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Congratulations on a fantastic trend presentation at Furnitex and D+D last month – you talked through the key trends to influence decoration and design in 2014/15 – did you see any of these trends already appearing at the trade event?
Colour provided the most obvious example of trends emerging at Furnitex and D+D. For example, blues were surging, many with directional red casts.
Greens had gone cool, which is also on-trend. Black was pushing for more recognition, which is beginning to happen worldwide.
What are some of the biggest differences between Australian and American design styles you noticed during your trip?
To be honest, I observed more similarities than differences between our two markets than differences-something I have been noticing in many countries as I travel the globe. We truly live in a global marketplace.
Of course, each area will add its own regional flavour. But similarly to the way in which consumers can find the same apparel brands at retail in almost every corner of the world, décor colour and style trends are extending their reach beyond borders and geographies with increasing effect.
Are there any new trends you noticed or macro trends during your Australian visit?
I noticed more pronounced attention to primitive and tribal looks, which I am forecasting as a growth area for 2015.
You went on from Melbourne to stay in Sydney, what are some of the Sydney-specific design/lifestyle/furniture insights you gained from that trip? What will you take away from that trip and include in your report? What are some of the noticeable differences between Melbourne design and Sydney design from your perspective?
I am sorry to report that when I got to Sydney, I went straight into tourist mode, just as I did on my first visit to Melbourne a few years back! While I walked Australia’s two major department stores from bottom to top in both cities, I spent most of my Sydney time visiting museums, walking through historic districts and strolling through gardens. I was charmed by the city and hope I’ll have a chance to return one day.
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