Friday, 23 November 2012

3 Surefire Signs that Fad has Finally Faded!

Now, I'm not a big one for trends as such (buying into them, that is), but I do keep a keen eye on what's new and I also pay close attention - annoyingly so - to when a particular fad or micro-trend is getting past its sell-by-date.

So how do you know when a fad has truly faded, when it's time to keep your hard-earned cash in your wallet?

Here are my top 3 signs it's time to look elsewhere ....


1. When you can even find it in BigW, or worse still, it's languishing unloved on the bottom shelf or in the bargain bin

Remember where this all started?

Melbourne-based PrintDolls came up with these striking tram destination scrolls back in .... 2009? Maybe earlier.

All things typography have seen a huge resurgence in the last few years, but methinks cheap cushion versions, it's time to leave the big brother house.


2. When it's been ripped by everyone and their mother and it's in every burger joint or bar in town

I only sorta mean this, because certain designs get ripped off due to their awesomeness, and we can't all afford the real thing. "A Chair", designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1934 and distributed by Tolix is one such awesome classic. Done to replica death, but I still love it!


3. When a pattern or design you love ends up on a mouse mat

My beloved dandelion clocks! But do I need it on a biscuit tin, bed linen, a make-up bag, a magazine holder etc etc etc - surely not!

Orla Kiely - love Stem and just about all your other designs. On a cupcake though? Not your fault I know, but seriously?

And yes, the one on the right is actually .... a mouse mat.


Here endeth the lesson!

Til next time, Nx


Tram scroll image via Apartment Therapy

A Chair via

Biscuit tin available at

Cupcakes via

Mouse mat available at