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Melbourne Encounter: Trend Forecasting with Milou Ket

Milou Ket is a renowned trend forecaster from the Netherlands with an impressive portfolio of clients ranging from Ikea to Volvo.

PL was fortunate enough to hear Milou speak at DesignEx in Melbourne for the launch of her new trendbook.

She touched on some fascinating trends for 2012-2013 in terms of colour, materials and furniture. From dazzling metallic leathers to LED lighting & traditional craftsmanship, interior design is experiencing a barrage of brand new materials yet conversely, a renaissance of the traditional. PL is so excited, as this is surely an indication we are about to embark upon an era of true eclecticism and creativity.

Milou Ket advised that we would see many of the following looks in the up and coming year – her themes of inspiration included:

The ‘naive & romantic’:

  • Furniture decorated with blossoms

  • Old fashioned decorative elements such as roses, birds & botanicals. (See The Country Trader for the below botanical & French screen)

  • White textures, transparent lace and perspex (See below the fabulous installation by Naomi Troski in Melbourne)

The ‘ethnic‘:

  • Turquoise EVERYTHING – walls, doors, fabrics, ornaments….

(Below installation by Elaine Miles)


  • Ethnic inspired decorating with feathers, animal print and the elements from the Silk Road (below images from Sibella Court & Orient House):

  • Adorn a room with travel souvenirs & collectables – maps, drawings, objects…

  •  Course and handcrafted fabrics including Bazaar rugs which have a recycled, patchwork effect. Check out a wonderful selection of vintage styled rugs from Loom:


The ‘bright colourama’:

  • Optimistic colour palette, geometric, lacquer, LED lighting:

  • South American influence with dark floor, bright walls:

  • Tropical design with relaxed interiors featuring rattan weave baskets:
  • Recycled paper bowls from Gaiam:
  • Bold striped fabric  – amazing range available from Ici et la:



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