Pulse is the UK’s ultimate boutique trade event for inspiring new gifts, modern living and fashion accessories. The event prides itself on offering buyers unlimited inspiration through a diverse range of products from up coming designer to established retailing names. Trendstop’s trend reporters headed down to the London based event to check out the latest trends for lifestyle and interior products.
The New Bohemians
Organic materials, travellers trinkets and decorative plant life remain a strong trend in interiors and lifestyle products this year, developing the theme of The New Bohemians. Fiona Walker England showcased a selection of tropically decorated cushions, complimented by geometrically etched vases for an earthy, explorer aesthetic. Following the Bohemia mood, many brands opted for an ‘Urban Garden’ approach to their ranges, as decorative planters and glassware terrariums transform simple plant life into on-trend interior statements. One of these brands was Chive, a company which creates innovative yet simplistic designs from a diverse range of media from ceramics to concrete. House of Disaster also works with this attention to botanics, applying illustrative cacti and succulent motifs to leather accessories for a more youthful direction.
A theme showcased in the Pulse trend area, Geo Functionality revisits staple items with a refined sense of simplicity. Described as a “Modular inspired aesthetic”, belongings are becoming more adaptable with the idea that function is just as important as form. Custom Made applies contemporary geometric shapes to jewellery, enhancing minimal accessories with smooth curves and angular formations. Cooling colour blocks and statement sans-serif typography features heavily in Block’s collection, emphasising simplistic shapes with carefully considered details. Applying this new found modernism to staple homeware objects, Notable Designs presented a range of smooth concrete clocks where the numbers were represented through elevated segments, showcasing the timeless appeal of geometry.
Ones to Watch
For some brands, this was their first experience of displaying at Pulse, including the likes of Fonfique, Feat Socks Co and Emma Alington.
Fonfique was founded by Ceylan Kolat, who aims to make everyday objects more vibrant and emotive. She hand-draws each design, every one representing a different set of feelings. This gives consumers a much more personalised experience with the brand thus creating a bigger purpose for functional accessories.
Images left to right, all courtesy of Trendstop: Fonfique.
Feat Socks Co is a South African brand that designs playful socks with the objective to spark conversation and be a key feature of an outfit. They are currently sold in The Turpentine in Brixton, with hopes to increase their UK stockists this year. There are a number of different bold prints, meaning that there is a pair to suit everyone.
Images left to right, all courtesy of Trendstop: Feat Sock Co.
Emma Alington is an emerging ceramics brand, with her English heritage playing a key role in the brand. Emma told us, “All of my products are made in Stoke-on-Trent where the ceramics factories are still very much alive, and I’ve spent a lot of time there in recent weeks making sure that all of my products are perfect.” Her family crest is a key feature within her elegantly simplistic designs, acting as the main focus alongside minimal gold accents.
Images left to right, all courtesy of Trendstop: Emma Alington.