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Designer Resolutions for 2016

Posted by on December 29, 2015 in Trends

When it comes time to list off resolutions for the new year, I always offer this advice: Make one that is attainable (for instance, I would like to drink a glass of wine per day … for health reasons); make one that can easily be achieved in less than three hours (I plan to learn how to French braid, a skill every aspiring Victorian lady should know); and make one that is impossible but sounds cool when you say it out loud (I’m going to get my pilot’s license).

Nudo Ramen Spokane WA HDG Design and Architecture 4

Josh Hissong says community and social gathering spots will be all the rage in 2016, like his Nudo Ramen House in Spokane, Washington.

But design resolutions can run the gamut. We asked some designers what they’re hoping to see in 2016 (more gray, enduring design, more comfort), and what they’re happy to leave behind in 2015. Sorry, rustic design, things do not look good for you.

CarolBentelCarol Bentel, partner, Bentel & Bentel Architects

What is your 2016 design resolution?
I would like to engage the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in a discussion to add an interiors award into their larger awards program, similar to the Twenty-five Year Award. It would be nice to have an equivalent award for enduring and significant interiors (and also an award for urban design). Personally, I want to design more furniture, so I can design in the realm that really touches people.

What can we expect to see in 2016?
My students in the New York City College of Technology hospitality management program were designing dessert/wine bars—perhaps a coming trend. Clients are opting for casual environments and using old buildings rather than seeking new sites—a trend I see continuing and increasing.

What design trends are you looking forward to leaving behind in 2015?
I am tired of peeling paint, cracked leather, and retro themes. I am happy to leave multifunctional spaces that feel that way behind. Let’s figure out how to make them enduring. Translate what we have to do—which is to focus on energy consciousness, climate change issues, and emerging technology—into what we want to do. It can be fun!

headshots_0017__joshwantsthese_3Josh Hissong, principal, HDG Architecture

What is your 2016 design resolution?
Continue to create cool [spaces].

What can we expect to see in 2016?
A return to comfort. The idea is evolving into something related to a sense of community and social belonging as opposed to traditional notions of personal comfort. The really great places are creating opportunities for people to interact and celebrate their part in the identity and the growth of their community. The best places are doing it without anyone noticing. Look out for those.

What design trends are you looking forward to leaving behind in 2015?
The belief that “good” design is popular or trendy. Though trends in products can dictate availability of certain products, these should never dictate good design.

Sarah Smallwood HeadshotSarah Smallwood, senior interior design manager, Marriott International

What is your 2016 design resolution?
My goal is to search for new sources of inspiration in unexpected places. As an industry, it seems we’re all gravitating to the same beautiful projects and photos for inspiration, and everything is starting to look and feel the same—all around the world. I’m challenging myself to search for the unique and unexpected and to try to see things with a fresh perspective.

What can we expect to see in 2016?
I’m really excited to see more of these sophisticated pastels coming into interior spaces. And I love all of the design possibilities in blending warmer metal hues. I’m still rooting for gray to hold as a strong neutral; I’m not ready to go back to beige just yet!

What design trends are you looking forward to leaving behind in 2015?
I’m happy the Marsala moment is now behind us. Can we also please be done with barn wood? I’m so tired of the rustic and reclaimed look. It’s time for something new!

STEPHANIEGOTO PORTRAIT 2Stephanie Goto, principal, STEPHANIEGOTO

What is your 2016 design resolution?
Focus on honing our voice and sensibility of practice, creating immediate physical experiences within a built environment at a multiple of scales involving all the senses. I want to bring this point of view to work with our best clients.

What can we expect to see in 2016?
As we embrace technology, we will continue to be inspired from the beauty and art of the handcraft. I continue to look to Japan and Scandinavia for the care and understanding of ingredients to spark innovation.

What design trends are you looking forward to leaving behind in 2015?
My wish is for the airports of New York to learn from the great experiences and innovations created in the hospitality world to improve exponentially the first impression and define a moment of arrival to this great city.

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