Trend spotting with our Head of Design

Posted by NATIVE UNION | Fabien Nauroy on Feb 5th 2016

Trend spotting with our Head of Design

We’ve explored every nook and cranny of the 2015 design shows to bring you the key trends to watch out for this year. From the raw beauty of oxidised metal to waste plastic transformed into a luxurious material, here’s Native Union’s top picks, including green marble, contemporary ceramics, treated materials and more. 

It’s an age old craft that despite rapid developments in technology and manufacturing processes, remains true to its original methods. Now pottery is enjoying a well-deserved revival in the design world, with potters taking a very modern approach to this ancient craft. Made largely by hand, contemporary ceramics were everywhere at the 2015 design shows. Abstract shapes, intricate reliefs, and beautiful imperfections, make this a trend that looks set to continue apace.

Ceramic work seen at TENT Show
Ceramic work seen at TENT Show 

As huge advocates of the braided cable, we enjoyed seeing the string trend embraced by the design world. From lighting to stand displays, bright neons and primary colours added a colorful accent to the show floor.

String work from a Central Saint Martins student exhibit String work from a Central Saint Martins student exhibit 


Green Marble from 19 Greek Street
Green Marble from 19 Greek Street

Judging by its continued presence at all the year’s shows, the marble trend is very much alive and well. And now there’s a new kid on the block: green marble. This rich, jewel-toned stone looks exquisite whether used on furniture or small accessories and especially when paired with brass. With marble’s unique and intricate veins, it’s no wonder its popularity is still on the up. Here at Native Union, we’re its biggest fan. Explore our marble range of tech accessories here.

Unpolished marble from Skandium
Unpolished marble from Skandium

The use of brass and copper was taken a step further with oxidizing techniques creating a unique and exposed look reminiscent of Joan Miro's metal sculptures. Lazer etched copper championed by Tom Dixon for the last few years was everywhere, with jewellery brands adopting this technique with a stylish and modern result. Silhouettes were ultra-slim and spindly, with strong geometric lines that could be delicate at times or brutal at others.

Entrance at 19 Greek Street
Entrance at 19 Greek Street 

Metal base from Super Brands LondonMetal base from Super Brands London

Compressed plastic in vibrant colours and marbled finishes were used as tables tops to create statement furniture that evoked fond childhood memories of Play-doh. Elsewhere, recycled plastic was combined with resin to create a beautiful composite of waste material, that looks and feels as luxurious as stone.

Recycled material seen at NestRecycled material seen at Nest