Newspaper article Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Whilst fur fabric curtains are an interesting idea I don't think that we'll see many of them around this year! As for pink, well that's quite a different matter and I'll come to that later. In terms of colour, there's most certainly a strong drive to design and develop products that are green this year. Green as in recycled, 'upcycled', well-made and locally produced, that is.
There was a time when recycled meant dull because designers used existing products to create rather clumsy new designs. Sadly for the consumer, a coffee table cobbled together from breeze blocks and a wooden pallet looked just like that.
Happily, designers have since identified that mere mortals really don't want to perch their coffee on something that might be better off in a skip and that combining the desire for luxury with sustainability can be achieved. At our store, Hamptons in Penarth, it's interesting how many of this year's products started their lives as something totally different and two particular collections spring to mind.
A Short Walk have designed a range of clocks that, to all intents and purposes, look exactly like slate. They are, in fact, made from recycled vending machine coffee cups. In our soft furnishing department we perfect and have a gorgeous range of cushions made from tie off-cuts and T-shirt remnants. They constantly surprise our customers and are a perfect example of turning a waste product into something that is visually stunning and completely luxurious.
It's interesting to note that the company that make the cushions struggled in the early days as retailers were nervous about taking products made, in effect, from waste. Now, however, the demand for these upcycled gems is tremendous.
Within our homes, the trend in room layouts remain fairly open plan, with the kitchen continuing to be the heart of the home. Sofas and televisions are now as important in the kitchen as cookers. Bathrooms become more spa-like in look and layout. We'll see simple, clean lines with no fuss. …