Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned lifestyle trend forecasters. Here we unpack her interpretation of the evolution of society and the signals of consumer tastes in 2012 and identify who in Cape Town already embodies her predictions.
These are some edited extracts from Li Edelkoort’s trend website:
Li believes that craftsmanship will be a very important value in the future. In a wild expression of our collective creative instincts, people will rediscover the beauty of one-of-a-kind creations made from yarn, fringe, crochet, patchwork, embroidery and hand-knit pieces.
Found in Cape Town: Maymott crochet designs
After a reaction to the increasingly digital landscape of our lives, a craving for tactility and dimension has lead several designers to reconsider textile.
Found in Cape Town : Sarah Ord Interiors
People have always been fascinated by the art of blowing glass and the relation with fire. Common techniques for producing glass art include fusing, slumping, flame-working, hot-sculpting and cold-working.
In Cape Town: Red Hot Glass
Recognizing at last a truly new timeframe in which everything will be different for the years to come, with each aspect of our lives converting to green, inspired by the way nature functions and how life on the farm evolves.
Found in Cape Town: The Wholefood Almanac by Michelle Matthews.
UNCOVERING OUR ROOTS
A tendency towards earthly delights (referring to heirloom tastes in forgotten varieties of root vegetables) is a reflection of our desire to get closer to the earth – literally! This can be translated into deep natural dyes, extra-fibrous fabrics, bulbous ceramics and sturdy furniture.
Found in Cape Town: Zizamele Ceramics
This young century will see the north and south embrace, unleashing inspiration for the decades to come towards a contemporary yet archaic modernism.
Found in Cape Town: Style Icons book by Struik
Our eyes and hands are suddenly interested by strong and raw materials of the modern age. Maybe because our earth seems so fragile those products built up with industrial methods demonstrate a certain power of mankind and give us confidence.
Found in Cape Town: Conrad Hicks ironwork
With a strong feeling of political, economic, ecological and humanistic failure, there’s a growing need to go back to grey, to consensus, osmosis, blending and cross-fertilization starts to invade all fields.
Found in Cape Town: our most iconic feature – Table Mountain