Trends Francq Colors | The Lunatic 1

Francq Colors is a trend studio located in the heart of Antwerp. The trend studies of founder Hilde Francq provide insight into the colors, shapes and materials that are hot and trending. Every month we publish a trend report, including Inside Blinds products. This month: The Lunatic 1. Enjoy reading!

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    In difficult times, we often grasp back to our primal instincts and go on the lookout for a connection to nature. Even though we are overwhelmed with digital impulses, we want to stimulate our personal intuition. That way, our interest for outer space grows – as does our fascination with the moon. Hence, her mystic rituals and the typical materials serve as a source of inspiration for many. Think about the increasing offer of products such as moon milk, moon water and even moon oil, that were produced with the moon in a specific phase. In their book, Katrin Swartenbroux and Wided Bouchrika describe the powers of the moon and how more and more people base their decision making on it. Life changing decisions concerning careers, their body and sexualities are influenced by the phase of the moon. Artists and designers gather inspiration from the moon as well, both aesthetically and in their choice of colors and materials.

    The search for unique materials, with characteristics we’ve never seen before, has been going on since the first steps on the moon were taken. The designers of The North Face, for instance, worked together with a Japanese company in order to create ‘Spiber’, a synthetic alternative to spider silk. With artist Carsten in der Elst, we see how waste materials from creating polyurethane are used to finish various furniture designs. That way, they get an ostracizing and extraterrestrial look. We also see the use of bio plastics, hard and soft metals, crystals and porous structures which are often produced using 3D technology. The varieties of moon stones, from rocks to polyurethane, bring us closer to a lunar landscape. The influences of space technology, weightlessness and typical circular shapes will become clear and further permeate into our wardrobes and interiors

    The trend in color use demonstrate the versatile use of grey shadow tints and varieties of metallic aluminum. ‘Memory White’, with its yellow green undertone, references the suits of the astronauts. Warm stone and sand colors are also featured. ‘Crater Grey’ creates depth, and ‘Smoke Sand’ reminds us of the warm tone of brass colors. A palette that feels more introverted combines ‘Steel Grey’ with the muted ‘Eclipse Blue’ and ‘Memory White’. Together, they are reminiscent of the way moonlight reflects on the ocean surface. We also see a mix of shades of ‘Dust Grey’, in which the neutral tints go together with warm sand colors and beige. Lilac with a grey undertone remains an important neutral color. The versatility of the moon inspires us and gifts us with a range of possibilities for design, fashion and lifestyle.

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