For 2015 May Design Series brings to London 500 brands from 26 countries and a brand new, free to attend 3 day Conference programme. This exciting event is a must see for every design lover in London. Fantastic opportunity to catch up with new trends and see brands never exhibited in London before.

For designers knowing trends means the ability to stay up to date with the latest products, and an enhanced repertoire to present to clients. For retailers, trends offer the opportunity to provide and stock high demand products, leading to higher footfall, and, ultimately, the prospect of increased revenue.

The latest 2016 trends as identified by renowned trend forecaster Global Color will be on show at May Design Series 2015, in an exclusive collaboration project with Birmingham City University. The project, which has been running for 7 years, gives BCU students the opportunity to design pieces around two trends chosen by experts Global Color, with the pieces then being presented at the show in May.

The project has resulted in a variety of new collaborations including new textile design development with a range of industry partners including Tektura wallcovering, Brintons, mrfDesign and Out of the Dark. For 2015, BCU are working with these industry partners to bring to life two trends, Tropic and Brink, identified by international industry experts Global Color Research™ Mix Publications. Over two stunning room sets, visitors to the show will have the chance to explore the Birmingham City University stand to see a range of new designs which respond to these trends, through textiles, ceramics, lighting, wall and floor covering solutions aimed at providing future inspiration for designers.

Tropic

A great source of inspiration for architects, with exhibitors applying the trend through materials, lighting and glass finishes amongst other fields. Tropic explores the diversity and exuberance of equatorial countries. An optimistic and passionate trend, it takes inspiration from the region’s diverse ecosystem: the rich exotic flora and fauna inspire key colours, patterns and materials for 2016. The palette is a curious combination of contrasting dark tones and new brights, approaching a natural theme with sophistication and mystery. Designed to uplift and excite, these expressive colours also have the ability to be calm and comforting. Dichroic effects can be achieved in hard and soft surfaces, offering eye-catching possibilities for architecture.

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Brink

Addressed particularly at retailers and designers, and especially in the fields of furniture, home decor, and textiles. Looking to the past for conformity and reassurance in these times of financial uncertainty, Brink references classicism and heritage, offering a feeling of control and order. The colour palette is warm and appealing, communicating a sense of authenticity. Warm earth shades complement richer reds and oranges, calmed with a light green. Particularly key for textiles and furniture, this trend is explored by many exhibitors at May Design Series.

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