Cosy, organised and secure are the words we now use to describe how we want to feel.
These 3 words have become more popular more than ever as the world goes through the biggest shift for generations. Designers have embraced technology using online platforms such as Zoom, for meetings in virtual cafés and coffee shops. Visiting exhibitions whilst we still could and exacerbated by the various webinars over the lockdown months and researching the direction of our industry, the studio has gained insight to the design trends as they unfold.
There has been a seismic shift in what we consider as most important within the home and we have also discovered tangible styles to keep us feeling ‘cosy, organised and secure.’ Images from: Bert Frank at Maison Objet 2020, The ‘Clara’ dinner set by Habitat and ‘Petanque’ by Elena Pelosi for Baboon lifestyle wallcoverings.
Out of the unexpected upheaval and disruption, we have found time to declutter and review. This is reflected in the desire for simplicity. Our expectations have shifted, so we now want our environments to relate to the lives we actually want and to have real meaning. The Float Mirror is by Drugeot Manufacture. These sitting balls by Maurizio Casini have an abundance of personality mixed with function. The kitchen is by Annie Sloan.
Comforting shapes and muted colours which hark back to the 1930’s heyday of a glamorous, carefree existence, are popular in products and finishes as we all spend much more time at home. The need for comfort has never been more prevalent in our daily lives, like this dark grey ‘Radical Sofa’ by Henge or the ‘Hana’ armchair by Simone Bonnani for Moooi. The resurgence of wool, marble, silk, timber and polished metals has come about as these are strong, classic materials which are familiar and long lasting.
There is a strong desire for a return to childhood simplicity through bright colours and playful shapes in furniture and lighting as shown here in Paris. Sideboards, big armchairs, curved lights and drinks trolleys are familiar and established. This acts as our playful escape, especially with the wealth of friendly rounded shapes. Images: Baboon Lifestyle ‘Acorn’ wallcoverings, the Accipicchio by Karman Lighting, and the ‘Inez’ Chandelier by Rosie Li.
With a strong sense of community, nurturing and heritage, many manufacturers have taken this on board by looking at familiar pieces, but using advanced technology for manufacturing. Many designs hark back to the 1930’s heyday of a glamorous feel and grandeur. Images: Galloti and Radice from IMM Cologne 2020, the Suffolk kitchen by Neptune and the ‘Baby Alpaga’ side table by Ibride. They remind us of a glamorous existence, and can be seen in products and finishes.
The need to connect to nature is stronger than ever. We now have more empathy with nature and its limitations, and are beginning to respect it. We want to understand and celebrate this by bringing it into all aspects of our lives more than before. We desire the positive feelings this brings into our lives. Plants and nature will take pride of place as part of the living and working environment. Images: Karman lights, Home and Design Magazine via Pinterest and DPages blog via Pinterest.
Think hanging plants and terrariums in the Kitchen, Living Room, Home Office, Bedroom and Bathroom and wherever you live and work. Low maintenance of course, but beautiful, alive and calming will become part of our daily development.
In summary we are emerging, better informed and more aware, but with an improved sense of responsibility, purpose and direction.