If you’re an interiors aficionado, you’re probably across the latest trends. Green is having a moment as Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year, while you may have noticed big brands also making waves, such as Ikea’s new, stylish homewares range, and Myer’s exclusive homewares partnership with UK giant, John Lewis. So, we’ve asked two Australian designers, Samantha Eades from Samantha Eades Design and Neometro's Lochlan Sinclair, Design Manager to weigh in with their own top trends, so you can source style like a superstar.
Words by Annie Reid
According to Samantha Eades, Director, Samantha Eades Design, we should watch for:
1. The unravel
This is defined as randomness, natural and unstructured forms appearing in fixtures and furnishings. Organic shapes and the integration of nature bring a strong sense of calm, but also freedom. The end user reveals the pattern in their own mind, embracing low technology, old crafts, simplicity, earned know how and skills. It’s the perfection in the imperfection.
2. Industrial twist
This influence is still simple and not over designed, yet its look and feel is combined with the rawness of the true industrial look e.g. screws and rivets are on show – not hidden. There is also a return to 1950s brutalism, where clever handcrafted construction highlights the purity of the design. It can be seen in the recent combinations of metal, marble and wood in one small piece of furniture.
3. Feminine Tribe
Women are better represented more than ever before, and we’re seeing a move towards individuality and experimentation. Old materials and folk influences are being crafted with a contemporary, feminine edginess, such as bold shapes and colours played off black, whites and greys. Folk crafts are celebrated and modernised, while woven patterns and textures are applied in all forms – from fabrics to furniture.
Meanwhile, Lochlan Sinclair, Design Manager, of Neometro predicts:
4. Modernist influence
Neometro embraces new textures, finishes and materials to create buildings that mature with age and stand the test of time, and our design aesthetic has always been rooted in a modernist heritage. We recently partnered with furniture destination, Modern Times to furnish a newly completed apartment at our Nine Smith Street project and the interest this garnered confirmed to us the resurgence of this movement within the design industry and wider public.
5. Not being afraid of colour
When used correctly, colour can add richness and depth when designing the interiors of small spaces. The use of colour within our projects is carefully considered to ensure that it’s adding to a room while, on the other hand, still allowing owners to express their individuality through furnishing.
Concrete as a material has fantastic qualities that are not only aesthetically beautiful but incredibly functional as well. Neometro has long included concrete as a key material around which each project’s interior palette is formulated.
7. Adaptable floor plans
When designing our new Jewell Station apartment project in Brunswick, our core criteria for good interior design was well considered internal planning and providing all the functionality and livability of a house, albeit within a smaller space. Not only must homes be well located, well designed, well built and beautiful, but also adaptable to suit the key lifestyle considerations of their end users.
About the Author: Annie Reid
Annie Reid is a qualified journalist, professional copywriter and published author with a passion for everything bricks and mortar. For many years, she’s written thousand of stories for newspapers, magazines and clients around the world. Somewhere between the heady buzz of headlines and deadlines, she discovered a niche for creating tailor made content for the property, real estate, architecture and design industries. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying a Masters in Publishing and Communications, both from the University of Melbourne.
To find out more about Samantha Eades work visit www.samanthaeades.com
To see more of Lochlan Sinclair’s work with Neometro visit www.neometro.com.au
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