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10 key trends from Oliver Bonas for Autumn Winter 2018

Now is the time of year that companies and those who supply retail outlets put on their trade shows, so that Journalists, Bloggers and Influencers can shout out to the world what is new and what will be available in the shops in the autumn. Oliver Bonas had their show yesterday and in the heat of July,  amidst silver tinsel and warm fabrics we  transported ourselves forward to the autumn and beyond to Christmas.

 

  1. Texture and pattern are still a strong trend and velvet is a fabric of choice. It is still being used on furniture and upholstery and on even lamp shades.

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2. Fringing, introduced last season, is still with us in clothing, fashion accessories and again on lamp shades. We are not talking the old fashioned silky kind, but  something far more rustic, looking, made from from  linen, jute, string.

 

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3. Deep colours  are popular  often decorated with rich patterns. The patterns are used on all surfaces including ceramics. Think midnight blue and forest green. The patterns are sometimes embroidered. More often than not, the motifs are formed of loose freehand marks, very omega workshop in inspiration.

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4. Metallics continue to be popular in interior accessories. Raffia  is being used to make lampshades.

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5. There are some very interesting and unusual shaped glass lamp bases.

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6. Animals continue to be popular as  decorative motifs. Cats of  all descriptions are still very Oliver Bonas popular. They are used by OB on ceramics, fabrics and even door mats.

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7. Tassels are still around and are used on cushions and fashion accessories.

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8. Carrying on from OB’s spring summer designs, ceramics are still  a riot of pattern, shapes and colours.

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9. Unusual and fun Christmas gifts. OB have come up with some original gift  ideas particularly for the person that you have no idea what to buy. Like this funny note book. They also are selling reusable water bottles with neoprene covers.

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10. A great range of strong fashion looks, with accessories including bags, hair slides and  throws. This dress was such a hit with those attending the show that I think will be sold out as soon as it reaches the shops.

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Why has Melamine suddenly become so desirable?

Have you noticed that most  of the high street shops, including supermarkets such as Asda and Sainsburys are full of gorgeous, what appears to be china, but is in fact Melamine. I was so curious as to why this could be, that I sent out a questionnaire to some of the buyers and designers. The only one who has got back to me so far is Laura Ashley, so thank you and below are the answers. laura ashley

Laura Ashley Spring summer 2017 Melamine plate with a fresh green outside feel to the design.

Until recently Melamine had rather a poor reputation but  that appears to have changed over the last couple of years. High street stores are now selling melamine plates trays and cups with really interesting and varied  new designs and  the quality of the product feels better, weightier and as though it will last for longer. What has made this change?

I think lifestyle changes are a factor here, at Laura Ashley we have talked a lot recently about people wanting to enjoy experiences, especially shared experiences. So entertaining, particularly informally, outside has grown in popularity. We have seen success with our outdoor entertaining and picnic ranges.

Is it being made from something different?

Not sure about the technicalities of product production but have noticed that there are a number of different styles that are giving melamine a more ‘realistic’ look and feel. Either with replicating a terracotta finish or uneven surfaces that that have the effect of something being ‘hand made’.

Can it be washed in a dishwasher?

Yes but not microwavable

Where has the inspiration for the designs come from?

We develop designs that we want our customers to enjoy, so we think carefully about where and how the product might be used. Not necessarily looking at a melamine version of a ceramic range, our ranges are designed in their own right. In keeping with a more casual way of living and the importance of entertaining, we think the designs should have a sense of fun and bring a smile to you face when you get them out.

Melamine is still a more affordable product than china.

 

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Marks and Spencer Spring Summer 2017 Melamine from the Frida Range This punchy and quirky floral range of melamine is inspired by the folk art feel of Frida Kahlo’s work.

 

Anthropologie 004_1029-color_RGB_Post_ICSAnthropologie  Spring Summer 2017 This range of plates has a strong Morocco Vibe with the design giving more than a nod to Moroccan tile design.

oli bonasLeaf Stripe Tray £28 DUE APRILOliver Bonas Spring Summer 2017 Melamine tray with stylized leaf and stripe design.

 

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Sainsburys Spring summer 2017  trays and plates with a nautical theme.