We have come to the end of the #BettaTrends series and we would like to thank Sian and Katie for answering our Interior Design questions this week.
Friday's question - If we asked you to get your crystal ball out and make a bold prediction on where you seeing Interior Design being in 2015 what would you suggest ?
More nickels and warm silvers as designers get fed up working with copper & brass. More space age fabrics and textures as technology advances, more intricate laser cut work as it becomes more affordable to create. The mixing of industrial style with period detailing. Provenance, heritage and authenticity remaining and growing as key factors in design, development, specification and purchasing. Pale timbers will make a comeback. Lace. Reflective surfaces. Moroccan detailing. That's enough guesswork! :)
Morrocan Interior Design
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I'm more about changing spaces for people's changing lives, rather than slavishly following the next trend which will be hot for five minutes then the shelves cleared ready for another. What's important is designing an interior to suit your lifestyle and personality, making space for a home office, a more convivial kitchen or creating a bathroom to wallow in for example. I love evolving design but don't see the point of trying to create trends for the sake of it.
Home Office style
In 2015, we still won't be moving homes willy nilly, so the focus will be on creative, practical but amazing storage, on adjustable spaces and furniture, on working from home without it feeling like an office, on displaying & curating your beloved items and on making your home flow, making the rooms seamlessly feel like a cohesive whole - and you don't achieve that interior design nirvana by blindly following trends.
The design industry seems to be in recovery, so perhaps trends will start to move more quickly again, but I don’t predict a massive shift away from the macro-trends described earlier. There are the rumblings of a backlash against all things Scandinavian, with recent articles and television programmes starting to highlight the dark side of these countries’ cultures and question the pedestal on which we hold them. That said, the things we admire them for, a slower pace of life, an appreciation of what we have, and investment in quality, will continue to influence design.
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Design schools are increasingly focusing of “design for good” with briefs for students often focusing around how design can make people’s lives better, so user-centred design, and even co-created design, is likely to increase as these students enter the workforce and set up their own practices. And the need for sustainable design solutions isn’t going to go away.
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Micro-trends will probably come and go more quickly as the economy recovers, but these are very difficult to predict. Yellow and grey has been popular for a long time, and there are signs that orange and perhaps even neon orange could replace finally yellow in this combination. Innovative small space living solutions will only continue as living spaces become more crowded. Normann Copenhagen’s Pocket Organisers are a particular favourite.
Normann Copenhagen’s Pocket Organisers
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As the economy recovers, people will start to move away from the past (eg vintage, MidCentury, shabby chic, 80s revival) and start looking towards the future.