• View the most recent trendtalk (#10) here.
  • View the upcoming trendtalk (#11) here.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2015: trendtalk#9

trendtalk#9 invite

trendtalk#9 invite

On the 11th of November 2014 the 9th trendtalk took place at the Inner City Ideas Cartel Auditorium in Cape Town, hosted by Plascon and Inhouse Brand Architects. Previous trendtalks have given numerous well-known industry professionals in the décor, media, design and retail industries a platform to share their first-hand trend insights. This trendtalk delivered yet another prolific line-up with Southern Guild founder Trevyn McGowan, John Sanei of Future Collective and trendtalk founder Lauren Shantall all presenting.

These industry shakers and shifters shared visuals, provocative ideas and thoughts on lifestyle changes in line with the talk’s “Looking Ahead to 2015” theme.

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the internet of (every)thing: trendtalk#8 report-back

Trend Predictions 2014

The Internet of Things, Image Source:

The rise of the 21st century Maker/Hacker and the “internet of (every)thing” are the two major cultural trend predictions that will significantly impact our lives, as predicted by leading local trend analysts.

Held on the 18 March 2014, the recent quarterly trends panel discussion, trendtalk (#8 in the series), was dominated by two particular topics: the distinctive 21st century archetype of the ‘Maker/Hacker’, and the increasingly pervasive “internet of things”. All three presenters at the trendtalk#8 event – Chris Reid, Louise Marsland and YENZA – touched on the notion of the Maker/Hacker, framing it as a prominent and influential trend for 2014/15.

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Reflections on the Future: trendtalk#7 Report-back

trendtalk #7: reflactions on the future

trendtalk#7: reflections on the future

We’re becoming increasingly urban. Now predominantly city dwellers, instead of rural beings, we’re integrating our “Human Nature” with an “Urban Nature”. The ways that this monumental shift in lifestyle is expressed in the city environment was one of the main themes to emerge from the recent trendtalk hosted by Plascon and Inhouse Brand Architects. The 7th trendtalk in the series, the event took place on 14 November at the Plascon Auditorium in Cape Town. Speakers Laurence Brick of Loads of Living and 100% Design SA; communications consultant and design champion Lianne Burton; and award-winning interior designer Cara Siegers formed the trendtalk#7 panel.

trendtalk#7 was entitled “reflections on the future” and in keeping with the overall direction, here is a brief report-back on the forward-looking themes that each of the speakers explored.

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trendtalk#6: the colour of the times 3/9 3.30-5


Speakers include:


Les-Aupiais-trendTalkLes Aupiais, one of South Africa’s most versatile, experienced and creative media figures, has worked in front of and behind the cameras. She is a former reporter, now guest presenter and director on South Africa’s most influential investigative news programme, Carte Blanche. She is a communications coach, journalist, author, MC and key note speaker on topics such as micro-trends in SA.


Catherine BowenAs the heartful shopper (aka Catherine Bowen), she is a fashion enthusiast and a personal stylist. She is the owner of Dress Sense, which is a boutique style consultancy established in 2007. Her clients are individuals, businesses and brands. What she does is the culmination of her studies in psychology, experience in the fashion world and her two greatest passions in life: fashion and people!


Anne_Roselt-trendTalkAnne Roselt is the Colour Manager at Plascon. She is South Africa’s foremost colour trend forecaster, having formed part of the International Colour Authority, a London-based entity, for over 10 years. She is now part of the renowned global trend panel, Mix. Anne will be presenting on the 2014 Colour Forecast and showcasing the new directions for colour for next year.

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trendtalk#5: Looking Ahead


Afrofuture: shades by Cyrus Nganga Image Souce:

trendtalk#5 is on Tuesday 23 April 23 from 15h30 to 17h00 at the Plascon Design Centre Auditorium, 71 Waterkant St, Cape Town. We hope to see you there!

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Trend Talk 4 reportback

Trend Talk #4 – 4th quarter, Spring/Summer 2012

Trend Talk 4 Invite

Join us on 11 October 2012 for Trend Talk #4, the last trend update of this year. These quarterly events are designed to bring the creative industry up to speed with the latest tendencies, colour-ways, and new directions for lifestyle, home, retail display and product design. Trend Talk sessions are hosted by Plascon, in aid of design charity Rock Girl.

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TREND TALK #3: 3rd quarter, winter 2012

Trend Talk #3

  • Date: 8 August 2012
  • Time: 14h00 to 16h00
  • Place: Freeworld Auditorium, 71 Waterkant St, Cape Town
  • MC: Lacia Gess, Design and Décor Network
  • Entry: R20 (OR MORE in aid of the design charity, Rock Girl (

Join us for a full and exciting industry day on 8 August 2012 at the Freeworld Auditorium! The 3rd session of this year, Trend Talk #3, will be held in conjunction with Design Dialogue, which Plascon is presenting in conjunction with Decorex. USA-based Leatrice Eisman who heads up the Pantone Colour Institute, will talk on colour trends and will endorse the Plascon 2013 Colour Forecast at its official Cape Town launch.

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TREND TALK #2: the present sense

  • Date: 16 May 2012
  • Time: arrival is 2.45pm for 3pm, event runs 3pm-5pm
  • Venue: Freeworld Design Centre Auditorium, 71 Waterkant St.
  • MC: Lacia Gess, Design and Décor Network
  • Entry: R20 (OR MORE 😉 in aid of the design charity, Rock Girl (
  • Refreshments: Canapes by The Pesto Princess; spritzers by jimmijagga; and wine by award-winning farm, Groote Post

Trend Talk #2 Speakers:

Brad Armitage of &union will discuss the latest retail trends; Elle Decoration Editor Laureen Rossouw will give a reportback on the recent Milan Fair; cultural theorist Alex Dodd will dissect the Victorian Postmodern; personal stylist Catherine Bowen will steer us through the latest fashions; Lauren Shantall will highlight the African gothic and indigo; Social CRM specialist Suzanne Little will share new digital lifestyle trends; Plascon Colour Manager Anne Roselt will reveal new colour tendencies; and UK-based street culture “middleman” King Adz will show his latest short film.

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Trend Talk #1: Future Forward

The very first session trendtalk#1, “Future Forward”, was held in the first quarter of 2012: a gathering of delicious visuals, provocative ideas and thoughts on the lifestyle trends that would touch us in 2012. It took place Wednesday 15th February 2012, from 3.30pm-4.30pm at the Plascon Auditorium, 71 Waterkant St, Cape Town. The entry fee was a voluntary donation of R20 – all in aid of the design charity, Rock Girl (

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