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says Milou. "Often it is just the outside,
and products are not green through the
complete lifecycle. ere is still a lot to learn
for manufacturers, but also for consumers.
And action needs to be taken. It is not only
about clean production, but also what
happens afterwards, when the product is
not used any longer. How about recycling,
bio-degradability and re-use? ere is a lot
of talking about 'cradle to cradle', but that is
not always possible.
"In general, new sustainable materials,
such as bamboo, abaca, soy and hemp,
are well accepted by the industry and
the consumer will be thankful that these
new materials will be available to them.
Just like with the wood certification
(independent verification that timber
products used meet environmentally
sustainable standards), the consumer can
influence the producer by his questions,
requirements and critical attitude."
A continued increase will be seen in
locally sourced, designed and manufactured
products. While this is to do with pride in
culture and aesthetics of the country itself, it
is also largely to do with sustainability. She
says an exciting future environmental trend
will be the integration of photovoltaics into
textiles (see Watch this space).
When asked about environmental trends,
emerging local designer Vaelei Walken-Brown
says that rather than a trend, environmental
consideration is becoming an integrated factor
in design. "It may be more suitable to consider
the term 'sustainable' than environmental
because this encompasses not only environ-
mental issues but also social, cultural and
economical issues," suggests Vaelei.
"It is fast becoming the ethical
responsibility of designers to incorporate
sustainable practices into all areas of
design." She points to building codes
and legislation as positive progress in
considering climatic and economical
circumstances faced in today's world.
So, what's the national direction of colour?
Fiona Barker, of Melbourne's Fiona Barker
Design, and Sarah Lahey, of Sydney's
Colour Designs, (both pictured above),
have chosen five emerging palettes for 2011.
eir findings are based on a look into their
"surroundings, the natural environment
and the influences that have, are and will
impact on the future... environmental
issues to economic, technological, cultural
diversity and art and design". Here are the
findings for your interior:
Natural instincts A neutral palette. It will
be the most used and user-friendly palette
with key colours of caramel, warm whites
and blue-ish charcoal.
Gold rush As the economy slows, gold
stands firm and gains in value in today's
market. Gold is bold, brave and brassy.
It is fun and electric. It is a party. It is
your Mac, your camera, your iPod. It is
moving at a rapid pace.
Jewelled colours When using colour, it's
easy to become complacent, to accept
what's gone before, to continuously
play it safe and take the conservative,
unadventurous options. Change is always
risky. It's a lively personality-packed
palette with instant and far-reaching appeal
reflecting a quest for a brighter future.
Playful pastels There's always a place
for pastels and, looking for a little more
fun, these colours flow from down from
the jewelled collection of primaries and
secondaries offering a more subdued
palette. Led by pink and blue with touches
of yellow and mint -- both playful and
revitalising. Inspired by the 1940s and 50s.
Beautiful and glamorous.
Intuition is story is not defined by
individual colours. It is more an impression
and the desire to create a feeling or mood.
MILOU KET'S TRENDS
Due to overwhelming demand, trend-
forecasting expert Milou Ket was back
FROM LEFT: Saturn daybed, Satara Outdoor Living satara.com.
au; Colour experts Fiona Barker and Sarah Lahey; Milou Ket's
Bewitched and Bedaz zled trend. OPPOSITE (from top): Milou's
Ecological Mood, Light and Airy, and Ecological Mood trends.
Milou Ket: trend guru.
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