The Exclusively Show (June 13-14 at the Business Design Centre) has a well-established reputation for predicting the commercial trends in housewares, gift, and small domestic electricals. Working with trend forecaster, Scarlet Opus, the show will include trend talks, trend tours for buyers and displays of exhibitors’ products pre-selected for being particularly in tune with the themes and styles which will prove popular for Christmas 2023 and into 2024.
As exhibitors are starting to submit product for the ‘so on trend’ displays at Exclusively, Phil Pond from Scarlet Opus has given a sneak preview of ‘Freethinkers’, a mood and style informed by a new spirit of adventure, restless and not craving a ‘return to normal’. Delighting in the exciting possibilities of a fresh start, and actively look for options, situations and brands that allow the abandonment of old routines and habits, Freethinkers is about wanting to rethink the fundamentals of how life works and make transformative choices. This is not however about high-octane, wild abandon, but something more relaxed, flowing, and flexible. Feeling consulted brings value, sharing ideas and experiences, reducing environmental impact and there is zero tolerance for disinformation, unfounded claims, exaggeration, greenwashing.
Design characteristics are ethical, relaxed, controlled, mature, down-to-earth. Colours have a softness of tone, as if a little out of focus, yet are gently energising and set a determined, timeless mood. Mineral greens, shades of muted yellow ochre and linen are anchored by dark shades of teal and faded maroon. Much-loved peach blush and topaz tones bring the palette to life.
Chair of Exclusively, Will Jones, said: “It’s great for both exhibitors and visitors to get some preview insight into the top trends ahead of the event itself. It ensures that Exclusively is as ever a real showcase of the absolute best and most current housewares, gift, and small domestic electrical products in the industry.”