Curious Trends - Interiors

21/09/2012

The home of the future - YO! Home at 100% Design

All the world’s a stage – or at least it could be, according to Simon Woodroffe, creator of YO! Sushi and Yotel, and originator of a novel new purpose-built home of the future. His 800 square foot flat utilizes the mechanics of stage scenery to do all sorts of unexpected things. Each shell apartment is configured to maximize space: For instance, by way of a false ceiling and a false floor, the apartment shrinks and grows in size at the press of a button.

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12/11/2011

Funky, folk inspired furniture and home accessories


Folk inspired crafts, materials and patterns will dominate the home furnishing market for the next couple of years. Designers the world over are adapting original folk handicrafts to create funky updated versions of traditional furniture and homewares. Here are some examples:

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07/11/2011

Mystery, shadow and suspense in interiors and design art


Interior designers appear to be increasingly concerned with what you don’t see than what you do. Furniture and lighting are being especially designed to create intriguing shadows as, once again, the curiosity factor comes into play.. Artists and designers have also been playing with themes of mystery and hidden secrets…

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03/09/2011

Privacy and space saving designs for the shared/starter home


With fewer than ever getting onto the UK property ladder, most young people find themselves sharing rented accommodation for much longer than anticipated. Sharing facilities places a new emphasis on personal privacy, and a greater awareness of how space can be maximized for mutual benefit. In addition to this, the ongoing desire to cocoon ourselves away from the economic downturn, poor climatic conditions and social unrest, has led to some inventive solutions by young designers:

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23/06/2011

Modern mosaics


As traditional architectural detailing is restored to its former glory, classical mosaic designs are making a comeback in interiors and home accessories, and antique mosaic artefacts are becoming increasingly sought after. Whilst emulating the style of original mosaics from the past, many of the newer designs take on an inventive new twist.
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21/05/2011

Exotic flora and fauna in decorative art and interiors


There’s been a floral trend going on in fashion for quite a while. This season, interiors and decorative art are leading the way with more exotic flora and fauna. Botanical prints, unusual butterflies and bugs, serpents and uncommon species of plant and flower are starting to appear. Bright colours and bold designs are being seen, alongside detailed prints on fabrics and innovative new surfaces.

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26/03/2011

Sylvan style: wood and leaves in art and interiors


Wood and leaves are appearing widely in art, photography and interiors. However, traditional wooden furniture and home accessories are giving way to raw-edged, unfinished products - and more exotic types of material like henna wood, teak, bamboo, palm and papyrus are being used:
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15/03/2011

Celebrity icons in art and interior design


Curiously, our adulation of celebrities is still very much in evidence. Kitsch and loud, ‘iconic’ celebrity images are appearing everywhere from cushion covers and sofas to curtains and lavatory seats. Retro movie stars and dead celebrities are particularly popular, including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana.

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25/02/2011

House of cards and imperfect decorative art


Following on from Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland film, we’re still seeing the influence of playing cards in design and interiors. The Royal Ballet’s production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland also premieres on 28th February. In this trend, the suits of cards play part of a symbolic focus, which has less to do with the ‘curious’, and is more related to everyday experiences of chance, luck and the deceptive sleight of hand associated with games and magic tricks. The traditional colours and styles of playing cards are becoming popular for wallpapers and fabrics too.

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16/01/2011

Gothic architecture and interiors


Linked to the current obsession with curiosities, collecting and all things Victorian is a renewed interest in ‘gothic revival’ architecture and interiors. After the classical themes of the 17th and 18th centuries, the mock-gothic style became fashionable as a reaction against classical order and symmetry. This was inspired directly by the gothic architectural style of the Middle Ages, which had predominated until the Renaissance.
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06/01/2011

Granny's attic and curiosity shop style


A curious trend that’s still in a state of relative infancy is the growing tendency to decorate rooms with curiosities and vintage clutter. Granny’s attic style is already widespread in the fashion and design worlds, in keeping with the increasing popularity of unique, hand crafted products and a ‘slow lifestyle’.  In extremis, the resulting look is rather like that of an upmarket junk shop.

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22/11/2010

Collections of collectibles

The current fashion for collecting is set to turn into a frenzied race to snap up the limited supply of items with genuine provenance and historical worth. Heirloom collectibles are no longer to be hoarded away, but displayed on walls and in glass fronted, museum-type cases in the style of cabinets of curiosities. Collections will be of virtually anything, so long as what's collected is old, rare, exotic and/or has some history or nostalgic value attached. Contemporary crafts designers are also creating their own innovative, new collections, often combining recycled materials with retro styling.

Here are some collections recently assembled by interior and product designers:

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28/08/2010

Library lust



Books have become fashionable in interior design circles, and can now be purchased in bulk (by the foot) to match any home decoration or colour scheme.

Forget designer kitchens and luxury spa-style bathing areas, libraries have become the latest must have addition to the stylish home.
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