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Birmingham City University - Sign In. LifeLessOrdinary. LifeLessOrdinary. Patternity | Research. Research Pattern inspiration + curation Seeing pattern everywhere — from the mundane to the magnificent. Lime green colour. 800 × 800 - 480 × 480 - 396 × 290 - 650 × 650 - 2048 × 2048 - 600 × 600 - 1445 × 1445 - 300 × 240 - 225 × 225 - 255 × 235 - 140 × 150 - 591 × 591 - 500 × 500 - 512 × 512 - 112 × 112 - 800 × 800 - 576 × 290 - 1600 × 1200 - 236 × 207 - 1200 × 600 - 400 × 400 - 500 × 500 - 600 × 399 - 433 × 145 - 200 × 200 - 1010 × 736 - 2304 × 1728 - 325 × 325 - 600 × 400 - 300 × 300 - 800 × 800 - 400 × 534 -

Lime green colour. Ed Sheeran - Musician, Singer. Ed Sheeran is a singer-songwriter whose unique songs, such as "I See Fire" and "The A-Team," have earned him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Synopsis Ed Sheeran was born in February 1991 in Halifax, England. He began playing guitar at a young age and soon after started writing his own songs.

When he was just a teenager, he moved to London to pursue his music, and his outpouring of creativity added up to several early EPs and hundreds of live shows. Getting a lot of attention with his online performances, Sheeran hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart before he ever signed with a record label. Early Years Ed Sheeran was born on February 17, 1991, in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. It wasn’t long before Sheeran was recording CDs and selling them, and he soon put together his first official EP, The Orange Room. London The Next Level When Sheeran headed to the U.S. that year, he found a new fan in Jamie Foxx, who asked Sheeran to appear on his Sirius radio show. Home | Garden Bridge. Birmingham City University - Sign In. Osklen - Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear - NYFW. Search for "nature products" - ELLE Decoration UK. ‘Stamford’ and ‘Berkeley’ throws and cushions, from £30 for a cushion (£24 with discount) The #EDapproved ELLE Decoration x The White Company edit is our special selection of products by The White Company, from handcrafted bedlinen… Draga & Aurel Dalma sofa by Draga & Aurel, Tactile sofa by Vincenzo De Cotiis, Stripes carpet, Blade floor lamp all Baxter Bauhaus armchair by Draga & Aurel, Berbère carpet, all Baxter Baxter CEO Paolo Bestetti believes that the luxury furniture company’s distinguishing feature is its collection of leathers, which are all produced at… Our ultimate edit of artists’ material suppliers.

Our ultimate edit of interior design showrooms. Our ultimate edit of metalworking companies. Black never goes out of fashion, and this interior by Vipp is a case in point. Online design retailer Such & Such is to launch a pop-up shop later this week at East London’s Old Truman Brewery. Montes Pirineos House | ELLE Decoration UK. 1 of 10 2 of 10 3 of 10 4 of 10 5 of 10 6 of 10 7 of 10 8 of 10 9 of 10 10 of 10 Located west of Mexico City, this striking family home accommodates its tropical surroundings perfectly. For its architects Blancas Moran, also based in Mexico, the design idea was to create as many free-flowing open spaces as possible. Large rooms, like the main stairwell (pictured), allow air to circulate as well as opening the space up for the family to enjoy. To produce a clean, minimal look, the architects used materials like concrete and stone, with warming oak added in the dining and kitchen areas.

The sense of space continues in the garden (pictured), with the stone tiling from the interior ground floor extending out into the grounds. Photography: Rafael Gamo. Elie Saab - Spring/Summer 2015 Couture - Paris. ELIE SAAB looked back to his homeland, Beirut, and a bygone era – the rose tint of nostalgia to guide him and reimagine the glamour of the Sixties in a sugar-coated foray of a collection: delicate sequins, translucent silks and a ruffle of feathers. Just as at Chanel and Armani, we stepped into the natural world – lush leaf foliage leading the models out in their gowns, for Saab is the master of them and knows how to bring to life Disney dress dreams. It wouldn’t be couture without them and he does what he does so very well, this time more feathers than sequins and more swing than sculpt to the gowns – some with petals unfurling as though a butterfly had stopped a moment.

But the most standout pieces were those more contemporary short dresses worn with flats – they were fun and playful and still as glamorous as we have come to expect from Saab. Jessica Bumpus. Giorgio Armani Prive - Spring/Summer 2015 Couture - Paris. AS Armani enters its 40th anniversary year, it felt fitting that this couture presentation would celebrate the ideas that have been fundamental to the designer during his four decades in luxury. And so Giorgio Armani looked to the orient - with bamboo printed in jackets and appliqued onto dresses glazed with a veil of shimmering beadwork, obi belts in lavish satin, and a muted colour palette of greys, blue and sage green. “Nature seen through culture,” the notes described. Similarly, earlier in the day, Karl Lagerfeld had invited us into his Chanel paper foliage jungle.

With a foot now into awards season, lavish feather dresses made for especially standout pieces – no doubt soon to swap the catwalk for the red carpet, where they’ll fit in a treat. In a world where fashion moves forward in the blink of an eye, it's good to sometimes be reminded that true glamour never goes out of fashion. Francesca Burns.

Couture spring/summer 2015 trend: florals, nature. Menu View main navigation Articles View all Trends gallery Photos in Couture: Back To Nature history View your history Fashion Trends Autumn/Winter 2007-08 Autumn/Winter 2008-09 Autumn/Winter 2009-10 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 Autumn/Winter 2011-12 Autumn/Winter 2012-13 Spring/Summer 2008 Spring/Summer 2009 Spring/Summer 2010 Spring/Summer 2011 Spring/summer 2012 Spring-Summer 2013 Spring-Summer 2015 Autumn/winter 2015-16 trends Autumn-Winter 2014 Spring-Summer 2015 Spring-Summer 2015 Autumn/winter 2015-16 trends Autumn-Winter 2014 Use arrows below or keyboard arrows to navigate through images Next Previous Your Vogue history Loading... Disconnected From Nature.

These days we seem to be plugged into everything. Handheld mobile wifi platforms are making it possible to stay connected everywhere we go. Wall-sized, flat screen, high definition televisions dominate our living spaces, feeding us a, never ending, diet of information and advertising. Facebook, Twitter and texting have become the preferred method for keeping in touch with people. There is no doubt that it can be very stimulating to feel so connected and yet it can hardly be denied that there is an feeling of underlying emptiness. We have lost something. The more plugged into things we get, the more disconnected from nature we become. Take a moment to reflect on your daily life and determine how much time you spend in front of the computer, on the phone, watching television, texting, blogging, facebooking or whatever. The bigger the Nature Deficit the more out of balance with the life force of the natural world you are. But something has gone wrong.

The Heart of Nature. Project Wild Thing: a film-maker's campaign to reconnect kids with nature | Film. Film-maker David Bond believes we have a problem. We are raising a generation of children who don't play outside any more. Time spent playing outdoors is down 50% in just one generation. Inactivity and obesity mean children born today have a lower life expectancy than their parents, for the first time ever. Meanwhile, evidence overwhelmingly suggests that natural environments have restorative physical and mental health effects, as well as specifically promoting child development. So children not playing outside, and not engaging with nature, is a big deal. But David Bond has a solution. You may recognise Bond. "There are so many barriers that we've erected between children and nature", says Bond.

Big corporations are also in his sights: "I was using an Apple laptop in the film – that's a classic natural logo being co-opted to market a non-natural product. There is a slight love-hate relationship with technology going on here. The Wild Network's backers appear equally enthused. Nature in View, Nature in Design: Reconnecting People with Nature through Design.

“The more we know of other forms of life, the more we enjoy and respect ourselves…Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life.” — E.O. Wilson A recent, satirical New Yorker piece by Andy Borowitz quoted a fictitious resident who blamed scientists “for failing to warn us of the true cost of climate change. They always said that polar bears would starve to death, but they never told us our lawns would look like crap.” Although this does not represent a real person’s exact feelings, the underlying sentiment sadly has more than a hint of truth. Poorly conceived design visibly divided us in urban areas from our wilds and contributed to our recent ability to see nature as something isolated from us. The separation that we have crafted over the centuries through our isolating designs hasn’t come without costs. “What do we learn from this kind of ‘nowhere’ environment? Schools Hospitals Workplace Cities.

We predict the hottest 2015 packaging trends. As a key part of the marketing process, packaging designers must constantly step up their game — not only to get the design right, but also in order to educate and lead the industry towards more ethical practices. Packaging design holds value so long as it is meaningful for people’s lives, be it through innovation or style. Thus, human needs and desires have to be kept in mind if the results are going to be noteworthy and meaningful.

With those things in mind, here are 9 of the biggest 2015 packaging trends we expect to see this year. 1. Going green Source: Korefe Our planet is a living organism that has to be taken care of as much as we take care of ourselves. It’s sometimes hard to think about the ultimate fate of your package in the midst of creation — ending up in the trash bin. Packaging: The Partners A very good example of how this can be achieved is Stanley’s Honey clay jar that can be used as a plant pot after it has served its initial purpose.

Packaging concept: Steve Haslip 2. 3. 4. A Brief History of Floral Fabrics – Bra Doctor's Blog | by Now That's Lingerie. Its no secret that ladies love flowers, and floral printed fabrics have been a fashionable item for hundreds of years. It makes sense wearing flowers to decorate our clothes; they are pretty, they are symbolic of femininity, and they show the beauty of the natural world. The floral print originates from the east and Asia; throughout history, traders brought fabrics with ornate floral designs to Europe where they sold for very high prices. To have been able to wear these fabrics was a status symbol.

Over time European manufacturers began to copy these fabrics to suit European tastes at a cheaper price, and the rest is history! We first see fabrics with floral designs in the late Middle Ages; Italian merchants traded regularly with Ottoman textile manufacturers and brought sumptuous woven velvets to Europe. Eventually Italians weavers figured out how to copy these velvets, and began to produce luxurious textiles with organic motifs like pomegranates and vines. Information Sources.