A huge trend we saw during this year’s Milan Design Week was the use of coloured and stained glass in furniture and design items. But don’t panic we don’t mean the type you are used to seeing in church windows; designers such as Patricia Urquiola and The Campana Brothers are using brightly coloured or stained glass in graphic shapes with bold cut-outs in furniture, lighting and decorative items. We’re not saying knock out your windows and replace them with stained glass but maybe a credenza or a lamp would be a good place to start.
Living rooms like bathrooms
It’s the place you go to relax and rejuvenate at the start or end of your day so why should your bathroom be a stark and hard space with nowhere to sit or relax. The bathroom is becoming the new haven for relaxation, so much so that we’ve seen recent residential projects with fireplaces and even sofas in bathrooms. Just make sure you choose furniture and textiles that can withstand being in a humid environment. For example, a Merino sheepskin makes an excellent bathmat and adds an instant feeling of luxury to a tiled room. Just make sure the room is well ventilated and hang your sheepskin out to dry as often as possible.
Ombré as a trend has been and gone and come back again, or perhaps it never really left. Either way, the ombré look, where colours fade from light to dark, or vice versa, has a dramatic effect when used on almost any furnishing or product in the home from sofas to curtains, floor rugs and furniture. Wool is an excellent and versatile textile for capturing this trend. Try first with a single ombré cushion or woollen throw and work up towards a full sofa or curtains.
Design using 3D printers
There is no end to the list of products 3D printers can now create and we’re expecting to see even more in the homewares and interiors world in the coming months and years. Keep your eyes out for both decorative and practical items made using a 3D printer such as lamps, candleholders and vases. As more individuals purchase their own 3D printers we expect to see a lot more consumers filling a gap for something they couldn’t find by designing and making it themselves at home.
The gallery wall trend is here to stay, for now at least. The trick here is gathering all those smaller artworks, prints, posters, wool tapestries, photographs and framed objects together and doing a trial run on the floor or table before you hang. The collections of interestingly framed pieces you see on the front covers of magazines might look like they were haphazardly arranged to perfection but in most cases a lot of thought and planning has gone into it. Put the pieces you have together and see which do and don’t work then map out on the wall where you will hang them before you start hammering nails into the wall.
llustration: Barry Allen Patenaude