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Above: Tristan Goodfellow, Diane Harrison Designs / Indigo Brussels Home

ARTS THREAD visited Indigo Home in Brussels Expo last week to see the latest creations from 102 international studios who focus on collections for interiors. Designs range from textiles for curtains and upholstery, through wallpaper and bedlinen to floor coverings, kitchen accessories and stationery.

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Veronique Petit & Musterwerke / Jacaranda Création

The opening day September 10 was reported as extremely busy with clients in an upbeat mood. Simon Ashby of Simon Ashby Studios told us that this year the show had a ‘positive feel’ and alongside many other studios, felt that clients were actively looking to buy on the spot.

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Atelier R. Anton-Moseler / Pure Studio Designs

Colour:

More colour: many studios mentioned a return to more colour and brighter colour, as a move away from monochrome and bicolour designs, as seen at Diane Harrison Designs and Pure Studio Designs.

Pastels: a return to chalky pastels, with an 80s influence, tones of pink, plus grey as a neutral.

Jewel tones: rich teal, blues and purples proved popular for collections destined for autumn/winter.

Denim: Indigo and denim tones and textures with updated floral designs, as seen at new exhibitors Creativo Surface Design from Brooklyn New York.

Botanical: natural greens and earth tones with soft floral pinks and reds.

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R&D Design Studio / Creativo Surface Design

Motifs

Tie-dye and ikat designs: using in pastel tones, these designs have a more digital appearance that remove them from the conventional hippy style – more linear, use of overscale and effects impossible for traditional tie-dye techniques
 or ikat weaves. As seen at new exhibitor L’Atelier Design Studio from France.

Mosaic/Patchwork: motifs came in unconventional shapes and patterns the designs resemble tiling rather than bedspreads and come in unexpected scale and colourings. A strong use of digital to create the geometric effect.

Watercolour florals: watercolour florals must be hand-drawn and large scale, as seen at Les Petites Souris.

Damask: 18th century-style floral bouquets in geometric weave repeats as bi-colour designs, as seen at Simon Ashby Designs.

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Anita Kars & Bycenk / INTO

Surfaces:

Return to Wallpaper: many studios reported an increase in demand for wallpaper in all tips of design, as as reported at Jacaranda Creation.

Subtle sheen: wallcoverings and jacquards have subtle glints of copper and gold, as seen at Israeli studio FAF Design.

Yarn mix: combinations of natural fibres with synthetics and the use of unexpected natural yarns as accent such as leather, paper and plastic, as seen at new exhibitors INTO:: C::D::C from Finland, Anita Kars from Antwerp and Bycenk from Brussels.

The children’s market is always well represented at the show with new exhibitor Veronique Petit from France, plus Musterwerke from Berlin, Happy Print from the Netherlands and Just Kids and LJ Woodhouse from the UK.

Indigo Brussels Home ran September 10-12 2013 at Brussels Expo. Look out for Indigo Fashion in Paris this week September 17-19 2013 as part of Première Vision.

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