'The new black': Five design ideas that may not stand the test of time 18.11.15

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From plywood  to crowdfunding, they're being hailed as the next big thing – but how long will that fuzzy feeling last?

Memphis Group-inspired graphics

What kicked off in earnest in 2014 appears to have no end in sight: the renewed love of / obsession with the bold, pop patterns of the 1980s Memphis Group is still flashing in the pan.

Plywood

Whatever you do, don’t obscure the very rough-and-ready, DIY, “F-You” grain: plywood is the most honest of “honest” woods, it’s blue collar turned hip, and it’s popping up everywhere.

Kickstarter

If you can’t find anyone to believe in you, get everyone to believe in you: crowd-funding a project has become the “it” PR and marketing tool to send the message that you’re definitively a public good.

Mix-and-match

From Hem’s powder-coated steel Alphabeta pendant lamp series to Fatboy’s candy-coloured plastic Candyofnie version, we hope you’re fond of decision-making because lamps have gone modular. Billions of iterations: great.

Smart

It’s a get-charged-to-take-charge world these days: everything is powered up and interconnected – leave your keys at home, but keep your phone within 10m of your watch at all times.

The list above is part of 150 Things Worth Knowing – the 16-page bonus supplement contained within our 150th issue (pictured below). See the online flipbook for extracts from the magazine – including more Things Worth Knowing – and request a free copy of the issue here

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Above: When will we say, 'enough plywood'?

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Crowd-funding a project has become the “it” PR and marketing tool to send the message that you’re definitively a public good

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