Here at Brabantia we like to keep an eye on what’s coming up as the next big thing in the design world, and it looks like bright and bold will be the key look for both interiors and fashion. Expect to see loud patterns, a kaleidoscope of colours and unusual textures.
On the catwalks we’ve seen sculpted, clean lines and blocks of white, black and red silhouettes in Givenchy’s gypsy-inspired spring collection juxtaposed with a patchwork of patterns. Marc Jacobs’ resort collection is a crazy riot of vivid, oversized print patterns in florals and chequerboards, and we simply adore the cheeky fur and tassels in Fendi’s 2013 spring collection.
This clash of colours and textures is all set to transfer to interior design too, particularly in the use of textiles and soft furnishings. The future for walls we think is particularly exciting.
Interior designers are increasingly using paint to create surprise and intrigue with a playful use of trompe l’oeile.
Many designers are also challenging our notions about how to paper our walls. Weitzner for instance are using cinema posters and newspapers as inspiration for their latest wallpapers, while Kristel Erga creates magnetic, three-dimensional wall treatments which bring the exterior into the interior by using nature as inspiration.
The popularity of sustainable design continues to grow and, as with ‘make do and mend’, upcycling is slowly but surely moving into the mainstream. Upcycling, or the creative and imaginative re-use of waste materials for practical and aesthetic purposes, is a buzz word you’ll hear a lot in the coming years.
Some key upcycling designers include Hendzel & Hunt and Zoe Murphy. And do check out the delightful ‘Flip Flop’ story from Studio Schneemann, relating the journey of discarded shoes washed up on an East African shore through to their transformation into a stunning collection of unique design objects.
What are the latest design trends to catch your eye? We’d love to hear about your must-haves and you never know – you might just see them featured in a future Trend Monitor post!