In the News: Decorex InStudio

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.

Audibles: Elle Deco Podcast


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. 

In the News: Cape Argus

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.

Why Esq?

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. 

Update: Business of Design

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.

Plascon: Capturing a Feeling

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. 

ITI Trends: Cape Town Edition

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.


Ideas Magazine: One Thing at a Time

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.

Neighbourhood: City Permaculture

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.