Who is the future in trends? San Francisco Design Center suggests 30 under 30, and we’ve shortlisted three: Thang Dao, Jonah Becker and Erich Melé. We like their left of center/futuristic view that fashion is best viewed as an amalgam. To envision how a woman’s body would move in his creations, Thang Dao taps the sounds of world music transporting the fluidity to inspire rhythmic tops and lyrical hemlines for his “Fresco Couture” collections. Jonah Becker, an industrial designer by title successfully dives into technology, fashion, home design and sports related projects via his firm ONE and co. From the implementation of state of the art manufacturing technologies for Burton Snowboards to using LCD technology to create ultra-light watches for Nike, Becker is putting his stamp on the future of some of Americas premiere brands. Erich Melé architects environments that include glass, steel and concrete which when combined create “futuro” spaces with a retro-modernist feel. Melé created Reflect.com, a space-conscious cosmetics retail area that plays with raw elements, supple materials, silk fabrics, cool reflective surfaces and soft curves reminiscent of the female form to deliver the warmth of a soothing spa environment. What are we to expect from these designers in the future? More breaking down of the boundaries between the various aspects of fashion, music, industrial design and architecture that will lead to the creation of a new type of fusion design. Fortunately, we will not have to wait long — this is all currently in the making.
- Georgia Alexandra Davis