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Trends & Inspiration

We are interested in what fabric can bring to life. This journal is a celebration of the lifestyle, culture and design that influences what we do.

What’s your favourite colour? Are you intending to repaint your walls this summer or maybe you want to change up the colour palette of your living spaces. If you are stuck for a colour idea then that’s where colour forecasters can help inspire you.

When it comes to commercial design, architects and interior designers juggle several project variables when selecting and specifying soft furnishings. Key considerations to balance are style, performance, usability, logistics and budget. The US market, like any, has extremely high standards and it can be difficult to maintain the balance of quality and purpose driven fabrics, at a cost-effective rate. 

As part of the design process our designers reinterpret the international macro trends into themes where they apply a local lens to create inspirational and accessible textiles for our local and global customers. This year four key themes emerged: Calm Sanctuary, Maximalism, Back to Nature and Culturally Crafted.  

Ensuring our home is a space of comfort and sanctuary is vital for our mental and physical wellbeing. An interior environment that radiates calm will help to provide clarity from the demands of the day.

With the current uncertainties outside of our homes, one thing we can all agree on, is we need to find or create the space within our homes to feel nurtured and comforted. A brilliant way to explore this, is with textiles. 

For many of us, textiles unwittingly create the foundation on which we shape our surrounding space into a reflection of ourselves. Be it a rental or our forever home, textiles set the stage for our personalities to emerge, spaces to become functional and a story to evolve. 

Let’s begin with what we consider to be three of the most important considerations when specifying textiles to cocoon within the home: Function, Texture and Colour

As part of the design process our designers reinterpret international macro trends through a local lens to create inspirational and accessible textiles for our local and global customers. Four dominant themes have been emerging: Calm Sanctuary, Maximalism, Back to Nature and Culturally Crafted. 

As global colour trends evolve, our unique New Zealand landscapes compel a reinvestigation into how colour is interpreted in our homes and lifestyles. Three homegrown brands have collaborated to provide insight into how top colour trends for 2021 are interpreted within the New Zealand lifestyle and design ethos. 

The Harper Chair in Mokum Vintage Deux, colour Atlantic – inspiration coasts

Whitewash

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Linen

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Atlantic

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Interior styles have changed significantly since the humble mud huts of the ancient Egyptians. Decoration for the Egyptians included simple furniture with embellishments of animal skins, murals, sculptures, and painted vases.  The Roman and Greek civilizations developed this further with importance on combining beauty and comfort.

Fast forward to 2020 and beauty and comfort are still key considerations when it comes to interior design.  A booming industry, interior design is all about how we experience spaces and allows us to showcase our personality while creating comfortable, functional spaces that are beautiful to be in.

Designers draw upon the signature statements of past generations and as with any past trend, they are cyclical or in some cases are still relevant year after year.

Here, we provide a snapshot of what characterised interior design through the years, complemented by a selection of fabrics from our range that embody each period.

Time spent in Italy during the war exposed a young Southland creative, Ivan Bulling, to a new way of looking at things. Italian design and materials were so different to New Zealand and the long history of craft tradition reinforced his love of design and quality materials. This year marks 65 years of Ivan Bulling Ltd, starting in his grandfather’s shed tinkering and honing his skills.  Today we hear from Grant Bulling to tell us more about this iconic Invercargill-based design business.

Our latest collection Ikigai is an evolution from our La Primavera collection, adopting many of the same key themes of feminine design, visual optimism and bringing the outdoors in, but shifting to a more Asian aesthetic. 

Given our close geographical proximity to Asia, we share an inherent love of simplicity, quality and craftsmanship. This was a key source of inspiration for the collection which includes a preference for natural fibres and complex weaving techniques.

Part 4 in our Buy once, buy well series - we delve into the world of mid-century design and discuss with local upholsterers and retailers who are passionate about the style and their process for restoring these popular pieces of furniture. 

Circa 70 are in Mooloolaba QLD and have the flair and boldness for colour that the state is known for. As well as providing a busy retial and social media space from which to sell their found and reinvigorated treasures, many clients also bring in their existing and inherited pieces to be brought back to life through restoration and re-upholstery. Their pieces travel Australia wide and you will often find designs from Don Rex, Fler, Moderntone and TH Brown but the roster changes constantly!

Opulently textured boucles like James Dunlop Entwine Volcanic have (briefly) found their home here, but you will also find bolder colour like Mokum Nirvana Dawn or James Dunlop Vidos Aqua, and pattern choices such as Tropicalia Coral.