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2014 colour of the Year: Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

“While the 2013 colour of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

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Read all about Emerald’s 2013 reign here.

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COLOURWAYS 2014 TRENDS

When design professionals are seeking the latest trends and inspiration, they find their muse in Colourways’ annual trend forecast. This leading body, which was established by the Design Institute of Australia, identifies and delivers the latest in Australasian trend developments for colour, material and finish. These facets of design will then go on to anchor the industry in terms of development, manufacturing and marketing. Below are the story boards for two of this
year’s themes.

The Colourways 2014 trends are:
Pioneering Spirit | Industrial Evolution | Sunday Matinee | Byzantine Princess

Sunday Matinee

Winding through time to discover the character and nostalgia of another era is what makes this trend shine. Curving ceramics hark back to times gone by and are licked with pastel shades, while the glare of yesterday and tough times past dissolve in a sun-filled corner. The palette blooms with eucalypt green, lemonade shades and a soft retro allure.

‘Let the fun times begin. Relax, revive, refresh.’

 

Pioneering Spirit

This is the story of the bare truth. Pioneering Spirit draws on the simple honesty of the landscape and the charm of rough and worn features. Among its palette you’ll spot the twisting marl of ghost gum, grey lichens, dusty blues and weathered creams. Durable materials from the Earth, like hewn wood and homespun wool, offer a raw and unembellished character.

‘Everything is used – everything that exists can be recreated and loved again as something new’

Photography and styling by Colin Doswell and Deborah McLean
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Images via thehome.com.au/magazine
See Byzantine Princess and Industrial Evolution themes here.

 

 

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Stay bright with the Nike ‘Flash’ Collection

If you’re anything like us, you prefer to head outdoors and pound the pavement rather than the treadmill when exercising. But when the weather is working against you, it’s a tough task to muster up the motivation. With this thought, Nike have sought to keep runners protected against the elements with its new ‘Flash’ pack.

The Nike "Flash" Pack

The Nike ‘Flash’ Pack

The Flash footwear collection consists of 6 different styles that feature water-resistant properties, vibrant reflectivity and breathable, lightweight warmth. The pack also includes apparel to match with each piece engineered to keep athletes dry and comfortable. It does this by moving sweat away from the skin while still being highly visible in low light minus the construction-worker feel.

The Nike ‘Flash’ Pack footwear features 6 different styles

The hero of the pack is the Allover Flash jacket, which features a glass-beaded exterior that produces 360 degrees of 400-candlepower reflectivity for enhanced visibility. The only down side is that it’s going to cost you $500 big boys, and you’ll have to be quick, because it comes in limited quantities that won’t be around for long.

The Nike ‘Flash’ Pack includes the men’s and women’s apparel

Get the Nike ‘Flash’ collection directly from Nike, or head to Wiggle to get protected.

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UPDATE: QT Hotel makes the Hot List 2013

Sydney’s QT Hotel has been awarded among the world’s best new hotels in the ‘Hot List of 2013’ as declared by the US and UK editions of the esteemed magazine, Condé Nast Traveller. We gave you a guided tour of the hotel here, where cutting edge interiors and quirky design married an Art Deco revamp of two of Sydney’s most beloved buildings.

The hotel’s bold interior design was spearheaded by renowned Australian designer, Nic Graham, and boasts an extensive contemporary and digital art collection. The design hub is home to spaQ, which includes a vintage barbershop, and the European-style brasserie, the Gowings Bar & Grill. There’s also the Parlour Lane Roasters café/aperitivo bar and the hip Gilt Lounge cocktail bar.

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INTERVIEW: Mavericks Laces

L-R Luke, Jayden and Leigh.

Don’t let anyone tell you a little online surfing between writing tasks isn’t a good thing. For me it led to the discovery of this fun and funky Melbourne brand, Mavericks Laces. Founded by three Melbourne designers in 2012, the label has seen an appreciation for the finer details of fashion spawn into a stylish set of shoelaces and award-nominated branding. 

The label’s 100% waxed cotton laces are not for the faint-hearted. According to designers, Luke, Jayden and Leigh, ‘if the shoes make the man, the laces make the shoe’, which is why their bold accents are full of colour and character.

Jayden Zernich, one third of the team behind Mavericks Laces, tells us about the bourgeoning brand, its creative processes, and the challenges of starting a fashion label.

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Tell us about the team’s design background?
Mavericks Laces is made up of three graphic designers by trade, Luke Schoknecht, Leigh Scholten, and myself who stumbled across each other in studios at one point or another. Leigh and I have since gone on to be the duo behind CONDENSED, who have worked for the likes of Beggar Man Thief, Shoemakers of Melbourne, Life Space Journey and the Melbourne Pub Group. Luke has recently started his own agency called Raine & Makin.

What inspired the launch of the Mavericks Laces label?
We wanted to start a business where we could be free to push the boundaries with branding and design while having some fun. We have a passion for shoes so we started to think about business ideas in that area, and eventually saw a gap in the market for good quality and colourful laces that would help guys in particular add a bit of individual expression to their outfits.

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“If no one ever doubted your idea then you’re not thinking big enough.”

Describe the Mavericks Laces fan?
A ‘Maverick’ is someone who does things a little left of skew and treads their own path. They’re the bold, dynamic people who walk to the beat of their own drum.

Tell us about the company branding that’s been shortlisted in the identity design category for the 2013 Create Design Awards. 
‘Mavericks’ are unique individuals, so we created a custom typeface to represent this originality. Our challenge was to elevate the humble shoelace into a desirable and crucial fashion accessory. Through strong story telling, high-end product photography, playful copywriting and an engaging visual identity, we crafted an emotional connection between the target audience and the product.


Mavericks Branding

Describe the Mavericks Laces creative process.
Colour research, colour research and more colour research! We delve heavily into colour trends from international seasons in design, architecture and fashion, to formulate a mood board and directional family of tones. We try to look at a broad variety of inspiration as we strongly believe that architecture influences fashion and vice versa.

From here we give it a Maverick touch. We work out how we can colour match our photo shoots to not only highlight the product, but experiment with interesting combinations, too. We want everything from the detail of the paper background to sans normal. Yes, others can shoot with paper, shoes, and laces, but we like to think our colour combinations and fun direction is what brings our product to life and sets us apart from the rest.

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“Sometimes 20% of something is better than 100% of nothing.”

What is your go-to creative resource?
Love a book published by Victionary, Monocle, Wallpaper.

What are the biggest struggles to getting your own fashion store/label up and running? What advice do you have for other creatives?
Sometimes you can get caught up with wanting every element to be perfect as it’s your ‘baby’; however, if you continue down that path there will never be enough time in the day and nothing will ever come of your idea. Sometimes 20% of something is better than 100% of nothing. Take a chance and be prepared to learn along the way.

Adapt to the changes in your industry and learn from others who have done it before you. Nothing is as powerful as the knowledge others can give you, absorb it, add to it and apply it. People saying ‘you can’t’ should be your biggest inspiration, if no one ever doubted your idea then you’re not thinking big enough.

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What’s on the horizon for Mavericks Laces? 
Anything and everything! A world of colour on every boy, teen and man around the streets of your nearby city. It’s one step at a time, so to begin with we’re launching our two-tone laces in September.

**THE LOCAL SCOOP**

Where do you guys shop for cool fashion and accessories in Melbourne?
Claude Maus, Incu, Somewhere, Vanishing Elephant.

Which local designer/creative are you fans of at the moment?
Meandher, Bellroy, LifeSpaceJourney.

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UPDATE: Cate Legnoverde’s New Website & Cushion Range

You may remember our interview with photographic artist, Cate Legnoverde, who shared her fascinating hybrid artwork creations with us here. To complement her vibrant print collection, she’s recently added a zingy range of cushions to her revamped website. The cushion patterns are her own designs and came about when she failed to find a bright enough range to satisfy her own sofa!

Check out the new website and juicy cushion range here.

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