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.

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. 


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.