I’ve been working on Archaic Simplicity – Interior Design Trend Autumn/Winter 2017/18. This trend has taking me weeks until I had it right, and I know it’s still going to evolve during the upcoming month.
We’re still going back to the roots. Archaic Simplicity is the response to fanatic lovers of the era of technology. The wording ‘archaic’ is marked by the characteristics of an earlier period or prior to full development.
We talk a certain simplicity of volumes, forms, or design.
But more over it’s a way of wanting to live with a pinch of rebellion. I had been writing about a trend called Into The Wild a couple of years ago, where a more sauvage approach to nature was the ultimate challenge for adventurers and nature lovers.
But this goes even deeper. It’s an almost nonconformist approach to the primitive, getting back to raw materials like food and processing them as little as possible. Distressed knitted work remind of fish nets, looking humble and basic responding as a signal to primitive (looking) handcrafts.
Erupted volcanos and black lava serve as an inspiration of prior times, when live was a little rougher. And less contaminated. It’s this burnt look that comes across as mystique and basic as seen on the ceramic pieces above and lava plates below.
Shoes, clothes, food, accessories and art are influenced by roughly textured natural fiber weaves, primitive rough-hewn stonework, shaggy fiber piles, or even inter-woven tree branches.
Talking art, Andy Goldsworthy, a brilliant British artist collaborates with nature to make his ephemeral creations. His goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as he can working with twigs, leaves, stones, snow and ice, reeds and thorns.
And of course, when talking nature and rather primitive forms of living, there is always a tribal approach, often alienated and serving a visual purpose rather than wanting to offer an anthropological study. Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger (pic top left) is an excellent project has inspired many disciplines with attempting a very personal take on the hunter-gatherer-farmer evolution, and eventually becoming urban.
In a nutshell, Archaic Simplicity symbolizes the (raw) relationship between mankind and nature, and recalls ancestor habits and routines.
And of course, I made a mood board of it. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s in the header of the landing page, and you can check this post where I used a few additional images. G, x