Winter 2021

CnTFactory’s Trend Report

 Top Colour and Trim Trends

The CnTFactory looks for innovations and new materials in fields such as architecture, art, fashion, and design. For winter 2021, the team examines a range of materials and trends ‑ from rattan and bio polymers to timber and printmaking. Follow them here for more / Instagram @cntfactory

Timber Terrazzo

Foresso use high quality British timber that is unsuitable for joinery due to defects or odd sizing to create a versatile surface material that mimics terrazzo. Both pleasingly modern and classically styled, terrazzo can be found everywhere – from restaurant entryways in Belgravia to flooring in the London Underground.

Foresso designer Conor Taylor uses wood chips with a stone-like feel to make the surface consistent and durable by optimising the ratio of timber to resin-binder material. Produced efficiently and at scale, Foresso only uses FSC-certified timber and always sources locally.

Digital Bedouin 3D Embroidery

Digital Bedouin 3D Embroidery was created by Samson Shafran in collaboration with Stratasys and explores the art of 3D printing on textiles. The technique concerns applying colour to thousands of tiny modular printed units, which are then added to calf suede to ape the process of hand embroidery.

“The interpretation of the Haute Couture embellishment through the new technology of direct 3D printing on fabric is bound to provide, not just a valuable new addition to the clothing range, but to underline the emerging new role of a 3D modeler as artisan and craftsman,” says Shafran.

Paint Carving

Multidisciplinary artist Hannah Jensen uses her printmaking background to create intricate artworks. Starting from a board painted with 40 to 80 layers of various shades of acrylic paint, Jensen uses etching and carving technique to peel away the paint, creating a picture full of depths, textures, and shadows.

Getting her inspiration from nature, coupled with her specific topographical carving techniques, allows Jensen to reveal several different hues or stick to a more limited colour scheme. The results are detailed images rendered in negative relief that emphasise the texture and tonal variations between paint colours.

3D Printing Food Waste

The process of transforming organic food waste from a variety of sources and communities into bio polymers ready for 3D printing enables the creation of sophisticated, yet biodegradable products. Examples include Ohmie – a table lamp made from orange peels created by Milan-based Krill Design. Another example is the Co.ffee Era range ‑ multitude of coffee waste printed products. The studio is researching a durable biopolymer that is also easily composted in nature or in domestic settings.


French artist and designer Aurelie Hoegy creates sculptural seating pieces using rattan. Investigating the major themes of our time, from regenerative farming to the survival of craftsmanship, Aurelie’s rattan creations add another dimension to the traditional use of the natural fibre. The artist leverages all the qualitative and creative potential of rattan by exploring the innate energy of the material itself to bring the pieces to life.

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