JANUARY 2015,

 

HEIMTEX 2015/2016

 

In the beginning of January I attended the Heimtex in Frankfurt. I arrived two days before the opening, as I had an assignment for the concept and decoration of the booth of the Uludag, the Association of Turkish Home Textiles. See the pictures on my site.

 

The Trend table of the Heimtex has decided on 4 Trends for 2015/2016. One is Sensory, the next is Memory, then Mixology, and finally Discovery. Under the heading “Experience” one encounters the latest developments from the world of textile design, with more emotion, intensity and completeness than ever before. The aim of the fair is to have their visitors experience future developments for retail, and to show what is driving the home textile market. To look forward there was an exciting programme that shows what will be driving forward the industry of tomorrow: science and technology, creativity and communication. With the new Theme Park concept the most important developments are filtered and will bring solutions for textile interior design to life. I have taken some pictures there. Besides the themes there was attention for a Foot Spa, a Mirror Space, and examples of technology incorporated in textiles. Also interactive lamps, examples with augmented reality, projection of possible prints etc.

 

 

MAY 2014

 

INDEX FAIR, DUBAI

 

In the middle of May I was 5 days in Dubai, for the first time, to speak at the Index Fair.  I went 3 days in advance to explore the city and to take pictures for my website. I had a great time. I started by visiting the Burj Khalifa, the highest tower in the world. As a shopping professional I was very impressed by the huge different malls, such as the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates. Sometimes it looks like a combination of Las Vegas and Disney World, with in an indoor skating rink, a huge waterfall, fountains with music and lights and indoor ski slopes, all  on an inmense  scale. I admire the unbelievable achievement to build such a city in an area that used to be a desert still 60 years ago. Also I have visited the heritage villages. Dubai was famous as a town where people were diving for pearls. The bedouins used to live in thedesert, and in the heritage villages their way of living was shown. Their houses used to have wind towers, to ventilate long before air-conditioning existed.

 

  Burj Al Arab at sunset House in traditional style Arab Decoration Burj Al Arab Ceiling of the Souk The Souk Housing Project, Dubai Mosque Ski Slopes Fountains with light and music View from the Burj Khalifa View from Burj Khalifa Hotel Atlantis, at the Palm Hotel Atlantis, The Palm Window at Harvey Nicholson, Dubai Harvey Nichols, Dubai   JANUARY 2014   HEIMTEX   Last week I gave two very well attended seminars at the Trend Forum at the Heimtex in Frankfurt. I have made some pictures of the 4 themes that the fair has presented:   GENERATE COLLISSION, a theme based on computer errors in very bright colours. Almost fluorescent. ENGINEER NATURE: a very inspiring theme in shades of greens with a poisenous effect, about manipulation of nature. Biobased solutions in a kind of laboratorium. EXALT PURITY: lots of textures in quiet neutral colours. They had a wonderful calm place where you could admire and enjoy jasmin blossom tea. REJUVENATE CRAFT: ethnic and handcrafted ideas mainly in warm colours.   P1340861 P1340850P1340849 P1340852 P1340881   P1340902 P1340923 P1340922 P1340905 P1340883   P1340940 P1340944 P1340952 P1340943 P1340950   P1340987 P1340993 P1340986 P1350010 P1350011   AMSTERDAM SHOPPING I visited the nice shop called "Sukha Atelier" at the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A wonderful shop with handmade products for interiors, fashion, accessories and like they say themselves: a lot of Joy of life. The products are in natural colours and are handmade in Nepal and India. A very sympathetic shop, with handwritten text, hand knitted products, natural wood, linen, cotton and handmade illustrations.   P1350050 P1350041 P1350046 P1350045 P1350039 P1350049 P1350040 P1350043   A Very Happy New Year for everyone! P1340815   The new book has been published, the usb-stick with the explanation and sources is now ready too. We are busy preparing stock for Heimtex in Frankfurt. I will give two seminars there and my German agent has a booth at the Galleria   Invitation Heimtex 15-16   DECEMBER 2013   It has been a very hectic time, both November and December. Finally my Interior Book for 2015/2016 has been published. It is always a challenge to get the colours printed right. But right now, I am quite content with the result. The book looks gorgeous, it is very colourful. We have worked on a new lay-out, it is printed on both sides on a heavier paper and I have added more suggestions for the application of colours for interiors. The book has had a make-over, a bright green colour and a new sticker on the cover. In November I had to give 5 lectures, one on colour at Akzo-Nobel about the experience of colour. In the beginning of december I went one day to the German Fashion Institute, for their lectures for winter 2015-2016, very inspiring again. A few days later I participated two days at the concertation meeting for the MoOD fair in Gent, Belgium, where we discussed with the team our ideas on trends and colours for MoOD 2015 in Brussels. Press releases, advertisements and postcards are finished. The presentation for Heimtex is almost ready. In between I am very excited that I got a dream assignment, a prestigious project that I will be able to tell more about next year. It means that I still need to make the Women Trend Book in the coming weeks, yes...during the Holiday Season! I will be able to work undisturbed. I wish every one a Merry Christmas and already a Happy New Year.   OCTOBER 2013   October flew by, preparing for the new Interior Book. We are redoing the lay-out. In the last week of October we paid a visit to the DDW, the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. We visited the Design Academy and the Clock Building. The DDW was held during two weekends and the week in between. During the second weekend and the following monday I participated at the Evolution Fair, held in the Evoluon Building, the former home of electronic company Philips. It has turned into a terrific fair, the most beautiful one I have ever visited. Everything was so well organized, till the tiniest detail. Just perfect! It was dissapointing the the public did not show up as it should have been, partly because the fair was held during the weekend. But that is something one can expect for a first time. But all participants were enthusiastic and would like to particpate again next year. The fair will probably not be held during the weekend. I prepared a lecture for print designers, that I've held three times. The lectures were well visited. I plan to offer this presentation on my website, to be purchased. I have specially given a view on the next season for 2015/2016 for print designers, showing the themes, colours, colour combinations and a list of compatible Pantone Cotton Colours, accompanied by lots of ideas for prints. In total more than 200 slides in a powerpoint presentation. I was quite satisfied with all the contacts that I have made during the fair.   2013-10-27 11.36.01 2013-10-28 17.00.18 2013-10-27 16.35.56   SEPTEMBER 2013   LONDON:   In London I went to visit the 100% fair at Earl's Court. The entrance led through a black corridor with changing Led lights. At the end it gave way to the different area's, such as the Interior Area, Sustainable Building area , the International Area etc. There was interest in hand-crafted products, from different countries, such as weaving, furniture, carpets etc. There were several international pavilions, for instance from South Korea and Taiwan, but also from different Chinese towns that are associated with design. There was a lot of interest in lighting. After my visit at the fair, I went to see A & O Textiles from London, who gave a demonstration in embroidery, dyeing and marbling at the Victoria & Albert Museum. There was quite an interested audience to see the demonstrations. It was interesting to see the dyeing with vegetal dyestuff, like indigo and woad. They have a lot of expertise with textile techniques. One of the other designers gave a demonstration with marbling on the just dyed fabrics. Upstairs was the residency of the "Department of Seaweed", where designer Julie Lohmann showed her experiments with Japanese seaweeds. On saturday I have visited the shops like Liberty, Topshop and Selfridges. It looks like London has moved from regular fashion into design, and now from design into Way Out Luxury. On sunday I went to see Designjunction in the forming sorting office. Lots of interesting designs and intriguing products. On monday I went to see Paperchase, Heals and Conran. On monday I went back to Amsterdam via Brussels by train.   P1320656 P1320643 P1320641 P1320645 P1320654   PARIS:   Just a few days at home and the studio, to move onto the Premiere Vision in Paris, the fabric fair with thecollections for winter 2014/15. I have finished my women trend book for that season already a few months ago and have started doing research for summer 2015. So visiting the fair for me it is more a confirmation, to see if have foreseen it right. I have made a extensive report on the new directions in fabrics and prints.The train brings me in a few hours to the Gare du Nord, in the centre of town. Besides the fair, I visit the shops in the Marais, and the big department stores like Au Printemps and the Galerie Lafayette. Two weeks earlier I had focussed more on the interior, this time I focussed on fashion. For that reason I have also seen the area around the Rue Saint. Honore, especially to pay a visit to the concept store Colette. Merci is also a concept store, but I find it more of this time, it is more relaxed, more down to earth, and has more smart products. Colette is more about "High fashion". I enjoy walking through the little streets of the Ile St Louis to St Germain and I usually take a day to visit department store Au Bon Marche and all the little shops in the St Germain area. I am again full of inspiration and ideas. On thursday afternoon I took the Eurostar to London. collections for winter 2014/15. I have finished my women trend book for that season already a few months ago and have started doing research for summer 2015. So visiting the fair for me it is more a confirmation, to see if have foreseen it right. I have made a extensive report on the new directions in fabrics and prints.The train brings me in a few hours to the Gare du Nord, in the centre of town. Besides the fair, I visit the shops in the Marais, and the big department stores like Au Printemps and the Galerie Lafayette. Two weeks earlier I had focussed more on the interior, this time I focussed on fashion. For that reason I have also seen the area around the Rue Saint. Honore, especially to pay a visit to the concept store Colette. Merci is also a concept store, but I find it more of this time, it is more relaxed, more down to earth, and has more smart products. Colette is more about "High fashion". I enjoy walking through the little streets of the Ile St Louis to St Germain and I usually take a day to visit department store Au Bon Marche and all the little shops in the St Germain area. I am again full of inspiration and ideas. On thursday afternoon I took the Eurostar to London.   BRUSSELS:   After returning from Paris around 12 o'clock on sunday night, I moved on to Brussels to participate at the #"MoOD" fair, Meet Only Original Designs. I have given 3 lectures in the trend theatre and had all times a pretty large audience. There was a nice display of interesting fabrics, some very innovative. I ordered some wonderful fabrics from Algemene 2 from Belgium, they had a beautiful range of colour-coordinted fabrics. Also I was excited to see the award winning Origami fabric by Gebr. Muntzert from Germany. I am looking forward to display them next year in my #"Interior Trends" book. Very smart, innovative woven origami effects, folding, light and shadow in white, but also coloured variations. Carbipel from Italy had some interesting new hides, partly shaven, in combination with laser cuts, printing and embossing. At Vowalon from Germany I ordered some nice artificial leathers with flowers, embossing, perforations, and raised surfaces. I had a stand at Hall 11. At first I was a bit dissapointed because I did not have any walls, but in the end I was quite happy with it. We brought our own string of Led's and it looked nice. We have met interesting contacts with manufacturers, designers and wholesalers from many different countries. At the MoOD fair it is always about the quality, not the quantity. We returned home late on Thursday night.   P1320070 P1320068   PARIS:   This is a busy month: first I have been 4 days in Paris to visit the #Maison & Objet and to see the shops. Later this month I will go to Paris again to see the Premiere Vision, the fabric fair. Now the first week of september is dedicated to see as much as possible of interiors and related products. One of my favorite shops is Merci at the Avenue Beaumarchais. It is a concept store featuring every time another theme. This time the emphasis was on materials, so in the middle on the ground floor there was an exhibition on special, interesting material experiments. I really loved the big tubs with grading of different colours. But there were also other materials, such as a composite of bamboo, used for household products, plates and jars. The cellar shows all kinds of smart, sustainable products for lighting, cooking, the kitchen, and for home farming and gardening. There is a restaurant and a nice garden. Often they show nice displays on the walls. This time there was a machine to demonstrate "slow manufacturing" of light elements. Their interior department shows a nice relaxed atmosphere, with different chairs, huge glass bottles, interesting lighting, and beautiful off-white or colored (bed)linen. The last time Merci had already the striking inmense stickers of French doors by Maison Margiela, now there were more wallpapers by Piet Boon and Piet Hein Eek with pictures of concrete and recycled wood. Everytime there are beautiful coloured washed bedlinens in exciting colours for bedding.     Vase Albs by Massimilano Adam P1300942 P1300918 P1300919       Some shops have interesting window displays because of the Paris Design Week, like the LaFayette department store. The gifts and small decorative products at the ground floor are allways nice to see. Also here, interesting trompe l' oeil effects with for instance tone-in-tone bookcases, but also photorealistic animals, glued on board. The Pylone stand is allways fun and very colourful. New was the display by Dutch company Poll's Potten with many decorative products such as vases. The table linen by Jacquards de France, allways traditional and nice to see and I also enjoy to see their lighting department. Interesting plates with photorealistic prints of folded hands by porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud from Limoges. I also went to visit the Home departments of le Printemps. I love their "shop in the shop" with tea products by Mariage Freres, a French gourmet Teacompany. The view from the rooftop of Le Printemps is breathtaking. Lots of golden pinacles around. The Maison & Objet showed 3 trends around the Theme "Energies"; optimism, too recharge the batteries: one on "Illumination" by Elisabeth Leriche, which was very beautiful and innovative, on new technical solutions with lights, prisms, coloured glass, mirrors, and halo's. The second one was by Francois Bernard called "Psychotropia", with lots of visual illusions, op-art effects, other dimensions, and surrealism. Vincent Gregoire for Nelly Rodi showed a theme called "Funt@sy", with choc and chic, provocative and humorous ideas. The trend area was now in a different hall.   On sunday I have visited the wonderful museum Guimet close to Place Hiena, a museum around Oriental Art. Beautiful objects in a quiet environment with a wonderful architecture and mystical lighting. An interesting exhibition about the work of Japanese painter Hiroshige and a nice display on Indigo fabrics, banners and garments.   P1310945 P1310660 P1310703 P1310752 P1310774 P1310820 P1320008   My article in Fun2Buy for the Autumn Trade Mart in Utrecht has just been published. Click here to download (PDF, Dutch 7,2Mb)   Fun2Buy kleiner     August 2013     After launching my website with inspirational and informative images a few months ago, I come up now with a trendblog to add text, and bring more context and background information to the images on my website. The website has been very well received and I have had already 30.000 views! I work as a professional stylist and trendwatcher specialized in fashion, interior, color and innovation. For my bio I refer to my website: Milou Ket or the recent interview at C-More.   For my work I observe, I analyze, I absorb and digest images, influences, products and atmospheres and all other kind of information in the field of architecture, design, fashion, interior, color, textiles/surfaces and innovation. I am like a sponge and I am able to see the connection, the links between these different ideas. In this way I can distinguish trends and use them as a tool for product development, buyers, designers and marketing.   On my website www.milouket.tv you can choose from different categories:   Architecture Design Fashion Interior Color Textiles and Surfaces Innovation Window displays   Furthermore I will post regularly specific information, such as colour cards, inspiration for print designers etc. , to download via the webshop. I hope you'll enjoy the website and my trendblog.