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Trendspotters in Spain: Kim Lewis

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Silestone Trendspotter Kim Lewis’ trip to Spain was alive with color. The streets, food, shops, and architecture all played into her work on developing colors with our team. Hear her perspective on the trip.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how do we remain one when we grow up”, famous words by the Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.
This last month, the Silestone Trendspotters traveled with Silestone USA and Cosentino to the land of this incredible visionary. Walking the streets of Barcelona, I cannot help but understand why artists like Picasso and Antonio Gaudi were so inspired.

Silestone hosted the Trendspotters in Spain with two goals in mind. The first part? We were tasked with scouring the streets of Barcelona for trends in design and color. (That was easy…inspiration is everywhere!)
From bikes, produce markets, store fronts, architecture…

And don’t forget the gelato!

There’s no doubt the map of Barcelona is full with streets of color…

The second part of our Trendspotters trip, we ventured down to the Silestone factory in Macael, Spain. Around a table, 5 designers from different regions of the US sat as one unified team to discuss design trends, colors, textures, materials and ideas for improvements in the solid surfaces industry. Fellow Trendspotters include Julia Buckingham (Chicago), Courtney Cachet (NYC), Kerrie Kelly (Sacramento), and Mark Williams (Atlanta).

Two things I loved about this meeting… One: The mutual respect we all had for each other as creative professionals. It was electrifying to sit at a table with cohesive, passionately creative people. The stars truly aligned for what will be the “Designer Series” from Silestone, to be revealed at KBIS 2015 in Las Vegas. On the flip side, there was so much admiration for what the Cosentino team does on a daily basis. They actually wanted our feedback, and took an unlimited (ALL EARS) approach on improvements for their product.

Brainstorming colors for new solid surfaces, we gathered around this table with markers and glue sticks. I couldn’t help but think back to Picasso’s point. YES! All children ARE artists! And now I find myself around a table with adults who have chosen to KEEP BEING ARTISTS. I guess you could say, we were just BORN TO COLOR.

We gave honest feedback on dozens of Silestone and Dekton slab designs in development.

Ideas that emerged from this group are truly exciting. There may not be a big bus Extreme Makeover: Home Edition style, but the reveal of this new Silestone series will be no less exciting! (And of course our celebratory dinner was Spanish style in the outdoor courtyard of a cathedral at sunset…I mean…).

Thank you to Silestone and Cosentino for trusting our vision as designers enough to send us half way around the globe!

See the post on her personal blog here.


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