Spring Summer 2012 Architecture, Interiors & Furniture Trend Report
This is the second of The Trend Boutique's major reports on how the trend themes of Harvest, Intense, Senses and Spirited are being interpreted for Spring Summer 2012 within the areas of Architecture, Interiors & Furniture.
Nature continues to blossom throughout Spring Summer 2012, and this season we see a subtle shift in focus towards a seamless synergy between our urban lives and our surroundings. Deference runs deep as we take a look at how nature's plentiful bounty sustains us on both a physical & spiritual level. Connections are felt as we watch our environment & ecology evolve with the seasons and provide endless references.
- Ceramic & interior products embrace the cyclical elements of the season from the first green shoots of spring to the late summer decay as autumn approaches.
Green Vase by Christiane Perrochon Image Copyright Yutaka Yamamoto (Left) Naturalia, Handcrafted Vases in Stoneware by Studio Elica (Right)
Spike Bowls by Devi Design (Top Left), Escagot by Lilas Force (Bottom Left), Naturalia, Handcrafted Vases in Stoneware by Studio Elica (Right)
- Allotment culture is no longer confined to the outdoors as we bring our desire for self-sustainability indoors with 'grow your own' furniture and soft furnishings.
Indoor Farming by Pia Wustenberg
Garden Rug by Pia Wustenberg
- Harvest time is traditionally a celebration of nature's abundance & its ability to sustain us, food crops naturally become a main focal point for interior accessories.
Uxus Manifesto by Uxus (Left), Ground, Dutch Design Week (Right)
Rurban continues as it becomes less about the 'country set' way of living & more about the melding of the two styles in a very literal way.
Corbeillles Artenica by Les Freres Campana, Image Courtesy of Maison et Objet (Left) Prélude by USIN-e (Right)
- Flora & fauna becomes the heart of products, indoor / outdoor takes on a whole new meaning as trees take centre stage.
Sardana Bench & Planter by Studio CrousCalogero (Left) Products with meaning, Teun Projects (Right)
- Wood has always been a fundamental element of furniture design and as we continue to explore the idea of 'imperfections as a form of perfection', we start to see quirky takes on the idea of wooden furniture.
YP (Young Professionals) graduates, SintLucas
The Trend Boutique are not the only ones talking about intensity, as the latest reports from the recent Maison et Objet, Paris talked about two key focuses that of the senses and intense colour palettes. For our trend direction 'Intense' we see references throughout architecture, interiors and furniture as we ramp up depth of colour and seek some of that South American passion.
- Angular architecture is given even more dramatic effect through large scale colour blocking in clashing, vibrant colours.
Theatre Agora in Lelystad by UNStudio. Photographer: Christian Richters
- Home interiors & furniture take on a multi-coloured palette where deep purples & vibrant reds are contrasted with fresher blues & yellows to give a carnival feel.
Shapeways (36 Pencil Bowl) by Michiel Cornelissen (Top Left), The Nook Stool by Vial (Bottom Left), Tie Dye by Rocio Moreno Textiles (Right)
- Interiors have an ambundance of heritage-based inspiration as worn frescos and tableaus come from 'Argentina Past'.
Nobody & Co Lookbook. Image Courtesy of Studio Toogood
- The plains of Argentina become a vital influence, so just as we see 'Gaucho' styling in fashion, strong cattle ranch references are taken into the home.
Corzo de Plata (blue) & Verraco Ora by Benoit Peleran pour Crânatomie (Left & Top Right) Furniture MonaLisa by Tine Krumhorn (Middle Right) Chaises Manolete et Taureau by Pascale Freydier (Bottom Right)
- Sombre flambouyance is seen through intense tone-on-tone colour palettes used within intricate damask & flock patterning to create a sense of splendour whilst showing restraint at the same time.
Shetland Collection by Loris Zanca (Bottom Left), Atelier by Mirage Granito Ceramico (Right)
All of our senses are utilised within this theme as the interior environment becomes more tactile. As reported from the major interior shows, intense sensory experiences become the 'norm' as we look to embrace a new 5 senses approach. Sound & taste becomes as important as visual aesthetics, whilst we also continue to interact with each other and our surroundings. Connections once again become all-important.
- The sense of taste is all important as convivial dinning connects us with one another, we also take references from body & the idea of sharing experiences.
Tantalus by Ioli Kalliopi Sifakaki
- We immerse ourselves in tactile experiences as furniture becomes something we interact & connect with.
Hugme by Olivia Decaris
- New versatile materials allow us to offer more sensitive and tactile products. Creating something unexpected, traditional solids make way for a more fluid, almost sensual alternative.
Pouch by Olivia Decaris
The new 'spirited' lifestyle makes its way into interiors with quirky plays on tradional pieces, bold bright attention-grabbing colour palettes that give a modern feel, a basic utilitarian simplicity that has a real DIY approach and crafts that are updated & digital. The key goal is to have a younger and more 'anything goes' methodology rather than the previous seasons more heritage or vintage styling.
- Black & white graphics give a sense of defiance & rebellion
Onomatopee 52: Pre-Specifics: Access X!, Onomatopee (Right)
- Modern brights have an ecological feel with recycled plastics & components and a playful retro touch through curved lines
Welcome Together, Niek van der Heijden + Renée Rutten (Right)
A new industrial feel created through simple DIY styling with flashes of bright colours
Alessia Cadamuro, Graduation Show Design Academy Eidenhoven (Left) Noordelijk Talent (Right)
- Pixelated digital references look set to continue, this season they get more sophisticated and less obvious through ceramic accessories & raised surfaces
Masterclass kunststoffen, Kunstenaarswerkplaats Beeldenstorm (Left), Rainbow Cabinet by Jean Boggio for Franz (Right) Square Buffet by Olivier Dolle Image Copyright Nicolas Scordia (Below)
- Traditional furniture is given a bright touch with dashes of colour
The wood-ceramic furniture, Cao interieur / Kesemy Design (Top) Buffet by Ru édition (Bottom)
Period furniture is bought up to date through quirky plays on tradition and a grand 'recycled' aesthetic
Sofa XVIII/21-02 by Serge Mansau (Right)
- Crafts are either digital or have a DIY stripped back aesthetic