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S/S 2016 : Gender Specifics : Manly

October 2014

2016 is not that far away and we are already seeing ways in which products and advertising are both merging the genders (women’s fashion is currently a great example of this androgyny) – however, the polar opposite is also happening. Products, services and places are being created specifically for men (or women). Of course, the gender stereotypes come into play, sometimes with comedy value.

There are some big shifts in the way in which men and women are behaving very differently to the generations before them and it’s this underlying behavioural psychology and sociological research which really helps to inform the direction of new trends and consumer needs. But for fun, take a look at some global examples of what is considered to be ‘Manly’.

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Rugby Ball Bread, with the texture of wet dumplings
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Chocolate Tool Kit. Hmmm chocolate spanners
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...as much use as a chocolate boyfriend...
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Bonfire Soap...for men who want to smell like camping
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Man Cakes Bacon and Chilli - man flavours apparently
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Man Cakes Shop Front
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The Mantry -filled with 'man food' (hot, meaty, alcoholic)
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6 pack chocolate (dumbell not included)
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Some 'For Men' Chocolate
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Hammer & Nail (nail bar for men)
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Meat Loaf Cup Cake with Whipped Potato Topping
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Cup Cakes from Butch Bakery (camouflage top because men like the army)
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The Man Pram

S/S 2015 : Space : Metallics

August 2014

An increase in new sci-fi driven visuals and films, explorations on Mars and space flights reinvigorate notions of getting off Earth. Space food, space travel and space clothing point towards the desire for a new future.

Due to a sense of disappointment in the current state of affairs on our planet, people wish for ‘better’ and ‘other’, opening up new horizons. The unlimited potential of space and other planets, unfold copious possibilities for designers in all areas.

Led by Lockheed Martin, a group of scientists at NASA are currently exploring what foods could be grown and eaten on Mars, offering new culinary possibilities for future astronauts. However, in many ways, we are not that far away from our tin-foil (aluminium foil) versions of space, conveyed in the ‘mash-get-Smash’ ads of the 70’s. And here on earth, metallics continue to add shine. Metallic leafing, gilding and foiling increases desirability, fun and luxury in products. And … we all seem willing to eat shiny food!

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Water with gold leaf, high-end thirst quenching...
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Those precious bits of gold!
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Argan oil with gold leaf.
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The honey version, infused with gold.
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Upgrading jam jars and used bottles : Thomas Kral
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Super-metallic blow-up lampshades.
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Marou, probably the best chocolate in the world, with exquisite metallic branding by the Rice Collective
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More like spreadable glitter...
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Gold leaf lipstick
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We got in on the act and sprayed all our serving plates with edible gold leaf.
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...And then we served metallic petit fours. Yes, people seem happy to eat shiny food.

S/S 2015 : Skin : Eggs

August 2014

The trend right now (and you DO KNOW it’s just a trend right? not truth or perfect science or a forever-thing) is protein. So way gone are the wholesome wholegrain watch words of yesteryear, and even the fat-free marketing has taken a back seat…protein is king.

Eggs haven’t really been promoted in a while (the ‘go to work on an egg’ branding of the 80’s is old news) but eggs are a great part of upcoming trends -partly due to the new and interesting varieties from blue shelled to gulls eggs and quails eggs but also because skins and packaging membranes will become more clever; edible, adaptable, re-usable.

Have a look at some fun egg related paraphernalia…because eggs are not just for Easter…

quails eggs

quails eggs

Egg shells re-used as cupcake cases

Egg shells re-used as cupcake cases

Wooden coaster egg cup with magnetic pin to hold the spoon

Wooden coaster egg cup with magnetic pin to hold the spoon

Gulls eggs from Iceland

Gulls eggs from Iceland

Bio-degradable re-cycled egg box

Bio-degradable re-cycled egg box

Blown eggs filled with chocolate

Blown eggs filled with chocolate

Creative new egg box (a)

Creative new egg box (a)

Creative new egg box (b)

Creative new egg box (b)

Coloured eggs filled with fruit and nuts

Coloured eggs filled with fruit and nuts

S/S 2015 : Ritual of the Everyday : Bread

June 2014

Making bread and specialist bakeries are on the rise (no pun intended). Baking will be increasingly seen as therapy and a wholesome gift for friends. The staff of life gets a make-over. As small artisan bread companies continue to boom and all-in-one, bake-in-the-box bread-making kits become more available in new, wheat-free varieties. Forgotten heritage grains will come to the fore (look out for teff, the high-protein grain from Ethiopia) and increase choice within baked goods. There will be more bread delivery possibilities from artisan and local bakers: the modern version of the milkman.

here is a collection of bread-like offerings from around the world…

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French beetroot and spinach bread
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Popular Berlin bread stuffed with cheese and something!
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London market bread baked in plant pots
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Noma bakery Copenhagen. Small batch baking. When it's gone, the shop closes.
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Unknown black rugbyball -like bread in China
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Peel back the corner, shake in the liquid to mix and then bake, just like that. Food technology old and new.
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Medieval Italian bread - with a texture somewhere between biscuit, muffin and bagel.
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A whole human sized loaf made for the banquet at the Experimental Food Society
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In store flour mills, Denmark. Forget grinding your own coffee beans, now mill your own grain.
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The most simple of Spanish peasant meals...age-old bread & wine. Rural farmhouse on the Camino Santiago.
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Most dense dark bread with flax, various grains, seeds and dried fruit (this isn't cake) - Austria

S/S 2015 : Ritual of the Everyday : Unregulated

June 2014

We are seeing more and more imperfect foods; things which look naive and home-made; thrown together and slap-dash. Imperfection is now the indicator for ‘goodness and truth’. Here are some examples of edibles or food related finds which defy perfection or play on a sense of chaos, rebellion or earthiness.

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Note: the earthenware hand made bowl and concoction of colours and textures all playing together. This is desert. Ice cream, fruit and creme brulée.

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These cheese are made on a small farm in France and lowered into an underground space where wine making debris runs through the channels and washes the rinds of the cheeses. The cheese is eventually hoisted up and the results are varied, unexpected and wonderful. 

Forget table cloths or place mats…plain old brown paper with a quick ink stamp with the restaurant’s logo.

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Wall of flat bread. Hand rolled, hung. Multi-purpose.