As well as being a creative industry, design is also an ever evolving one with new and repeating styles and trends.
As a designer it is imperative to keep up-to-date with innovative products, suppliers and trends in order to be able to create exciting spaces for clients. How do designers do this? While it is important to watch what is coming out in magazines and online, it is essential to attend trade and industry events on a regular basis and keep building relationships with wholesalers.
This weekend I attended the annual DenFair trade event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Having attended for the last three years, the event itself was pretty much the same… but interestingly the exhibitors weren’t.
Last year the dominating element was lighting. It was everywhere and it was stunning.
This year, what struck me the most was the amount of fabric and upholstery. When fabric is this prominent, it is telling designers that texture is what’s important at the moment…
Texture has been a big part of interiors for the last couple of years but mainly in big chunky knits and poufs. The texture this year is very soft and velvety in a range of rich and vivid colours.
My favourite stand was one by a Melbourne based company called Austex fabrics (see below). They have created incredible, light-weight and textured panels that can be used on walls, as bedheads and on doors. With a large range of patterns and colours to choose from, these were a product I hadn’t seen before.
In addition to their panels is a new range of incredible fabrics for commercial, healthcare and boating coming to market shortly.
So if you’re looking for new, fresh and exciting ideas for your home or commercial space, speak to a designer that is proactive in the industry and who attends trade fairs on a regular basis. This is especially important for regional based designers who may have less contact on a daily or face-to-face basis with wholesalers and industry.
My ticket is booked for the next event in July, Decor and Design.
I’m always looking for more blog topic ideas. If you could pick my design brain, what would you like to know about interior/commercial design, choosing paint colours or renovating your property? Let me know below, I’d love to hear from you.