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Paris Maison & Objet Spring 2022
On the occasion of Paris Maison & Objet fair, which took over the capital on March 24th-28th 2022, here is the analysis of a year of optimism and the promise of fresh starts with A/interior’s selection just for you!
Many of the top interior trends of 2022 are iterations of those we saw in the previous two years, but, thankfully, it’s not because we’re resigned to the fact that every day feels much like the one before. We’re expecting to see more interiors curated to channel a sense of comfort and personality. We’ve had so much time to turn inward, and now we have the space to design every aspect of our lives from a more intentional place.
Much like the evolution of fashion in recent years, interiors are increasingly becoming less about what’s trendy and more about personal expression. “Rather than specific trends declining, we are seeing the lines between different styles blurring,” says Gemma Riberti, head of interiors at WGSN. “A key example of this is minimalism and maximalism. As the line blurs between these two approaches, this has empowered consumers to find their own take on either. This is leading to a highly personal and more nuanced approach to interiors.” (AD)
Local produced & vintage
The level of productivity is the most fundamental and important factor determining the standard of living. Raising it, allows people to get what they want faster or get more in the same amount of time. Supply rises with productivity, which decreases real prices and increases real wages.
Events of the last three years are posing new threats to supply chain models of globalization as never before. The recent separation of the U.K. through Brexit, the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration against China, the Coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) and now the Ukrainian war have all raised questions on whether we are moving towards increasing disruptions of global supply chains, and perhaps a new and chaotic « de-globalization » of the economy.
So we may begin to move towards localized modes of production. There is a resurgence of small productions with interior designers, artists and local craftmen. As for bigger structures to delocalize, with a reflection on how long it takes to establish source, there is a minimum planning horizon of five years involved.
We have an opportunity to become even more environmentally friendly by giving the chance on new sourcing to be part of this adventure.
“With the massive shipping delays and increased raw material prices we’ve seen as of late, vintage pieces have become even more desirable,” explains Lauren Meichtry of Elsie Home.
‘Vintage design trends are really making a comeback, but not in the same way they were used 50 years ago. Today’s vintage styles are paired with modern design in a way that creates an entirely new look. Soft fabrics and edges help create a welcoming space in any room of your house, while natural colors and materials complete this theme. The key to keeping your vintage looks contemporary is to mix the old with the new — too much vintage in one room will make you (and your guests) feel like you’re back in someone’s basement in 1972.’ (21oak)
Ellen DeGeneres Beverly Hills compound
Art and design both surround us and share one essential feature: they bring life to a space. Artists and designers use colors and shapes as tools to create the unique works that brighten up homes.
When combined, the subtle poetry of art and the sophistication of design merge into one to create the ideal atmosphere.
“As we get into another year of COVID variants, our living spaces continue to double as our work rooms, which is the new normal. The kitchen continues as the conference room and The Farmhouse Table is the new boardroom table.” -Kathryn M. Ireland
“Rooms will be designed for double duty; dining rooms walls lined with wine storage or books, guest rooms fitted with desks, bedrooms equipped with exercise equipment. As people spend more time in their homes, they expect the spaces to work harder for them.” -Timothy Corrigan
Whether they’re lightweight and movable such as screens, fixed yet adjustable like curtains, or built into the framework of a building like a shelving unit, room dividers can be a practical and inexpensive solution to break up a space and provide more privacy.
As we further explore the metaverse, our interiors must reflect the journey of the digital world. The spatial designer Hanna Ali told us that this emerging ecosystem is providing a whole new way to experience virtual architecture that is drastically shifting the culture. In addition to all the innovation around smarter technology, cryptocurrency, and NFTs, we’re in the midst of adapting to a hybrid lifestyle model as well. (AD)
“Design continues to evolve with new advances in technology. Myself and many designers are embracing virtual design by leveraging this powerful new technology to create immersive spaces and highly engaging designs that feel both contemporary and futuristic.” -Kelly Wearstler
Urban cultivator indoor garden
‘The sharp and clean edges of modern decor are fading out of style, and curvy furniture is quickly taking its place. Furniture of the ’60s and ’70s had softer edges and a more relaxed feel, which is part of the reason this style is coming back. Rounded furniture like soft-edge tables and contemporary chairs can complement angled pieces nicely, especially in textured fabrics like sheepskin and velvet.’ (21Oak)
Ecume sofa by Charlotte Biltgen
With the popularity of transparency came a resurgence of lucite and acrylic, so, naturally, the next “it” material is glass blocks.
‘Originally invented and popularised in the 1930s, as seen in Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre and Villa Stenersen by Norwegian architect Arne Korsmo, glass blocks went in and out of style over the following decades.
The hollow bricks, which simultaneously reveal and obscure, were beloved by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who used them to form the interior courtyard of his Ichihara House and the facade of Horiuchi House, both designed in 1979.
After they largely fell out of favour after their 1980s heyday, recent interiors projects have resuscitated the trend.’ (Dezeen)
Pacific View house by Luigi Rosselli Architects & Alwill Interiors
Warm woods trend
Warmer colors, more texture and less contrast, even 70’s wood panelling is back! White Oak and natural pale woods are still going strong (and with good reason, it’s the perfect balance between warm and airy) for flooring and cabinetry. But furnishings in richer, burnished browns and even red tones are bringing elegance to spaces. Makes sense too because vintage and antiques are popular as ever.
A touch of luxury-Marble
So for this season, the presence of marble in our bathrooms is key. Its luxurious natural presence creates the character for this intimate space. And although luxurious – marble is also quite practical- easy to maintain, durable, thriving in wet environments, with minimal emission in the ecosphere, this beautiful earth stone is noble and character-defining. A perfect artistic choice for vitalizing the bathroom premises – both timeless and hot and trendy. And as we know, well marble has an intriguing variety in colors, nuances, veins, and textures. Another plus to choosing this unique natural material for your bathroom design composition is that it combines beautifully with lots of other noble materials – wood, brass, copper, metal or matte black ceramics – anything goes.
The hottest trend this year? Tactility. Social distance has created a craving for touch, and many of the brands obliged with tactile offerings. Arte contributed a 3D heat-embossed wall covering called Pogo Goat, made from a soft chenille, as part of its collaboration with Moooi, and Lincrusta commissioned the artist Jan Erika to demonstrate how its textured wallcoverings, made with linseed oil, can be used to produce contemporary murals. (The Times)
Finding furniture, blankets, rugs, wall hangings, etc., with unique or eye-catching textures will help give a room personality and depth. Keeping things comfortable while changing up textures: smooth fabrics like velvet, fluffy/complex textures like sherpa or knitted wool, or even silk and satin. Even the most basic neutral palettes can feel layered and exceptional when lots of different textures are incorporated.
Arte x Moooi wallcovering ‘Pogo Goat’
Gold accent & sparkles
This trend absolutely supports the dominant idea of luxurious spaces with minimalist designs. Point golden decor in the design of walls, furniture, lamps.
After such a long duration of deep reflection, the future is looking shinier than ever, so our decor should too with pieces that shimmer and sparkle.
The evolution of pink
While historically you might have looked the pinks as very feminine / girly, today we think of pinks as modern. The desire to feel profound joy and optimism are key priorities for the foreseeable future. Pink fulfils these needs with great vigour. Pink cannot fail to delight, bringing a positive emotional response; it stimulates the senses in a way like no other colour.
Speaking to prominent digital artist Andres Reisinger about his use of pink within his work. “I mainly use the colour pink in my works as a motif with connotations to our bodies. The human body is the foundation for the colour palettes of my work, with its shape, colour, and texture, it has always been my main source of inspiration. Moreover, Pink is a very rare colour in nature. It is present in the pink quartz as a natural colour. The pink quartz has an energetic frequency of 350Hz. It’s thought to “elevate and harmonies” your heart energy centre. For this reason, it is the one colour that has the most healing properties of all crystals.” (Pantone)
Outdoor indoor living
“Outdoor furniture will become more sophisticated and refined as we continue to spend more time entertaining outdoors, and our patios become true extensions of our interior décor.” -Timothy Corrigan
2022 interior design trends, emphasis on functional outdoor living spaces through the creation of ‘outdoor rooms’. During the pandemic, the priority that we gave to our outdoor space changed drastically, and this is materialising in the interior design and garden furniture trends that we’re starting to see emerge. There’ll be a big emphasis on ‘indoor-outdoor furniture’ such as rattan dining sets, and a focus on the creation of al fresco dining areas through the likes of fire pit tables and pizza ovens. We’ll also see soft furnishings used to make outdoor areas more cosy and inviting. One of the garden furniture trends that we’re looking forward to seeing is the use of outdoor daybeds.
Sara Ianniciello, the director of design at Whitehall Interiors has found that “wellness in buildings is becoming increasingly important to the developer and the inhabitant.” Naturally, “because indoor plants have a calming effect and promote clean air, you can expect to see more living walls and hanging plants both in amenity spaces and residences.”
A la carte
Green is the new neutral
Consumers’ love affair with soothing greens and blues and earthy tones continues, but it’s not necessarily simply a case of aesthetic preferences.
“Research shows that natural color schemes and organic forms like those found in nature reduce stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate, increase productivity and creativity, and make us happier,” says Michelle Lamb, who is the editorial director at The Trend Curve.“Perhaps because humanity has never needed the healing powers of nature more than we do at this moment, there is a quest to take this approach even deeper.” Lamb predicts more jungle-inspired hues—as well as olive and moss—used in tandem with natural wood tones, stone with prominent graining, bamboo, rattan, dried grasses, and flower blossom and leaf motifs. This is part of that ongoing process of reconnection with nature. Shades like emerald bring a sense of tranquility and rejuvenation into any space, whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, or office.
The language of colour reflects what is taking place in the culture which is why we are seeing this shift in our approach to the environment influencing trends in color as well as our desire to design with colour inspired by our co-existence with the natural world.
(AD & Pantone)
These organic tones demonstrate our expanding knowledge and appreciation of the biosphere and the ancient nature that surrounds us.
Colour of the year