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Trends

Green guilt, product origins, convenience and nostalgia

Research analyst GfK has tracked consumer confidence and behaviour since the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and found that lower income earners are slightly more confident than this time last year, whilst the more affluent seem to be having a few doubts. The causes of stress are on the rise across all consumer demographics, for reasons as fundamental and far-reaching as having enough money to live comfortably and the health of self and family, to crime, terrorism and natural disasters. Notions of ‘the good life’ have beco... Read More...

Pantone heralds a new Purple reign

The colour gurus at Pantone have revealed that the 2018 Colour of the Year will be the stunning Ultraviolet 18-3838 TCX.   Described by Pantone as a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." The enigmatic Ultra Violet is also credited with symbolising the mysteries of the cosmos, opening up boundless possibilities for this beautiful colour. For home and gift retailers the hunt will now be on for the mo... Read More...

Big florals lead 2018 home décor trends

Houzz editor Mitchell Parker has shared his trend predictions for the year ahead, which range from brightly coloured kitchens and bold floral wallpaper through to concrete furniture. Novelty sinks will be a hot way to make a splash in the year ahead as consumers tire of bland, traditional kitchens and look for something a bit more quirky to impress their friends and stand out from the crowd. To really work this trend Mitchell suggests home owners replace their old stainless steel or white sinks with one made of copper, stone, concr... Read More...

New Products

See the Next best thing at Ambiente

The Next exhibitors at Ambiente 2018 will bring a fantastic array of urban lifestyle and feel-good products to Frankfurt on February 9-13. This dedicated feature exhibition within Ambiente offers promising young companies special conditions to show off their products at the world’s larg... Read More...

Spring Fair product preview

Spring Fair returns to the NEC from February 4-8 2018, when thousands of exhibitors from the UK and wider world will showcase their latest product ranges across a number of sectors, including: Beauty & Wellbeing, Contemporary Gift, Children's Gifts & Toys, Christmas Gifts, Flora... Read More...

Cards that make people happy

Artinker offers traditionally crafted greeting cards using top-notch artistic talent combined with indelible Indian ink and a generous dollop of charm and charisma. Artinker is a new initiative for artist, Robert Askew and it aims to deliver high quality greetings cards to the perceptiv... Read More...