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RANGE REVIEW: CHRISTMAS


year at Christmasworld 2017, were glass baubles with embedded sprigs, brightly coloured pearls, stars, or tiny trees and Santas. “Transparent baubles and stars with natural items embedded in them are particularly popular with our customers at the moment,” confirms Janine Siegfried from Kaheku. Alongside these, she reports, white baubles with glitter or pearl decoration were being ordered in increasing quantities.


The catcus and the pineapple “Nature is, simply, the fashionable thing at the moment,” says Christmasworld, with “ceramic pots and bowls that imitate the form of leaves and woodgrain that echo the shapes and forms of feathers.” Antlers are on trend in porcelain and silver, while wood is worked to form bowls, plant-pot holders, candle holders. Flowers, shrubs, brushwood and moss form wreaths, while natural fruits, such as acorns and pine cones are also popular. Equally popular are soft materials such as felt and wool – in the form of bright and cheerful hanging decorations. Particularly popular for 2017 are cacti and succulents – both real and imitation – as containers, vases, candles and fairy lights and also as motifs on cushions. On trend, B&Q is stocking glitter potted succulents this year.


The cactus is the most dominant – whether in natural form or as a hanging decorations or as a design on cushions. Pineapples, too, are still around – even in winter: in the form of a black candles, for example or a string of fairy lights. John Lewis’ quirky and bright Lima Llama range boasts felt potted cactus decorations and cactus tree hangers complete with Christmas lights.


A SNEAK PEAK AT NEXT YEAR


Christmasworld has again commissioned Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano to analyse the latest currents in society, in interior design and in the world of fashion and put together trends for the 2018/19. These four style worlds will be showcased at the show in January and enable visitors to take a look at the colours, materials and designs of the up-coming season of festive decoration.


The four style worlds will be staged in the Christmasworld Trend Show from January 26-30, 2018, with the help


of products provided by the exhibitors. All products used in the displays will be identified with the name and stand number of the individual exhibitor.


Vivid heritage


At the heart of this style are patterns and motifs drawn from folklore, together with handicraft skills and craftsmanship, which, with their modern design and graphical elements, create a contemporary, yet natural, impression. Suitable colour- combinations to go with it are bright vibrant colours, including mustard, petrol and red.


Inspiration: Mexico, Brazil, Scandinavia, Rumania, Russia, Poland – influences from the most diverse cultural backgrounds come together here. Examples on display include blossom, entwined


Eclectic gathering Extremely diverse design elements come together here: glamorous and sporty, delicate and intense, every-day and spectacular. The dominant tones are pink, lemon, mandarin and azure combined with rose, black and an elegant gold. Inspiration: Creating something new by putting disparate things together. Collage is the starting point for this extravagant trend. Materials, textures and patterns appear in surprising contexts. Shimmering, vibrant, reflective and lustrous materials such as crystal, foil, mother of pearl and mirror-glass combine with playful


Balanced sobriety This style is inspired by a Japanese aesthetic and the key is to express the essentials with minimum means. In line with the purist approach to design, the colour palette also appears modest, with restrained natural tones – from pure white to rose gold, a shiny but cool grey, deep bordeaux red and black.


Inspiration: A limited number of materials


are involved, including light-coloured woods, matt brass and shiny black surfaces. These contrast with finely-worked wood, artistic woven and braided structures, knotting,


Splendid history


Decorative designs with historical allusions, but embodying an unmistakably contemporary approach. An series of dark, saturated colours provides the sumptuous glow of green aventurine, aquamarine and warm gold. Inspiration: The splendour has its


roots in a glorious past epoch. Refined textiles, lace, precious and semi- precious stones, pearls, marble, metal- effect surfaces and dark woods – the materials come across as exclusive and expensive. Palm fronds, large feathers, exotic leaves and magical


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folding, high-quality natural papers, and folded and fan-like shapes.


foliage, ethnic, bold designs and geometrical patterns. Characteristic of this style are also scratching, engraving, etching and grinding techniques, as well as painting, appliqué and embroidery.


details, exaggerated shapes and patterns. This imaginative use of motifs and colours extends from blossom and butterflies to spray-colour effects and in-your-face fluorescent neon elements.


landscapes, together with regal, historical features, are used to create the extravagant motifs.


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