Trend Report: A/W 2017
Forecast by Interior Stylist, Louise Parker, Director of Studio Gabrielle
Our forecast on the latest trends, products and materials that you need to know about for A/W 2017. Just like fashion, interior trends are constantly changing, even between seasons. Interior stylist and director of Studio Gabrielle, Louise Parker, describes the 5 key trends informed by international projects and 2017’s design shows in Milan, Paris and Stockholm: Millennial Pink, Coloured Marble, 70’s Deco Revival, Scandinavian Minimalism and Terracotta Tones.
#01 MILLENNIAL PINK
This season, colour is less pop and more sophisticated. The infamous ‘millennial’ pink has increased in popularity since Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2016 ‘Rose Quartz’. Blush, rose quartz or millennial pink, however you coin it, is being used everywhere. Highlighted by Marc Ange’s Le Refuge at Salone Del Mobile in Milan, which was the most Instagrammed installation of the event. A huge achievement with over 20,000 exhibitors.
The Stabile side table by Max Enrich adds clean minimalist lines to soft pink tones, avoiding turning the space into Barbie’s dream house. Add transparent elements in furniture and accessories, the Flower Vase by Marimekko or Gala Coffee Table by Habitat. Be bold or subtle, your choice. Introduce a feature wall in the bathroom with Techtile’s Concept Three: Nordic, a hexagonal mosaic tile with varying textures - use as an accent on the shower or bath wall.
Above, right: New players to the game, Zakkia. A young Australian homeware brand, supplied in the UK by online store Trouva. Pair pink with on-trend terrazzo for two trends in one, use white terrazzo for contrast. With a combination of brass and black accents, add warmth, statement punches and bring the hue into Autumn/Winter.
(Left to Right) Concept Three: Nordic Collection (Decor-A-CCH102) by Techtile London, Tall Terrazzo Pot Vase by Baruch, Stabile by Max Enrich, Planter Ottoman by Knoll, Flower Vase - Clear by Marimekko, D.154.2 Armchair Gio Ponti by Molteni&C.
#02 COLOURED MARBLE
Marble has moved on. Since high-street brands took the trend as their own, it is transitioning from traditional whites in Carrara and Statuario, toward coloured marble. Let’s face it - it’s been around long enough. Think peaches, blush pinks and inky blacks for a punch of colour. Since Pantone’s Colour of the Year announcement of ‘Greenery’ olive has transformed into 2017’s mint and emerald, even Celine are using green marble in their stores worldwide, together with green inset carpet. If budgets are tight, a good solution is using porcelain tiles instead of natural stone. Porcelain alternatives are even used in high-end international developments. Design mogul, Sir Terence Conran describes green as having a “calming effect in the home and an ability to combine well with numerous colours”.
Use a combination of emerald, warm metallics and off-white. The 367 Hola Chair by Cassina in a light grey textured fabric is the perfect compliment to an all white dining table with subtle green accessories like the Marble Wall Clock by Menu (in collaboration with Norm Architects). For something extra special, add the ceramic form sculpture by Roger Krasznai as a centrepiece to the dining setting.
(Left to Right) Prestige Collection (PTG106) by Techtile London, Marble Table by Ferm Living, Catch Lounge Jaime Hayon by &Tradition, Ceramic Form Sculpture by Roger Krasznai, Marble Wall Clock by Menu, 367 Hola Chair by Cassina.
#03 70’S DECO REVIVAL
It seems like we can’t shake 70’s mania, with fashion bringing back wide leg trousers, frilled sleeves and crushed velvet. Paris Fashion Week saw the encapsulation of numerous iconic styles that are still wearable today. Interiors are no different. Flos are championing the revival through decorative lighting, in collaboration with Michael Anastassiades. Try out the Angle Collection as pendants which add pools of seductive ambience. Curvaceous and geometric shapes in conjunction with a bold, sophisticated use of colour and rich metallics to add glamour. This trend comes from a place of impeccable taste. Think layering of smoked glass, dark marble, walnut veneer and oversized furniture.
Glamorous 70’s inspired interiors are layered, theatrical and elegant. Go bold with furniture, try a mixture of classic reclaimed pieces with inspired designs from today’s hottest brands including Gubi, Bethan Grey and Kelly Wearstler. Create a statement in any living space with a mix of old and new. Milo Baugman’s curved velvet club chair, accessorised with Hay’s simple gold tray set on a side table. If you are looking for furniture or accessories inspired by the 70’s revival, The Conran Shop is the perfect one-stop-shop to go with many original pieces that have been reproduced on display. Including: Gio Ponti, Arne Jacobsen, Frank Rettenbacher and Eero Saarinen.
At last, terrazzo is back. Seen across bathrooms and kitchens as an accent finish, adding a welcome relief to single tonal spaces. Inspired by Martin Boyce, try using brass bands that outline the slabs to add extra glamour. Australia has seen this terrazzo take off on a huge scale with architects and designers using it in developments across the country - both in bathrooms, kitchens and accessories. Championing the 70’s Deco Revival Trend, use a combination of terrazzo, 70’s key colours of burnt orange and emerald green to add theatrical elegance to any space.
(Left to Right) Revival Collection (REV104) by Techtile London, Curved Velvet Club Chair by Milo Baugman, Sculptural Curved Sofa By Ico Parisi, Angle Collection by Michael Anastassiades, Gold Tray by Hay, Beetle Chair by Gubi and Gamfratesi.
#04 SCANDINAVIAN MINIMALISM
Pale but elegantly interesting. The Scandinavian trend is often overlooked as ‘bland beige’ by maximalist advocates, however, the Nordic palette highlights craftsmanship and attention to detail. Light tones accentuate minimalist surfaces of marble, travertine and multi-tonal white. These surfaces maximise light, creating a sense of spaciousness and serenity - the defining characteristics of the Scandinavian Minimalism trend.
Drawing inspiration from our favourite cities of Stockholm and Copenhagen are well-known brands Hay, Menu, By Lassen, Muuto and New Works offering timeless design to the mass market. Championed by UK retailer Skandium. These brands focus on the finer details, rather than bold statements for a look that exudes modern elegance and promotes eco-sustainable materials.
Left: Use London Designer, Klemens Schillinger’s concrete tabletop accessories inspired by architectural archetypes, in any space. Tapware can make a huge difference, stand out by using matt black or blend in gloss white finishes. This trend is all about timelessness, for metallics try chrome rather than brass or copper. Especially in the kitchen, the Scandinavians love their native brands like Georg Jensen and Stelton.
(Left to Right) Prestige Collection (PTG109) by Techtile London, Cestita Lamp by Santa & Cole, 684 Chair by Cassina, Ball Vase by Cooee Design (available in small, medium and large), Caledonia by Robert James Collection, Flower Pot by Lyngby Porcelain.
#05 TERRACOTTA TONES
Brown has taken over, with the introduction of terracotta and tan tones. Danish studio Norm Architects use terracotta as their accent colour, mixed with neutral white wash wood floor and blended yarn curtains for Kinfolk magazine in Copenhagen. Brown was seen all over this year’s design shows in Milan, Paris and Stockholm in all types of materials. Using different textures and tones to create a space that exudes timeless elegance - woods, fabrics, glossy surfaces.
Blended with timeless tan leather, the warm hue wraps effortlessly around the Bollo armchair by Fogia. Use glass elements to add transparency, use a fluted Ripple Carafe Set by Ferm Living, which also adds texture. Combine contrast and interest with white objects from Lyngby Porcelain, a classic Danish brand, which are both unique and utilitarian. Supplied in the UK by Trouva.
Like the ‘Millennial Pink’ trend, terracotta and brown tones work beautifully with the warmth of brass and cool monochromes. Keep it clean and avoid clashing - with any statement colour, stick to a set palette of no more than 3 colours in a singular space. Above, left: Design Studio, Tham & Videgard use terracotta tone leather to accent a Member’s Club in Stockholm. Chosen to invigorate a place for creatives to congregate.
(Left to Right) Provence Collection (PRV104) by Techtile London, Aplomb Wall Light by Foscarini, 528 Indochine by Cassina, Chapeau by Lyngby Porcelain, Ripple Carafe by Ferm Living, Tonella Armchair by Sancal.
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