I am releasing today TIME OUT which is one of the trends that belong to the 4 Interior Design & Lifestyle Trends S/S17 that I usually only share on Trend Talks. If you follow the Trend Posts Series, you might recognize a couple of subordinated trends over here.
This Lifestyle Trend Summer/Spring 2017 talks about taking a deep breath. It’s a story that comes from our instinctive need to express ourselves in a world that is, at times, lost in a rush of souls chaos.
It is an anti-digital and essentially a quiet, sensitive, contemplative, inward-looking narrative where time and introspection are the current luxury.
Our home is our spa. We flee into a world of beauty, focusing on simple, healing rituals. In a moment of high demand of working results, our emotions, feelings and desires are often covered by a second skin.
When we talk interior design, it’s safe to say, we are seeking for authenticity, being ourselves at least in our own homes, within one’s own four walls, where we simply can sit back in a our lounge chair that gives us the comfort as if it was a second skin.
Keywords always help to to understand the HOW of a trend and probably make its reading easier. Second Skin is a concept we have already explained on the blog. Sense of Ease refers to a much needed lay back attitude at our homes being surrounded by a rather tech-free environment. The Cosmetic Look is shaped by the color palette you’ll see below. Overgrown is another subordinated Micro Trend published in this article. Our craving for Sensorial Pleasure is influenced by the much talked about Tactility Trend. Materials are soft, velvet and leather are rich fabrics that are used, whereas silicone and rubber make an appearance, too. All together they give a feeling of Understated Luxe when combined with noble wood and marble. And finally, Biomorphic Shapes are suggesting the forms of living organisms such as we can see with melting and flowing shapes of objetcs and furniture.
Objects and materials that are used venerate and cherish the handmade and rare such as these light, semi transparent pieces.
The inlaid pieces, due to their flexibility and ease in manipulation, can be attached and wrapped around the body. The colour and the translucent quality of the material used can give the illusion of an ‘inlaid’ skin as the surface of the accessory becomes almost one with the skin, or a three dimensional extension of the skin. Mandrescu takes it a step further however by integrating her designs to blend seamlessly with the body. While the cutouts are occasionally backed with silk or lace, the primary surface is skin itself, using body glue for the application. It’s a perfect example for our Second Skin approach.
You remember the keyword of Sensorial Pleasure? The Lebanese artist has created a series of marble sculpted pleasure tools. Each emphasizes on different body senses through a set of peculiar brushes.
Issay Miyake asked Nendo us to make furniture out of the pleated paper that is produced in mass amounts during the process of making pleated fabric, and usually abandoned as an unwanted by-product. Our solution to his challenge transformed a roll of pleated paper into a small chair that appears naturally as you peel away its outside layers, one layer at a time.
Resins added during the original paper production process adds strength and the ability to remember forms, and the pleats themselves give the chair elasticity and a springy resilience, for an overall effect that looks almost rough, but gives the user a soft, comfortable seating experience.
This designer duo collaborates with artisans and craftspeople to produce handmade heirloom designs made from locally-sourced materials. All you probably want to do is touch their fringed half moon mirror and feel the soft texture, which again, leads us to the Tactility Trend.
Charlotte Kingsnorth is an industrial designer with an artist’s vision but she is inspired by function. The human form has always been a strong influence in her design work with organic, and biomorphic forms. She is a natural ambassador for one of our keywords.
“I was really inspired by the shar pei dog, where the fat is something I find really attractive,” said Kiil. This object belongs to the Overgrown Trend where pieces seem to melt and grow out of their structures invading the negative space that surrounds them. We have been writing about it a while a go, right here.
The ceramicist gives us another illustration of the concept of flowing and spilling over. The concept behind the Soft Folds series is to give the glaze a key role by watching it at its melting point-and stopping the temperature then.
a body of skin by studio 9191 by Gigi Barker is a furniture collection that explores the intricate subtleties and varieties of the skin surface. In order to sit on the chair, physical contact must be made and in so doing a connection is formed between skin and skin.
Artist Angélica Dass created the Humanae Project, an attempt to catalog all possible human skin tones, to challenge the idea that we can be accurately described as black, white, red, yellow—or beige.
Dass started Humanae, which she calls a “pursuit for highlighting our true colors,” in 2012. She began by photographing her family members (she takes volunteers now), then taking an 11×11 pixel sampling from their nose and matching it to a Pantone color, which is then used as the photo’s backdrop.
The Skin Collection is a reaction to the 25-30 percent waste produced by the furniture industry. The furniture is found on the street or secondhand and modified and then covered in pieces of leather leftovers. What creates this amount of waste are things like the organic shape of the animal, its scratches, damages, scars and unmatching colors after dying. The cover grows slowly around the object where colors blend together with the entire process done by hand.
This is just another wonderful way of talking about Sensorial Pleasure by this artist. The sensations are enhanced with ordinary and unconventional materials such as eyelashes, feathers and hay. Sweep has soft bristles created by strands of dried grass.
This is essentially a quiet monochrome palette with paper whites, graphite grey, cosmetic shades from blush, dusty rose and are combined with cinnamon and brunette, stone and grey blue to black.
And finally, you can see the matching trend mood board I set up in one of my Moodboarding For Professionals Workshops right here:
Have a wonderful week ahead. G, x