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Tencel gives forecast to fast-moving industry

NEW YORK — Light, color, surface, pattern and product are the key issues for home furnishings for fall/winter 2005/2006.

At the same time, "We are living in an era that is moving so fast, the trends are almost over at once," remarked Jo-An Jenkins, publisher/editor in chief of Jenkins UK which prepared the forecast for Tencel.Discussing the impact of light on home fashions, Jenkins pointed to five elements — sensual, atmospheric, shadowed, silhouetted and receptive — as influencing fabric colors and textures. Each of these can break up pattern, create emotion or create seductive sensual effects, she said.Color will be developed from a broader point of view than before, embracing a range from uplifting to the obscure — which involves a startling approach to bringing colors together. A "naughty" approach is taking blues into the tonal range occupied by pinks and corals, Jenkins said. And for chromophobes, she says there will be a cautious, more gentle approach to color.Pattern will be influenced by technology, most specifically digital, computer-generated art and graphics as well as photographic, with applications of photography on products of every kind. Important directions will be naive, playful, artsy-craftsy looks, and craftwork ranging from appliques to pattern-on-pattern and images from nature.

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