The MOOD is ceramic


Trend and design concepts
Now that the present has little to offer us we turn to history for inspiration. It becomes clear that old traditions and the richness of our culture offer us time to reflect on the routines and rituals of today. Thus, we are inventing the future by looking at the past. Back to the future!
Hilde Roothart
MOOD Concepts is a publication on trends and design concepts concerning colour, material and shape.
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The MOOD is black


Trend and design concepts
It is a time for grief, to mourn the things we have lost. We experience the loss of faith in the people and things we used to take for granted. However, if we change our behaviour (from big systems to small-smale production and consumption, from economic to ecological growth) we can make a fresh start.
Hilde Roothart
MOOD Concepts is a publication on trends and design concepts concerning colour, material and shape.
More information about this publication. Pre-order now.

Build the future industry at LaFutura 2013

LaFutura 2013 is ready to welcome you on board! Pin your perspective in The Future Navigator industry map during this international co-working unconference. Meet partners and future clients who can add value to your business.

Register on to explore, connect and build the future industry together with experts and professionals working with trends and the future, from trend researchers to scenario planners and from concept developers to innovation managers.


You will be able to take home with you:
1. a framework of the future industry of today
2. a road map to the future industry of tomorrow

And next to that you will:
• become a part of an international network of forecasters, researchers and innovators
• share ideas and insights with a group of specialists and experts in the field
• gain knowledge on methods and instruments that will add to your expertise and profession

The early-bird price is € 245,00 excl. VAT until September 15th 2013 (normal price € 295,00 excl. VAT). This includes:

• meet and greet in Amsterdam at the DoubleTree Hilton on Sunday (Nov 10th)

• co-working unconference at Pllek on Monday (Nov 11th)

• drinks, lunch and dinner at Pllek on Monday (Nov 11th)

• farewell breakfast at the Rijksmuseum on Tuesday (Nov 12th)

You will find more information on For any questions, feel free to contact us at Spread the word #lafutura2013 and join the conversation.

On behalf of the Amsterdam team of LaFutura 2013,
Erica Bol, Djenny Brugmans, Siang-Lan Go, Monica Kiezebrink and Hilde Roothart

Afropolitan on PantoneVIEW


African cosmopolitan
A new generations of Africans are escaping the cliches and stereotypes that generally explain the African society. A group of cultural innovators that call themselves Afropolitans is attracting the attention. Afropolitan combines the words Africa and cosmopolitan to describe a temporary generation of Africans. The term was introduced in 2005 by the author Taiye Selasi in the essay ‘Bye-Bye Babar’, or ‘What is an Afropolitan?’. In 2011 the Victoria and Albert Museum convened the symposium ‘Africans in America: The New Beat of Afropolitans’, featuring authors, musicians and artists alongside Selasi. MsAfropolitan (miss Afropolitan) is the award-winning blog of Minna Salami, blogger, writer and commentator on African feminism, society and popular culture.

Taiye Selasi is also the author of ‘Ghana Must Go’, at once a portrait of a modern family, and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra and Lagos to London and New York, this novel teaches that the truths we speak can heal the wounds we hide. Her books are accompanied by the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. ‘Americanah’ examines blackness in America, Nigeria and Britain, but it’s also a dissection of the universal human experience. Spanning three continents and numerous lives, the novel is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world.
Hilde Roothart
Read the story ‘Afropolitan’ on PantoneVIEW.