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CHRISTMAS TRENDS 2008
Trends for the Christmas Tree 2008
Elegant, top-quality and monochrome- Companies are offering simple baubles with a matte or shiny finish in every shade. In combining the colors, attention is paid to the use of colors that complement each other harmoniously, or to ensuring that all colors come from the same color ranges.
The 2008 Christmas tree appears particularly elegant in white. Ice crystals made from clear or frosted glass, wire stars, sparkly baubles and other decoratively sprinkled hanging decorations bring a 'white Christmas' into the living room.
Tree decoration is elegant and ethereal. Adding to this effect, there are, for instance, delicate little birds in filigree glass that perch on the branches. White is combined with silver, grey, champagne or gold. In addition, there are woven rattan stars, wooden baubles and tree hangers which add touches of nature.
Red, the perennial favorite, in all its shades- This classic among Christmas colors is once again high in the popularity stakes in 2008.
The palette of reds from the long-established Krebs Glas Lauscha company ranges from pale pink to classic red and dark purple. Decorated in gaudy berry tones, the Christmas tree seems as fresh and trendy as it is traditional and festive. Krebs & Son from Austria are also focusing on red and berry tones.
"Many customers have a traditional image of Christmas. It's therefore particularly important to us to keep on finding new ways of presenting perennial Christmas themes. Beautiful detailing, special effects and innovative motifs contribute to the reworking of an age-old theme," says Thomas Bock, Marketing Director at Krebs & Son.
A culinary note for the tree- Colors such as cream, beige and brown are on the one hand suggestive of a link with nature and on the other, also bring sweet treats to mind.
Inge's Christmas Decor draw their inspiration from them too and, with 'Cafe Espresso' and 'Chocolate Chillout', they have created two collections which bring the gourmet pleasures of coffee and chocolate to the tree. Baubles have coffee beans painted on them or are shaped like them. Furthermore, angels, reindeer and Father Christmases, which look like chocolate, add to the range of tree hangers in the shape of cream-filled and chocolate cookies.
Krebs Glas Lauscha, the Christmas tree decoration manufacturer, are also set on 'sweet seduction'. "Our absolute highlight is the 'Chocolate Frost' theme, where we combine cool colors such as white and aqua with warm brown tones. It is not just the colors that bring together the contrasts but the shapes and figures too. The tree is decorated both with chocolates and with polar bears,"
Christmasworld Trends 2008/09
The art of celebrating
What products will be popular with your customers next year? What trends will be important in the major cities of the world? And how can one create trend-orientated, in-store displays? International designer and trend researcher, Gunnar Frank, has assembled the colors, designs and materials you'll need to guarantee your displays correspond to the decorating trends for 2008/2009. The trends of tomorrow are influenced by a cultural diversity of festivals. North, south, east and west, Frank's trend worlds take their inspiration from worldwide style trends:
Frank's muse for the Banzai East trend world is Japan - the simplicity of a Zen garden, orchids and blossoms, exotic glass and polished metals are all major style elements. Orange-gold, linden green and sky blue are the dominant colors in this Far Eastern style.
The look for kitschy trend world Candy West is as sweet as candy. Overloaded with mirror glitter, immersed in confectionery colors like pink, caramel yellow and mint, the decorative elements in this style trend are reminiscent of the dazzling, garishly colorful atmosphere of the carnival. Pop art is the force behind the association Frank creates between the whimsically trendy and the familiar.
The Swedish word Lagom translates as pleasant or exactly right. Exactly right is the best way to describe the relaxed comfort generated by the Lagom North trend theme. Featuring plain decoration, natural simplicity and a substantial amount of manual craftsmanship, the Swedish style world features pale colors like pink, sky blue and leaf green. In addition, naive floral patterns and wreaths set joyful accents.
A touch of history, a pinch of the modern - in "Baroque South" dissipated opulence merges with contemporary ease. Delicate porcelain with a gold structure, floral decoration as light as air, damask and elegant candlesticks create the perfect setting for a sophisticated festive occasion. Dramatic colors, including magenta, aquamarine and ruby red, make a big impact.
--Gunnar Frank Trend researcher: Gunnar Frank has been the creative brain behind Christmasworld trends since 1998. The multi-talented design expert and textile engineer lives in Amsterdam, Holland. In addition to working as a professor at the Design Academy in Rietfeld/The Netherlands, Frank is a member of the International Color Authority of London.
More trends from Christmasworld
Transparent and Elegant
Inspired by the world of furnishing, clean, elegant shapes also dominate the world of festive decorations. Although an opulent Baroque style is still with us for candlesticks, vases and festive decorations, the color contrasts are no longer as powerful. It is apparent that a black and white color scheme is making its mark. Silver and white, combined with black or grey, radiate elegance. Tiny faux gemstones and glitter surfaces provide an added glamor factor. Fashion shows how it's done - the trendsetter is grey which is slowly taking over from black. Grey is combined with turquoise, lilac, dark red and pink.
A Culinary Note
Natural colors and designs set the tone for the Autumn/Winter/Christmas season ahead. Chocolate brown is accompanied light cream, sand, orange and brown on vases, planters, bowls, candlesticks, candles and gift ribbon. The dark brown is also mixed with Scandinavian-style turquoise or ice blue, creating a link between the cold and warm style. The theme of chocolate is also very trendy for Christmas and festive decorations. Aromatic candles provide the perfect 'culinary' note.
Natural, plain and Sustainable
Nature serves as the role model - leaves, twigs and branches made of wood, silver, metal or silver adorn rooms and walls and not just in the Autumn. Shell and horn designs and feathers invade the living room. Scandinavian purism is revealed in the form of naive floral patterns and white porcelain figures.
The natural look makes an impact in other segments as well, Easter eggs and garland lights for example, which are decorated with flowers and feathers. Naturalness is also popular for gift wrap which features imitation animal skin wrapping paper. New collections in a spring-like, pale green are designed to set colorful accents on festive decorations and Christmas candles.
Nature is not just a color trend. More and more manufacturers are reacting to climate change, exhibiting drink containers made from cornstarch-based bio-plastic and recycled servers. The shops could soon be full of vases made 100 percent from recycled glass.
Valuable and Unique
High-value products and unique pieces are still in demand. Luxury is on show again, from engraved, real gold wine glasses to diamond-studded Christmas baubles. Large, unique pieces and figurines are still extremely trendy - in real silver, gold but also in grey and brown. New acquisitions are not only made to last, the materials should feel good to the touch as well. Bearing the hallmark of Asian influences, jagged decorative trees made of natural or varnished wood and metal are on show but not linked to a specific festive occasion. Pine tree shaped standard lamps provide an alternative to conventional Christmas trees.
A Modern Interpretation of Old Values
Antique-style, musical clocks and boxes evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Festive decorations, in the style of the early 20th century, are reminiscent of a bygone age. A newly interpreted rustic style gives candles, glass objects and other home accessories an upscale look. Christmas baubles are combined with tassels and foreign influences make themselves apparent in Babushka Christmas tree ornaments. They crop up again on lighting systems. A gigantic Basilica and illuminated chess figures are designed to boost export sales.
Country charm combined with urban sophistication.
Spiritual or downright rude, witty and whimsical or warm and traditional, luxurious or homespun, personalized or generic, holiday red and green or a rainbow of colors, the rules of the past no longer apply when it comes to holiday decor, packaging, greetings, and style.
Whether a hedge against the economic downturn, or an effort to appeal to an increasingly diverse retail landscape, designers and retailers are covering all the bases and leaving no style unexplored when it comes to the holidays.
More than half of all dog and cat owners will be buying gifts for their pets this holiday season- about 83 million households estimated to spend billions. Overall Americans spend 43 billion dollars each year on their pets according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
From high-profile designer clothes and grooming products to decadent holiday treats and specialty gifts for the pet parent, there is a something for everyone this year.
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