Pulse Unveils Inspiring Design Trends for 2016’s Autumn/Winter Season

Following on from yesterday’s look at the new design talent being unveiled at this year’s Pulse, today we’re taking a look at 4 new trends for 2016 that the Pulse team are predicting will be a huge hit for the Autumn / Winter 2016 season.

Pulse is a design influenced trade show for inspiring giftware and modern living products, so it’s only natural that they keep one eye open for trends that may have a big impact on the industry.

Their ‘trends for 2016’ predictions have been compiled with the help of the most forward ­thinking trend and retail experts including Fashion Trend Consultant, Claire Foster and Trend Agency, Unique Style Platform (USP).

Today’s featured trends will be showcased at the show alongside 5 additional lifestyle trends, which will features in a series of shop window displays.

1. The Maximalist Trend

Maximalist sees style crossing boundaries, both geographical and social. Intriguing cultures come to the fore with an eclectic take on the globe and all it has to offer. Inspired by globetrotting collections and ‘more ­is ­more’ styling, the maximalist trend is a vivid mix of creativity and craft.

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Wool Pots by Bohemia Design Ltd ­ – Stand F81.

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‘Birds on the Moon’ by Cute Fashionista Stand A76.

2. The Modernist Trend

At the opposite end of the spectrum there is the Modernist trend. Clean, balanced and structured, this style rejects decoration in favour of simplified forms. Abstract motifs and asymmetrical graphics are key; as is fine craftsmanship and material exploration.

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Shard Necklace by Dowse ­- Stand H13.

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Bamboo Cake Stand by Engel – Stand H10.

Coastal Simplicity

Simplicity is key in terms of colour, print and finish in the Coastal Simplicity trend. Materials have a rustic finish, such as bleached natural wood, worn enamel and crackled salt glazes on ceramics. Textiles are practical ­ calico, coarse natural weaves and waterproof wax fabrics. Bleached­ out greys, bright white and sand form the basis of a fresh and clean palette. Verdant green, gentle mint and earthy brown echo coastal plants, while a mix of cornflower, sky blue and navy provide a hint of nautical chic transporting us to an idyllic life by­ the ­sea.

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Eskimo by Lapuan Kankurit Oy ­- Stand G14.

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Consilium Vase in Blue by Scandinaviaform – Stand A30.

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Emotional Baggage Pouch by Polite Company – Stand K20.

Memphis Trend

Memphis transports us back to the 80’s, with new interpretation of Memphis. A contemporary twist to a retro look, this dynamic style serves as a rebellion against simplicity, celebrating a maximalist approach to design.
Featuring the very best collection of emerging talent, unseen products, expert retail and trend insight all year round, Pulse is the UK’s most inspiring event for giftware and modern living.

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Plate by Art Rookie -­ Stand J14b.

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Cushion by Evermade – Stand E24.

About Pulse 2016

Pulse runs from the 15­th – 17th May 2016, at Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX.

Opening Times:

Sunday 15th May : 09:30 – 18:00

Monday 16th May : 09:30 – 18:00

Tuesday 17th May : 09:30 – 17:00

To find out more & register for your free ticket (trade only) please visit the Pulse website.

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