Banyan is collection of unique contemporary pieces that speaks to the Australian market without being cliché. The brand embraces the organic elegance of nature and will make a great addition to any homewares store. We chat to Becki Hopes, head buyer at Robert Mark about its homewares brand Banyan, the latest trends and innovations.
1 When it comes to trends, what can we expect from Banyan in 2019?
We have a fairly consistent colour palette and like to keep things nice and neutral―we aren’t necessarily swayed by the latest colour trends. At Banyan Home, we are inspired by nature and embrace an organic feel. Our ranges aim to invoke a feeling of calm and serenity. We are currently working hard on our AW 19 range and look forward to launching that early in 2019.
2 What is your top styling tip?
Have a good mix of textures and finishes―especially when it comes to textiles. It will always add to the interest in the room.
3 Can you see 3D technology influencing the homewares industry as it has with for example furniture?
Absolutely! We already use 3D printing for some of our new product developments and sample mock-ups. This will definitely be an area that will grow leaps and bounds over the next few years.
4 Tell us more about your products?
Currently our outdoor range from our SS 18/19 range has been huge. What sets it apart from other outdoor ranges is the synthetic woven material. It looks very much like a woven jute/cord but is actually suitable for outdoor use. With the teak bases it gives a beautiful natural look different to most other outdoor options in the market.
5 How important is sustainability and being ethical for Banyan?
Very important and being ethical is something that we want to pride ourselves on. We feel we have a responsibility to do the right thing when it comes to our selection―for the environment and for the workers.
6 Over the last five to 10 years, what innovation stood out for you in home décor?
Anything is art. Art has transformed from a standard canvas on a wall to paper art, rugs on walls, tapestries/macramé, baskets and woven items as art. People are much more creative with their walls and what they choose to adorn them with.