Lucy Given is one busy lady. Not only is she paving the way for homeware interiors at her amazing LUC design store in Hobart, she was also recently named the first ever ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the 2017 Gift and Life Instyle Awards. In winning this prestigious award, Lucy was selected to go on to represent Australia in Chicago at the Global Innovation Awards (GIA).
Knowing a thing or two about what’s happening in the industry not just locally but around the globe, Lucy is now preparing to lead several education sessions at Reed Gift Fairs in Melbourne this August. Each session is tailored specifically to those within this ever-growing industry.
With a great understanding across the interior and homewares landscape, we thought we’d ask Lucy to share the types of interior trends she predicts for spring/summer 18’.
Lucy Given – 2017 Retailer of the Year: Trend Report
The new season is fast approaching, and as the seasons change so do trends in the design and interior space. With the warmer months on the horizon, the new season of trends are well and truly decided and will bring a sense of Scandinavian sensibility, paired with vintage charm – whilst welcoming back bright colours, matched with natural textures.
With so much excitement in the mix, I thought I would pull together a few of trends I’ve started to see emerge, along with some of my favourite representations:
Scandinavian influences – this is an interior trend that has continued to flourish and evolve over the years. Interior trends for 2018 will combine Scandinavian designs with a much more paired back sensibility. This will include the use of vintage/timeless elements (think classic furniture and lighting from the 60’s and 70’s) teamed with a touch of glamour in metal, leather or glass – creating a sense of comfort and luxury in the home. There will be less of the pale timbers and soft greys this season, and more walnut, natural leather and textural hides.
The return of colour – trending across the industry is the return of bold colour choices and the resurgence of layers and textures. There is a shift in the shades of colours we are used to seeing and a move toward earthy tones, metallics and shiny surfaces that reflect a sense of luxury and wealth. You can also expect to see lots of pink trending this season and more specifically millennial pink. Green will continue to remain a strong trend, however it will take on softer shades of sage, soft pastel celery and avocado. Dark interiors dominate with moody greys and intense blues – which makes me very happy.
The mix of colours with textures – this season we will continue to see the pairing of colours and textures, which includes velvet, natural textiles that will be emulated throughout linens and wools. Along with this, there will be an inclusion of leather, metal accents, concrete and glass mixed with other natural elements such as plants, timbers, stone and textural fabrics.
Marble and natural stone – Expect to see the pairing of marble and natural stone this season, with black being the new white when it comes to marbling. Keep an eye out for stone finishes and tones of grey and black, along with thin profiles in bench and table tops. Black kitchens will also become huge.
All of these trends and more will be showcased at Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne in August 2017. http://www.reedgiftfairs.com.au
As shopping habits change and more consumers head online to browse, compare, and purchase almost everything imaginable, retailers increasingly need to align their online and bricks-and-mortar offerings. Never is this more crucial than during peak selling periods when time poor shoppers expect what they see in store windows to be available online, and vice versa.
Christmas and Spring/Summer ‘18 is just around the corner in retail terms, meaning now is the time for those in the industry to be planning for the season. With seasonally adjusted retail spending sitting at $25.6 billion in December 2016*, stores must put their best foot forward to drive sales and retain customers – both on and offline.
Timed to be of most benefit, Australia’s biggest retail buying experience – Reed Gift Fairs – returns to Melbourne this August, and brings with it a key focus on how to maximize business across both the digital and real world space.
As the Australian retail industry’s annual meeting place, Reed Gift Fairs is an unmissable event for those looking to source the very latest across key gift categories – and this show has Christmas in its sights. From homewares, jewellery and furniture, to toys, gifts, stationery and more, Melbourne August will showcase plenty of industry-leading products and brands. Visitors will be able to browse products from more than 700 exhibitors to ensure they make the most of the season’s rush and stay abreast of trends.
But more than a place to source products that customers will love, Reed Gift Fair is providing the tools that retailers need to connect and benefit from every touch point of their customer experience – from in-store to website to social media.
“The Christmas and summer retail period is one of the busiest for the industry, and we’re bringing together not only the newest products and trends, but also the advice that retailers need to best plan for a period that matters significantly to their businesses,” said Louisa Theobald, Event Director.
In response to changes sweeping the industry, Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne will welcome some of the industry’s best minds for the Retail Therapy: Real World vs. Digital World education series. Speakers will bring their unique blend of education, inspiration and information to visitors, covering topics from social media planning, website development and visual merchandising 101.
The Retail Therapy sessions are designed to provide genuine takeaways and lessons so visitors can apply learnings to their own businesses, literally the same day.
Serious business aside, new social additions to the show floor offer respite from the shopping. The Winter Garden and food trucks will be ready to satisfy those who have worked up an appetite, and for those needing some time out from all of the action, the Pamper Pit Stop is the place to be, with free mini shoulder and hand massages on offer.
With so much excitement in the mix, Australia’s biggest retail buying experience is shaping up to be a truly iconic one and something you won’t want to miss given the Australian homeware retailing industry is worth approximately $1.4bn and is expected to continue to grow*. In addition, trade fairs are not only recognised as the preferred channel for retailers to source product information, but these events remain the number one channel for procurement/sales for both visitors and exhibitors in the 4 year-outlook*– making Reed Gift Fairs more relevant than ever to those operating within the sector.
As the country’s premium trading platform for buyers and sellers in the gift and homewares space, Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne August will provide buyers and sellers with unmatched opportunities to be inspired, discover new trends, network with both peers and leaders in the field and to source and purchase the latest products.
Reed Gift Fairs, August 2017:
When – 5 – 9 August 2017
Saturday, 5 August, 9am-6pm
Sunday, 6 August, 9am-6pm
Monday, 7 August, 9am-6pm
Tuesday, 8 August, 9am-6pm
Wednesday, 9 August, 9am-3pm
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds and Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre