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2020 TRENDS

Design to express, not to impressJohn Tanedo Welcome to the future, 2020 has arrived! Our constant pinning has paid off as we come to you with our favourite trends for 2020. Let’s enhance our creativity through the Biophilic Design trend, stroll into the romance of 1920’s Paris and daydream into a terrazzo sunset setting. We have sourced our favourite looks and inspiration for the new decade and completely transformed our showroom into a blissful prop paradise ready for a new year of adventures and new beginnings. 70’s Daydream Think Miami Vice meets terrazzo, bright sunset hues and Matisse-like shapes. The versatility of velvet has exploded throughout the trends this year and we are loving it. Create lounge settings of luxe sofa’s and ottomans splashed with crystals, mirrors and a soft sheep skin rug to sip your tequila sunrise and relax upon. With funky coffee tables of mosaic pattern, copper wiring and 70’s art, we have ourselves a little daydream. Further this trend with foliage elements and bring the sunshine inside with ceramic planters and gorgeous banana leaves. Placed in blush coloured glass wear to capture sparkles of light and reflection, mix in dried flowers and to add uniqueness and textural diversity. It’s new baby: History Repeating Itself It’s the year 2020 and drawing inspiration from the iconic roaring 20’s, we’re envisioning a new jazz age; a decade of change and prosperity. Will history repeat itself? The theme of The Great Gatsby has been seen and repeated for many years but 2020 will see Parisian romance twist this trend into our day-to-day lives. The American and European amalgamation sees gold...

International Christmas Windows 2019

“That’s what Christmas memories are made from. They’re not planned; they’re not scheduled. Nobody puts them in their blackberry. They just happen.”Deck The Halls (2006) It’s time to indulge. Grab that cup of tea and 10th slice of Christmas cake as we head to London, Paris, New York and even Melbourne to uncover the whimsical, quintessential, luxurious and celebrated windows bringing in Christmas 2019. Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann The deco dome of Galeries Lafayette has been swarmed by dazzling bees this Christmas as it transformed into a beehive. Dripping their vibrant flowers of every variety over the pine tree, the iconic tree became barely visible under the glittering lights. Always extravagant, the main window was a medley of animated bees, busily buzzing around incandescent blooms and creating a spectacular Christmas table setting. https://www.wtravelmagazine.com/the-quintessential-christmas-experience-at-galeries-lafayette-paris-haussmann/ Harrods, London Is it a menagerie or is it Harrods? Both! Animals found in frosty environments such as the brown bear (bearing gifts) and snow leopard (escaping with Elie Saab) to a zebra and mountain goat travelling heavy these holidays with gift boxes strategically mounted on their backs traveled throughout the Harrods windows. Each luxury brand featured in the windows reflected the animal in focus with the framing of the window magically surrounding the scene with twinkling green foliage. In creating the concept, the store’s Creative Visual Director, Alex Wells-Greco took inspiration from the “fantasy worlds dreamt up by childrens’ writers such as Philip Pullman, particularly the use of animals as figures of magic and escapism.”  https://londonist.com/london/christmas-in-london/harrods-london-christmas-windows-2019 Tiffany & Co, New York Tiffany & Co this year draws eyes right into their window with a clever...

Queensland Children’s Hospital Takes Flight

The metamorphosis of a sheltering tree escape The Queensland Children’s Hospital Kidzone in South Brisbane was re-imagined this November as The Prop House and VM+ (Visual Merchandising Plus) team took on the task to redesign the space where children and families come to play, rest, learn, read and create. With a design based around the concept of metamorphosis, the room was transformed by bespoke wall graphics, tailored flooring and a ‘sheltering tree’ standing 5mH with a secret cubby where the stars constantly twinkle, caterpillars hide among the hanging leaf canopy and panels of interactive play line the tree truck. The palette represents the colours of Queensland distilled from bright tropical tones to emerald and apple greens, lavender, violet and sky blue. The theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ is evident in the space, as giant butterflies populate the high ceilings and colourful caterpillars line the branches of the sheltering tree. In nature, metamorphosis is a process of transformation, from one physical form to another, to reach a state of ultimate potential. A concept which hopes to inspire the essential goal of recovery, healing and beautiful transformative change.  “Sincere thanks for the incredible job you did transforming the new Kidzone space at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. The design, ‘Metamorphosis’, perfectly captures the treatment journey of the children and families in our care, creating a magical forest in which they can safely play and enjoy much-welcomed distraction. You took a blank slate and made it resonate with life and fun. The fact you accomplished all that in a few short weeks, within a complex major hospital, is testament to the professionalism of your team. One of our core...

Christmas Trends 2019

Kitsch; adjective. Noun. art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way. Neon Nostalgia is the phrase we are using this Christmas to capture the main trends we will be seeing throughout the merry season. With the lead up to 2020, neon lights have been retrieved from the 50’s and here for another chance to illuminate celebrations throughout the world with luminescent logos. We also ditch the Hygge trend this year and embrace our Australian lineage. Texture and colour are in focus and from the kitsch to the koala, we’re here to show you all the fun and fantastic trends this Christmas.   Silent Night, Neon Lights Santa’s throne covered in fairy lights, naughty and nice lists in blazing text, juxtaposed palm trees with baubles and Christmas trees made entirely of lights. There is nothing subtle or silent about this trend. Bring in the year 2020 with radiating trails of light. Inspired by the neon jungle trend, this Christmas, blend tropical greenery with shiny baubles for a euphoric festive occasion. Energy will be buzzing with hyper-saturated colours juxtaposed on raw brick backdrops. This trend will be a mix of unexpected characters next to the bold tones found in the iconic neon glow. When you think you’ve reached your illumination maximum… add a few more.   A Very Vintage Christmas A very favourite trend here in the office; a very vintage Christmas is inspired by the retro tones of the 50’s and the nostalgia of delicate ornaments and colours only found in vintage stores....

Spring Styling

SPRING VISUAL MERCHANDISING   “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s Party” – Robin Williams   Market Fresh Spring is just around the corner! When the weather warms up it’s a wonderful time to head to the markets for some Saturday morning sunshine and coffee. With a constant swell of small businesses joining the marketers on the weekend, the styling of your stall is something that can bring in crowds and repeat buyers or deter them to the next seller. No matter what your product is, there are always ways to best present your items. You want your produce such as lemons or flowers to look full, but some product it is best if you limit the amount on show. Vintage or handmade items such as earrings or bespoke clothing, appear more limited and unique if only a few are on show as people are more prone to be drawn to one off items. Use props such as bunting, market carts, flowers, vases and linen as a chic foundation to support your product. With an aesthetic backdrop, your product can pop and sell itself easier. Our ‘go to’ prop: Market carts – available in various colours Simple Spring As the days start to become longer, its the perfect time of year to refresh your styling. Without the inspiration of full peony blooms and bright seasonal flowers yet in season, this source of inspiration draws from the end of winter foliage of branches and grasses. Use feature vases and baskets to present your items in simplistic styling. Layer with heights such as books and depth with prints and different sized vessels. The trick...