainable Art]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/17/sustainable-materials-less-than-sustainable-art 2011-05-17 15:43:39 “When I’m doing a drawing, I’m personifying the place that is empty” says sand inscriber, Jim Denevan. It seems he is not the only artist making his mark on the earth. Since the 60’s and 70’s, Land Art formed as a movement to protest against the ruthless commercialization of art in America. Within a couple of hours, sand artist, Jamie Wardley will create portraits sometimes 800 metres in diameter in the sand which are eventually corroded by the sweeping of the shoreline. While Andreas Amador and New Zealander, Peter Donnelly opt for graphical and symmetrical murals, all artists know that being precious about their masterpieces would be detrimental to their core concepts. So much for sustainability. 

Next trends: 'There's Graffiti and there's GRAFFITI', 'Urban Trend: Vertical Garden'

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<![CDATA[ABC, Take a Seat on Me]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/13/abc-take-a-seat-on-me 2011-05-13 15:15:01 Furniture designers are retreating back into the core of design history when graphic designers would create typography for magazines by hand. Take a seat on Helvetica, for example? Palette Industries’ designers used a polished black ‘h’ to form the structure of a chair while the rounded hook of an ‘f’ became a lamp. Other great examples for typography in furniture design are LifeSpaceJourney’s range of unique chairs, Tabisso's lounge chairs  and the Dhama Lounge. Its message ‘Stand, forget, breathe, acknowledge and observe’ keeps the owner’s backside off the seat and is an ode to design as art.

 

Next trends: 'Savvy Chairs from Vespa Spares', 'Font-tastic'

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<![CDATA[Eco Trend: 'Splish-Splash' is the new 'Tick-Tock']]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/11/%e2%80%98splish-splash%e2%80%99-is-the-new-%e2%80%98tick-tock%e2%80%99 2011-05-11 13:36:53 ‘Splish-Splash-Splish-Splash’ is the breath of the new generation Clean Energy Water Clock. While mechanical gadgets possess our lives, the creators of the clock have gone back to basics, utilizing one of the earth’s greatest natural gifts to power the device: water. While electrolysis is to thank for its functionality, its innovation lifts the standards for future eco trends. The most unique alternative to pouring water within the compartments is growing plants instead! That’s right. Add soil, nurture a cutting or grow a plant amid the digits. Instead of tending to another screen or button, the clock encourages its owner to take the time to connect with nature.

 

 

Next trends: 'It's the Final Countdown', 'It's Time to Relax'

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<![CDATA[The Nasty Face of Sharing]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/10/the-nasty-face-of-sharing 2011-05-10 13:54:04 Creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is notoriously, a man of ingenuity. Now, his contingent of over 500 million active members is growing to be discerning and they're getting smart. In keeping with the sceptical theme of an American 60 Minutes episode, where reporter Lesley Stahl brutally questioned Zuckerberg on Facebook's privacy policies, new sites are being launched to "reclaim your privacy". This new lifestyle trend sees websites like Reclaim Privacy and Untangle's SaveFace recruiting users to install their products to reset your privacy settings on your Facebook account. While Openbook  provides a unique and open tool to search Facebook updates, the demand for defamation lawyers who specialise in online media is developing rapidly.

 
 
Next trends: 'Dose of Reality for Twitterers', 'The New Social Browser'
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<![CDATA[Island-inspired Lounges Fit for Paradise]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/04/organic-materials-pave-the-way-for-design-trends 2011-05-04 13:30:30 Furniture designer, Clayton Tugunon has called on his childhood experiences to design a Pacific island-inspired collection of seating for Snug Furniture. Designing “from the gut,” Tugunon has utilised coconut twigs, rattan and wood to manufacture each low-slung seat. The pieces are labelled ‘Lounge Chairs’ or ‘Love Seats,’ perfectly describing their flowing, organic forms and lack of legs. These qualities combined with an unusual, highly polished finish evokes being waited on in idyllic scenery. Not a bad eco design trend to perpetuate more good times.

 

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Content source: inhabitat.com

 Next trends: 'Natural Floor to Walk on', 'Who WOODn't Love Custom Furniture?'

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<![CDATA[Windcheetah Tricycle Embraces Carbon Fibre]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/04/the-windcheetah-tricycle-endures-23-years-as-a-design-trend 2011-05-04 11:08:48 America’s MOMA and the Guggenheim Museum have both housed the Windcheetah, a recumbent, carbon fibre tricycle appreciated for both its classic design and racing capabilities. The modernised version produced by AVD is a reconstruction of Mike Burrow’s 1980’s design. The new, predominantly carbon fibre framework, as well as being very durable, is incredibly lightweight and has low thermal expansion – making it well protected from its outdoor environment. It even appears Apple is taking suit with rumours circulating that the company has hired a carbon fibre expert for producing future iPhone and iPad models in the versatile material. The tricycle has a unique chassis for either touring, leisure or sport riders, placing the AVD company at the forefront of design trends in the cycling world. Pricing for the Windcheetah HyperSport starts at around $5,000 plus shipping.


 

Next design trends: `'The Bike of the Future', 'A Heaven for Bicycles'

 

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<![CDATA[Lifestyle Trend 2011: Mini Food]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/05/02/lifestyle-trend-2011-mini-food 2011-05-02 10:23:36 Who would have thought we’d ever revert from “super size” to “mini size”? Just when we thought Western nations’ waists were expanding, we’re sprung with a new lifestyle trend to turn the scales. It appears that the food industry is distancing itself from overly generous portions and presenting us with bite size treats instead. Trendy Australian consumers have attached their teeth to tapas parlours which serve up multicultural cuisines, not just traditional Spanish dishes. These bars bring together a melting pot of Asian, Spanish, Mexican, American and Italian flavours all on one menu and sometimes on a single sharing plate. Some American food chains also offer bite size slider burgers and cupcakes are fading in size too. Is there a downside? While we elegantly nibble on our bird food, eateries tap into this trend, gaining lucrative sales from each teeny tiny morsel.

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Next trends: 'Food Lovers Unite', 'The Pleasure in Cooking'
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<![CDATA[Solar Powered Boats become a Worldwide Eco Trend]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/28/solar-powered-boats-become-a-worldwide-eco-trend 2011-04-28 14:58:01 We’re versed in the inventions of solar powered land vehicles. But what could be more exposed to solar rays than a boat, gliding along the sea’s troughs, always outdoors or otherwise docked outdoors. Just as well this green trend is becoming rampant offshore. Marine vessels such as the 31 metre long ‘Turanor Planet Solar’, generate energy to propel via solar panels and photovoltaic cells. These are built onto the surfaces of the boats. Energy is also collected to power electric motors and storage batteries used onboard. The year of 2007 saw 5 Swiss sailors pilot a solar powered boat across the Atlantic Ocean in the name of activism for climate change; while Sydney Harbour is preparing for ‘Solar Sailor’, a passenger ferry whose movable wing-like solar panels can also act as sails.

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Content source: ecofriend.com, Blog Directory for Sydney, NSW

Next trends: 'Garden of Eden Desirability', 'Energy from your Balcony'

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Cutting Edge Laser Design]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/27/lasers-used-as-cutting-edge-design-trends 2011-04-27 15:56:06 While fine artists are still using their brushes to compose hyper real paintings, graphic designers have the privilege of a growing design trend: the speedy use of lasers to cut sterile clean cuts that are meticulously detailed. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-powered laser from a connected computer source to a material. Which materials tolerate this process? It’s almost unlimited. Paper, acrylic, wood, steel, leather, textiles; you name it, in some part of the world, it’s been cut. Traditionally used by industrial manufacturers, the trend has seen a surge in small graphic design businesses creating mouth-dropping masterpieces. Perhaps one day we’ll see lasers take the art world by storm. Horse haired bristles? No thanks.

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Content source: graphic-exchange.com

Next trends: 'All you need are Portraits of Love', 'Pepper your House with Paper'

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<![CDATA[Lifestyle Trends: Scooter Angels]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/lifestyle 2011-04-19 17:24:55 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/lifestyle <![CDATA[Eco Trends: Green Shoes Anyone?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/eco 2011-04-19 17:21:28 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/eco <![CDATA[Design Trends: The Bike of the Future]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/design 2011-04-19 17:17:30 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/design <![CDATA[Eco Design Makes Water Rationing Trendy]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/eco-design-makes-water-rationing-trendy 2011-04-19 17:00:40 What began as minimalist, conceptual design has become an innovative solution to everyday water wastage. It is suggested that we waste 6 litres of water while washing our hands during a 30 second period. Designers, Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim & Sewon Oh have created an elegantly structured faucet which rations 1 litre of water at a time. Much like a toilet flush or hand dryer, the tap requires some time to refill and the hit of a switch before being able to provide again. Conveniently, users can watch the water refill, making this giant step to water conservation a more enticing one.

 

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Related trends: 'Yin and Yan Fish Bowl Plant','Fresh and Filtered Water on the Go'

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<![CDATA[Cool Fashion Trends turn to Geeks for Inspiration]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/19/cool-fashion-trends-turn-to-geeks-for-inspiration 2011-04-19 15:56:46 If you were to walk through Paris' centre back in 2007, you'd have seen many a young, Parisian Brunette sporting oversized Ray-Ban glasses. And they weren't to shelter les yeux from the sun's rays. Since then, geek chic has transcended to all corners of the globe and to all facets of fashion. It has seen the revival of 1960's and 70's optical brands such as Cutler and Gross in modern, mainstream Optometry practices and fashion boutiques. No more do we laugh at the social pariah that is defined by checked shirts and pants that are 2 sizes too small. Today, we glorify this style and wear those frames, eyesight hindered, or not.

 

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Content source: smh.com

Next trends: 'Authenticity Trend: Imperfect is the new Perfect', 'Fashion Trend: It's a Wrap'

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<![CDATA[Eco Fashion Trend: Right As Rain]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/14/eco-fashion-trend-right-as-rain 2011-04-14 10:52:57 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/14/eco-fashion-trend-right-as-rain <![CDATA[Exclusive Interview: Steve Schofield]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/13/exclusive-interview-steve-schofield 2011-04-13 15:26:31 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/13/exclusive-interview-steve-schofield <![CDATA[DIY Trend: Handmade Heaven]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/12/handmade-heaven 2011-04-12 14:20:26 A couple of years ago, market stalls were the place where artists would offer up their handmade products. Now, handcrafted and unique products are fast becoming a phenomenon on the online market. In a society where chain stores churn out items in mass production, it makes sense that more and more people are looking for unique pieces to express their individuality. Etsy, Artfire, and Madeit sell everything from handmade clothes to homewares to jewellery. If you have a knitting, sewing, or crocheting hobby, you should consider making some profit from it on the web. The money is definitely there, with Etsy’s 2010 turnover reaching US $4 billion. If you’re itching to get crafty or don’t know where to start, head to this website for plenty of easy-to-follow tutorials and ideas: cutoutandkeep.net


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Content source: houseandhome.com

Next design trends: 'From Trash to Treasure','The Vase is Always Greener'

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<![CDATA[Shoe Trend: Green shoes, anyone?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/12/green-shoes-anyone 2011-04-12 13:22:58 Greenies who care about the environment as well as their style will love the eco world’s latest offering: green shoes. This trend was brought to our attention when we were checking out the prize-winners of the Green Fashion Awards. OAT Shoes are a range of sneakers that are made from entirely biodegradable materials. The designers made sure that OAT shoes will break down once buried or composted. Genius! You may have to wait a bit for your new shoes, as unfortunately, they are not yet available for purchase. We’re also seeing more brands launching recycled shoe ranges. Levi’s has just released a Reused Jean Shoe, which is, as the name suggests, made out of preloved Levi’s jeans. Above+Below London has taken creativity to new heights, using material from old seats on tubes and buses in their collections.

Image sources: markwu.info, besportier.com
Content source: treehugger.com
Next eco trends: 'Vinyl Lovin",'Colour Your Couch'

 

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Interview: Ben Heine]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/06/exclusive-interview-ben-heine 2011-04-06 11:52:41 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/06/exclusive-interview-ben-heine <![CDATA[Pepsi Plans to Give up Plastic]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/06/pepsi-plans-to-give-up-plastic 2011-04-06 11:22:04 PepsiCo is set to win the approval of eco consumers with the unveiling of its new bottle made entirely out of plant materials. The bottle is 100 percent recyclable and is made from bio-based raw materials such as switchgrass, pine bark, and corn husks. The company promises that Pepsi, Coke and Gatorade drinkers will not notice any difference in the feel of the bottle. Rocco Papalia, a spokesperson for the brand says that the new bottle looks, feels, and protects the drink exactly the same as the current plastic version. It’s fantastic that PepsiCo has pioneered the creation of a bottle that could significantly reduce its carbon footprint, and hopefully other beverage and container companies follow suit. Now that the announcement has been made, PepsiCo will begin production of its ‘green bottle’ in 2012. If all goes well, this could lead to a full commercialisation of the product. Fingers crossed!

Image source: Airdye
Content source: Pepsi Co Press Release
 
Similar eco trends: 'Edible Drinking Cups''Eco Friendly Organic Perfume'

 

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<![CDATA[The New Social Browser]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/06/the-new-social-browser 2011-04-06 10:47:13

When it comes to web browsers, there’s already plenty to choose from: Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla and Google Chrome. The latest browser to heat up the competition is Rock Melt. Rock Melt aims to make browsing and social networking easier and faster, and allows users to do both at the same time. It was developed with the idea that for many people, online surfing consists of Google and Wikipedia as well as social networking sites. As such, Rock Melt is unique for its seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter. With Rock Melt, content sharing is easier, sites can be scanned quicker, and information searches are speedier. Although it is still in its testing stages, this platform is looking very promising – let’s hope it gets the all clear soon!

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<![CDATA[Win a TOFFEE MacBook Sleeve!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/01/win-a-toffee-macbook-sleeve 2011-04-01 14:13:11 We think that your MacBook deserves a new sleeve! Let us know which trend you liked best so far in 2011 and go into the draw for an awesome leather TOFFEE laptop bag. Send Vik an email on viktoria@trendspotting.com.au

 

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<![CDATA[I'll Make Mine a Green Stay, Thanks!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/04/01/hotel-trend-ill-make-mine-a-green-stay-thanks 2011-04-01 12:47:01 Environmental concerns are progressively more influencing the tourism sector. The latest evidence of this eco trend is the global increase in ‘green’ hotels. ‘Green’ hotels are a great initiative as they cater for eco-aware tourists who want to visit famous places (as opposed to ecotourism, which is based on travelling to untouched locations). “Conscious Hotels”, an Amsterdam hotel chain, are well known for their efforts in making their lodgings as ‘green’ as possible. Among other things, the hotels conserve energy and water, recycle, and use composting methods as well as 100% natural cleaning products. For lists and descriptions of hotels that are promoting stays with an eco conscience, click here.

Image source: 5 Stars and Over

Content source: http://www.travelocity.com/TravelForGood/gr-directory.html

Next eco trends: 'Hotel Trend: iPads in Top Hotels', 'Floating Hotels', 'A Pipe to Crash'

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<![CDATA[World's Most Expensive Dog]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/31/worlds-most-expensive-dog 2011-03-31 16:03:03 We are used to hearing stories about the world’s most expensive hotels, places to live, and holiday spots. But now, there are some new records that have captured our attention. In China, certain breeds of dogs have become highly prized status symbols for the nouveau riche. Just recently, a Red Tibetan Mastiff puppy was sold to a Chinese coal baron for the cool price of £1 million – making it the world’s most expensive dog.
The iPad 2 has barely hit stores, but already Stuart Hughes has created a super-luxurious version of the gadget, one that is made up of solid 24-carat gold, flawless diamonds, and the bones of a 65 million-year-old T-Rex. This iPad is priced at £5 million. The price of beauty has also gone up, with the world’s most expensive manicure reaching $51,000.


Image source: Luxurylaunches.com

Content source: telegraph.co.uk

Next lifestyle trends: 'Pandas and Tigers and Dogs, Oh My!',

 

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<![CDATA[Urban Trend: Vertical Gardens]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/25/urban-trend-vertical-gardens 2011-03-25 13:44:49 While living in the city has many pros, one major disadvantage is the lack of space for green areas and in particular gardens. Even the slickest of city slickers long for a little bit of nature to inject in their home and work environments. Aspiring gardeners will be pleased to hear about an innovative eco trend called “the vertical garden”. Vertical gardens are essentially frameworks of plants that are arranged on the side of a building or wall. Their grid layouts make vertical gardens great design features as well as the perfect way to enjoy greenery in apartments. Our Trendspotters have found a number of great specialist companies that sell ready-made living wall systems for those who want to install their garden themselves. We recommend Vertical Garden Design, Green Design and Green Scape Buildings. When placed in the home or office, vertical gardens are known for improving air quality, which in turn lifts spirits and increases productivity.



Image sources:verticalgardendesign.com

Content source: livingwallart.com/

Next eco trends: 'Plants just hanging around', 'The Magic Garden'

 

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<![CDATA[Authenticity Trend: Imperfect Is the New Perfect]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/22/authenticity-trend 2011-03-22 16:01:15 The quest for perfection was a common theme that ran along the entire Noughties decade. Art, fashion, and marketing were just some of the industries that strove for perfection in the way they presented their work. But the turn of the decade was marked by a shift in attitudes: it seems that consumers and producers alike have called it quits on the whole perfection thing! It’s exhausting, it’s pretence, and it’s just not natural. We couldn’t be happier about the newest design trend: authenticity. In the consumerscape, there has been a rise in minimalist packaging, handmade products, and one-of-a-kind ranges. Some magazines have rejected Photoshop and introduced ‘airbrush-free’ pages splashed with gap-toothed models. Alexa Lixfeld's range of perfume bottles with rough concrete caps has proved that amazingly, authenticity has even influenced the luxury sector.

Image source: architectlines.com, fashionindie.com

Content source: vizeer.com

Next design trends: 'Minimalism Trend', 'Muji the Japanese IKEA'

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<![CDATA[Music Trend: Dubstep]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/22/music-trend-dubstep 2011-03-22 14:49:03 The incredibly diverse and ever-changing music scene can always be counted on to provide us with new trends. One of the best things about music is that it has no limits: it is constantly creating more and more sub-branches for every genre. While techno has been a very popular genre for a while now, ‘dub techno’ is slowly but surely making its mark. Also known as dubstep, dub techno is a response to the ‘cleanliness’ of the minimal techno trend. While minimal techno is characterised by steady pulses, dubstep is more adventurous with the way  sound elements are used to create rhythm. In dubstep arrangements, the baseline dominates and drums are used to create rhythm. If there’s no dubstep dancefloors near you, keep in mind that the exhilarating effects of dub techno are best experienced through a subwoofer and a very loud volume control.

 

Image sources: balancemusic.net, lostpackets.net
Content source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2008/oct/07/death.minimal.techno.house
 
Next lifestyle trends: 'Minimalism Trend', 'A Bit of Urban to Your Ears'


 

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Interview: Cogel]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/21/exclusive-interview-cogel 2011-03-21 15:18:51 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/21/exclusive-interview-cogel <![CDATA[Shadows and Light]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/18/shadows-and-light 2011-03-18 18:13:41 Up until now, shadows were just an unavoidable thing that artists had to consider when figuring out the placement of pieces in their exhibits. However, our latest design trend, shadow art, proves that the skill of the artist lies in their ability to create extraordinary and meaningful work with only the simplest materials. In their showrooms, shadow artists rearrange random items, rubbish, and junk into carefully thought-out piles. Amazingly, these piles of ‘junk’ cast very real images on to the walls behind them. Shadow art is very impressive, but almost needs to be seen to believed. If you are interested in seeing this trend for yourself, check out the websites of Kumi Yamashita, Fred Eerdekens, and creative duo Tim Noble and Sue Webster.

Image soruces: beautifuldecay.com

Content source: access-fashion.com

Next design trends: 'Self Contained Recycled Art' , 'Car Part Art'

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<![CDATA[Book Trend: Fiction at Your Fingertips]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/16/book-trend-fiction-at-your-fingertips 2011-03-16 09:13:20 Since the late 80s, technology has infiltrated all of our lives. And these days, the good old book now has to seriously compete with its online twin, the “eBook.” Microsoft and other players launched so-called eBooks and eReaders fifteen years ago, but the trend never really took off. Now the time has come for digital reading to challenge the publishing world in a big way. The eBook revolution has been enormously accelerated by the range of tablets now on the market, including the Android, Kindle, and, of course, the omnipresent iPad. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, predicts that eBooks will surpass paperback sales sometime in the next nine to twelve months and we think he is right. We’ll keep checking the stats for you and report again in due course!

Image sources: openxcell.com, wired.com

Content source: mashable.com

Next lifestyle trends: 'The Devil Reads Prada', 'The Brightness of Books'

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<![CDATA[Dumpster Diving: Long Live Anarchism]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/15/dumpster-diving-long-live-anarchism 2011-03-15 16:52:48 12.00

While the majority of people go to supermarkets to purchase food, there is a new breed of people who are choosing to forage for their food in supermarket containers under the cover of night. Our Trendspotters have seen this urban lifestyle trend frequently in the media over the past year and we think it’s worthwhile reporting on. Dumpster diving is also referred to as ‘containering’ and ‘skipping.’ In the alternative scene, ‘scavenging’ is a protest against the immorality of throwing food away in times of economic crisis and widespread hunger. It draws attention to the amount of edible food that supermarkets throw out on a daily basis. According to the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, supermarkets discard 30%-40% of edible goods every day. In many countries, dumpster diving is illegal, but authorities are struggling to control these undercover operations. The trend has also formed a new subculture, where dumpster divers from different areas meet up to exchange various food products and discuss activist projects. There is evidence of this eco trend growing in America, Europe, Australia and Japan.

 

Image sources: Thunderations blog, trashmenagerie.com
Content source: treehugger.com
Next eoc trends: 'Vegetables That are Good for You', 'Guerrilla Activism with Pruning Shears'

 

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<![CDATA[Minimalism Trend: Back to Basics]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/11/minimalism-trend-back-to-basics 2011-03-11 16:39:18 We believe that minimalism is set to dominate all aspects of design and culture in 2011. Our Trendspotters first detected this trend on the catwalks in Europe late last year, where designers represented their 2011 lines by sending stunningly simple clothes down the runway. This clean, easy look was complemented by minimal makeup and simple hairstyles. The concept of ‘pared-down chic’ has also extended to interior design. Minimalism is an increasingly popular theme for new homes as well as renovations, and some features are plain walls, bare furniture and monochromatic colours. The idea behind the theme is that a clear space equals a clear mind, and that the home should be a calming place to retreat to. The ‘techno’ music genre has also launched a new minimal strand, where the music features a steady beat and few other sounds so as not to distract listeners. Let us know if you have seen this trend and we will post it on our Facebook wall!


Content source: http://www.redesign-day.com/minimalism/

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<![CDATA[Energy from your Balcony]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/07/energy-from-your-balcony 2011-03-07 13:51:08 Until now, apartment residents have struggled to find alternative ways to produce their own energy and ‘do their bit’ to protect the environment from unnecessary harm. While people in private homes have the option to install solar panels and wind turbines on their roofs, those living in apartments often only have a balcony to work with. Designer Jonathan Globerson has solved this problem by inventing the Greenerator, a compact solar and wind energy collector that can be easily installed on an apartment balcony. It is also known as the “Residential Green Generator.” The design resembles a high-tech wind chime, and features a vertical wind turbine and flexible solar panels. As such, the Greenerator produces clean, renewable energy without relying on external sources. The energy generated by the Greenerator can be used to power computers and other appliances in the home. The good news for the environment is that the Greenerator can save 2000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually. Residents would also be pleased to learn that according to the designer, each system can reduce an apartment’s electricity bills by 6 percent.

Content source: http://www.greendiary.com/entry/produce-your-own-green-energy-with-greenerator/

 Related trends: 'Hightech Gadgets + Handbags = Happiness', 'Save Energy While You Search the Web'

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<![CDATA[The Bike of the Future]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/07/the-bike-of-the-future 2011-03-07 12:46:45 In 2010, the Seoul Cycle Design Competition offered designers to showcase their ideas and proposals about the future of biking. Danish designer Nils Sveje emerged as the winner, his design, which has been dubbed ‘Bike 2.0’, is a contemporary remake on this age-old form of transportation. The design is aesthetically simple, but deceivingly so when one discovers the amount of technology in the bike. Instead of a chain, the bike has a pedal-powered internal generation that is wired directly to the rear motor. Instead of shifters, it has two wireless rings on the handlebar, which make turning, gearing, and controlling the bike much easier. In addition, it features a stepless gearbox and a regenerative coaster brake. The Intelligent Cadence Levelling Feature keeps the rider pedalling at a consistent speed and intensity (which can be adjusted via the handlebars), thus imitating the purpose of exercise bikes. Bike 2.0 has the added bonus of being ecological, as seen with its intelligent energy usage mechanism, which, among other things, controls the rate at which riders charge the bike’s batteries. The bike’s lack of external features allows riders to personalise their bike with parts such as front forks and rims. Its aluminium frame has built-in lighting, and can be adjusted to fit riders of all sizes comfortably. The bike’s technology, aesthetics, and concepts prove that Bike 2.0 is only a glimpse into the future of bicycle design.

Content source: http://www.inodasveje.com/products/electronics/bike-2-0/

Related trends: 'Bucket Bike', 'Animal Bike Seat Covers for the Derriere', 'Get a Head in the Latest Helmets'

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<![CDATA[Power to the People]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/02/power-to-the-people 2011-03-02 13:05:51

For the past few weeks, the political uprising in Egypt has been splashed over television screens and newspapers, thereby highlighting a new trend in politics: democracy.

The ‘government of the people’ in most cases comes about because of successful people’s movements and protests. The trend towards democracy has been in motion for the past few years, there have been elected democratic governments in Latin America (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador) as well as in several former Soviet Union countries. While the shift to democracy occurred over several years, for countries that have lived oppressively for as long as they can remember, it is a well-deserved achievement. Of course, the trend towards democracy can be observed through the current movements happening in the world. Egypt’s radical shift to democracy changed the political system to such an extent that it has been called the “January 25 revolution.” It has also brought awareness to the democratic cause in other African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. The Egyptian revolution has encouraged Tunisia, Algeria, and China to boost their democratic movements. The Global Times confirmed the trend, saying, “the worldwide shift towards democracy is unstoppable.”

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<![CDATA['Deprivation' Holidays]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/01/deprivation-holidays 2011-03-01 14:07:15 When most people think of their ideal holiday, they visualise sandy-white beaches, palm trees, amazing food, and total relaxation. However, many are now shunning traditional holidays in favour for the latest trend in vacationing: ‘deprivation holidays.’ For those who are unfamiliar with this trend, ‘deprivation holidays’ are boot camp-style getaways. They are designed to improve travellers’ lifestyle choices, health, and fitness. They involve extreme sport and exercise, detoxing, body image counselling, and nutrition advice. For most people, ‘deprivation holidays’ will yield quick and visible results, such as weight loss, toning, inner calm, and a much-needed lifestyle check.

Some locations adopt a more mind-body-soul method involving spas, saunas, meditation and yoga. While this may seem like the less strenuous option, guests are still expected to detox and push themselves physically, spiritually, and mentally. The World Travel Market’s 2011 annual trend report confirmed that “luxury is out, austerity is in,” and that these types of holidays are taking off in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Content source: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/deprivation-holidays-the-fragrance-factor-and-space-tourism--2011s-travel-trends-2129353.html

Related trends: 'Energy Drink Market Is Going to Extremes' , 'Fresh and Filtered Water on the Go'


 

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<![CDATA[Hotel Trend: iPads in Top Hotels]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/03/01/hotel-trend-ipads-in-top-hotels 2011-03-01 11:18:28 Upmarket hotels are always looking for ways to maintain their five-star rating, and many are becoming increasingly tech-savvy by providing iPads for their guests. In fact, the iPad is set to be a feature of all top hotels in 2011. Earlier this year, The Corporate Traveller named the iPad as the top emerging trend for the hotel sector. Some luxury hotels are putting tablets in rooms, and others such as the Sofitel, are offering guests the chance to use the iPad at check-in and in the hotel’s lounge areas. The Australian Business Traveller also released a report on this trend, saying that iPads are being used in select hotels in Australia, America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and that the number will only increase.

So far, the response to the trend of iPads in hotel rooms has been overwhelmingly positive. The iPad’s appeal lies in its big display, sleek look, novelty, amazing range of applications, and online services. Its plethora of uses benefits hotels by attracting guests and travellers by making their stay a little easier and enjoyable. A poll conducted by USA Today in late 2010 confirmed the demand for this trend, with 61% of hotel guests wanting hotels to make the iPad available to rent or use for free.

Content source: http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/news/top-travel-trends-in-2011-822011.html, http://www.luxist.com/

Related trends: 'Floating Hotels', 'Light as a Feather'

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<![CDATA[Eco Trend: Greetings gone green]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/11/greetings-gone-green 2011-02-11 13:08:24 Let’s be honest – it is very rare for people to keep the greeting cards they are given. Most people look at the pretty cover, read the funny slogan, smile at the message inside…then throw it in the bin. Since greeting cards are such a disposable item, it makes sense to buy ones that are made from recycled paper. Here at Trendspotting, we’re very happy that recycling is getting sexy! Many card companies have jumped on the recycling bandwagon and are creating cards which are environmentally-friendly without compromising on the designs or quality. So, for the next special occasion, buy a recycled card and give a present to your loved one as well as the environment!

 


Image source: http://tp-images-cdn.tp-global.net/product/15673/panel/1/color/01/paper/15/width/420/height/420/1.jpg

Content source:http://www.earthgreetings.com.au/, http://www.tinyprints.com/eco-friendly-collection.htm, http://www.redbubble.com/shop/recycled+greeting-cards

Related trends: ‘Pepper your house with paper’ , ‘All you need are portraits of love’

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<![CDATA[White is the new black]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/11/white-is-the-new-black 2011-02-11 12:57:35

It seems like every country has their own type of coffee, and just when we thought that coffee had reached its limits, our Malaysian neighbours have come up with something different: white coffee. White tea has been around for a while, so it was only a matter of time before someone experimented with white coffee. The city of Ipoh pioneered this trend, and is becoming famous for their unusual take on our beverage of choice. Interestingly enough, ‘white coffee’ is not white in colour. The beans are under-roasted, which gives the drink a less bitter taste as well as a lighter colour. As white coffee isn’t widely available, this trend is for the true coffee connoisseurs.

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<![CDATA[Tea just got trendy]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/11/tea-just-got-trendy 2011-02-11 11:58:50 The French are fans of luxury living – and why should their tea be any different? Kusmi is a brand of tea that combines taste and style, two things we can’t resist. Of course Kusmi has every blend of tea imaginable, but what we love the most are the tins. Their tea comes in cute silver tins with a different design for every blend. In fact, the tins are so sweet that we almost don’t want to open them. We’re already picturing how good they will look lined up in our kitchen. If you like collecting pretty things, this tea trend is for you. Want to know the best part? Kusmi has released a whole range of gift sets and accessories just in time for Christmas. Don’t worry, you can thank us later!

 


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<![CDATA[Scoot home safely]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/11/scoot-home-safely 2011-02-11 10:42:03

The party season is just around the corner and most of us like to celebrate with a glass (or two) of champagne. With Scooter Angels, you can enjoy your bubbly without worrying about getting home safely. If you’ve had a drink and don’t want to drive home, simply call Scooter Angels at least half an hour before you want to leave. One of their angels will scoot to come and pick you up. They then put their fold-up scooter in your car and drive you home. Please note that so far, this service is only available in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. You drink, they drive, and no one gets a DUI. It’s a win-win. Genius!

 

Image source: http://www.scooterangels.com.au/ 

Content source: http://www.scooterangels.com.au/   , http://www.hotfrog.com.au/Companies/Scooter-Angels

 Related trends: ‘The Pop Up Dining Movement’ and ‘Take the Pub Wherever You Go’

 

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<![CDATA[Skirting the floor]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/11/skirting-the-floor 2011-02-11 08:53:16 Gone are the days of the miniskirt and the thigh-skimming dress. The fashion world surprised us all with its new message: conservative is chic. Walk into any designer or chain store and you’ll be sure to notice that legs are hidden and hemlines are longer. Last year there was a major trend in maxi dresses; and this year it is the maxi skirt’s time to shine. For some reason, whether it’s a flowy, frilly, straight, patterned, block-coloured, or striped style, this skirt makes the wearer look lean and lithe. It’s one of those rare items that looks flattering on everyone. A floor-sweeping skirt is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. It will take you from day to night, and season to season. Long skirts are no longer frumpy, ladies, but fashion-forward!

 

Image source:http://mamasarollingstone.com/trend-report-maxi-skirts/#

Content source: http://www.thefashionspot.com/style-trends/news/102390-trend-the-maxi-skirt, http://www.chictopia.com/maxi-skirt-1257/trend, http://www.anewmode.com/fashion-style/trend-maxi-skirts/

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<![CDATA[Food lovers unite!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/11/food-lovers-unite 2011-02-11 08:37:03 In the past few years, blogging has become a great way for people to express themselves online. While there are plenty of fashion and entertainment blogs, food blogs are becoming enormously popular. These types of blogs are run by ‘foodies’, that is, people who really appreciate good food. Rather than seeing food as something we put in our mouths to survive, these people savour every meal. Foodies love trying cuisine from different cultures and countries, and most of them are great cooks who love experimenting with new dishes. Most of all, they love writing about it! On their blogs, they share recipes, review restaurants, and basically make their readers mouth water more with every photo they upload. ‘Foodie’ blogs are on the rise, and are a great resource for food lovers everywhere. Bon appetit!

 

 
 
 

Image source: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/5224/the+ultimate+chocoholics+muffin , http://www.panamarestaurantsreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009

Content source:http://www.foodiesusa.com/, http://theaustralianindex.com/food/, http://www.foodblogblog.com/,

Related trends: ‘Take pleasure in cooking’, ‘Vegetables that are good for you’

 

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: A hook for your handbag]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/07/a-hook-for-your-handbag 2011-02-07 14:18:20  Do you hate putting your bag down on dirty floors? Do you worry about hanging your bag on the back of your chair? Do you sit at restaurants with your bag in your lap? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll be glad to hear about the ‘handbag hook.’ It’s a portable invention that can be used anywhere where there is a table. Simply place the flat part of the handbag holder onto the table, and hang your bag from the hook. Some hooks can be attached to the bag, and others fold up after use. It’s such a simple concept – we wonder why nobody thought of it sooner! Carry one of these handbag hooks with you from now on and keep your bag safe, spotless, and secure.

 

 

Image source: http://www.handbaghanger.com.au/handbag_hanger_regular_hook.html

Content source: http://www.pursenalassistant.com/ , http://www.handbaghanger.com.au/ , http://www.handbaghooks.com.au/

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<![CDATA[Eco-deco your home]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/03/eco-deco-your-home 2011-02-03 11:53:19 If you have a lot of ‘junk’ lying around your house and no idea what to do with it, Mark and Sally Bailey’s “Recycled Home” book is a must-read. This couple have an eye for decorating and a knack for recycling. Through photos and explanations, they show their readers how to turn old furniture, clothes, and flooring into household items and features. They are experts in transforming old or unloved household objects to the point where they become masterpieces. These authors will inspire you to decorate your home in an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and creative way. Follow their lead and you may end up with a one-of-a-kind home and people asking for the name of your decorator!

Image Source: www.borders.com.au

Content Source: http://ecofriendlyfashion.blogspot.com

http://blog.piajanebijkerk.comwww.borders.com.au

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<![CDATA[Turning coffee into art]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/02/02/turning-coffee-into-art 2011-02-02 10:42:53 We’ve always thought of baristas as our favourite people to see in the morning, but now we can attach to them a new label: artists. Baristas all over the world are making our mornings sweeter by taking coffee art to a whole other level. Avid coffee drinkers would be used to simple swirls and squiggles, but some baristas are really showcasing their creative sides. We guarantee you will be impressed by how these baristas can craft such beautiful designs out of nothing but coffee and milk! We won’t tell if you sneak out to judge your local barista’s skills. If you want to amaze your next guests, why not sign up for a coffee art course?

Image Source: www.weirdomatic.comwww.fivesenses.com.au

Content Source: www.sbs.com.auwww.coffeeschool.com.au

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like: 'Keep Cup Keeps you Happy', 'When coffee cups have self awareness' or 'Battle of the Espresso'.

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<![CDATA[Giveaway of the month]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/01/31/giveaway-of-the-month 2011-01-31 09:21:48 Congratulations to Tatayana, she is the lucky winner of our Trendspotting 'Forward to a Friend' competition.
For recommending the Trendspotting Newsletter to her friends she has won a handmade leather wrap journal worth $99 from Corban & Blair, an Australian company that creates designer stationery that is both stylish and made to last. 

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<![CDATA[The new towel in town]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/01/27/the-new-towel-in-town 2011-01-27 09:20:09 When you think of bamboo, you probably think of a tall leafy plant that is only useful for building. As it turns out, bamboo is used in a myriad of other ways. Here at Trendspotter we have been learning about the benefits of bamboo bath towels, and now we understand why there is such a large market for them. Most of us use cotton bath towels, but we think it might be time to make the switch to bamboo. Bamboo is a tough and durable plant whose fibres make for strong, soft, luxurious-feeling towels. It is naturally hypoallergenic, which is great for sensitive skin. The towels are also super absorbent. Best of all, bamboo is a very environmentally-friendly resource. Bamboo towels are available online and at linen stores. Buy some and dry off every day feeling good about the environment. 

 

Image Source: http://smilinggreenmom.com

Content Source: www.eureco.com.auwww.todae.com.auwww.bambooinstyle.com.au

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If you like this trend, you might also like 'A new use for Bamboo!' or 'Natural Floor to Walk on'.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Brighten up your home]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/01/24/brighten-up-your-home 2011-01-24 10:49:40 Who would have thought lampshades could be so interesting? Combine a simple lampshade with two creative designers from the Sunshine Coast and the result is a design trend that can uplift every room. Seven Dandelions sells a range of original, hand crafted lampshades that will be a great addition to the décor of your home. These designers believe that lampshades can change the feel of a room and as such, they have produced lampshades for every taste. They have retro, floral, and child-friendly themes for their prints. Look closely and you will see the incredible detail and embellishment that goes into each design. The Seven Dandelions website has an online store and plenty of information about the label.

Image Source: www.frankie.com.auhttp://sevendandelions.com

Content Source: www.frankie.com.au

 

 

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If you like this trend, you might also like this: 'Easy as ABC' or 'A World of Colour'.

 

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<![CDATA[It is a wrap]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/01/17/it%e2%80%99s-a-wrap 2011-01-17 09:25:00 Every fashionista knows that accessories make an outfit. In “Sex and the City 2”, Carrie Bradshaw paraded around the exotic setting of Abu Dhabi sporting some interesting headwear. Whatever Bradshaw wears is a winner, and sure enough, turbans started to pop up on catwalks all over the world. Designers embraced the trend, using the colourful cultures of the East as inspiration. Turbans are a unique fashion statement. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to stand out, turbans are probably not for you. Instead, go for a pared-down version of this trend, such as a thick headband. If you’re feeling brave, try wrapping your locks in a turban. We dare you.

Image Source: http://risingwatersentertainment.com

Content Source: www.fashion-style.becomegorgeous.com, http://fabulousbuzz.com

 

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like this: 'Get a Head in the Latest Helmets' or 'Sheer Fashion'.

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<![CDATA[I swear that looks like my old leather jacket.]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/01/12/i-swear-that-looks-like-my-old-jacket 2011-01-12 10:17:05 There’s nothing we love more than designers with a conscience. Our new favourite is Ashley Watson, a Canadian designer who came up with the brilliant idea of remodelling leather jackets into handbags, wallets, and other accessories. Watson scours vintage stores for leather pieces that people have donated because the style is no longer in fashion. She then recycles the leather, and adds extra details such as pockets and zippers. The result is an eco-friendly line of accessories. Because she sources pieces from thrift stores, all of her designs are one-of-a-kind. Click here to see all the places where you can buy Watson’s range. 

 

Image Source: http://ecofriendlyfashion.blogspot.comwww.ashleywatson.net

Content Source: www.ecofashionista.com.au,  www.ashleywatson.net

 

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like this: 'It is all in the Bag' , 'Hold on Tight', 'Certified Apple & Bee Organic Bags', or 'A Hook for your Handbag'.

 

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<![CDATA[Steckling a.k.a 'On the Edge']]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/01/10/steckling-aka-on-the-edge 2011-01-10 15:25:56 Are you a keen gardener running low on space? Have you been trying to figure out where to plant a herb garden or some fresh flowers? Well, we have good news for you. Michael Hilgers is a German designer who realised that most people live in apartments, with balconies instead of backyards. Using the concept of the indoor plant pot, he created the “Steckling” planter box. His idea is not only innovative, but arty and practical. The “Steckling” is simply stuck to the balcony railing. There’s no effort required! It’s really that easy. This design is a chic must-have for anyone who wants to spruce up their outdoor area. This unique planter box is also sold as “On-the-Edge”.

 

Image Source: http://homeapps.rephorm.de/

Content Source: www.cohabitaire.comhttp://heavypetal.ca

If you like this trend, you might also like 'The Vase is Always Greener' , Yin and Yang Fish Bowl Plant or 'I Spy Flower Power'

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<![CDATA[Take pleasure in cooking]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2011/01/04/take-pleasure-in-cooking 2011-01-04 13:36:09 If we had to pick one lifestyle trend that really took off in 2010, it would have to be the renewed interest in cooking. There has been a major shift in the way people think about cooking. Instead of seeing it as a duty, many people are now enjoying the process, presentation, and the final product. It’s easy to pinpoint how this trend came about. In Australia, reality cooking show “Masterchef” revived an interest in cooking. After the success of “Masterchef”, the popularity of reality cooking shows exploded. “Junior Masterchef”, “Iron Chef”, and “My Kitchen Rules” are just some of the shows riding the same wave of success. The cooking show phenomenon is not unique to Australia. America has a “Cooking Channel”, which features competitive cooking shows like “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The Chopping Block.” In Germany, “Das Perfekte Dinner” rakes in millions of viewers each week, and in Italy, “Casalinga TV” teaches viewers how to cook in a traditional Italian way. Also, 2010 heralded the arrival of ‘celebrity chefs’ in Australia and around the world. Some big names include Neil Perry, Gordon Ramsay, and Rachael Ray. The cooking trend is making us expand our culinary tastes and try new dishes – we love it! 

Image Source: www.masterchef.com.au, www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Content Source: www.masterchef.com.auwww.associatedcontent.comwww.vox.dewww.foodnetwork.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also like 'Vegetables that ARE Good For You' and 'Clearly Worth a Toast!'.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Merry Christmas]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/12/23/merry-christmas 2010-12-23 11:57:52

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<![CDATA[Eco Trend: Clean and go green]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/12/22/clean-and-go-green 2010-12-22 08:54:45 With the new Electrolux vacuum range, you can now help the environment while doing your housework. Electrolux is the latest company to jump on the recycling bandwagon and we think they deserve a pat on the back. Their “Vac from the Sea” range is made up of plastic waste recycled from the ocean. Not only are they environmentally-friendly, but these vacuums also come in five funky patterns. With these vacuums, you can clean with a conscience. Electrolux clearly got the memo that recycling is cool, and we’re happy that now, cleaning has a feel-good factor.


Image Source: www.greenzer.com

Content Source: http://newsroom.electrolux.com

Video: www.youtube.com

 

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<![CDATA[Design Trend: Ring Fit for a King (literally)]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/12/17/ring-fit-for-a-king-literally 2010-12-17 11:06:12 Imagine your dream house. Now imagine it’s on your finger. Okay, let’s back up a minute and explain. French Jeweler Philippe Tournaire has designed the Villa de Reve, a collection inspired by the architectural rings from the Merovingian age. These carefully crafted 18k rings are miniature depictions of actual buildings, monasteries, chateaus and homes from New York to Dubai. Set in Paris, the brand is making its way to the United States. So wrap the entire city of Paris around your finger. Oh la la!

Image Source: www.sliceofstyle.com

Content Source: www.philippetournaire.comwww.luxist.com

If you like this trend, you might also like 'With Love From Mexico' and 'Sh! Keep it Down'.

 

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<![CDATA[One Glove to Rule them All]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/12/15/one-glove-to-rule-them-all%e2%80%a6 2010-12-15 09:20:03 Give us a hand for a minute? No, really. This iPhone keeps slipping out of my hand but I’m too cold to take off my mitten. This is where hands free gloves come in. All the latest smart phone touch screens require the magic human touch. These Freehands gloves are specifically designed for when you need to navigate away on your gadgets. The gloves have ‘retractable hoods’ for your index finger and thumb. So you can punch in whatever you need to say and then retreat to the warmth and safety of the glove. Gone are the days of holding your gloves in your teeth every time you need to dial. 

 

Image Source: www.freehands.com

Content Source: www.freehands.comwww.styleproofed.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also like these trends: 'Getting Jiggy with the App-enings' 'Light as a Feather' or "Turning up the Heat".

 

 

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<![CDATA[Certified Apple & Bee Organic Bags]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/12/10/certified-apple-bee-organic-bags 2010-12-10 16:28:02 The plastic fantastic sensation is fast disappearing and in its place comes the green bag. Apple and Bee, a carbon neutral company, has taken charge of the movement by designing some of the most stunning, eco-friendly summer totes on the market. Armed with a biodegradable lining to keep your fruit and veggies fresh, the eco tote is the perfect size for weekend shopping. You can also take the Air Mail Canvas Tote for a spin, place it by your latte, or walk with a spring in your step to the beach, stockpile your belongings for a weekend getaway; whatever you fancy, it’s the perfect accompaniment with its postcard visage and Australian stamp in the corner, this homegrown Aussie company is paving the way for a greener, more stylish future.

  

Image Source: www.appleandbee.com

Content Source: www.appleandbee.comwww.petersofkensington.com.au

 

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<![CDATA[Sign up and win! And the winner is...]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/12/08/sign-up-and-win-and-the-winner-is 2010-12-08 11:33:27 ...Sophie!!!

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<![CDATA[The Urban Uber Baby]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/12/06/the-urban-%e2%80%98uber%e2%80%99-baby 2010-12-06 14:42:07 Ubabub has designed the pod; a cot for the modern, innovative baby out there. Using the pod is a lot like placing your baby inside a cozy, cocoon-shaped cot, nurturing and cradling the baby until it becomes a butterfly, uh, toddler. The pod cot is made from recyclable materials and smooth, rounded edges, clear acrylic sides with star-shaped cutouts, providing extra airflow and a way for the parents to keep an eye on the baby. Once it’s time for the baby to fly from its nest to tackle the big bed, the cot converts to an adorable junior bed, one of the more seamless transitions of life.

Image Source: www.urbanbaby.com.au

Content Source: http://thedesignfiles.netwww.ubabub.com

 

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<![CDATA[Not Your Average Toy Watch]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/30/not-your-average-toy-watch 2010-11-30 15:22:57 Admit it. You love plastic toys as much as that three-year-old playing with his transformer doll. You might also love an oversized watch that looks like a cross between plastic and ceramic (dubbed Plasteramic). ToyWatch. It’s bright, big and colourful. Browse through a range of styles that are designed to look like luxury designer watches from Milan-based designer Marco Mavilla. Do they look familiar? You might have seen them on celebrities like Madonna, Charlize Theron, Oprah Winfrey, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Ellen DeGeneres show. That’s right - flashing their big toy watch guns. 

Image Source: http://fashionbombdaily.comhttp://toywatchusa.com/

Content Source: www.toy-watch.ithttp://justfillmein.com

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Muji the Japanese Ikea]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/25/muji-the-eco-friendly-ikea 2010-11-25 11:17:48 Muji. The Japanese Ikea. Minimalism is its motto. So in keeping with the minimalist feel, I won’t say too much more on that. Except that you can read more about their motto here. Not only do they keep it simple, they also keep it eco friendly. They refuse to use harmful materials and packaging is kept to a minimum. Check out their unisex ankle socks made from recycled yarn. Available in an assortment of cool and crazy colours, they are a super comfy way to get the addiction started. Using recycled cardboard, unbleached cotton and practicing sustainable forestry, you can be sure your furniture and clothing from Muji comes from a good place. 

Image  Source: www.thedailygreen.comwww.momastore.org

Content Source: www.muji.uswww.businessweek.com

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If you like this trend, you might also like 'Kids say "I do" to recycling', 'New York Fashion Week - The Green Shows' , 'Green In The Fashion World' or 'Eco-deco your home'.

 

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<![CDATA[Mighty Rulers of History]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/22/mighty-rulers-of-history 2010-11-22 14:24:23 These cleverly titled and formidable creations from Design for Use, known by their respective names, ‘History by the Meter’ and ‘Technology by the Meter’, are exemplary in literally showing how useful design can be. Each ruler set stretches out to two meters with a set theme of historic outlines. Filled with useful facts and compact in nature, they come in a vintage style complete with an overview of historical events and technological innovation. The only drawback might be whether you’re allowed to use them in history exams (we won’t tell if you won’t).

 

 

Image Source: www.blueribbongeneralstore.net

Content Source: www.designforuse.com.au

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If you like this trend, you might also like this: 'Edible Crayons' or 'Erasing Our Impact with Erasable Paper'.

 

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<![CDATA[A Bit of Urban to your Ears]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/18/a-bit-of-urban-to-your-ears 2010-11-18 11:18:47 We love people who care about what they do: namely, making headphones. Urbanears is a collective from Scandinavia wanting to build global relationships with their brand, focusing on design, form and bringing people together to ‘transcend individuality and unify the sound experience’. Well that ‘sounds’ pretty good to us. Colour and form are crucial to the brand and their headphones reflect this: embodying that style of retro DJ we all aspire to casually possess. They are highly functional, fashionable and stylish; they also provide rich, secluded sound. To make matters more compact, it even folds down to the size of your fist, so you could say it truly packs a punch.

 

Image Source: www.urbanears.comwww.facebook.com

Content Source: www.urbanears.comwww.highsnobette.comwww.vagabondish.com

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<![CDATA[And the winner is....]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/16/and-the-winner-is 2010-11-16 15:40:33 Congratulations to Petchara, she is the lucky winner of our Trendspotting
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<![CDATA[An Eco Friendly Fireplace]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/15/an-eco-friendly-fireplace 2010-11-15 10:59:31 Before you walk out to collect some wood to keep the fire burning, let me present you with an alternative. Blomus is a modern design company from Germany that specialises in home and office furnishings, using stainless steel to create beautiful works of art. The eco-friendly Vidro fireplace is low on pollution, fueled by clean and smokeless ethanol. It’s also an incredibly stylish, first class and modern fireplace with a sleek, stainless steel finish, perfect for homes without chimneys. It’s easy to install and maintain and is rapidly growing in popularity around the world, particularly in Europe. This is the modern day answer to keeping your home warm without sacrificing the cosy ambience that can only come from the glow of a fire.

Image Source: www.007.de

Content Source: www.blomus.com

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Vintage Paperweights]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/10/vintage-paperweights 2010-11-10 09:20:34 Keep paper where it should be with collectible, limited edition Woodland Animal paperweights from Mirjami Design. Individually handmade, these unique creations have their own look and come in the form of owls, mice and shrews. Made with British woollen fabrics and stuffed with recycled polyester and steel pellets to keep them settled on the page. Laura Mirjami has been creating animals from vintage Finnish fabrics and is constantly on the hunt for rare, vintage fabrics, which she uses to create adorable pieces with individuality and flair. I’m personally a fan of the wide-eyed owls with their cute, pondering expressions. 

Image Source: www.notonthehighstreet.com

Content Source: www.mirjamidesign.com

 

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If you like this trend, you might also like this 'Pepper your House with Paper', 'Stationery That Saves Trees'.

 

 

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<![CDATA[A World of Colour]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/08/a-world-of-colour 2010-11-08 13:13:40 What does your interior world say about you? Do you represent the Mardi gras colours? Or are you urban pink, fresh salmon or a startling green? Neutral colours need not restrict you anymore. Unleash the colour palette within by adding a bit of ‘pop’ to your interior surroundings. Colourlovers show you how, with spectacular examples of bright, springtime colours that won’t dominate your surroundings. These design ideas take a single feature and apply bright, conceptual colours to create a refreshing and natural colour scheme in your home. Be inspired with colourful ideas to brighten up your world with customised rugs, colourful benchtops, wall features and more.

  

 Image Source: www.colourlovers.com

Content Source: www.dwell.comwww.colourlovers.com

 

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<![CDATA[Light as a Feather]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/05/light-as-a-feather 2010-11-05 11:12:12 Sleek, light and weightless - the new MacBook Air needs no introduction. Coupled with functionality, mobility and a flawless design, Apple (our favourite technological fruit) is launching a new generation of MacBooks with the intention of eventually replacing mechanical hard disks and optical drives. Relish in the virtual weightlessness of only 2.3 pounds! Enjoy increased mobility with longer battery time and the very affordable starting price of $999. Although we advise you take caution when attempting to hold the MacBook Air with your bare hands – this baby is so hot it might burn*.


*Well, not literally.

Image Source: www.digitaltrends.com
Content Source: http://www.apple.com/macbookair/
 
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<![CDATA[Eco Friendly Organic Perfume]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/11/01/eco-friendly-organic-perfume 2010-11-01 16:10:52 Chemicals here, chemicals there, chemicals everywhere! When did life get so messy? Perfume designer Olivia Giacobetti addressed this when she created a line of 100 percent certified organic fragrances free of all the chemicals that aggravate the skin. Her label Honore des Pres has been creating organic perfumes made of natural essences and has recently launched the ‘I Love NY’ fragrance collection featuring ‘Love Coco’, ‘Vamp a NY’ and ‘I love les Carottes’. Not only is she ecological and organic, but also the designs reflect the eco-conscious nature of the perfumes. The packaging won a prize for best design (our favourite is the coffee take-away cup bottle!)

Image Source: www.honoredespres.com

Content Source: www.honoredespres.comwww.ugotawish.com

 If you like this trend, you might also like New York Fashion Week or 'Calvin Klein Re-Invents The Man' 

 

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<![CDATA[High Fashion Kitchen Utensils]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/29/high-fashion-kitchen-utensils 2010-10-29 15:16:12 Italian designer Alberto Alessi believes that ‘a true work of design must be able to move people…to go against the grain’. Following in the footsteps of his mantra, the Alessi brand is iconic for everyday items that inspire, surprise, trigger memories and convey feelings. Alessi is known for taking ordinary tools and objects, specialising in kitchen utensils, and designing them in a way that elevates the objects to a level of high fashion. The popular spiderlike lemon squeezer is a must-have item for its clever ingenuity. Alessi flagship stores are expanding around the world, so keep an eye out for this iconic brand.

Image Source: www.squidoo.com

Content Source: www.alessi.com

 

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<![CDATA[Hidden Spaces]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/28/hidden-spaces 2010-10-28 10:26:23 Modern day living is a challenge, particularly when our living spaces are getting smaller. Minimalist and space saving furniture designs are often expensive alternatives. University students in Sweden have come up with the concept of Matroshka (inspired by the Russian dolls which are placed inside each other) creating a collection of furniture which, when compacted, is only 4 m2, yet has room for a bookshelf, double bed, sofa, dinner table, foot stools and seating for 12, workspace, wardrobe, cleaning products box and folder storage. Phew! Expand and enjoy this easy, practical and inexpensive solution.

Image Source: curbly.com

Content Source: www.matroshka.se


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<![CDATA[Human Powered Transport]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/26/human-powered-transport 2010-10-26 16:44:11 The Shweeb is like a monorail but there’s just one important difference. It’s completely human powered! The Shweeb is a pedal-powered pod-car, set to be one of the most efficient vehicles on earth. It’s fast, it’s carbon-free and with the right technology, this could be the way to improve transport in large, overpopulated cities and decrease the reliance on motor vehicles. Already existing at an amusement park in New Zealand, the Shweeb has been developed by Geoffrey Barnett. The concept has just been awarded $1 million by Google for fund research and development in an urban setting. 

Image Source: www.spiegel.de

Content Source: www.shweeb.com, www.shweeb.co.nz

Video Clip: www.youtube.com

 

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<![CDATA[Let it Be]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/25/let-it-be 2010-10-25 15:56:27 Dearest ‘Be’ chair, where have you been all my life? Here’s a chair that responds to the way you sit and move, no matter what you’re doing. It’s a multi-posture, multi-mode task chair – and it’s a world first! Created by Formway, the Be chair is so intuitive; it’s almost as human as you. It offers you support and freedom by naturally responding to your movements. The design comes as a response to accommodate the changing workplace environment. The chair is also linked to supporting both mind and body, helping us to communicate better, promoting wellbeing and ergonomics. So be supported, be comfortable, just…be.

Image Source: www.indesignlive.com

Content Source: www.formway.comwww.designawards.com.au

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<![CDATA[Turning up the Heat]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/19/turning-up-the-heat 2010-10-19 16:15:47 Mobile phones are now ‘smart’ (what were they before?) and becoming increasingly complex in nature. London designer Patrick Hyland has come up with a mobile phone concept called the Nokia E-Cu (E for environment, Cu for copper) that can be charged by the heat in your pocket. It works by using an integrated thermo generator that converts heat from any source into electrical energy. The benefits include eliminating the waste generated by discarded mobile chargers and reducing the amount of electricity needed to charge them. The design is cleverly made up of engraved heat sinks, which resemble dried earth, a nifty way of saying we need to go back to our roots.

Image Source: www.dezeen.com

Content Source: http://patrickhylandproductdesign.blogspot.com

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<![CDATA[I like: Pink Mania]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/15/i-like-pink-mania 2010-10-15 11:36:17 The rivers are running pink with the excitement of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The ‘Think Pink’ campaign launched a variety of products adorned in pink from brands like OPI, Dove, Pandora and more. Celebrities like Sarah Murdoch, have donated their faces to raising awareness for the cause like through the Pink Ribbon Breakfasts. The most recent campaign went viral on Facebook as women wrote, ‘I like it on the….’, followed by a place where they like to put their handbags. This got men scratching their heads and people talking around the world. This is an amazing feat for the cause. When breast cancer is detected early on, the survival rate is increased.

              

 

Image Source: www.yahoo.com

Content Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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<![CDATA[It is Raining Tennis Balls!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/15/it%e2%80%99s-raining-balls 2010-10-15 09:50:28 Brooklyn based designer Hugh Hayden is no stranger to designs featuring tennis balls. Having fashioned tennis ball racquets for Lacoste’s boutique window display at the 2010 US Open, he then went on to create limited edition furniture like the HEX Tennis Chair and the HEX Tennis Dog Bed – a chair and dog bed made entirely of tennis balls. Both are constructed in a sustainable manner using recycled tennis balls. Surprisingly, the tennis balls create a very ergonomic experience. He has since gone on to create handbags, a raining cloud tennis ball cupcake in the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Brooklyn and much more!

 

Image Source: www.yatzer.com

Content Source: www.hughhayden.com

 

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<![CDATA[Flo Rider]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/15/flo%e2%80%99-rider 2010-10-15 09:32:30 We do love single devices with multiple functions. Enter the Flo Water Deflector and Faucet Cover from Boon Inc, which diverts the flow of water from the faucet for a gentle water flow. Handily enough it also comes with a protective covering to help guard against injury. Its third function is to dispense bubble bath! It’s easy to attach, inexpensive and fun to use. Simply watch the water extend to create a gentle waterfall effect, making rinsing hair easy. Go with the Flo! 

 

 

 

Image Source: http://smartmomma.com

Content Source: http://booninc.com

 


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<![CDATA[Getting Jiggy with the App-enings]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/14/getting-jiggy-with-the-app-enings 2010-10-14 16:06:46 There’s nothing quite like being able to impress friends with all the latest happenings around town. So strike me down when I can’t remember that place, on that corner, somewhere in that suburb that just might have that stuff called food. So what to do? You can’t lug the yellow pages around (well you can, but it’s not a pleasant or trendy experience). Cue worldwide popular online city guides like the European Spotted by Locals and the Australian ‘Thousands’. The Thousands now provide nifty little iPhone applications that point out where the best nearby restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, shops and events are at with the ‘Near Me’ function. The good news for non-iPhone users is that Blackberries and Smartphones will soon be sporting these bad boys. 

 

Image Source: www.monkii.com.au

Content Source: http://thethousands.com.au/www.spottedbylocals.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also check out these trends: "One Glove to Rule them All", "Light as a Feather" or "Turning up the Heat".

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<![CDATA[Edible Drinking Cups]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/13/edible-drinking-cups 2010-10-13 16:26:51 Take the simple act of drinking to a whole new level with Jelloware cups from The Way we see the World, innovative product design consultancy in New York. The Jelloware cups look like real cups but are made of agar agar, with different flavours to complement your drink like lemon-basil, ginger-mint or rosemary-beet. Nibble on your cup as you go and when you’re done, any left over parts are composted, so it won’t leave any harmful imprints on the environment. Absolut are developing a concept of Jelloware cups that complement different vodka cocktails like a pepper celery cup for a bloody Mary or a garlic olive cup for a dirty martini. What a delicious and fun way to keep the environment out of harm’s way!

 

Image Source: www.thewayweseetheworld.com

Content Source: www.theurbangrocer.comwww.geekosystem.com

 

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If you want to make it to our website, send in as many ideas as you like and we’ll reward the best trend with a spot on our website AND give you a nifty Amazon gift voucher. So what are you waiting for? Submit like the wind! Send us an email now!!!

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<![CDATA[We Love Pico!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/12/we-love-pico 2010-10-12 10:17:37 Meet Pico. He has a camera for one eye and a projector for another. He smiles alright, but his smile serves the dual purpose of being a microphone as well. But wait! There’s more! Pico also comes with fold-out feet so he can stand on his own. Plug a tripod in him (in an questionably placed port) so he can feel special and sturdy wherever he goes. We feel like we love Pico. It’s a shame he has to be sold by the dozens. Designed by Rene Woo-Ram Lee, Pico is sure to be both a design and functionality success!

 

 

Image Source: www.engadget.com

Content Source: www.lostateminor.comhttp://renelee.net/category/rene/

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<![CDATA[Easy Sofa Pillow Hybrid]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/08/easy-sofa-pillow 2010-10-08 16:36:19 Easy living? Sure, bring some of it over. Oh, ‘easy living’ isn’t portable you say? Are you sure about that? Maybe you need to check out the Blandito. It’s all about functionality for the lazy. Why shouldn’t a sofa morph into a pillow that morphs into various shapes to serve different purposes? Exactly! It has every right to. Designed by Oradaria design, the Blandito is a sofa with no arms or legs. In fact, it looks more like a big fat bendy pillow. Fold it, twist it, get lost in and wrap yourself in it. Multi purposed and multi talented, you’ll spend hours coming up with unique shapes and uses!

Image Source: www.bahance.net

Content Source: www.oradariadesign.com

 

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<![CDATA[Saucy Online Dating]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/10/05/saucy-online-dating 2010-10-05 15:15:47

Online dating has taken the world by storm and Ashley Madison’s new spin on the service is no different than usual - except for all the controversy surrounding it! One of the fastest growing online dating services in the country with 5 million members, the site’s motto sums it all up: ‘Life is short, have an affair’. Their success in standing out in a highly competitive market and creating a trend of hooking people up for discreet affairs is testament to the power of free publicity generated by media attention and a bucket load of controversy.

Image Source: www.ashleymadison.com

Content Source: www.ashleymadison.comwww.cbsatlanta.com

 

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<![CDATA[Cable Heroes]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/09/17/cable-heroes 2010-09-17 15:58:36 Nobody likes to see dark, eerie cables snaking around the floor or office space. They get in the way; ruin the ambience and murder the feng shui of the room. Luckily, there’s a solution to this dull and ugly technologically wired massacre. Cue the Leaf tie from Lufdesign. It’s small, it’s cute, it’s easy to use and it wraps around the cables, giving your space a more aesthetic appearance that looks like wrapped twigs. They also come in different colours while they bring more green in (they were so popular!). Oh and for those who like a bit of spaghetti with their cables, The Fork is another product from Lufdesign. The cables wrap around the fork just like real spaghetti.

Who’s hungry?

Image Source: www.yankodesign.com

Content Source: www.lufdesign.com

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<![CDATA[New York Fashion Week- The Green Shows]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/09/17/new-york-fashion-week-the-green-shows 2010-09-17 14:42:47 What’s something we all have in common? We all wear clothes. Well most of us do anyway (I’m looking at you naked bicycle riding man in Barcelona). Our fascination with clothing is seen most notably with Global Fashion Week taking off around the world, particularly in the New York Fashion Week which has incorporated The Green Shows. This exclusive premiere fashion event features ten designers that are committed to the environment, producing fashion which is fair-trade, eco-friendly and uses ethically sound practises. This is high fashion that doesn’t compromise on the glitz and glamour associated with New York style runway shows.

Image Source: www.inhabitat.com

Content Source: www.ecouterre.comwww.thegreenshows.com

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<![CDATA[Fotopol - a Handy Guy to Have Around]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/09/16/fotopol-a-handy-guy-to-have-around 2010-09-16 15:51:22 Tourists often come to see what they want to see and they’ll be damned if they can’t find a willing passerby to stop and take the perfect group photo. Luckily, there’s no need to panic, as Fotopol have created a camera mount that can be placed at convenient tourist locations. All you have to do is place and secure your camera, select the shot angle and take a time delay photo so you can all sneak in. It’s great for solo travelers and those wishing to avoid giving their camera to someone who might run off with it. Yes we’ve all had that momentary panic as we hand our valuable camera over.

Image Source: www.fotopol.biz/fotopol_gallery.html

Content Source: www.lovemyflip.comwww.fotopol.biz

 

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<![CDATA[The Bicycle House Removalists]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/09/10/the-bicycle-house-removalists 2010-09-10 11:20:26 Who doesn’t love a good bicycle (apart than angry drivers)? Bicycles get you from A to B without harming the environment. They also conjure up images of whimsical spontaneity, weaving in and out to avoid pedestrians. Ever imagine that bicycles might replace moving vans? It makes sense for city dwellers that don’t need to travel far. Various groups of citizens and other community minded folk around the world have cottoned on to this new trend from the intricate narrow lanes of Barcelona, the bicycle friendly Copenhagen to the communities of San Francisco. An entire office of workers even moved their office supplies via bicycle– dedication to the cause!

 

Image Source: http://extras.mnginteractive.com

Content Source: www.greenrenters.org

Extra Content: http://vimeo.com/13182504

 

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<![CDATA[The Ones that Got Away]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/09/10/the-ones-that-got-away 2010-09-10 10:37:42 Like all good ideas, this one began with a little dilemma - how to keep a little boy from losing his stuff. Thus began Oliver’s Labels, a series of quality created labels originating from Canada and coming equipped with a clever twist – Oliver’s twist! You can purchase the items for children and choose to print a Found-it™ unique tracking system code on the labels. Each code connects you to your item by sending you a notification to your email address. Oliver’s Labels is the intermediary between you and the finder, so personal information is never given out and mothers and babysitters can relax when their little ones drop things all over the place.

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<![CDATA[Not so Forbidden Fruit]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/09/09/not-so-forbidden-fruit 2010-09-09 17:34:20 You know what they say. Sharing is caring.

Many families aren’t sure what to do with all the fruit that comes all at once from their fruit trees so a lot of it goes to waste. Which is why a local fruit exchange is just the thing to bring communities together and prevent unnecessary waste. The trend of a social network that exists both online and offline is a nation wide tool that collects, distributes surplus produce in a given local area is taking off in various part of the world. Neighbourhood Fruit is one such example from San Francisco where participants can collect their fruit for free.

The only rule is: first come first served!

Image Source: www.ecosalon.com

Content Source: www.ecosalon.comwww.abc.net.au Online Marketing <a href="http://www.ontoplist.com/" title="Online Marketing" target="_blank">Online Marketing</a>

 

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<![CDATA[Whoever dares to create, wins]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/09/09/whoever-dares-to-create-wins 2010-09-09 17:03:00 There’s nothing quite like pitting people against each other in order to produce the most creative work.

Crowdsourcing, the act of taking a job traditionally performed by an employee and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in a kind of open call, taps into this generation’s fascination with web 2.0 and using social media networking in business and now design. Organisations like 12designer based in Germany is the new and innovative platform for creative competition projects specialising in matters of design. The idea is simple, saves both time and money and produces incredible design results from up and coming designers.

Image Source: www.yankodesign.com

Content Source: http://crowdsourcing.typepad.comwww.12designer.com/en/how-it-works

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<![CDATA[Edible Crayons]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/30/edible-crayons 2010-08-30 14:08:20 Ah kids these days. They will flinch and scream at the sight of healthy food but give them some plastic or crayons and they’ll attempt to eat it somehow - which is why Luxirare might be on to something with these gorgeous edible crayons. They’re basically health bars disguised as crayons and are made up of various fruits, veggies, nuts and chocolate covered sesame seeds. They also have a melted marshmallow core and come in a variety of colours and flavours. And the best part? You can draw with them! I can hear the children rejoicing already – and a few adults too.

Image Source: http://growingupgreen.com

Content Source: http://luxirare.com/crayon

 

 

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<![CDATA[We Like Short Shorts (Stories)]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/30/we-like-short-shorts-stories 2010-08-30 12:40:22 Sudden fiction, micro fiction and flash fiction – these are the names given to the sub-genre of short fiction taking the world by storm, thanks to social media sites like twitter encouraging and challenging us to tell a story in as few words as possible. Micro fiction conveys a sense of reality and immediacy, as it requires you to tell a story in less than 100 words. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in six words (For sale: baby shoes, never worn) and considered it his best work. Now anyone can express themselves in a flash with sites like 12Words or admire them here at my 50-word stories. Keep it brief, won’t you?

Image Source: www.explorewriting.co.uk

Content Source: www.12words.com.au

 

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<![CDATA[Everybody do the Zumba!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/27/everybody-do-the-zumba 2010-08-27 16:54:17 Even the name sounds like one big party. Zumba is a fun fusion of hypnotic Latin rhythms combined with a great work out routine. There’s no need to be an expert with this fitness program. Get hooked on an hour of calorie-burning and body-energising fitness movements with a universal Latin flavour routine that everyone can follow. In fact, it won’t feel like a work out at all. Instead, participants say it’s like a party without the alcohol. Zumba is taught in an impressive 60,000 locations in 105 countries with 7.5 million bodies moving to the same rhythm. 

 

 

Image Source: www.zumba-power.com

Content Source: www.zumba.com

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<![CDATA[Yin and Yang Fish Bowl Plant]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/23/yin-and-yang-fish-bowl-plant 2010-08-23 16:26:08 It’s the yin and yang of plants and fish bowls. This incredibly clever idea is called One Pot – Two Lives. It’s a hybrid fish bowl and planter designed by Sheng-Zhe Feng and Ling-Yuan Chou. A regularly potted plant is placed on top and a goldfish lives underneath. This tit for tat relationship is comprised of the fish turning their eaten bait remnants into nutrients for the plant, which is then fed with water that filters and passes through, becoming clean for the fish. Materials are cycled and soil remains humid, so the watering period is extended by a week. That’s the natural cycle of life in action for you!

Image Source: www.yankodesign.com/

Content Source: www.creativityplatform.com

If you like this trend, you might also like 'The Vase is Always Greener' , 'Steckling a.k.a 'On the Edge' or 'I Spy Flower Power'

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<![CDATA[Either Change or be Changed]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/23/either-change-or-be-changed2 2010-08-23 14:37:03 There is an aesthetic quality in simple designs that can’t be matched and even more beauty to be found in using natural techniques to achieve sustainable art. The water-shaped bottle by designer Xiaoli Wen is part of a series of porcelain bottles shaped by a waterfall. The result is a gentle shape made from silicone rubber moulds of discarded plastic and glass bottles. The mould is created as it hangs under flowing water. The finished product represents the bottles which are often discarded carelessly into rivers and oceans.

Image Source: www.theurbangrocer.com

Content Source: xiaoliwen.com/

 

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<![CDATA[No Play, No Electricity]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/23/no-play-no-electricity 2010-08-23 12:11:09 Did you ever think football might help change lives? Four Harvard engineering students (Jessica Lin, Jessica Matthews, Julia Silverman, and Hemali Thakkar) have come up with an energy-harvesting soccer ball that generates renewable energy when kicked around. Dubbed sOccket, the ball uses inductive coil technology to capture and store energy for later use. It will herald a new age and may be the solution for more than one billion people living in third world countries. It’s inexpensive, green orientated and targets young people, particularly in Africa where the sport is gaining popularity.

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<![CDATA[Trendspotting Congratulates]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/16/trendspotting-congratulates 2010-08-16 10:33:09 We are pleased to announce this month’s Trendspotting prize winner. Congratulations to Tina, our ‘Sign Up and Win’ winner for August

Tina is the lucky winner of a Candelabra from black+ blum. The guys from black+blum offer a range of fun, affordable and contemporary designs..

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<![CDATA[Do the Funky Headphone]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/09/do-the-funky-headphone 2010-08-09 12:30:53 We’re about to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready for it? Headphones don’t need to be boring! Not with such interesting package designs like earphones presented in the shape of music notes from Panasonic. For something with a little more attitude, you can opt for these cute and affordable LEGO brick earphones from Elecom. They are about to be released in Japan and come in an irresistible collection of colours. If you’re super keen, you can channel your inner child and create your own LEGO headphones for that retro, unique edge.

 

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Content Source www.techfresh.net

 

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<![CDATA[Muesli Lovers Unite!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/09/muesli-lovers-unite 2010-08-09 12:17:44 Nothing beats good muesli for breakfast. Of course, there’s no tried and tested formula for what makes good muesli - instead it all comes down to personal preference. This is why we’re going crazy for the new trend that allows you to customise your own muesli. This concept started out in the US but has since spread its wings to the UK and a small Melbourne company (aptly named) MuesliMixer run by two German muesli connoisseurs. Sydney muesli lovers need not fret as Moose Cafe in Redfern promises to launch a similar concept in the not too distant future. Phew.

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<![CDATA[Stay Odourless Forever]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/09/stay-odourless-forever 2010-08-09 12:07:34 It’s hard to control our bodies from producing all kinds of odours. Here’s a new trend we’re sure you have often wished into existence right before a date or an important business meeting. Odegon have created iron-on fabric tags which control the molecules that produce body stench. Simply sew or iron the fabric tag inside the armpit area of any garment for instant and effective results that last, no matter how often you wash the clothing. Best of all the tags are odourless, non-allergenic and environmentally friendly.

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<![CDATA[Speedy Long-Nosed Trains]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/09/speedy-long-nosed-trains 2010-08-09 11:31:18 High-speed trains are making their speedy debut across the world, especially in Europe where they love to cut down on travel time (they should try living in Australia!) These high-speed trains are characterised by their slim line shape and pointy, long noses. They have been developed to cut down on travel time and increase passenger train travel across countries with high transport demands. Now the UK is developing a high-speed luxury train known as the Mercury. Designed by British Designers Priestmangoode, the train can travel at speeds of 225 mph and will include a lounge, bar, private areas and will be the first double decker train in the world. The trains will be highly efficient and will produce low-carbon, making it an eco-friendly way to travel.

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<![CDATA[Literature Immortalised]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/09/literature-immortalised 2010-08-09 10:23:20 Imagine if your favourite literary works were brought to life in strange and wonderful ways? Katrina Rodabaugh not only imagined such a concept, she put it in to action with an art installation called ‘The Dresses/Objects Project’. Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s revolutionary poetry collection ‘Tender Buttons’ in 1914, Katrina hand printed the verses onto recycled materials. Thirty artists put the material together, some never having sewn a stitch before and then tried their hands at modelling the outfits, giving the final finish a natural, casual, just-thrown-together look, the words adding a sophisticated and timeless finish.

 

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<![CDATA[Shopping (the way nature intended)]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/08/02/shopping-the-way-nature-intended 2010-08-02 16:45:26 Nothing is more infuriating than supermarkets packaging everything unnecessarily, which is why the idea behind Unpackaged is as simple as it is beautiful. There is no packaging for any of the organic wholefoods and other eco-friendly products on offer, instead allowing customers to bring their own containers or use the store’s very own reusable containers. Catherine Conway is the genius behind this idea, which started off as a market stall in 2006, and now resides in a brilliantly designed store in northeast London, maintaining that fresh market feeling.

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Content Source www.beunpackaged.com

 

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<![CDATA[Happy Utensils]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/28/happy-utensils 2010-07-28 14:24:59 Everyday appliances can seem mundane and a little on the boring side after a while. Why go for the same old utensil, when designers like Anglo-Swiss partnership Black and Blum are coming up with genius designs, all with a twist on old favourites? Some standouts include the fruit bowl, the potato masher, a little man bookend (his name is James), a loo roll holder, a teacup pencil holder and an insect lamp. These cute and quirky designs are dripping with personality and they make us happy for those every day moments. 

If you would like to go into the draw for one of their funky candleholders sign up for the Trendspotting newsletter now!

 

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<![CDATA[Superhero Clothing Fibres]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/22/superhero-clothing-fibres 2010-07-22 16:17:39 While we’re still living our lives out normally, (ie. wearing clothes that don’t have interactive fibres with special superhero powers), scientists are busy coming up with…well, super interactive fibres. Just like the latest one, which has the ability to detect and create sound. Sure it took them ten years to come up with, but they are now looking at fabrics that can interact with their environment. Think clothes with microphone features, if it doesn’t boggle the mind too much. They can generate electricity and can even be used to monitor the flow of water. In fact, the possibilities are endless! Guess this t-shirt I’m wearing doesn’t seem quite so cool now.

 

 

 

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Content Source web.mit.edu


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<![CDATA[Self Contained Recycled Art]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/22/self-contained-recycled-art 2010-07-22 15:35:11 Recycled shipping containers? Don’t mind if you do! Who knew that they could provide such striking, visual art sculptures? Although shipping containers are often recycled into houses, clinics, offices and dormitories, turning them into art and sculpture is the latest craze for such artists like Michael Johansson from Sweden. In a project entitled ‘Self Contained’, Michael piles up colourful shipping containers like Tetris building blocks, for a striking visual effect. The sculpture below was found in Yokohama Harbour in the Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Not your average sculpture!

 

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<![CDATA[Lipstick without the Slick]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/21/lipstick-without-the-slick 2010-07-21 10:33:19 The oil spill is on everyone’s mind at the moment, as we reconsider the role that oil plays in our lives. This dependence can turn on our environment. The good news is we can send a message to oil companies by turning to oil free products. Most products use oil-derived ingredients to some extent. Primitive Makeup is one such brand that not only provides oil-free lipsticks, but also vegan lipsticks, humanitarian lipsticks (where the proceeds go to the Jane Goodall Institute) and organic lip liners. Products are not tested on animals, so you can really make a point to oil companies about what you won’t stand for (while looking saucy in some of these delicious shades, mind you!)

 

Image Source www.beautylab.co.uk

Content Source www.primitivemakeup.com

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<![CDATA[We have a new Winner to announce...]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/15/we-have-a-new-winner-to-announce 2010-07-15 18:14:30

We are pleased to announce this month’s Trendspotting prize winner. 


Congratulations to Claire, our ‘Sign Up and Win’ winner for July. 

Claire is the lucky winner of a  $50 gift voucher from kikki-k
The good folk at Kikki-K are committed to providing simple and timeless Swedish designs for stationery, objects around the home and gorgeous gifts to make every day life that little bit more interesting.

 
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<![CDATA[Retro Typewriters]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/12/retro-typewriters 2010-07-12 09:47:00 Yes, old things are all the rage these days. Call me old fashioned, but there’s something special about vintage typewriters: maybe it’s that old, simple typeface on paper, conjuring up the image of a lonely writer in a small studio, frantically typing away and scrunching up unsatisfying paper (in today’s world, however, it would be recycled). There’s the whimsical nostalgia of having no distractions like Facebook and Twitter – only paper between you, your creativity and the machine. Antique typewriters are investments as people are willing to pay big money at auctions. They’re also a lot better for the environment as they don’t work off power. Some people call it the Revival of the Obsolete. We like that.

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<![CDATA[A Phoenix from the Ashes of War]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/12/a-phoenix-from-the-ashes-of-war 2010-07-12 09:30:57 It’s hard to believe that remnants of war and death can lead to art. And yet turning used bullet cases from war torn countries into jewellery is a way of inverting our expectations, proving that harmful things can be taken from its original purpose and context, reworked and given a whole new purpose. This provocative work has recently emerged from young designers like Adi Zaffran Weisler from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and 17-year-old former refugee from Liberia, Lovetta Conto who now lives in the United States. Lovetta astonishingly takes the spent casings used in her former country’s civil war and turns them into beautiful jewellery, promoting peace and harmony in place of chaos and destruction.

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Content Source www.akawelle.com/

 

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<![CDATA[Is it Hot in Here or is it Just my Bag?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/12/is-it-hot-in-here-or-is-it-just-my-bag 2010-07-12 09:13:26 The latest fashion accessory on everyone’s lips is a red hot cracker! Used fire hoses have been vigorously cleaned and then transformed into a stylish, streamlined and limited collection of bags, belts and wallets. You can see these designs from the Dutch fashion accessory company Elvis and Kresse. Celebrities like Cameron Diaz and former first lady Sarah Brown are already huge fans of the collection. Each product is adorned with product labels printed on old luggage tags and the bags and wallets are lined with parachute silk, resulting in an authentic and durable finish. The packaging is made up of, curiously enough, used grapefruit crates. In fact, no tiny detail is forgotten in the bid to help the fashionably, eco-conscious sleep well at night and look red hot during the day! 

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<![CDATA[Wine with a Twist]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/09/wine-with-a-twist 2010-07-09 12:35:57 It’s hard to imagine wine getting any better than its current form.  And yet, take it from us - organic wine goes down very smoothly. So what’s the difference? Organic wines are grown from grapes using no chemical or artificial fertilisers, and without the use of added sulfites. Other benefits of organic ‘green’ wine often include sustainability in the winemaking process. Wine bars and restaurants are jumping on the sustainable wine bandwagon, offering a selection of organic wines on their menus. They’re not alone either. It’s said that the Obamas hosted a dinner party in the White House and organic wine was on the menu! How nice of them.

Image Source www.sociallysuperlative.com

Content Source www.americanprogress.org

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<![CDATA[You know what they say about Big Logos...]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/09/you-know-what-they-say-about-big-logos%e2%80%a6 2010-07-09 12:15:23 Naturally web design is constantly evolving to create a bigger and brighter visual impact at first glance. This is where the latest design trends of oversized logos and oversized headers come in. Taking up virtually the entire screen and featuring one important note, visitors needs not click on anything at all. Just scroll lovingly down the page. Images will be big and bright. Hand drawn images and sketches are also going to make a very retro appearance in cyberspace design this year. How sweet is that? 

Image Source www.webdesignledger.com

Content Source www.uxpassion.com

 

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<![CDATA[Pandas and Tigers and Dogs, oh my!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/09/pandas-and-tigers-and-dogs-oh-my 2010-07-09 12:00:57 Why would pets need to attend a beauty parlour? Could you really get confused between a tiger and a dog? Look twice. That’s not a panda. Welcome to the crazy new trend hailing down on China now. Pet owners are now dyeing their pets to look like other animals. The resemblance between the animals is eerily accurate, however we’re sure it could result in some kind of existential crisis when a real panda spots a dog masquerading as one. What makes a tiger a tiger? Is it the black and orange stripes? Down boy! Good, doggy. I mean, tiger? It’s a confusing world we live in.

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<![CDATA[A Sweet Cocoon for Gizmos and Gadgets]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/05/a-sweet-cocoon-for-gizmos-and-gadgets 2010-07-05 17:16:16 Fabrix is one of those brands that conveniently place their staff and designers on the cusp of changing technology. This is because their products are constantly being updated, providing quirky covers for a range of laptops – Macbooks, Macbook Pros and iPods, iPhones, iPads and cameras. This Singapore-based company began its enterprise when a group of people wanted to keep the iPod in pristine condition and transform it into a fashionable, unique accessory at the same time. Now they’re customising their designs to suit all manner of gizmos and gadgets – and you can have the covers customised to your taste to reflect your personality (or just because you can). If you like this, check out their facebook page and let them know.

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<![CDATA[The Cool in Ethicool]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/07/05/the-cool-in-ethicool 2010-07-05 17:05:57 Young entrepreneur brothers Rob and Martin Drake-Knight, based in the small Isle of Wight, are the innovative brains behind Rapanui Clothing, an ethical clothing company that’s aiming to put the ‘cool in ethicool’. We think they’re doing a mighty fine job of that by using sustainable textiles and natural, organic fabrics. The folks at Rapanui believe that the key to awareness is communication. It’s not that people don’t care about what’s wrong in the world. It’s more that people don’t know. And what better way to tell them than through cool, surf inspired clothing? Check out their inspiring collection and support their cause on Facebook and Twitter. It could be the start of an ever-lasting eco-friendship.

Content Source www.rapanuiclothing.com

Image Source www.rapanuiclothing.com


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<![CDATA[Vintage Camera Revival]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/29/vintage-camera-revival 2010-06-29 17:20:35 Those who bore witness to the apparent death of Polaroid film in 2008 will be relieved to learn of the Impossible Project, which aims to revive a new generation of instant film for Polaroid cameras. A team of people have come together and bought the old Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. Their aim is to develop a cheaper version of instant film and will be releasing a limited amount this year. The Impossible Project is not the only revival of analogue photography. The Lomography movement is also making waves with a series of stores springing up around the world, offering camera lovers the opportunity to revel in both instant and medium format photography and capturing that spontaneity of everyday life with dreamy, experimental and unique images to cherish.

 

 

Content Source www.lomography.com.au/

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<![CDATA[Vinyl Lovin']]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/24/vinyl-lovin%e2%80%99 2010-06-24 11:00:35 Here at Trendspotting we love a good recycling story, especially when it combines some of our greatest loves. Well, we love wallets and we also love classic vinyl records. Cue the latest trend of (yes you guessed it) recycled vintage vinyl record wallets!  You can purchase these unique pieces by The Original Record Wallet Company on Etsy, a marketplace specialising in handmade items. We also love these Gorilla Vinyl Classic Record Wallets, made from original vinyl. Oh and these very cool Recycled Vinyl Record Wallets. Yes, we’ll just take one of everything, thanks.

 

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<![CDATA[For Love or Money? Why not both?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/24/for-love-or-money-why-not-both 2010-06-24 10:46:54 If money can’t buy happiness, then we’re really not sure what to make of origami jewellery made out of banknotes and currency because we’re pretty sure they make us happy. This clever concept comes from Belgian jewellery designer Tine de Ruysser. Her latest collection is called ‘banknote jewellery’ and is made from actual currency that hails from around the world. There is a lesson here about the power of money and gold, particularly in times of financial crisis. But for now we just like to stare longingly at these finely crafted pieces. Get involved today.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Tap out!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/24/tap-out 2010-06-24 10:32:05 The masses are demanding to be given tap! It’s quite a simple idea really. How can you stay hydrated when you’re out and about without splurging on bottled water? This is how they came up with the idea of free access to clean sustainable water in public places. We already have projects like TapIt in the United States and Give me Tap in Manchester, UK. Restaurant or cafe owners sign up as providers and can be tracked down via a mapping service. Anyone who carries the branded life-time aluminium bottles can fill up at these ‘stops’. Give me Tap sends 70% of its profits to independent water projects in Africa. It will save money, the environment, your health and keep everything sustainable. Who won’t drink or tap to that?

reusable aluminium water bottle with benefits

 

Content Source www.givemetap.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Subscribe to Trendspotting for the chance to win cool prizes!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/15/subscribe-to-trendspotting-for-the-chance-to-win-cool-prizes 2010-06-15 13:59:18 We are pleased to announce this month’s Trendspotting prize winner.
Congratulations to Laura, our ‘Sign Up and Win’ winner for June.

Laura is the lucky winner of a  $50 gift voucher from Card&Paper House. The Card&Paper House, located in the Queen Victoria Building, fulfils you with all your wonderful stationary needs.
 
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<![CDATA[Old age glamour to usher in new age fashion]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/15/old-age-glamour-to-usher-in-new-age-fashion 2010-06-15 10:56:59 Iconic British designer Katharine Hamnett is world renowned for her provocative slogan tees, forcing people to think outside the square. She is now taking her skills to the sea in the most glamorous fashion, with a swimwear collection called ‘Save the Sea’. Her ethical swimwear range features glamorous and flattering fifties-style swimsuits, polka dot bikinis, stripes and ruffles and totes with slogans, all hailing from the 1950s era of golden glamour. The entire collection is made with organic and sustainable fabrics. In a world plagued by oil spills and sewage dumping, overfishing and industrial pollution, awareness for the sea is quite literally a breath of fresh, salty air.

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<![CDATA[The Pop up Dining Movement]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/15/the-pop-up-dining-movement 2010-06-15 10:26:01 Imagine if restaurants could pop up out of nowhere? Imagine if they wandered from house to house, to a pretty warehouse or a different location each week and the only way you knew about it was to keep an ear out, check out a blog online, leave secret messages (or an email will do) or whisper in hushed tones to your friends? What if the food came secondary (yet still of high quality, professionally home-made food?) and the setting came first? Well you’d appreciate the whole experience that much more. That’s the idea behind the pop up restaurants, an underground restaurant scene where the most important thing is meeting new people, sitting in a stranger’s home and sharing the long lost art of enjoying a good meal together. Doesn’t that sound lovely? 

 

Image Source www.static.guim.co.uk 

Content Source www.tablefor20.blogspot.com

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<![CDATA[Brightening up the Slums]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/15/brightening-up-the-slums 2010-06-15 10:08:03 A work of art can brighten the lives of individuals, especially if that art is bright and colourful. Such is the philosophy behind the initiatives of two community-driven art projects, Favela Painting in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and the Mumbai Wall Project in India. The voluntary project in Rio de Janeiro is run by the Firmeza Foundation; its primary aim is to boost the morale of the people living there. The locals of Santa Marta were trained extensively and paid for a month’s work, giving the slum an incredible makeover. The idea behind this wonderful initiative comes from Dutch artist duo Hass & Hahn. Join their Facebook page and help them raise money to go back and finish the project.

 

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Content Source www.beyondprofit.com

 

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<![CDATA[Is it a Cinema? Is it the Environment? Is it a Festival?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/10/is-it-a-cinema-is-it-the-environment-is-it-a-festival 2010-06-10 17:33:40 You’ve seen rooftop cinemas, a variety of music festivals every year, a handful of neighbourhood festivals here and there. You’ve seen it all right? Well the good news is you’re still yet to see the Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival. It’s part of a string of festivals springing up all over the place, centering on the environment and various green initiatives. The festival takes place in Italy and includes panel debates with experts, meet-the-author events, book presentations, concert performances and more. Keep an eye out for similar initiatives coming to your local area!

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<![CDATA[A Haven for Bicycles]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/08/a-haven-for-bicycles 2010-06-08 10:10:36 Have you ever just wandered along on your bicycle and thought about how rude car parking spaces can be? They take up so much space, only allow for cars to park there and worst of all, they usually don’t look very nice. Which is why it’s no surprise that Annie Scheel won first prize in the 2010 Delaware Valley Green Building Council Competition for Sustainable Design in Philadelphia. Annie created a clever redesign of car parks, which she turned into a very cool bicycle park that makes more use of the space we have. The most amazing part is that as a car park it has a capacity to store up to 100 cars and yet as a bicycle car park, it can store up to 690 bikes! That’s a whole lot of happy, bicycle-riding folk let me tell you.

 

Image Source www.inhabitat.com

Content Source www.time.com

 

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<![CDATA[Keep Cup Keeps you Happy]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/08/keep-cup-keeps-you-happy 2010-06-08 09:55:17 Keep Cup knows all about its enemy, the disposable cup. It knows that our daily ritual of takeaway coffee in non-recyclable cups is harming the environment, particularly in arid regions like Australia where biodegradation can take up to 50 years. That’s why Keep Cup is a pretty little smug thing, as it’s the latest, cleverly designed trend sweeping our cafes. By reusing the Keep Cup each time you order coffee, you are helping the environment with small acts that can make a big difference. Plus you can customise each cup by marking your regular order on the tab. They come in a variety of different colours and the design has a handy tab that you can plug in the drinking hole to stop any spillages as you merrily walk along. 

 

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Content Source www.keepcup.com.au

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<![CDATA[Electric Cars go Mainstream]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/03/electric-cars-go-mainstream 2010-06-03 17:33:52 Some cars aren’t all bad for the environment, especially innovative electric cars. To make a point of this, BetterPlace is an electric vehicles service provider that aims to bring sustainable transportation to the world. Two examples include the I-Miev from Mitsubishi and the Leaf from Renault/Nissan. The i-Miev produces 70% less Carbon Dioxide emissions than other petrol-powered vehicles. The Nissan Leaf boasts an even more impressive benchmark with zero emissions and an affordable price tag to boot. Powered completely with lithium-ion batteries, quality is not compromised in a bid to do its bit for the environment.

 

Image Source www.nissan-global.com

Content Source www.betterplace.com

 

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<![CDATA[Dose of Reality for Twitterers]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/06/03/dose-of-reality-for-twitterers 2010-06-03 16:58:20 You can ‘Facebook attend’ an event which, as most people know, is quite different to ‘real life’ attendance. But did you know that now the tech nerds have cleverly designed a way for you to send real life gifts via the medium of Twitter, even if you don’t know the person’s address? The clever folk at Mashable have compiled a list of the various websites that, with just a credit card and access to Twitter, allows you to send gifts of all shapes and sizes to your online buddies! This is an interesting take on how online social mediums are starting to practically filter into our everyday lives. Now you just sit back and wait for the sweet gifts to come flooding in (hopefully).

Image Source: www.mashable.com

Content Source: www.mashable.com

 

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<![CDATA[Natural Floor to Walk on]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/31/natural-floor-to-walk-on 2010-05-31 11:08:19 Floor manufacturers are head over heels in love with bamboo flooring. Bamboo what? I hear you ask. Bamboo is a fast growing (would you believe it grows as much as 24 inches in a single day?) grass that doesn’t need nasty pesticides or fertilizers. It produces 35% more oxygen than most trees and is a renewable resource that is both durable and water-resistant. Bamboo is often used for building structures due to its strength. The Chinese have known for hundreds of years that the stalk of the bamboo plant is strong and will last for hundreds of years, whereas the Western world is just starting to cotton on to this new trend. The end result has quite an attractive finish for a sturdy, eco-friendly floor.

Image Source www.furniturehomedesign.com

Content Source www.home-improvement.mygarden.net.au

 

 

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<![CDATA[Sleeping Beauty]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/31/sleeping-beauty 2010-05-31 10:45:13 Innovative skincare has a different take on the idea of ‘beauty sleep’. It’s all about the bed you sleep in and the fabrics used, which enhances the skin’s condition. US-based company London Luxury uses products include SkinGlow Cupron Copper Technology duvet and pillow protectors. They work by weaving copper plated fibers into the fabric, which are activated while the body is sleeping. The idea is to eliminate bacteria, fungus and microbes, making the skin look smoother and younger while nourishing stressed and aging skin. We’ll sleep to that!

Image Source www.mattresszine.com

Content Source www.bedbathandbeyond.com

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<![CDATA[Floating Hotels]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/31/floating-hotels 2010-05-31 10:20:33 Sometimes you really need to get away. Not only an escape to a quiet destination but the really isolated places, like say, the middle of the sea! It doesn’t get more isolated than Sweden’s first floating hotel. Salt & Sill created the floating hotel with the protection of the environment in mind. Guests are offered free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of the Bohuslän Archipelago. Centered on the sea this inspiring environment allows guests the opportunity to work, socialise, relax, enjoy good food and drink and then fall asleep to the sound of the lapping waves. This is modern, simple Scandinavian hospitality at its best.

Image Source www.yatzer.com

Content Source www.travel.ninemsn.com.au

 

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<![CDATA[All you need are Portraits of Love]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/31/all-you-need-are-portraits-of-love 2010-05-31 09:49:30 Sometimes you need to be reminded of the sweeter, simpler side of life.

Contemporary artists Mark Coulson and Hannah Macleod fell in love and together they created Coulson Macleod. Rather than say it in a card, the two have created these simple; hand finished and framed limited edition pieces of some of the greatest love quotes. We feel that this is a lovely touch in any home, a constant reminder of the power of love and most importantly a wonderful gift. You can even purchase the prints online and have them delivered for free if you’re lucky enough to be in the United Kingdom. Show your love by visiting their Facebook page. 

Image Source www.coulsonmacleod.com

Content Source www.coulsonmacleod.com

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<![CDATA[The Ceiling is the Limit]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/28/the-ceiling%e2%80%99s-the-limit 2010-05-28 15:41:57 It’s that mysterious 5th wall that you don’t always notice when you first walk into a room. The reason for this might be a lack of impeccably designed wallpaper for ceilings. We’re getting quite attached to the growing potential of this kind of wallpaper; how it covers up a less than perfect ceiling, how it gives personality and attitude to a room, how the patterns, colours and textures give an unexpected, individual edge over other rooms. The benefits of the ceiling wallpaper are endless; the sky’s the limit, er, well not quite, the ceiling is. But what a great limit it is!

 

 

Image Source www.themodernhome.comwww.roomenvy.files.wordpress.com

Content Source www.designer-wallcoverings.com/

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<![CDATA[Plants Just Hanging Around]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/27/plants-just-hanging-around 2010-05-27 13:54:52 Lacking floor space? We hear you. We also understand that a house is missing that homely touch without some greenery. Young company Boskke (meaning a small forest) has come up with Skyplanter, pot plants which hang from the ceiling! The style is unique and aesthetically pleasing but the real clincher comes in the functionality of the plants which are self-watering. With less water required, they can be watered less frequently, as the upside down element allows the water to go straight to the roots. These hanging plants purify the air, reducing stress levels and improving the health and well being of those around them.

  

 

Image Source www.boskke.comwww.facebook.com/BOSKKE

Content Source www.boskke.com, www.twothousand.com.au

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Radical Workplace]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/27/the-radical-workplace 2010-05-27 13:13:13 Imagine little adaptable neighbourhoods for employees to work in and you’re slightly on the way to understanding the uniqueness of Macquarie Bank’s unusual yet quirky interior design. Clive Wilkinson Architects are behind this creation in Sydney Australia. It has it’s own ‘meeting tree’ which represents its interconnected relationship with clients. Green enthusiasts will be proud to learn that the building’s energy consumption has been reduced by 50% with many revolutionary technologies being introduced like zone controlled lighting and harbor water cooling. The rest you simply have to see for yourself.

 

 

Image Source www.photobucket.com

Content Source www.archiwork.net

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Opposite of Fast Food?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/27/the-opposite-of-fast-food 2010-05-27 11:37:29 Well that would have to be Slow Food of course! Imagine: the Slow Food Movement has over 100,000 members in 132 countries so they must be doing something right. Developed in Italy by Carlo Petrini, the philosophy behind Slow Food is to counteract fast food and fast life. They’re all about bringing back local culinary traditions, along with people’s interest in the food they eat. Slow Food is about taking pride in where food comes from. Ultimately it’s a way of bringing people together and raising awareness of how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Image Source: www.cubedtv.com

Content Source: www.slowfood.com

 

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<![CDATA[With Love From Mexico]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/24/with-love-from-mexico 2010-05-24 15:49:26 So goes the translated motto from Santos Wish, a brand of inspirational jewellery by Sydney designer Kellee Cruse. Originally a gift from a friend in Mexico, Kellee was inspired by the saint necklaces that represented the spirit of Mexico and its people. The engraved medallions from Santos Wish (Santos meaning saints) also represent luck, courage, strength and love. You can find these iconic designs in over 80 leading fashion stores, spread out over countries like Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK with the hope to expand globally. Take these carefully crafted pieces made with love and wear them proudly, with superstitions from another world neatly intact…

 

Image Source blogspot.comwww.vistalatina.com

Content Source www.santoswish.com

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<![CDATA[The Green Cyber World]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/24/the-green-cyber-world 2010-05-24 15:07:35

The Internet is another thing to consider in the wider environmental picture. Eco hosting refers to the phenomenon where people choose carbon neutral hosting services for their websites. Now companies like Sustainable Hosting are providing alternative sources of eco hosting for websites powered by renewable energy. It proves to be a more economical option with prices no different to normal web hosting companies. This is a chance to be part of the bigger picture, which combines innovative yet responsible technology without compromising the world around us.
 
 
 

 

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<![CDATA[Floating Homes]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/24/floating-homes 2010-05-24 12:02:03 Born out of a fascination with water and a desire to utilise space, Floating Homes GmbH introduces the unique concept of homes that float on water. With sleek, modern designs that resemble something in between a house and a ship, the creators of Floating Homes were in search of a more active lifestyle, bringing people closer to the water in the process. The concept of Floating Homes was born out of the creator’s participation in a design competition in which they won first prize. They have now set their sights on exporting to the rest of the world.

 

Image Source www.dvice.com

Content Source www.floatinghomes.dewww.trendir.comwww.neatorama.com

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<![CDATA[Towels That Suit Your Kitchen to a Tea]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/17/towels-that-suit-your-kitchen-to-a-tea 2010-05-17 10:41:13 These unique and urban inspired tea towels have been made with loving hands and lasting quality. Kauniste a company established by a group of young designers from Helsinki are proud to present their first collection of kitchen textiles. Inspired by the Finnish kitchen linens of the 60s and 70s using Scandinavian designs, these tea towels bring fresh life to your kitchen. All designs are cut and printed by hand, so you can be sure you’re purchasing a quality tea towel that will last.

 

 

Image Source 2.bp.blogspot.com/

Content Source www.kauniste.com/

 

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<![CDATA[Keep Toasty & Warm]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/17/keep-toasty-warm 2010-05-17 09:43:06 There’s nothing worse than being snuggly and warm in your bed and having cold arms! Now we’ve found a great way to keep the cold out with a blanket with built in sleeves! For anyone who feels the cold in their arms and fingers during the night, this is the way to keep them toasty while you’re reading. It may look a little space age and perhaps not the best for a passionate encounter, but it will keep your arms and hands warm and for some people this is indeed happiness in bed.

 

Image Source www.happinessinbed.com/

Content Source www.happinessinbed.com/

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<![CDATA[Masking Tape that You Won't Want to Mask]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/14/masking-tape-that-you-won%e2%80%99t-want-to-mask 2010-05-14 15:16:06 Every house has a roll of masking tape in a cupboard, it’s one of the most useful products to have around. While it was originally used on construction sites and in vehicle panel beaters to help with painting now you can use masking tape for wrapping presents as well as in collage and art projects. This Japanese masking tape is made from rice paper in a variety of colours, it’s strong, durable and versatile but doesn’t leave unsightly marks when you pull it off. 

Image Source www.masking-tape.jp

Content Source www.masking-tape.jp

 

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<![CDATA[Plant a Tree & Save the Planet]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/14/plant-a-tree-save-the-planet 2010-05-14 15:01:03 Here’s a fresh idea from Japan – a global initiative for planting trees. While more and more of us are aware of the destruction of forests around the world, many of us feel that there’s nothing we can do about it. More Trees is a progressive movement which brings the simple action of planting a tree to the masses. The planting of trees brings health benefits such as retention of water and an increase in oxygen and the more people who support this cause, the better off our planet will be.

Image Source www.andscapearchiteck.files.wordpress.com/

Content Source www.more-trees.org/

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<![CDATA[Sugar Sweet, Sweet Alternative]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/14/sugar-sweet-sweet-alternative 2010-05-14 14:42:57 We are always looking for new ways to sweeten our lives without adding extra calories and now we find there are new and healthy sugars without chemical additives. The Stevia plant has been used as a sugar alternative for hundreds of years. Turbinado sugar is a brown and crunchy sweetener similar to brown sugar but completely natural. Fruits can also be used to sweeten our food, such as Rambutan and mangosteen which are sweet fruits native to Asia, and while you may have tried agave in a tequila, now its nectar can be added to sweeten tea and coffee. 

 

  

 

Image Source www.foodmuseum.comwww.wordpress.com

Content Source www.abc.net.au

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<![CDATA[Stationery That Saves Trees]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/10/stationery-that-saves-trees 2010-05-10 11:52:56 It’s amazing what you can do with everyday items you don’t use anymore. From car tyres you can produce notepad covers, you can turn retail packaging into document wallets and even Sony Playstations can become handwriting pens! Remarkable, a company founded by Ed Douglas Miller, is about more than recycled stationery, it’s a company determined to show us how easy it is to help care for and save our planet. With products that are eco-friendly, functional and fun, we are also educated in the small ways in which we can change our world. 

 

Image Source www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/

Content Source www.remarkable.co.uk

 

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<![CDATA[Interview with Liza Snook]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/07/interview-with-liza-snook 2010-05-07 17:17:03 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/07/interview-with-liza-snook <![CDATA[Who WOOD'nt Love Custom Furniture?]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/07/who-wood%e2%80%99nt-love-custom-furniture 2010-05-07 15:55:52 Who could say no to the prospect of custom made furniture from an expert cabinetmaker and craftsman such as John Galvin? From unique pieces of bespoke furniture to custom designed kitchens, shop fittings and one-off creation pieces this master designer uses sustainable Scottish hard woods to create natural and free flowing furniture that does not compromise the environment. John Galvin’s furniture creations are beautiful, contemporary and would make a welcome addition to any home. These are masterful pieces created to stand the test of time. 

 

 

Image Source www.hautenature.blogspot.com/

Content Source www.contemporist.com/

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<![CDATA[Shoes Glorious Shoes]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/03/shoes-glorious-shoes 2010-05-03 12:01:06 Imelda Marcos and Carrie Bradshaw shared a love of shoes, in fact Imelda had more than 2,700 pairs of them. They both would have loved the virtual shoe museum established by Liza Snook in 2004 for women and men who love shoes. From flip flops, pumps, platform, pumps and ballerina shoes, this is a website celebrating shoes of every description from the kooky to the sophisticated. Showcasing designers from around the world and in conjunction with photographers, publishers and anyone with a connection to shoes, this is the definitive shoe shop of the virtual world.

 

 

Image Source www.virtualshoemuseum.com/

Content Source www.virtualshoemuseum.com/

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<![CDATA[From Trash to Treasure]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/03/from-trash-to-treasure-%e2%80%93-recycled-bags 2010-05-03 11:37:42 While you may throw candy wrappers, newspapers, labels and packaging straight in the bin, Ecoist is a company with a unique recycling objective – merging design with social and environmental consciousness. Here’s a company who saves their rubbish to create organic and earth friendly products.  This stylish bag is made from over 500 purposed candy wrappers woven in different sizes and handmade by fair trade workers in Mexico. Now it’s time to make an environmental and fashion statement with your handbag.

 

 

 

Image Source www.thegreenloop.com/

 

Content Source www.thegreenloop.com/

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<![CDATA[Making Pill Packaging Pop]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/05/03/making-pill-packaging-pop 2010-05-03 11:12:45 Product packaging cannot be discounted when it comes to brand identification, it’s a powerful tool and sometimes the only point of difference between similar items. Even the pharmaceutical industry is not immune – as these new pocket sized packages of every day medications prove. Based on the old fashioned pill box and produced from moulded paper pulp and bio-plastic, this biodegradable packaging contains four different medicines for simple problems such as headaches, allergies and sleeplessness. Eye catching and unique, this may be the future in pill packaging.

 

 

Image Source www.wallpaper.com/

 

Content Source www.wallpaper.com/

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<![CDATA[Fresh and Filtered Water on the Go]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/30/fresh-and-filtered-water-on-the-go 2010-04-30 16:57:59 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 yellow.

 

 

 

Image Source www.trendhousedesign.com/

 

Content Source www.inhabitat.com/

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<![CDATA[Pepper your House with Paper]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/27/pepper-your-house-with-paper 2010-04-27 14:13:09 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 fun paper products to sell in their newly established online store. You’ll find a unique collection of notebooks, stationery, cards, wrapping and 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

 

Image Source www.uponafold.com.au/

Content Source www.uponafold.com.au/

 

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<![CDATA[Font-tastic]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/27/font-tastic 2010-04-27 13:59:35 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.

 

  

 

 

Image Source www.pica-n-pixel.blogspot.com/

Content Source www.fontshop.com/

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<![CDATA[Night, Night - Don't Let the Sleep Box Bite]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/27/dont-let-the-sleep-box-bite 2010-04-27 13:37:26 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.

Image Source www.thomaslifestyledesign.blogspot.com

Content Source www.youtube.com

 

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<![CDATA[Vegetables that ARE Good For You]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/23/vegetables-that-are-good-for-you 2010-04-23 09:29:36 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!

Image Source www.seedfest.co.uk/

Content Source www.heirloomvegetables.net/

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<![CDATA[Street Fashion is in the Bag]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/22/street-fashion-%e2%80%93-it%e2%80%99s-in-the-bag 2010-04-22 12:14:29 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!

 

Image Source www.bagbliss.com

Content Source www.alexanderwang.com

 

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<![CDATA[Show Stopping Bottle Stoppers]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/19/show-stopping-bottle-stoppers 2010-04-19 15:51:40 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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<![CDATA[Get a Head in the Latest Helmets]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/19/get-a-head-in-the-latest-helmets 2010-04-19 10:07:01 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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Related trends: 'Sheer Fashion', 'It is a wrap', 'The Bike of the Future'


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<![CDATA[From Magazine to Design Store]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/15/from-magazine-to-design-store 2010-04-15 10:24:12 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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Content Source www.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'.

 

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<![CDATA[Zip Through the Traffic]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/14/zip-through-the-traffic 2010-04-14 13:30:36  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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<![CDATA[Let your Fingers Pay the Bills]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/13/let-your-fingers-pay-the-bills 2010-04-13 14:49:53 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.

 

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<![CDATA[Interview with Paolo Carandini]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/12/interview-with-paolo-carandini 2010-04-12 12:43:57 http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/12/interview-with-paolo-carandini <![CDATA[Care for Your Hair - Care for the Environment]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/12/care-for-your-hair-%e2%80%93-care-for-the-environment 2010-04-12 10:57:47 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.

Image Source www.aveda.com.auwww.hqhair.com

 

Content Source www.ecohairdesign.com

 


 

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<![CDATA[The In-Car Home For Your Cigar]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/12/the-in-car-home-for-your-cigar 2010-04-12 10:23:44  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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<![CDATA[The Material Girl Turns Fashion Designer]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/12/the-material-girl-turns-fashion-designer 2010-04-12 10:00:15

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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<![CDATA[Photos That Say a Thousand Words]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/06/photos-that-say-a-thousand-words 2010-04-06 13:39:14  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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<![CDATA[Easy as abc]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/06/easy-as-a-b-c-%e2%80%a6 2010-04-06 13:09:33 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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Content Source www.stardust.com/

 

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like this: 'Brighten up your homeor 'A World of Colour'.

 

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<![CDATA[Driving Into the Future]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/04/06/driving-into-the-future 2010-04-06 12:18:12  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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<![CDATA[The Devil Reads Prada]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/30/the-devil-reads-prada 2010-03-30 09:19:34  Prada is best known as a fashion label specialising in luxury clothing and accessories for both men and women. Now you can find Prada in a book, celebrating three decades of ground-breaking fashion, architecture, film and art. The book includes the work of the design studio as well as thousands of images and stills from short films documenting the craftsmanship, unique fashion that Prada is famous for. From New York to Paris and Tokyo you can follow the establishment of Prada as an icon of the fashion industry.

 


 

 

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Content Source www.prada.com/

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<![CDATA[Look What's Inside My Garage]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/30/look-what%e2%80%99s-inside-my-garage 2010-03-30 09:03:00  If you want a cheeky way to intrigue the neighbours and add a new look to your garage door, we’ve found the perfect product.  These garage door size posters are made to look as if your garage door is open! Made by a German company called Style Your Garage you can have the luxury car you’ve always wanted at an affordable price or customise your own design using your own digital image. It’s creative and a little crazy but now the garage door can make a stylish statement impressing everyone from visitors to the postie!

 

 

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<![CDATA[Skis Too Good for Skiing]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/30/skis-too-good-for-skiing 2010-03-30 08:44:10  Here’s a unique collection of skis and snowboards guaranteed to stand out on the slopes this winter. David Mazzarella has been designing skis and snowboards for 10 years - starting in his spare bedroom in Colorado and some years later, establishing his own company SkiLogic.  Not only will these skis give you the technical edge, they are works of art in themselves, hand crafted in wood veneers with natural colour designed by artist in residence Mariella. Find out more at www.skilogik.com

 

     

 

Image Source: www.skilogic.com

Content Source: www.skilogic.com

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If you like this trend, you might also like 'Footwear that fits like a glove' , 'Foot Gloves' or 'Put Your Best Shoe Forward'.

 

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<![CDATA[Put Your Best Shoe Forward]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/25/put-your-best-shoe-forward 2010-03-25 15:21:15  Who would have thought that high tech sports shoes such as Nike Dunks would become the next fashion “must haves”? Once worn by basket ball players alone these low profile shoes were great for pivoting and balancing on court. Now it seems these durable, versatile shoes are the latest trend when it comes to partying, skateboarding and hanging out. There are countless models of Nike Dunks Sb available from highs, lows, mids and jourdunks. You can even have them custom colour matched to your outfit.  It’s easy to see the appeal of a stand out shoe that will take you from the court to the party in comfort and style.

 

 

content sources www.fashion-insider.de/

picture sources www.fashion-insider.de/

 

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like 'Footwear that fits like a glove' , 'Foot Gloves' or 'Skis Too Good for Skiing'.

 

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<![CDATA[Give Wet Feet the Boot]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/24/give-wet-feet-the-boot 2010-03-24 13:39:48 Wellies and gum boots may be practical when it comes to wet weather but they’ve never really made a fashion statement. Now Rosie Roo designer wellies are the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Not only do they come in gorgeous, fun and vibrant designs, they are also comfortable and made from high quality rubber with cotton lining and foam inner soles. The Pipduck range of designer wellies mesh award winning, hand printed designs with quality, waterproof and comfortable boots. These boots are highly sought after around the world with a special designs being created just for Paul Smith and Thomas Pink. You’ll want the rain to go on forever, just so you can wear these fabulous boots.

Content Sources  www.snugaustraliagumboots.com.au/ 

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<![CDATA[The Vase is Always Greener]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/22/the-vase-is-always-greener 2010-03-22 09:36:20 Everyone loves receiving fresh flowers and now there is a vase designed to bring nature indoors, bringing new life to your cut flowers. The grass vase forms part of the Normann Copenhagan collection and has been designed by Claydies, the dynamic duo of Karen Kjældgård-Larsen and Tine Broksø . What better way to display your flowers than in the natural setting of grass? These cheeky vases are unique in character and handmade in clay with a new and inspiring design. Flowers are meant to be enjoyed – show them off to their full potential in a grass vase. For more information go to flickr.com/.

 

picture source www.flickr.com

content source www.flickr.com

 

If you like this trend, you might also like 'Steckling a.k.a 'On the Edge' , 'Yin and Yang Fish Bowl Plant' or 'I Spy Flower Power'.

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<![CDATA[Record Breaking Bracelets]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/22/record-breaking-bracelets 2010-03-22 09:18:22 Once upon a time vinyl records were found in every home. Now though, if you still have any, they are probably collecting dust in storage. However vinyl records have made a comeback in the form of these colourful bracelets inspired by life in New York City. Artist, Meg Musick-Makely, is a serious collector of vintage records and now produces a range of products including bowls, tote bags and coasters inspired by the labels and covers of records as well as the music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. You’ll find designs ranging from bustling cityscapes and graffiti based patterns creating a fun bracelet for the young at heart. Purchase online at eco-artware.com.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[In Fur A Surprise]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/22/in-fur-a-surprise 2010-03-22 08:52:38 We’ve all seen Titanic and heard about the effects of global warming – but we have to ask, is this really the inspiration for the furry pants Freja and Abbey Lee were seen wearing at the Chanel show? Along with sheepskin and mohair there were gorgeous knit dresses, must have tweeds and Yeti style capes on display. The Karl Lagerfelds collection included road worthy helmets covered in chinchilla and mink designed in conjunction with Ruby, the well known French manufacturer of motorbike helmets. Jewels and sparkled detailing on the helmets also adorned on the shoulders of jackets and dresses for a fall/winter collection with street ice appeal!

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Brush up on Your Housework]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/15/brush-up-on-your-housework 2010-03-15 10:16:49  Yes, it’s time to bring the tired old dust pan and brush out of the closet! Over 8 years ago Ole Jensen designed a functional and aesthetic dust pan and brush which quickly became one of the most popular items in the Normann Copenhagan collection . Now it has been spiced up and transformed into a trendy household item available in purple, green and pink. Still easy to use, still practical and ever so chic, you’ll be proudly sweeping up the dust and crumbs in your home. The classic Washing-up bowl has also been given a face lift, now available in purple adding that bold touch to your everyday life.

 

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<![CDATA[Put a Lid on it]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/15/put-a-lid-on-it 2010-03-15 09:29:43

The humble man hole cover – if you’re like us, you’ve probably not given it much thought. In movies, it’s that hole in the middle of the street where the star climbs down to escape into the sewers! Hardly pleasant and not very memorable. In Japan however, the dreary man hole cover has been transformed into a work of art. From flowers and animals to intricate patterns, these man hole covers have turned the streets into a galleries of masterpieces. It will be interesting to see whether other countries adopt this fascination with man hole covers as well! 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Colour Your Couch]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/15/colour-your-couch 2010-03-15 09:06:06  Here’s a new and innovative idea to create a unique designer piece of furniture for your home from the Polish design firm MALAFOR. Let your imagination run riot as you colour and design dunnage paper bags (also 100 % recycled) then inflate and create your own paper bag sofa! Even the kids can get into the act – ink on the lounge chair? No problem! This is the environmentally friendly answer to the bean bag, cheap, portable and so easy to set up. Just make sure you keep sharp objects such as scissors well away! Find out more at http://www.malafor.com/.

 

Inflating Sofa

 

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<![CDATA[Glove Swap]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/03/01/glove-swap 2010-03-01 09:11:12 British eco-aware group ‘Do the Right Thing’ have come up with a project called Glove Love. The idea is that people donate gloves that are no longer a pair and for a small fee they will match you up with a ‘new’ glove to remake a pair. While you won’t get a brand spanking new pair of gloves, all the gloves donated are clean and wearable. So you get a unique pair of gloves and that satisfied feeling you are helping rid the planet of a little more waste.

 

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<![CDATA[Cardboard Baby Chair]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/23/cardboard-baby-chair 2010-02-23 15:46:50 From cars to artwork, clothes to radios, everything and anything is starting to become eco friendly, and now baby feeding chairs are no exception. The Australian design company, Belkiz, has just released the ‘Feedaway’, a baby feeding chair made solely of cardboard. Feedaway is portable, light, easy to fold up and eco friendly – it’s made from Visy cardboard and is 100% recyclable. With a three point harness for added safety and conforming to the Australian Safety Standard Framework developed by the Infant and Nursery Product Association of Australia, we are predicting all homes will be out with the plastic chairs and in with the cardboard Feedaways very soon!
 

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<![CDATA[Housing the needy and helping the planet]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/23/housing-the-needy-and-helping-the-planet 2010-02-23 15:29:47 With now over four billion people earning under $1,500 per year, US design company HOMErgent has decided it’s time to design a home with the poor’s needs in mind. This has come in the form of a transportable, pop-up hard walled tent called the Flexayurt, which provides users with water, power, lighting and sanitation needs. The tent is also so environmentally friendly with a function that automatically harvests water and energy resources. HOMErgent are hoping that Government Aid Agencies and NGOs may take the Flexayurt on board in the near future. To find out more, visit www.homergent.com
 

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<![CDATA[Smeg to the retro rescue!]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/23/smeg-to-the-retro-rescue 2010-02-23 15:20:00 If you are stuck in the 1950s, and long for another appliance to match beautifully with your retro fridge, look no further, as Smeg has come to the rescue. The appliance company has now designed a washing machine and dishwasher with a 1950s style about them – but luckily, both with a modern machine’s technology. The Smeg washing machine does look old (and very hip!) yet features an electronic display panel, 15 different washing programs, and up to a 5kg load capacity, while the dishwasher has five temperature settings and 10 programs. With a choice of pretty pink or cream for the washing machine, and a selection of eight different colours for the dishwasher, all you 1950s fans can now breathe a sigh of relief! For more information visit www.smegretro.co.uk

 

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<![CDATA[Be Queen and King of the Castle... or House]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/23/be-queen-and-king-of-the-castle-or-house 2010-02-23 15:02:24 If crowns excite you and if you are obsessed with Queen Elizabeth, then we have found the perfect chair for you – the Colour in Cardboard Throne. Printed in black and white and made of cardboard, the throne can either be coloured in with paint, crayons, pens or pencils. It’s also easy to pull apart, so can be stored away with no fuss. However, we have to fill you in on a little problem – right now, it’s just for the young ones – you have to be less than 40kgs to actually sit on the seat otherwise it will break ... hopefully they’ll make an adult size throne soon!


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<![CDATA[Sun Shoes]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/23/sun-shoes 2010-02-23 14:47:35 If, like us, you are sick of working out what shoes to wear with what outfit, what shoes match with what pants, dresses and skirts, then why not let the sun decide for you? Well, that’s what Taiwan’s Footwear and Recreation Technology Research Institute think, anyway. The clever people at the Institute have created leather shoes with a twist – they have spray-on micro capsules that allow the shoes to change colour in the sun, and stay this way for a whopping 60 hours. “The leather shoes’ base colour is white, but within 30 seconds after coming into contact with sunlight, the colour gradually changes to pink, orange or purple, depending on the ingredients we spray on the leather,” Wang Jung-jen, one of the researchers at the institute says.
And this crazy new fashion is set to stay, with the Institute soon to launch colour changing handbags and bicycle seats! 
 

 

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<![CDATA[Twitter while Tapping]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/15/twitter-while-tapping 2010-02-15 13:49:03 “Kate is eating a carrot.” Great. “Steve is feeding his cat.” Fascinating. Everyone, it’s time to get back at all those Twitterers that post extremely boring, unnecessary tweets. Introducing our new best friend, the Rambler Shoes. So what do these shoes do? They do what their name suggests – they ramble. Equipped with a Bluetooth which is hooked up to your mobile, and a sensor that knows when you are walking, the Ramblers automatically let your fellow Twitterers know that you are taking a step, after a step, after a step. So, your annoying tweet on Twitter will look a little something like this – “tap...tap...tap tap... tap,” and so on. Yes, it’s useless information, but then again, aren’t most Twitter posts unnecessary?

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<![CDATA[Water waste in your face.]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/15/water-waste-in-your-face 2010-02-15 13:25:51 If you really want to clean up your act regarding your excessive water usage, then Trendspotting has found the perfect innovation for you, in the form of a bathroom mirror that is ever so in your face. Designer Jin Kim’s Earth Mirror is lit with LEDs powered by the flow of water in the sink pipes. The mirror acts like a chart, and as you use the taps, it breaks down your water consumption into daily, monthly and annual use. If dark colours appear around the rim of the mirror, you have exceeded the reasonable amount of water consumption for the day. If this isn’t enough to guilt you into changing your water ways, pictures of polar bears and ecosystems pop up around the mirror, and other things that are affected by our water misuse. Yet not only does this invention tell you if you are a water waster, it allows one to act on this problem – the Earth Mirror has a control installed that lets you choose the amount of water that’s allowed to come out of the tap every day. Perfect!

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<![CDATA[Drink and hang]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/15/drink-and-hang 2010-02-15 12:56:22 It’s time to really rethink the way we recycle plastic bottles. Although there are all those wonderful recycling bins, we can now go one step further, in a way that not only helps the environment, but helps our ironed shirts. The Rethink, conceived by US designer Xuan Yu, is a hook with two threads – and here’s the catch, one must do a bit of work to use it – drink two bottles of water (which is healthy anyway). These empty bottles are then screwed into the threads and there you have it – your own environmentally friendly-ish hanger. “By the concept that reuses empty plastic bottles, I try to present to consumers a realistic idea to address environmental realities and encourage the reuse of already ‘consumed’ items to form a functional product,” Xuan Yu says. And we’ve found a big bonus- Rethink hangers are a lot more effective than the flimsy wire coat hook in keeping your clothes’ shape!

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<![CDATA[Tiny Tunes]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/15/tiny-tunes 2010-02-15 12:34:50 As mobile phones, laptops and MP3 players continue to shrink, shrink and shrink some more, it’s only natural that radios follow the same trend. This has come in the form of the Motz wooden FM radio, a device only slightly larger than two dice stuck together. Yet there are two features that we especially love about this mini innovation: First, because it’s too small for batteries, the radio is recharged by simply hooking the device up to a USB port, and secondly, it can double as an iPod speaker. Great for individual listening, yet definitely not for a party! 

 

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<![CDATA[Trendspotting Recommends Reading...]]> http://www.trendspotting.com.au/2010/02/08/trendhauss-recommends-reading 2010-02-08 14:00:27 1. Brand&Branding by Josep Maria Minguet (Monsa, 2010)