Key Material Concepts for S/S 2019Speckled surfaces are inspiring home, beauty and fashion for Spring/Summer 2019 – a fun and playful way to add a colourful injection of texture into your collections.At Trendstop, we track the most impactful innovations happening in the market to inform our seasonal forecast reports and inspire your future collection development. Here, we delve into 3 exciting innovation concepts that are embracing these speckled techniques, pushing the boundaries of material and design innovation.Terrazzo Project x SchoenstaubHome textile brand Schoenstaub teamed up with Terrazzo Project last year to create a new collection of woven carpets and side tables.Image: Terrazzo Project x SchoenstaubFounded in 2011, Terrazzo Project ‘reclaims the unnoticed’ by reinventing terrazzo – a composite flooring material created by stacking multiple layers of cement embedded with chips of stone. This graphical material has long had universal use, with Terrazzo Project having initially been inspired by the nostalgic memories of “high school hallways and classroom floors”. The company challenges norms by reinventing an old style through new and contemporary takes on material-mixes and colourways.Image: Terrazzo Project The collaborative partner for this project, Schoenstaub, is known for their interior textiles, designed to add a distinctive element to any living space. Having been started by designer, Nadja Stäubli, quality is at the forefront of the brand and is demonstrated through their use of luxuriously high quality materials and manufacturing traditions. All of their products are designed in Zurich and are made within Europe, with their carpets woven in a traditional manner at a well-respected manufacturing company in Iran.Image: Terrazzo Project x SchoenstaubThe blend of Schoenstaub’s style and the distinctive material produced by Terrazzo Project creates the perfect mix of both contemporary style, material innovation and textural interest. The tables within the collection have an almost sculptural appearance, while the woven carpets create a clever mirage, appearing to feature the beautifully speckled tactility of terrazzo, but through a unique soft woven composition.Image: Terrazzo Project x SchoenstaubSlash Objects“Slash Objects is an exploration of material & juxtaposition”.Image: Slash ObjectsBased in Brooklyn, this design concept was launched in 2016 by Arielle Assouline-Lichten. Stated as being “an investigation of material and form”, Slash Objects is a collaborative project with New York based multidisciplinary design studio, Slash Projects. Focusing on creating objects and furniture for the home by exploring the possibility of surface and form, the collection centres around the use of 100% recycled rubber, which artfully sits alongside brass components, marble and concrete to create visual interest and creative juxtapositions that explore scale and texture.Image: Slash ObjectsThe contrast created between the diverse use of materials alludes a heightened sense of textural interest, with each item made to order by hand in their Brooklyn studio. Boasting a strong geometric quality, the collection utilises harshly cut corners and molten-like breaks of brass set within marble surfaces for a unique structure that explores the boundaries of luxury and recycled material combinations.Image: Slash ObjectsLoris & LiviaSwiss designers Loris Jaccard and Livia Lauber work together to create objects and spaces that inspire human interaction. With a sense of simplicity that flows throughout each of their designs, they let the materials do the talking. Their unique and unexpected uses of object and space invite the user to challenge the ways they engage with products, to open a new opportunity to challenge product functionality.Image: Loris & LiviaLoris and Livia describe their designs as being “curious contradictions”, demonstrated by their fusion of unexpected objects and materials, and their subsequent creation of intriguing and thought-provoking pieces. All of their products are made in their East London studio, with one of their recent projects, WONDERGROUND, having been made in conjunction with Transport for London.Image: Loris & LiviaThe duo found unlikely inspiration from the speckled flooring of the London Underground trains, a visual that thousands of us traipse over every day without a second thought. By analysing the different corresponding colours used within trains on each tube line, the pair created their own replicas of the flooring in the form of a table mat. This contradiction and exploration into the unusual proves exactly how this creative design duo make the audience re-think what they already know, challenge function and consider what can be beyond ‘the ordinary’.Want to know more about our Materials Forecast for Spring 2019? Get in touch with Trendstop here.