January 13, 2016 by Jeff Lowen
Is keeping up with the Jones’es your style? Perhaps, just being aware of the latest interior design mojo is your interest so you can put your own flavor on it and make it your own. Well, here’s a few ideas of what’s in for 2016 from some of the top interior design and decor minds to kindle the burn for your vogue!
- ROUNDED FURNITURE
“It started with the iPhone,” said New York designer Wesley Moon, who’s noting a curvy trickle-down aesthetic in home décor. English designer Rachel Laxer loves the execution of B&B Italia’s Oskar table: “It’s a racetrack shape, almost a rectangle, with the sexiness of curves.” Radial and bullnose edges soften hard materials like marble, said Glenn Lawson of Lawson Fenning in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Los Angeles designer Timothy Corrigan asked, “Who doesn’t want to rub their hands along a smooth, rounded piece of marble? Touch is essential to design.” And who am I to argue? Those square corners growing up as a kid, lambasted my forehead, then my stomach, then my leg… Rounded corners would’ve been much appreciated to an energetic childhood!
- BLACK METALS
“There is nothing fussy about iron and blackened steel,” said Mr. Butera. No longer sidelined as the metal for overwrought outdoor furniture or bed frames, the decidedly unflashy material is appearing as simple hardware, bathroom fixtures and even flatware, said British interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Contemporary designers, such as Jasper Morrison blend it with wood and glass, or sometimes create entire pieces of matte black metal. “Welders are the new rock stars,” enthused New York designer Julia Haney-Montanez. This doesn’t make me want to don a mig-welder and spark my garage on fire, but I like the simplicity.
- OLD-WORLD ORNAMENTATION
“People want the traditional and dressy, with a shot of nostalgia, to feel like everything is going to be OK,” said Tobi Fairley, based in Little Rock, Ark. In 2016, look for brocades, tapestries and Georgian and Empire antiques. Fringe, cording and tassels “soften the austerity of modern upholstery,” noted Kirill Istomin, who has offices in Moscow and New York. Expect, too, dramatic drapes. “Rooms without curtains are like a man in a suit without shoes,” said British designer Kathryn M. Ireland. This doesn’t really trip my trigger, but it might yours. I like the modern, progressive attitude, myself.
- MEXICAN MIDCENTURY MODERNISM
Mexican designers who practiced in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, such as Arturo Pani, Eugenio Escudero and Pepe Mendoza, “cling to the clean lines of [American and European] midcentury modern,” noted Jonathan Savage,a designer in Nashville, “but many of them also place a high importance on mixing materials—wood, metal and stone.” South American designers, including Jorge Zalszupin, are also coming into vogue for “uniquely shaped pieces in exotic rosewood and jacaranda,” said Perry Walter, a designer based in Decatur, GA. I’ve always appreciated the look of the conquistadorial explorer. Simple, articulate and robusto!
- SCANDINAVIAN FLAT WEAVES
“With elegantly balanced geometric compositions, these rugs are a sophisticated answer to the omnipresent neutrals and sisals,” said Los Angeles designer Madeline Stuart, who is fond of early-20th-century designs from the company Märta Måås-Fjetterström. The somewhat folksy carpets adapt to a variety of contexts. “The restraint of Scandinavian design works with both contemporary and traditional interiors,” noted San Francisco designer Heather Hilliard.
What about checking your life zone for style that’s just not anymore? What’s out for 2016? Read on, you trend-setting Jedi!
- SISAL AND JUTE – Of these two types of fiber rugs, sisals are the tougher but also the rougher.
- OPPRESSIVE MIDCENTURY MODERNISM – “I love Don Draper as much as the next guy,” said Mr. Butera, referring to the lead character of the 1960s-set AMC series “Mad Men,” “but we have to move on.
- THE INDUSTRIAL LOOK – Joe Lucas of Lucas Studio in Los Angeles considers “industrial chic” an oxymoron.
- FACETS – “We’ve grown tired of items that feel sharp, hard and mechanized,” said Los Angeles designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal, sensing a certain facet fatigue.
- ROSY METALLICS – In 2015, copper and rose-gold metals so dominated, they’ll be identified with the year.
Whether you jump at the chance to “Trend-Up,” or you wait until your friends suggest your home is like a museum… Each of our unique styles are individual and says a lot about us. The amount you choose to let the new trends influence your taste is always a beautiful thing!