There are nine key trends that we feel are worthy of mention for Spring 2017 — three colours, three materials, and three moods — each with the potential to run for the long term, and all combining to create an overall picture of the current interiors mood for the first quarter of this year. Here’s the summary: the why, how and what!
1 Painterly Prints One of the key flavours of Spring is a new kind of pretty. Delicate, gentle and specifically, rendered as if in watercolour. These are patterns to inspire close-up inspection and incredulation. It is testament to the power of digital printing that many look as if the artist had literally just lain down their brushes. It’s a version of 21st Century craft. All the look of the hand-done but brought to you instantly by the metre. Your only dilemma will be how to use them. Curtains might be a touch too much for most, but how about a tea towel? You know it makes sense.
2 Contemporary Craft This idea follows on from ‘Painterly Prints’. This is about items that resonate with the hand of the maker. Things that feel individual, instead of one of many off a production line. It’s about wobbly pots and irregular plates. Rough textures and wood that shows the marks of the lath or chisel. Things that look as if someone cared about their manufacture. But as above, in 2017, many of these finishes can in fact be simulated by modern manufacturing methods; the one-off look pot may in fact be one of a batch. But the point is in how they feel, and the design language which defines them. The intent is there, and things that feel unique, if not authentic, are what we need to surround ourselves with.
3 Tattooed Textures This trend is the point at which ‘Painterly Prints’ and ‘Contemporary Craft’ coalesce. How? It is pattern for those that don’t generally ‘do’ pattern, and it is texture with the look and feel of the handmade. I’ve called it ‘Tattooed Textures’ because the designs are generally pierced into the material concerned. Imagine hefty concrete planters punctured by a delicate dotting that traces filigree lines all over it’s rough hewn surfaces. The point is the juxtaposition of a single surface finish with the enrichment of detail. It’s not required, but it simply makes it prettier And that’s not a word used often in design. But here it is welcome, necessary and important.
The overall aesthetic is one of adornment. And a celebration of that adornment for the sake of it. It has no function but to delight the eye. And this moment is a recognition that perhaps, that’s actually the most important function of all.