Pulse unveils Autumn/Winter 2016/17 design trends

London trade show Pulse has identified design trends for Autumn/Winter 2016/17.

Described by organiser Clarion Events as ‘the definitive event for inspiring giftware and modern living,’ the exhibition takes place from May 15-17 at Olympia in London. It promises to offer retailers an ‘unmissable opportunity to source thousands of cutting-edge products from over 500 exciting brands’.

Working with trend and retail experts, including fashion trend consultant Claire Foster and trend agency Unique Style Platform (USP), Pulse has highlighted five key trends. USP will launch a further five new lifestyle trends at the show with a series of on-site shop window installations.

Trend highlights include:

*Maximalist: ‘Sees style crossing boundaries, both geographical and social,’ Pulse commented. ‘Intriguing cultures come to the fore with an eclectic take on the globe and all it has to offer. Inspired by globetrotting collections and more-is-more styling, the maximalist trend is a vivid mix of creativity and craft.’

*Modernist: ‘At the opposite end of the spectrum there is the Modernist trend. Clean, balanced and structured, this style rejects decoration in favour of simplified forms. Abstract motifs and asymmetrical graphics are key, as is fine craftsmanship and material exploration.’

*Coastal Simplicity: ‘Simplicity is key in terms of colour, print and finish. Materials have a rustic finish, such as bleached natural wood, worn enamel and crackled salt glazes on ceramics. Textiles are practical: calico, coarse natural weaves and waterproof wax fabrics.

‘Bleached-out greys, bright white and sand form the basis of a fresh and clean palette. Verdant green, gentle mint and earthy brown echo coastal plants, while a mix of cornflower, sky blue and navy provide a hint of nautical chic.’

*Memphis: ‘Transports us back to the 1980s. A contemporary twist to a retro look, this dynamic style serves as a rebellion against simplicity, celebrating a maximalist approach to design.’

Memphis trend: Art Rookie (stand J14b)

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