Here, I will preview trends of the future. In researching an overall theme of Resonance for the 2014 direction there was one thing that “resonated” with me— the world around us is transitioning and shifting with tidal proportions. With this theme, four sub-themes resonate with interesting perspectives:
Trend Watch: Ripple
We say: ”Pass it on” or “Give it away”. These words resonate with energy and vibrancy, leading us to action. You, one person, CAN make a difference, as what we do ripples across the world in an instant. Meanwhile, a cultural mesh is being constructed, one that will resonate and stand the test of time. Through invention, we find new perspectives that forge into unknown territory as the realization that something temporary turns into something permanent.
The power of one ripples across the internet, the economy, entertainment, and across cultural influences. This reverberation is infectious, causing unlikely partnerships to fuse. Everything we do affects others, it’s the ripple effect that generates momentum throughout the world. Even architecture students are studying and/or designing spaces based on how they feel… a rippling and resonating theme for future lives.
Visual Ripple effects
Universally known and familiar “neutrals” and “naturals” have a rippling effect as they emanate from light to dark of the same hue. Accents of organic bright chroma play as highlights. Grounded and unifying is the Ripple Color influence offering for 2014.
Ripple Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony color collection:
Trend Watch: Fragility
There is strength in weakness. Grace and poise are delicate, yet attributes of strength. They allow the surface to be vulnerable while cultivating a lasting impression. We’re most aware of the internal drive when faced with external influences, causing a resonating pull. We stretch to the breaking point, only to stop short to create connections—one of resounding tenacity.
Temporary and makeshift conditions reflect the comforts of home habitats. Passagen 2012 in Cologne, Germany (three images below).
Structured lace: New York fashion designer Jason Wu for Brizo (Italian bath fixture manufacturer) at Wanted Design 2012, New York City. Delicate hat lace became the design inspiration for this wall treatment (two images below).
Crystalline formations appear fragile and barbed for protection. Tokujin Yoshioka at Maison & Objet, Paris (two images below).
Delicate constitutions: In the Swept Away exhibition at Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City, the delicacy of art is defined through Catherine Bertola’s (UK) Unfurling Splendor (below).
Dinner for Two in One Month of Smog by Kim Abeles at MAD’s Swept Away exhibition (above and below). Transparent stencils are placed on dishware and fabric and set out on the roof of her studio in Los Angeles for 4 days-1month. Then the stencils are removed, leaving behind a delicate image created by the smog. They are “footprints of the sky”.
Examples of delicate natures: frayed edges require delicate handling.
Whispers of chroma resonate through this palette. Semi-bold accents illuminate the strength that lies beneath the surface. Stable and shifting hues are constantly in check, noting its fragile tendency,
Fragility Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony color collection
Fragility Color from Tikkurila’s Taika Pearlescent Paints and Glazes card
Trend Watch: luoS/Sole
A face tells it all. The inside is revealed out of the expressions of character of the sole/souL. Each is a distinct and purposeful expression of integrity. A soul/sole connection not only inspires us to expand, but also forces us to confront whatever stands in our way. Leaving a legacy has a universal and
Soulful and sole expressions surround us. Images from Cologne, Germany, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (above and below).
Signs of life and street “signs” point to cycles of soulful expression no matter the city. Street images from Cologne and Paris (four images below).
Sole utility becomes nomadic and useful.
X-Ray vision “ghosting” among the living at Fiber Philadelphia 2012. Soulful art that illuminates perspectives (two images below).
Soulful colors are rich and deep with a cultural acumen that emanates from within. Expressionistic and vibrancy describe the undercurrent of these cultured colors, wise beyond its years.
luoS/Sole Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony color collection
Trend Watch: Invention
Design and Science are interdependent. We realize that Ideation (right-brain thinking) is our future… to grow beyond the norm. It’s the fusion of “the seen with the unseen”. Young designers have discovered more conventional processes for creating new designs. The New Industrial Revolution is upon us, stirring the process of new machine design through the creation of new materials/products and applications. This is the tangible “juice” resonating across all cultural webs, turning collaborative views into action.
The “Process” has been the impetus to create new things. But what is new, is the realization of a modern day industrial revolution. The design community is now experiencing a “start to finish” vision of an idea—not only creating new product and ideas, but realizing them with designing the actual machine to fabricate their vision. In this section, we’ll discover the solution-based process that is sweeping and being showcased across the world.
The future is being planned. The future of design, no matter the industry, has realized that it is STYLE that will drive new business and ideas into the future. With re-definition of total industries taking storm, especially in the fashion industry, it will be the universities that will generate a momentum that business will have to collaborate with and take note. The likes of Stanford and Philadelphia University are doing just that. Philadelphia University will rejuvenate and inspire a new way of thinking, setting the pace for the rest of the 21st century.
Haptic Intelligentsia (below) is a human 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive the object and directly transform (interject the human hand) it into the physical. The results are always unique and different depending upon how each user responds to the machine’s guidance. This humanizes the 3D printing process, bringing the user a tactile relationship to the virtual object.
Creating environments through the digital design projection medium is a trend to the future of print messaging and visual impact that’s easily changeable. SitonCloud’s Ceci n’est pas une table at imm Cologne 3D 2012 (three images below).
The blank canvas is ripe for inventive color. White and black are a staple in the creative color arsenal with putty and chameleon grey offering backdrops for the ideation of neon color and shimmering metallics, building colorful emerging ideas. The inventive process: basic chroma + metallic + neon = a recipe for new color perspectives.
Invention Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony color collection
Invention Color from the Tikkurila Pro Grey color card
Invention Color from Tikkurila’s Taika Pearlescent Paints and Glazes card
Next I will be reviewing highlights of texture and color based on trends. Stay tuned for more insights with the ColorVoyant® Watch.