Trend Theatre

Open to all SURTEX participants (exhibitors and attendees) on a complimentary basis!

What is it?
A unique theatre where you can gain insight and inspiration from world-renowned trend forecasting companies! Daily presentations will focus on the latest trends impacting industries as diverse as home and accessories, textiles, tabletop, fashion, paper, stationery, packaging and gifts, through fabulous imagery and insider commentary.

Thirty-minute presentations are scheduled every show day – THREE sessions per day.

All sessions will take place at the Trend Theatre, located on the SURTEX Show Floor.



Consumer Insights and Trends for the Upcoming Generation – Gen Z
10:15am – 10:45am
Presented by: Sarah Moore 
Founder of Design Chomp, a creative consultancy and forward-thinking design blog, Sarah Moore discusses the shifting the focus from Millennials to Gen Z, and embracing the “future consumer” / Key design trends for the upcoming Juniors/Young Men’s markets, with a focus on print and pattern.

Typography Takeover!
12:45pm – 1:15pm
Presented by: Melissa Schulz and John Mavrakis, ideaologie
In this concise presentation, Melissa Schulz & John Mavrakis from ideaologie discuss the importance of typography in the consumer products world we live in, found on literally every type of product! In the social expressions and gift industries alone, we have seen a dramatic shift in the last five years with an abundance of designs that are more type dominant. To stay both relevant and relatable to today’s consumer, understanding the trend and importance of typography in all product categories including the sought after home furnishings and gift markets is critical.

Everyday Beauty: Exploring Macro-Trends for Inspired Design Ideas
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Presented by: Renee Jacobs
The design industry and even trend forecasting itself are changing.  A radical revolution is on the horizon.  Exploring several long-term macro trends, Europe-based trend forecaster Renee Jacobs will present the important overarching global themes and explain how they will continue to impact design in the years to come.


A Study In Contrasts
10:15am – 10:45am
Presented by: Patti Carpenter

Join Global Trend Ambassador, Patti Carpenter, on a journey through emerging international macro trends in color, print, surface design and materials with a focus on their influence on the current US home and gift industries.

A Visual Journey: An Exploration of Top Color Palettes, Themes & Materials
12:45pm – 1:15pm
Presented by: Stacy Garcia
Join Stacy Garcia, an established leader in the world of design, and preeminent forecaster of color and design trends for a dynamic, informative session. With brands like Stacy Garcia Commercial, Stacy Garcia | New York, and Stay by Stacy Garcia, Garcia brings a fresh and forward-thinking perspective to her inspired product collections that include textiles, carpeting, wall coverings, furniture and lighting.

Printspiration and Product
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Presented by: Nancy Fire and Dani LoCastro, Design Works International

How seasonal color & trends by Design Works International are interpreted by hi-fashion designers, retailers and artists using custom design and digital printing by First2print.


World Color Forecast™ 2017+
10:45am – 11:15am
Presented by: Mark Woodman, Past President Color Marketing Group
Experience an international view on color as Mark Woodman, Color Marketing Group’s past president, presents a fast-paced overview of emerging color directions. Gleaned from ChromaZones® and conferences in Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and North America, you’ll have a preview of the key stories, and their colors, that will soon ignite around the world.

Unfolding a Colorful Disguise for Autumn-Winter 2017/18
12:45pm – 1:15pm
Presented by: Laurie Pressman, Pantone
Color is at the heart of all we do.  Fulfilling our intrinsic desire for change, we apply color to our walls, the cars we drive, the face we see in the mirror each day and of course the clothes we wear.  To disguise oneself is to live in a micro adventure.  With its ability to transform our appearance and our perceptions in any given moment, color is both the ultimate form of creative expression and the definitive disguise.

Home Interiors 2017/2018
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Presented by: Dan Nazario, Milou Ket
A discussion of trends featuring 6 themes spanning spring to winter 2017/18. Each theme is shown with its corresponding colors plus more than 200 inspiring materials and images that match the themes colors & characters.