I'm a big fan of House and Leisure, so I was really excited to be named one of their "New Generation Creatives" in the October edition. I'm featured alongside some amazingly talented people, so it's an honour to make the list. The issue is available in stores and online now and they also asked me to pick my favourite tracks at the moment (which obviously excited me) for the companion playlist up on their blog.
I am a big fan of the Decorex shows, so I was really excited to be invited to speak at their InStudio panels for industry professionals. I shared an overview of some decor and lifestyle trends we're seeing in the market at the moment (and also had a chance to sneak down to the very impressive 100% Design exhibition downstairs).
You can watch a video of my session below. I'm always excited to discuss potential speaking or writing engagements so get in touch to find out more about my talks.
I was recently a guest on Jeremy Maggs's eNCA show, Maggs on Media, talking about the ITI Macro Trend Review for 2016. You can watch the segment on the eNCA website to hear more about some of our content for this year's Review.
As part of my collaboration with Elle Deco, I sat down with the title's editor, Bielle Bellingham, as a guest on their newly-launched podcast.
As well as reading my op-ed for the issue, in which I discuss my take on trends and their importance, we also talk through some of the key themes in the issue.
You can head over to iTunes now to download it and give it a listen.
Towards the end of last year, I started working with Elle Deco on their annual Trend Issue for 2016. I've really enjoyed the process of collaborating with them on it, and excited to finally reveal the outcome. The issue is on newsstands as of today, so go grab a copy and be inspired by our thoughts on whats to come in 2016.
I'm glad some people in my life still read their news the old-school way (i.e. hard copy papers not social media streams) or I would've missed this completely. Nontando Mposo has written a comprehensive piece about my talk at the recent Business of Design conference in Cape Town for the Cape Argus. You can read the article in the embedded PDF below (sorry about the watermarks) or check it out on the IOL website. I'll also be at the Joburg edition of the conference tomorrow doing the same talk, so looking forward to sharing the content with everyone up there too.
So I've had a few people ask me recently where the "Esq" in my Twitter and other social media handles comes from. It's not from any throw-back title or the like, but a combination of childhood curiosity and stubbornness.
When I was very young and used to hang out with my Grandmother (hi Grandmère) after school, I wanted to know why adults always had Mr and Mrs before their names on letters. The answer that it was a polite way to address people obviously didn't satisfy me, and I wanted to know what (precocious) children would be called. We looked it up in a book and found that young, unmarried men used to have Esquire appended to their names. I quite liked that, obviously, and spent a few afternoons practicing writing Chris Reid, Esq. to prepare for the flood of future correspondence I was obviously going to be receiving.
Fast-forward about two decades. When signing up for Twitter, I was frustrated to see that almost every permutation of my name was taken (thanks bland Anglo-Saxon nomenclature). Eventually I remembered my fascination with Esq., tried adding that to my name, and that was that.
For the past two days I’ve been at the Business of Design conference here in Cape Town, where I shared four top trends to track in 2016. The event is organised by the geniuses behind Southern Guild and 100% Design South Africa (long-term trend crushes of mine) so when I was asked to speak, I jumped at the chance - more to hear everyone else speaking during the course of the two days than anything else.
In all of the conferences I attend, I find that it’s the new connections between ideas and concepts that you make that are the most valuable. For me, it’s been interesting to see how the themes I’ve identified for the new ITI 2016 Macro Trend Review have had so much validation - from the focus on Africa to the collaboration and co-working that’s so much a part of the up and coming sharing generation.
The Joburg edition is coming up soon, so if you’re on the fence about attending, jump in and do it. I’ll be speaking there too, so come and say hi if you’re there.
I'm working on a secret (and super exciting) project with Elle Deco at the moment. While I can't share any details right now, you can check out their profile on me up on their website in the meantime. I'll be sharing more closer to the time, and I'm sure it'll be worth the secrecy for now.
Every year, Plascon publishes a Colour Forecast, looking at the trends for the coming year. This year for the first time they also identified a new colour of the year as part of the publication. I speak to their Colour Manager, Anne Roselt, in my latest Neighbourhood article to get her perspective on the colour and where it comes from.
As I'd mentioned in my last post, my first syndicated article came out in the Business Day last week. In it, I look at the ways people try to find privacy for themselves in smaller spaces and what this means for product design in particular. I've embedded the article below, and you can see the follow-up pieces monthly in the same publication.
My latest column for the Sunday Times "Neighbourhood" supplement looked at the AirBnB phenomenon and what it means for homeowners and the way they see their homes and personal space. The columns will also be syndicated in the Business Day once a month (as of last Friday), so look out for it if you subscribe to either of those publications.
Exciting news. I'll be speaking at the very cool Business of Design conference coming up in October. It's a great event, bringing together the commercial and creative worlds, and I'll be looking at some key trends to look out for in 2016. Check out their website for more information and bookings.
Plascon is one of my agency's clients, and we work on projects like their Colour Forecast with them. I was going through my archives a while ago, and I found this video that Rooinooi pictures produced of our process behind one of the previous Trend Forecasts and I thought I'd share it. We work on loads of projects like this and sometimes I think it's interesting for the public to get a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes.
Every year, I compile the ITI Macro Trend Review, a presentation that captures our viewpoint on social, retail, tech and design trends as they relate to our industry. We share this with clients and collaborators in a debut session in Durban towards the end of each year, and then I take it around the country (and sometimes overseas) to present it to conferences and companies. It's used as a catalyst for creative thinking and insight generation, and it's something that I really enjoy sharing.
This year, we brought the Trend Review to my adopted home, Cape Town, for the first time. We shared the presentation with some collaborators, media representatives and other like-minded people and I was more than heartened by the response. See some (unfortunately blurry cellphone) pictures that follow, and if you want to explore your own session of the Trend Review, get in touch using the form under Contact.
The good people at Ideas magazine recently got in touch about a feature they were writing on the trend of "On Day at a Time" projects. These have been trending for a while as people seek to find connection through mindfulness exercises or craft. You can read through the article below if you want to find out my take on this, as well as some other contributors' views.
Originally published in Ideas magazine, July 2015. Author: Marguerite Van Wyk.
I write a column for the Sunday Times Neighbourhood supplement on home trends. It's a chance for me to share my thoughts on interesting shifts in the worlds of living spaces, architecture, product design and urbanism. It's out every week in the papers distributed in major urban centres of South Africa. This week I looked at urban homesteading and the drive to become more self-sufficient as homeowners.