2017 Trends from the Shows
February 08, 2017
A fREsh new year and we return from Maison et Objets in Paris, inspired and in creative mood...
Home and interiors trends don’t so much change abruptly, as gradually evolve from season to season – so, living green is still very much alive! In the form of hanging gardens and foliage, botanical and natural forms. Lush greenery appeared as exotic, tropical, ‘jungle’ leaf motifs on everything from wallpapers to upholstery and crockery. As well as the plethora of natural greens, a new shade was in evidence – an acid yellow/green shade, used in highlights and placement prints.
A subtle twist on the botanical theme has emerged, with a move towards Victorian-style scenes of Caribbean plantations, South sea island palms and wildlife, on cushions, furniture and fabrics. Accompanying the ‘jungle’ feel were flocks of brightly coloured exotic birds, with pink flamingos still centre stage, now joined by toucans, parrots and more subtle avian illustrations, bringing to mind of the journals of Darwinian explorers. We also noticed the use of iridescent glazing and paint, reminiscent of beautiful Scarab beetle wings.
The flamingos looked at home with a ‘50’s-‘60’s ‘Palm Springs’poolside feel, emerging in a lot of furniture design - metal framed canework chairs, sofas and tables mixed with striking black and white prints and highlights of fuschia pink, yellow, lime green and turquoise. Stronger contrasting pattern, in particular black and white graphic prints, seem to mark a move away from the soft, subtle, Scandi-inspired tones of previous years.
The natural cane and wickerwork furniture blended well with a huge comeback for hanging macramé (remember those hours spent knotting string in the ‘70s?!) In fact hanging decor was everywhere – vases, glasses, candles, lighting, plants, flowers, jars. This move towards the natural and away from the industrial trend was also echoed in basket-weave lighting, macrame screens and layers of clear, green and blue glass.
This year’s sensory trend environment was themed ‘Silence’, a walk through experience, which gradually drowned out the noise and stress of our ‘information overload’ world, ending in a haven of peace and tranquillity.
If we were to sum up this year’s show in one phrase, it would have to be ‘getting back to nature’
Top fun exhibit of 2017 though, had to be these incredible soft toy animal chairs, fit for a Narnian queen, or the chorus of Swan lake!