Sustainability – a key highlight from Material Xperience 2018

With material innovations spanning across architecture, interiors, fashion, graphics and packaging at Material Xperience in Rotterdam, a great detail of focus this year was given to sustainability. Not surprising given the global waste and plastics crisis, the shift towards more environmentally friendly alternatives is high on the agenda across all industries.

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PDD at the Surface Design Show 2017

The Surface Design Show is an annual event showcasing the latest internal and external surface materials and architectural lighting. We went along this year to see what’s new and inspiring in the world of surface materials. Here’s a roundup of what caught our eye…

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From kitchen to table highlights

Wow, we’re over half way through the year and it seems not so long ago that some of our team at PDD visited Ambiente (Frankfurt) and IHA Housewares (Chicago) to scout out the latest kitchen and table trends, as well as for the launch of our own collection for ZAK! Designs. So, well into the third quarter and in the midst of summer we’re taking a look back at some of the colourful and inspiring highlights!

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Kitchen Futures: Sustainable Kitchen

Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the past few weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. Our fourth post in the series focuses on how the sustainable kitchen of the future may take shape, from sleek and sophisticated surfaces to efficiency reflected in form as well as function.

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Kitchen Futures: Digital Chef

Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the past few weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. In the fifth and final post of the series we fast-forward in time, taking a look at how technology will shape the way people cook and interact in the home kitchen.

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Kitchen Futures: Home Heston

Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the coming weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. Home Heston, the third post in the series, explores the curious world of molecular gastronomy where science meets theatre and where food becomes an artistic statement.

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Kitchen Futures: Compact Cook

Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the coming weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. In our second post of the series we will be focusing on the impact of increased urbanisation and growing populations on home cooking, as consumers seek out smart lifestyle solutions without compromise to quality or quantity.

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Kitchen Futures: Time starved, health hungry

Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the coming weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. Join us on a journey through the culinary landscape where we look at; how social and cultural changes are affecting the way we cook, what newly inspiring techniques will shape the future of cookware and what impact technology will have as it becomes more integrated and ambient in the future kitchen.

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CMF Trend: Pop Art – Back with a BOOM!

It may or may not be of any coincidence that the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition currently on at the Tate Modern London seems to coincide with a rival of Pop Art in ‘popular mass culture’. So this got me thinking; where have I seen Pop Art ‘popping’ up and why has it ‘exploded’ into the 21st century?

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CMF Trend: Transparent Colour

As we long for sunny spring days the injection of colour in our interiors is increasingly prevalent; an antidote to the grey and white of winter weather. In this post we take a look at an emerging trend in the world of furniture design – colour transparency.

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CMF Trend: Colour Passivation

Passivation – a process for metal corrosion resistance, and to reduce friction for better running surfaces. As a side-effect, it can lead to some interesting colouration. Typically an industrial technique, with little aesthetic application beyond zippo lighters and fountain pens, but are we seeing an emergence into the design scene?

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CMF trend: Unfinished finishes

Over the last year or two the design world has favoured the organic finishes nature offers us. But recently we have noticed this taking an extreme turn, as designers create a hyper-raw aesthetic that is both hideous and intriguingly beautiful at the same time.

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Material trend: Marble

Marble is culturally associated with tradition, luxurious taste, social status and grand interiors. This year has seen an influx of modern interpretations, introducing modern forms, fresh colours and combined with a variety of materials. Here are some that have caught our eye…

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