Japandi style –combining Nordic sobriety with Japanese natural beauty–, blond woods, terrazzo, wicker and jute. Coral, yellow, turquoise and coal. This year, the organic, the natural and the alive are trending.
For yet another year, London-based studio FranklinTill and color expert firms Pantone and Benjamin Moore, top trend-prescriptors in the design world, show the way for great global brands in the design of their collections. All three seem to agree: when picking materials and colors, the norm shall be a link to nature –maybe as a reaction to the digital world?– and the effect upon contemporary spaces is a clear invitation to a deeply comforting and nourishing tactile experience.
Ironically, “no-trend” is one of the clearest trends this year. Rebelliousness, the forsaking of rules and specially imperfection and impermanence are now design primers.
As Belgian trend analyst Niek de Prest says: “The no-trend trend is now seen more than ever in interior design: what used to be bad taste or a sign of poverty is being reinvented as good taste.”
1. THE TOUCH OF A GLANCE
Textures, textures, textures. Fabrics for furniture upholstery and wall coverings invite us to touch, to feel. Velvet, wool, linen, silk: interweaving, as well as heavy, complex textile construction, independent of style, geographic zone or climatic conditions. Indulgence and deep hues (decadent or vibrant, but never neutral) constitute the heart of contemporary spaces.
2. A TROPICAL HEAT WAVE
This trend, seen a couple of years ago, comes back in force bearing enormous ceriman and palm leaves. Toucans and other exotic birds, insects in impossible sizes, flowers and botanical patterns will be the new stars of spaces through furniture upholstery, cushions, rugs, bed linens and wall coverings.
3. MAXIMALIST GEOMETRY
Quadrifolios, stripes, squares and chevrons in contrasting colors, often woven or printed in natural fibers. Print techniques such as Ikat and repetitive patterns will be present in the moodboards of interior designers the world over.
Though picking a single color among the infinite array of the existent would be limiting as well as sterile, it is now 11 years that Pantone has chosen one hue every year, based upon consumer preferences and the behavior of the users of fashion, lifestyle, new technologies and art. Violet last year, apple green and rose quartz for the preceding editions.
“Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color, vibrant yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”, in the words of Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone.
5. HYBRID MATERIALS
According to textile field entrepreneur and researcher platform MoOD+Indigo, we are at a crossroads between the trend for natural fibers and the demand for long-lasting, high-performance materials. The combination of synthetic materials with natural fabrics is getting more and more diverse and sophisticated. Fabrics made from previously unheard-of fibers such as nettle, seaweed or soy coexist with textiles produced through nanotechnology with futuristic finishes.
Imperfect is perfect. Handicrafts, restored textiles, apparent seams, frayed edges, the patina of time. This aesthetic and philosophic movement of Japanese origin reminds us that life is imperfect and that we are alive and therefore mobile and not static. Sustainability, longevity, naturalness and authenticity can be breathed in every space.