Earlier this month in Shanghai at CES Asia, representatives of tech companies large and small filed into a hotel ballroom for a session on designing technology with emotions in mind. Through a handheld radio, I listened to a translation of a presentation by Mianmian Zheng, trend director for WGSN, an international forecasting company. In painstaking detail, Zheng described exactly what consumers want their devices to look and feel like in the coming year. According to her PowerPoint, we are willing to pay for products that feel tactile, handmade, and imperfect—things that appear "pure." We want earthy materials, like ceramic and marble, and warm colors, like chalk white, tangerine, and mint. Retro hints are welcome, but organic patterns, specifically those inspired by algae, are truly ascendant.