Visitors to a major exhibition were given a glimpse of the future when they witnessed a group of talented University of Huddersfield students working on patterns and colours that are poised to become the next big thing in interior design.
The event was the 2014 Flooring Show, which took place over three days at the Harrogate International Centre.
One innovation this year was the installation of a Trend Hub. It was a concept devised by the Yorkshire-based company Scarlet Opus, which aids global manufacturers and retailers by forecasting the future demands of consumers and the directions that will be taken by design.
The company has a fruitful link with the University of Huddersfield – it is headed by design graduate Victoria Redshaw – and this year it came up with the idea of installing a studio at the Flooring Show in which students could be seen actually working on surface designs.
Joanne Harris, who is Course leader for Surface Design for Fashion and Interiors at the University, took up the challenge and a team of five final-year students was assembled for the Trend Hub.
As part of their preparation for the Flooring Show, the University of Huddersfield team was provided with a detailed brief by Scarlet Opus. The students were to produce two designs that would appeal as a flooring product and they were to seek inspiration from one of the interior design trends for 2015-16 that have been forecast by the company.
The students arrived at the Flooring Show with a variety of art materials plus their laptops, and the Trend Hub – which was also sponsored by carpet company Interface – was equipped with scanners and printers.