Issue No.11 — Trends for 2022

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December 2021

Spotlight Issue No.11
Trends for 2022

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01. AUTOMATED LUXE

Automated and self-service retail continues to find its place in high fashion spaces as luxury brands play around with formats traditionally the preserve of convenience and grocery stores.

Inspired by such stores, Jacquemus' recent pop-up shop allowed consumers to self-serve 24 hours a day but for two days only.

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Jacquemus 24/24 pop-up store in Paris – courtesy of Jacquemus

02. SENSITIVE ARCHITECTURE

Post COP26, ESG themes continue to rise up the agenda as a shared consciousness emerges.

In public spaces we see designers create striking landscapes with a serious message. A recently commissioned sculpture park in Australia centres around a pink pond, which visitors are encouraged to wade through. The pink water is a nod to inland salt lakes and a symbolic reminder of this precious resource.

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NGV Architecture Commission by Taylor Knights with artist James Carey – courtesy of Wallpaper

03. OPEN ART

Gen Z activism turns to the art world. Following ongoing turbulence and inspired by technology-driven collective action, a 22-year-old designer has turned his attention to democratising the entry into the art world.

Strada combines in-app art sales and resources with IRL exhibitions to help young, emerging artists build a community and reach other young collectors.

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Artwork on Strada by Sophia Wilson, 21, visual artist and photographer – courtesy of i-d

04. NEXT LEVEL FOOD

Everyday food is elevated as consumer connoisseurship and sustainable mindsets continue to advance.

Jcoco is chocolate crafted as a complex food, served in tasting flights, or paired with meals and wine. With full traceability to small-scale, sustainable farmers, Jcoco also dedicates 10% of profits to combat food shortages in the US.

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Cayenne Veracruz Orange Sour recipe on Jcoco – courtesy of Jcoco

05. REWILDING URBAN SPACES

Nature, wildlife and local green spaces are more important than ever to urban consumers’ wellbeing following the pandemic.

Brands like Louis Vuitton are broadening their sustainability strategies beyond their supply chain and the product lifecycle to support wider community initiatives such as SUGi; a decade-long project to create Central London’s first ‘Heritage Forest’ in Chelsea.

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Louis Vuitton’s Heritage Forest, London – courtesy of Cadogan Estate

06. (UN)NATURAL DESIGN

Bringing the beauty of the natural world into our homes is designer and artist @marcinrusak.

Following a family history of 100 years of flower growers, Marcin transforms botanical resources into enchanting furniture and art, giving them a chance to bloom long after their natural life cycle.

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Marcin Rusak, Flora collection credenza – courtesy of @marcinrusak