Design Trends in Retailing 2020

I recently attended Top Drawer a gift trade show in London. I find British design quirky, understated, occasionally outrageous and mostly fabulously crafted. It reflects the long traditions of fabric design and printing and pottery craft, I find particularly inspiring.

  • While there are seismic shifts to online shopping, the independent store can hold its own if it offers a memorable experience and unique range.

As a producer of Israeli gifts and Judaica I find it critical to look at the general trends and look at integrating these into my work.

Four Trends by Flamingo

  • 1.Powerful Florals - Intensive reds oranges and purples clashing with acid lime and tempered with soft peachy coral. Both soothing and exciting.
  • 2.Playful Chromatics - Fun filled, bright rainbow pallets of block colors, bring fresh modernity. Mixed materials are used and Mint is dominant.
  • 3.Serene Warmth - A relaxing natural theme with touches of glamour. Sun Warmth and cool shade colors are juxtaposed in raw fabrics, rich prints and smooth pale marbles.
  • 4.Unadorned Tactility - New Interpretations of traditional materials and techniques for a new decade. Aged natural patterns in blues and bright greens. Layered organic prints and textures.
  • Pantone’s color of the Year is classical blue, which can be well integrated into Judaica – a traditional colour for Judaica.
  • Throughout there is an appreciation of the imperfect, away from the mass produced perfect look, the idiosyncratic and personal, inline with the “Me Me” generation.
  • The question I ask myself each day is why should someone buy from me. I feel I must know what is going on beyond the studio, and clearly there is an expectation that the wider world design themes will find their place in our new designs.
15th Jan 2020 Barbara Shaw

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