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Top 100 World Trends in 2012

From Storm-Locating Maps to Tomato-Throwing Photography

— January 19, 2013 — World
World trends cover categories from travel to the hippest hotels around. 2012 can best be described as the year of the storm, as devices and social media sites all allowed for instant sharing of these global events.

From tomato-throwing for fun in certain parts of the world, to staying in an underwater hotel, trends from the past year demonstrate how the public is constantly looking for new ways to explore their surroundings, and are even willing to take more risks. These events are usually always documented on sites such as Facebook and Instagram too.

Understand world trends in further detail by looking at the forward-thinking ideas put forward by various companies and other like-minded travellers with the Trend Hunter World Trend Reports.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Half-Country Hotels
Half-Country Hotels
The Arbez Franco-Suisse Hotel Lies Directly Between Switzerland and France
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99
Ochre City Captures
Ochre City Captures
The Modern Weekly China 'Marrakech Midi' Editorial Stars Exotic Elise Crombez
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98
Tribal Goddess Captures
Tribal Goddess Captures
Earth Child by Jeskaa Designs Connects with Mother Nature
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97
Fly-In Campgrounds
Fly-In Campgrounds
Go 'Glamping' at New Zealand's Luxurious Minaret Station
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96
Horse Crop Circles
Horse Crop Circles
The 'Walking Drawings' by Evewright are Masterpieces
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95
Passport Stamp Ads
Passport Stamp Ads
The Developing World Connections Campaign Urges International Volunteering
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94
Textile-Inspired Wrappers
Textile-Inspired Wrappers
Monggo Chocolate Packaging Expresses the Elegant Detail of Batik Dyeing
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93
Artistic Scannable Codes
Artistic Scannable Codes
Tourist QR Codes Make Business Artistic in Sydney
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92
Patriotic Olympic Apparel
Patriotic Olympic Apparel
Summer 2012 Adidas Originals Olympic Gear is Great for the Games
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91
Molten Metal Morphitecture
Molten Metal Morphitecture
This Tokyo Night Club Merges Sculpture and Architecture
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90
Lederhosen Runway Looks
Lederhosen Runway Looks
The Carlos Diez Fall/Winter 2012 Line Offers a New Twist on Tradition
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89
Jenga-Inspired Eateries
Jenga-Inspired Eateries
The Innuendo Restaurant by Bluarch Architecture Features Grid-Like Accents
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88
Intimate Sky-High Hotels
Intimate Sky-High Hotels
The Banyan Tree Bangkok Resort Allows You To Escape to the Extraordinary
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87
Shocking Sin City Stats
Shocking Sin City Stats
The '7 Reasons Nothing Leaves Las Vegas' Infographic Gives Tourist Truths
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86
Satellite Storm Snapshots
Satellite Storm Snapshots
NASA Helps to Capture Monstrous Hurricane Sandy Pictures
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85
Billboard-Defiling Doodles
Billboard-Defiling Doodles
The cARTographyTO Street Art Hacks Into Sidewalk Ads
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84
Comical Tourism Slogans
Comical Tourism Slogans
'It's More Fun in the Philippines' Campaign Goes Viral
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83
Creased Architectural Wharfs
Creased Architectural Wharfs
The Structural Geometry Pier Unfolds into a Dramatic Bayside Building
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82
Culture-Inspired Seating
Culture-Inspired Seating
The Colima Chairs by Rafael Mayani Make Many References to Mexico
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81
Modernized Ski Lodges
Modernized Ski Lodges
The Chalet Beranger is Completely Contemporary But Still Cozy
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80
Organic Lumber Lodgings
Organic Lumber Lodgings
Trunk House by Paul Morgan Architects is Assembled from Trees On-Site
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79
National Face Distorting Contests
National Face Distorting Contests
Spain's Ugly Competition is a Breath of Fresh Air
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78
Submerged Hotels
Submerged Hotels
The Water Discus Underwater Hotel Allows You to Vacation in the Sea
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77
Gripping Geisha Artistry
Gripping Geisha Artistry
Mila Losenko Renders Beautiful Japanese Women in Ornate Dresses
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76
Parallel Life PSAs
Parallel Life PSAs
The 'Drugs Set Your Timeline' Campaign Appeals to Impressionable Facebook Users
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75
Tropical Hut Nightclubs
Tropical Hut Nightclubs
The wNw Bar by Vo Trong Nghia in Vietnam is Shabby Chic
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74
Girly Graffiti Installations
Girly Graffiti Installations
Mademoiselle Maurice Rainbow is Beautifully Bold Street Art
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73
Restored 300-Year-Old Homes
Restored 300-Year-Old Homes
Le Marche Villa by Wespi de Meuron Architekten Makes Living to Die for
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72
Tomato-Throwing Photography
Tomato-Throwing Photography
Spain’s Tomatina Fest Draws in People of All Backgrounds
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71
Floating Movie Theaters
Floating Movie Theaters
The Archipelago Cinema Offers a Watery Film Experience
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70
Psychedelic Asian Art
Psychedelic Asian Art
Casper Kang Renders Images Utilizing Traditional Eastern Motifs
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69
Handy Cycle Stands
Handy Cycle Stands
The Tactil Bicycle Rack Gives a Friendly Wave to Local Cyclists
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68
Imaginative Child Graffiti
Imaginative Child Graffiti
The Interactive Paintings by Ernest Zacharevic Beautify Malaysia
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67
River-Infused Residences
River-Infused Residences
The Nico van der Meulen Architects ‘Ber House’ is Luxurious
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66
Fake Hurricane Features
Fake Hurricane Features
The Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos are Trolling the Internet
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65
Vintage Oriental Artwork
Vintage Oriental Artwork
Don Hong-Oai Echoes the Traditional Asian Art
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64
Cartoon Cat Cuisine
Cartoon Cat Cuisine
The Hello Kitty Dreams Restaurant Opens in Beijing
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63
Logogram-Inspired Lodgings
Logogram-Inspired Lodgings
The Ampersand Hotel is Inspired by the Cultural District It Resides in
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62
Residential-Style Accommodations
Residential-Style Accommodations
The James Chicago Hotel Boasts a Warm and Modern Design
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61
Unaligned Unconventional Lodgings
Unaligned Unconventional Lodgings
Cocoon Suites Twist to Typical Hotel Rooms
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60
Flat Field-Inspired Abodes
Flat Field-Inspired Abodes
The Harvest Pavilion Takes Architectural Cues from Agricultural Land
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59
High-End Hovering Tent Hotels
High-End Hovering Tent Hotels
The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge Rests Atop the Tatai River
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58
Portable Personal Archipelagos
Portable Personal Archipelagos
Orsos Islands are Luxurious Floating Homes That Drift Along the Sea
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57
Delicate Delectable Branding
Delicate Delectable Branding
Hatziyiannakis Dragee Pebbles Packaging is Simply Sweet
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56
Vintage River Boats
Vintage River Boats
Aqua Expeditions Introduces the First Luxury Cruise of the Amazon
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55
Statuesque Subway Shoots
Statuesque Subway Shoots
The Moscow Metro by Alena Nikiforova Series is Portrayed as a Museum
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54
Storm-Locating Maps
Storm-Locating Maps
The Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map Helps to Prepare for This Natural Disaster
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53
Floating Futuristic Hotel Designs
Floating Futuristic Hotel Designs
Philip Kuzevski's 'Three Spirits' Concept is Daring
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52
Underwater Webchitecture
Underwater Webchitecture
Aquaria Floating Pavilion Behaves Like Coral Amidst the Swell of the Sea
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51
Celestial Circular Bottles
Celestial Circular Bottles
5 Olive Oil Packaging Exudes the Perfection of its Contents
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50
Chromatic Chasm Architecture
Chromatic Chasm Architecture
This Istanbul Disaster Prevention Center Has a Vibrant Volcanic Form
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49
Contemporary Luxury Chalets
Contemporary Luxury Chalets
Acacia Cliffs Lodge Offers a Warm Stay with a Cool Design and Setting
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48
Battery Pack Suitcases
Battery Pack Suitcases
Jung Inyoung's Rolling Luggage Concept Provides Power in a Pinch
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47
Deep Sea Sand Sculptures
Deep Sea Sand Sculptures
Yoji Ookata Discovers Giant Underwater Crop Circles
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46
Submerged Luxury Nightclubs
Submerged Luxury Nightclubs
Check out The World's First Underwater Music Club in the Maldives
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45
Urban Nigerian Fashion
Urban Nigerian Fashion
The Kezia Frederick Graduate Collection is Vibrantly Layered
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44
Affordable Lavish Inns
Affordable Lavish Inns
Hostal La Buena Vida Lets You Travel in Style Without Breaking the Bank
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43
Portable Pocket Tents
Portable Pocket Tents
Martin Azura Has Built a Convenient Shelter for Minimalists
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42
Superstitious Film Noir Shoots
Superstitious Film Noir Shoots
Vogue China March 2012 Features a Hitchcock-Inspired Editorial
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41
Extreme Outdoor Oasises
Extreme Outdoor Oasises
The Waldseilgarten Resort in Germany Offers Fun and Challenging Adventures
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40
Space-Shifting Sushi Bars
Space-Shifting Sushi Bars
Sushicafé Avenida in Lisbon is Far from Traditional
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39
Inflatable Frame Tents
Inflatable Frame Tents
The Heimplanet Cave is Inspired by the Shape of a Diamond
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38
Playful Portuguese Interiors
Playful Portuguese Interiors
The Remodeled 227 Flat by OODA Merges Acrobatics and Architecture
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37
Modern Monastery Remodels
Modern Monastery Remodels
The Sant Francesc Convent Mashes Medieval Architecture with Contemporary
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36
Prodigious Accessory Pavilions
Prodigious Accessory Pavilions
Beijing World Jewelry Expo is an Epic Edifice to Exhibit Tiny Items
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35
Luggage Sound Systems
Luggage Sound Systems
Case of Bass Upcycles Vintage Suitcases
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34
Monumental Apostrophe Offices
Monumental Apostrophe Offices
The KHNP Headquarters Maps the Path of a Spinning Electron
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33
Winsome Warehouse Interiors
Winsome Warehouse Interiors
The Appartmento AL Takes Industrial Chic to the Minimalist Extreme
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32
Storm Destruction Photography
Storm Destruction Photography
These Beginner Hurricane Sandy Photos Are Devastating
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31
Aerial Volcanic River Photography
Aerial Volcanic River Photography
The Andre Ermolaev Icelandic Volcano Pictures are Stunning
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30
Boxy Pop-Up Shops
Boxy Pop-Up Shops
The LNG Mobile Store Concept Turns from Truck Bed to Expansive Spread
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29
Boldly Framed Barns
Boldly Framed Barns
The Casa Pre de Sura Treats Surrounding Views Like Large Living Pictures
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28
Fairytale Flower Tunnels
Fairytale Flower Tunnels
The Fuji Garden is Dream-like
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27
Majestically Modern Miami Hotels
Majestically Modern Miami Hotels
The St Regis Bal Harbour Resort is a Luxurious Paradise
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26
Plywood-Clad Cottages
Plywood-Clad Cottages
The Stealth Barn Minimizes Its Material Palette for a Modern Look
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25
Underground Seaside Restaurants
Underground Seaside Restaurants
The Summer Cave is the Most Romantic Place to Dine in the World
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24
Pixelated Panel Interiors
Pixelated Panel Interiors
G Clinic 7F Features Contemporary Partitions for Patient Privacy
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23
Solitary Tundra Residences
Solitary Tundra Residences
The Reykjavik House is a Cozy Retreat Amid an Icy Landscape
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22
Structure-Wrapped Interiors
Structure-Wrapped Interiors
In House Wing, Architecture and Furniture Design are Uniquely United
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21
Heavy Hovering Dwellings
Heavy Hovering Dwellings
The Casa en Pocafarina Seems Impossibly Suspended in Solid Concrete
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20
Mexican Maven Fashion
Mexican Maven Fashion
The BellJar Spring 2012 Lookbook is Inspired by Frida Kahlo
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19
Airplane-Adjusted Wheelchairs
Airplane-Adjusted Wheelchairs
Skycare Chair is Optimized for Aircraft Maneuvering and Independence
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18
Fresh Vintage Branding
Fresh Vintage Branding
Lucky Layla Farms Packaging Employs an Old Style for New Products
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17
Amphibious Airliners
Amphibious Airliners
Shabtai Hirshberg’s Airplane Concept Makes Use of Aquatic Runways
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16
Open-Concept Box Abodes
Open-Concept Box Abodes
The H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio is One Modest Home
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15
Open-Plan Garage Abodes
Open-Plan Garage Abodes
Harley in da House Lures Vehicles into the Living Room
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14
Transparent Pod Lodgings
Transparent Pod Lodgings
The Attrap Reves Hotel Allows Guests to Stargaze in France
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13
Rustic Baking-Inspired Restaurant Décor
Rustic Baking-Inspired Restaurant Décor
Pizza Farro Adorns The Ceilings With Vintage Rolling
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12
Seductive Shipwreck Photography
Seductive Shipwreck Photography
The Amina by Fulvio Maiani Editorial is Sensual and Sand-Filled
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11
$21-Million Apartments
$21-Million Apartments
'The House' in Tokyo is the World's Most Expensive One-Bedroom Apartment
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10
Mountain Forest Lodgings
Mountain Forest Lodgings
The Treehouse-Style Ecotagnes in the Alps is a Snowy Paradise
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9
Storm Preparation Photography
Storm Preparation Photography
Prepare for Hurricane Sandy with New York Precautionary Measures
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8
Luxury Floating Hotels
Luxury Floating Hotels
The M/V Aria Cruise Ship Travels Along the Amazon River
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7
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
The Caves of Civita Hotel in Sextantio Italy Offers Primitive Luxury
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6
Individualized Hilltop Hideaways
Individualized Hilltop Hideaways
Intimate Architecture by David Garcia Studio Overlooks Vineyards
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5
Magnified Modern Hobbit Homes
Magnified Modern Hobbit Homes
These BAUEN Luque Residences are Scaled-Up Sophisticated Hill Houses
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4
Cubbyhole Sleeping Quarters
Cubbyhole Sleeping Quarters
This Menuires Ski Resort Apartment Compartmentalizes its Occupants
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3
Portable Wooden Huts
Portable Wooden Huts
Robust Outdoor Brands' POD Houses Make for Eco-Friendly Camping
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2
Portable Crate-Like Cabins
Portable Crate-Like Cabins
The Whangapoua Sled House is Designed for Adaptable Beachside Living
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1
Cantilevered Wooden Cabins
Cantilevered Wooden Cabins
Utriai Residence Holds an Impossible Position Lifted Up from the Lawn
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