February is a short month (and also, how is it only February?), but only two months into the new year we can already see that 2017 will focus on saturated colors, even more of that Millennial pink, and some sophisticated takes on old classics.
There’s no doubt these trends we’ve seen popping up are going to be an important part of the design world moving forward. And you can already see them in the recently opened Hoxton Amsterdam and Wheat Youth Arts Hotel (both in our February issue) where bright colors mix with a more neutral palette, while also being richly textured.
Here are three trends on our radar:
This trend checks off all the boxes for those inclined to a more relaxing lifestyle but who like to look good doing it. Is there nothing more rewarding than being sedentary but also being elegant? There’s the outdoor approach in Dedon’s Brixx and Holly Hunt’s Manta Ray Divan, the contemporary pretty-in-pastel Mass daybed series from Hong Kong studio Lim + Lu, and Smilow’s revival of the Rush Daybed, originally designed in the 1950s.
2. Pairing Pink and Teal
If you, like me, used the cyan background with hot pink font in all your AIM conversations in the 1990s, then this trend is for you. Think of it as a more saturated take on Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year (pastel pink and baby blue). It’s a color scheme that hits peak nostalgia, but also enhances the color blocking trend that is still popular. Masquespacio’s Toadstool collection for Missana is specifically smart about this as are its hanging lights for Raco. Meanwhile, Sebastian Herkner brings intrigue to the color scheme in his Caribe outdoor collection for Ames Sala.
3. Brocade-Inspired Patterns
Brentano’s recent launch of its Meiping collection (meaning plum vase) showcases this trend at its very best. The sophisticated patterned design complements its textural look, while the soft neutral gives it an elevated style. While texture and rich fabrics remain prominent, this is another way to make upholstery tell the story of the design.