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Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City University showcased at Interiors UK 2014

20th January 2014

Birmingham City University are showcasing their final year student’s work at Interiors UK, which runs between the 19 – 22nd January at the NEC Birmingham.

In its 6th year, the Trends exhibition presents the pinnacle of design with students creating a range of new designs inspired by two trends forecast by Global Color Research™ for Autumn/Winter 2014/15: ‘Axis’ and ‘Frame’. The project provides new inspiration and demonstrates how trends can be applied from original design thinking through to end product, it also allows students to create a unique portfolio of ideas from which to convey their employment potential. The trends project doesn’t just give an insight into future talent – it helps mould and support it.

Brintons collaborated with Birmingham City University to create a sample rug based on an original design by Constructed Textiles student Chloe Frost; the rug was manufactured using Brintons revolutionary 32-colour High Definition looms. The stunning geometric design was created in response to the “Frame” trend and has an all-over 3D effect grid pattern. Chloe gained a working knowledge of carpet design during a work placement in August at Brintons Design Studio in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

The trends which Birmingham City University students have interpreted are FRAME and AXIS:


This trend reflects how western culture is increasingly reliant on technology, documenting and monitoring our everyday lives. Linear and grid like patterns reflect the restrictions we live with. Bright colours are synthetic, just like the technology on which we rely and geometric motifs simultaneously reflect both order and conformity.


Nature’s angular forms create a geometric basis for this trend by focussing on patterns within the natural world; the pale palette lends itself to an arid setting, as many of the influences are maritime, but with a backdrop taken from a barren shoreline of the future. Frameworks and skeletons provide a structure, whether in pristine stainless steel or corroded metal.

To view Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City University, please visit stand B50, Design Village, Hall 2

Image top right: 'Frame' trend carpet on loom at Brintons factory, Kidderminster 

image second right: Geometric carpet design from the Frame trend by Chloe Frost

Image bottom right: Birmingham City University stand, Interiors Show, NEC

Brintons collaboration with Birmingham City

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