This year, the stagnant trends shattering not only interior but some other design industries are overshadowed by finer and less noticeable experimentation. Instead of radical shapes and materials — a careful reinterpretation of familiar wood, marble, and metal. Here’s our round-up of eight common directions spotted at New York Design Week 2016.
1. Mesh and perforation
Big holes, small holes, irregular holes — the show has never been so abundant with all things perforated. Brushed steel is topping the observation, but more intricate wooden and plastic panels were present too.
A rethinking of the fascination with bioforms of the early 2000s combined with the color palette and humor of 1960s, the punchy rounded corners were smoothing the austerity of metal and marble.
3. Wired Metal
Airy and theatrical, wired poles, lights, and objects manifested that the industry has mastered all the intricacies of working with metal.
4. Nordic Colors
A delayed call from 2010, delightful shades of pink, orange, blue, and green were at times the only component of Nordic design successfully copied by local design firms.
Urban textures: concrete, cement, bricks, and blocks added some delightful charm standing next to traditional leather and wood.
6. Mixed Materials
Attempting to shake the mafia of traditional furniture design, some companies, big and small, experimented with combining surprising textures and colors. Among the most common once were copper+marble and metal+wood.
A new and very humble direction in interior design inspired by all things abandoned and aged. An echo from wabi-sabi (Japanese aesthetics of imperfection) these pieces were closer to the artistic end of the interior spectrum.
8. Coated Metal
Friend of many modern furniture designers, sleek sheets of coated metal allow building precise, almost architectural interior pieces, by creating the interplay between flat and deep surfaces.
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