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  Revival of Classicism - Overview
Renee Labbe, VP Global Trends - Los Angeles

The very title of our latest Futurist report, Revival of Classicism, speaks volumes about the essence of designs’ influence in society. Rooted in the eloquent eras of the past, this trend may be one of the only recession-acceptable, ornate and excessive looks to emerge. Words such as Heritage and Craftsmanship – ones that we have heard much of recently - are more than just the buzz labels du jour. Rather they form a bridge to a past many consumers look back at longingly.

Designers have been listening intently and responding with a number of pieces and styles that live beyond the badge of Classicism, beyond the modernist nod to the past. The truly noteworthy pieces are those that teach our histories and brilliantly pay tribute to them at the same time.

In the world of music, the Neo Gramophone by Lars Amhoff of quirky design group Kinkyform is a contemporary enchanté to the early beginnings of recorded music. While its form is purely yesteryear, its technology is all MP3.

In the textile industry, patina effects created from embedding copper and other metals into materials allude to pieces that have aged well across generations – as seen in Lydia in St. Petersburg wallpapers and Stella McCartney garments.

The recently re-designed collection of British coins by Matthew Dent recreates an image of the shield of the Royal Arms, with just a small piece of the shield per coin. Only by assembling the coins together in a specific pattern can you get a sense of the full image, a curiosity that engages you in better knowledge of a historic national emblem.



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