Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 24 Autumn 2010 Contents growth with emerald, which stands alone
Sarah also talks about the growth of
emerging economies, such as China and
India, as another major influence. " e rich
heritage of China, in particular the Manchu
and Ming dynasties, evoke shades of rich
jewel colours, while the shapes of pagodas
are recognisable in design."
Fiona and Sarah say neutrals are also
gaining popularity. "Some examples of
future colour trends are the growth in the
neutral areas of the palette, with strong
warm shades of caramel, fawn and skin
tone. While still familiar and warm, they
are now accompanied by spirited highlights
of gold and red."
Natural materials are also being used to
bring out the neutral tones that are then
coupled with rich, clean colours, says Marie.
WATCH THIS SPACE Though still in the early research
phase, an exciting new development in textiles and interiors
is the integration of photovoltaics into cur tains and blinds.
Photovoltaics are currently being used on house roofs to
conver t solar radiation into electricity. This electricity is
used within the house, while excess energy can be sold
back into the local grid. It has been a fast- growing area
of energy technology and is now set to go a step further.
Expect photovoltaics to be woven into, laminated onto
and sandwiched in between textiles for use in curtains and
blinds. Blinds, for example, will become more functional,
progressing from a passive to an active system, potentially
powering a laptop or helping to cook the dinner. Prototypes
are expected to be available next year.
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Majorca Cirque sofa, Globe West, globewest.com.
au. OPPOSITE (from left): Technology meets
tradition in Lola laser-cut synthetic fabric, Jakob
Schlaefer jakobschlaefer.com and Calipha flock-
print synthetic fabric, Nuno nuno.com. (inset)
Marie O'Mahony: textiles and technology expert.
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