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ColourNext 2018 Design Collaborations ft. Iqrup + Ritz and Taxi Fabric:The designers explain

Iqrup & Ritz: The Humane Collection

An attempt made to connect humans together– in person away from cell phones and the virtual world.

Alchemy of Memories Inspired

The estranged connection of the past with the present.

Home centre X Humane

The range takes on a covert, subtle vibe administered to the bedroom section.

Home centre X Alchemy of Memories

More vibrant, with more prints aims to be flaunted at more public areas of a residence.

Taxi Fabric`s moodboard for the colour of the year

Taxi Fabric conceptualised, created mood boards and translated them into concept sketches for patterns and designs.

TAXI FABRIC: PRINT PATTERNS FOR THE COLOUR OF THE YEAR

Designed by Lavanya Naidu

Taxi Fabric`s moodboard for Untamed
The untamed patterns

Patterns by Tara Anand

Taxi Fabric`s moodboard for BusyCool
An interpretation of Busy Cool

By Deepti Sharma

Wari Watai`s idea of Alchemy of Memories

The Aide-Memoire, a partition reminiscent of the past (L) and Kangkhand, a reinterpretation of the traditional Manipuri mosquito net (R)

Wari Watai X Humane

A manji (L) and a cotton duvet dyed in natural rustic dyes(R)

Wari Watai for Busy cool

The Un dos tres Seater (L) and the fun low Tuffet Pouf (R)

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Lab 19 Feb 2018

ColourNext 2018: CN collaborates with designers, to translate the Trends for 2018 into tangible products

As the year rolls into its second month and the design industry starts to pick up pace, ColourNext takes this time to launch its much awaited annual affair, the four trends of the year, as well as the colour of the year. But what makes this year’s launch distinctive is ColourNext’s collaboration with four design labels, from across the various fields of design, to conceptualize each of the trends into tangible forms of design. CQ takes a look at the various inferences of the four trends as assessed by the designers.

Design is a vast word, with its own vast world, inclusive of disciplines ranging from graphics to architecture, from furniture to prints, from branding to industrial. With different sectors of design in mind, ColourNext set about on an experiment: to enhance the meaning of their trends by collaborating with four diverse design labels - letting them interpret and express their idea of how the trend would manifest in our lifestyle, thus making CN 2018 trends a tangible experience. Here’s a look at these bespoke designers and their inferences.

Iqrup & Ritz meets Alchemy of Memories & Humane

Iqrup & Ritz is essentially a well traveled, elegant and bespoke narrative that transcends into classic and contemporary furniture and decor. Initiated, created and curated by the mother-daughter duo, Iqrup and Ritika Dhamija, the decor label is well acclaimed for their beautiful design, underrated luxury and expert craftsmanship. Collecting their sentiments on two of the CN 2018 trends - Humane & Alchemy of Memories – the label is set to launch two separate collections. Although both collections cater to the living room, one is an attempt made to connect humans together – in person away from cell phones and the virtual world – with pieces like a Sake cabinet, an organically shaped coffee table, a couch and a magazine stand. Whereas the second collection focuses on the estranged connection of the past with the present, articulated by a mid-century sofa, a  cane or rattan armchair and a drinks trolley. 

Iqrup & Ritz: The Humane Collection

An attempt made to connect humans together– in person away from cell phones and the virtual world.

Alchemy of Memories Inspired

The estranged connection of the past with the present.

Home Centre’s take on the Humane and Alchemy of Memories trend

With over 20 years of the expertise of  delivering an extensive and impressive range of modular furniture and home furnishings, Home Centre by Lifestyle stands as one of India’s leading home retailer. Catering to its over 100 stores worldwide, the in-house team of stylists along with Sahiba Madan, of Kalakari Haath, draw inspiration from CN 2018’s trends to conjure two lines of home accessories. Each developing the emotions and themes of trends into colour schemes, patterns and textures. The first range takes on a covert, subtle vibe administered to the bedroom section, with duvets, beddings, curtains and vases. The second range, more vibrant, with more prints aims to be flaunted at more public areas of a residence, with pieces like table mats, runners, and velvet cushion covers. 

Home centre X Humane

The range takes on a covert, subtle vibe administered to the bedroom section.

 
Home centre X Alchemy of Memories

More vibrant, with more prints aims to be flaunted at more public areas of a residence.

Taxi Fabric Textiles X Untamed, Busy Cool and the Colour of the Year

In an attempt to make contemporary design a medium of communication and social good, and to make it available to the masses, Taxi Fabric turned taxi seat cover into canvases for contemporary artists. Browsing through the trends of the year, Taxi Fabric collaborated with designers and artist who  conceptualised, created mood boards and translated them into concept sketches for patterns and designs. Holding on to the colour schemes and picking apart the concept of the trend, the illustrators chosen and guided by Taxi Fabric breathed their own life into CN’s trends.

Taxi Fabric`s moodboard for the colour of the year

Taxi Fabric conceptualised, created mood boards and translated them into concept sketches for patterns and designs.

TAXI FABRIC: PRINT PATTERNS FOR THE COLOUR OF THE YEAR

Designed by Lavanya Naidu

Taxi Fabric`s moodboard for Untamed
The untamed patterns

Patterns by Tara Anand

 
An interpretation of Busy Cool

By Deepti Sharma

Wari Watai for CN Decor

The unique, interdisciplinary design studio run by Ram Sinam, is Bangalore’s solution to creativity that eclipses the barriers of a traditional design studio, both in terms of approach as well as execution. Their USP of creating products that are a distilled reflection of their visual and verbal communication, makes them irreplaceable on CN’s list of collaborators. Designing not only the exhibition space for CN at India Design, the studio also produced an array of products to be a part of the decor segments of the Trends Pavilion. As is their crisp sensibilty of style, the products - for Busy Cool, Alchemy of Memories and Humane - although symbiotic with the respective themes, reflect a similar neat, minimalistic finish. 

Wari Watai`s idea of Alchemy of Memories

The Aide-Memoire, a partition reminiscent of the past (L) and Kangkhand, a reinterpretation of the traditional Manipuri mosquito net (R)

Wari Watai X Humane

A manji (L) and a cotton duvet dyed in natural rustic dyes(R)

Wari Watai for Busy cool

The Un dos tres Seater (L) and the fun low Tuffet Pouf (R)

As astonishing as it is to the same trends unfold with such divergence across the four collaborators, it makes us value the infrequency of design in its raw form. 

To witness the trends and the products for yourself, register and visit ColourNext at India Design 2018. We would love to see you there, but if you can’t make it, you can still keep up with Iqrup and Ritz, Home Centre, Taxi Fabric and Wari Watai on their respective websites.