Spring Summer 2013 Architecture, Interiors and Furniture Report
This is The Trend Boutique's latest product report for Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture for Spring Summer 2013 offering our take on how we see each of our 4 trend directions 'Nouveau Riche', 'Converge', 'Repair' and 'Carnival' manifesting themselves across these sectors.
Reporting from the major trade shows such as Heimtextil, Salone Internazionale del Mobile and Maison et Objet and featuring some of the most influential names & companies alongside lesser known and up & coming designers, we hope this comprehensive overview of the season will provide a great source of inspiration and lots of essential reference points for further research.
With a mixture of mood & product boards, de-coding of the main themes and complete references and weblinks, this report provides a directional, yet practical starting point for the season.
From the return to luxury within the 'Nouveau Riche' theme through to the vibrancy & bold colours & patterns of 'Carnival'; we also see our interest in the damage and 'Repair' of products & interiors creating a new type of sustainability, whilst 'Converge' celebrates science, technology, art, food and agriculture as a classical backdrop comes together with the ultra-new.
China's new architecture takes centre stage for the 'Nouveau Riche' theme as we see their ambition & riches now matched with a new sense of style. No longer pastiche's of western ideals the elite of China are hiring some of the most directional & innovative architects and are really making a statement as a result. Kicked off by the Bird's Nest stadium at the Beijing Olympics the architecture & design within China is some of the boldest and awe-inspiring.
Key directions identified within the 'Nouveau Riche' trend theme are:
- Traditions & heritage are honoured through modern aesthetic styling, as old & new create a perfect marriage
- Dynamic lighting & use of large scale projections adds new dimensions and 'pops' of neon colour
National Art Museum of China by UNStudio
- Bold statement pieces & flashes of wealth still have resonance & meaning (such as this dynamic hotel designed by architects S.O.M reflects its location as the gateway to Northern China).
St Regis Hotel,Tianjin by SOM
- Gold is ubiquitous in interiors, in colour, texture and materials but all are given a modern, directional feel
Left: CITIC Towers, Shanghai by Arquitectonica Right: St Regis Hotel,Tianjin by SOM
- Metals are contrasted & layered to create a high level of intensity & richness, whilst humble metallics & plastics masquerade as precious materials
Matadero Theatre and Library by ch+qs Architects
- Rich metallics are also bought into the home with quirky plays on materials preventing things looking to ostentatious and ensuring a sense of modernity runs throughout
Left: Come Up To My Room 2012 by Interstice Studio Right: Paperclip Carpet by We Make Carpets
- Intricate laser cut effects continue to dominate as their capability and opportunities for use show no abounds
Left: Marcel Wanders Interiors - Photo Credit: Marcel Wanders Right: Marcel Wanders Interiors - Photo Credit: Inga Powilleit
- Over pattination & intricate plays create a sumptuous environment
Marcel Wanders Interiors - Photo Credit: Marcel Wanders
- Unusual materials & techniques brings interiors to life with 3D effects
Crystallized Painting by Tokujin Yoshioka
- Rapid prototyping and the use of abstract modern materials become the ultimate 'play-things' of the 'Nouveau Riche' community
Come Up To My Room 2012 by [r]ed[u]x lab
- Modern furniture & accessories are mixed with period features & pieces as an alternative direction for the 'Nouveau Riche' theme
Capitone Rug by Jaime Hayon for The Rug Company
- Gilt finishes return to furniture, whilst imperfections continue to be celebrated rather than discarded (a trend direction that has been gathering momentum for some years now and simply reflects our new aesthetic taste)
Metropolis by Bocadolobo
The 'Converge' trend direction reflects a coming together of different disciplines and thinking, and for the architecture, interiors and furniture report this is evoked through the blending of the old & the new. Just as those traditional craftsmen & architects of the past were at the forefront of their practices, so too we see this new generation of designers & architects making bold statements that respect, yet also catapult the existing into the 21st century. This theme also looks at the use of new technologies and the coming together of different materials to create hybrid products.
- Dramatic contrasts are created through pop-up and permanent installations that act like futuristic sculptures against period features
Zara Installation, Milan by UNStudio
- In the same way, directional materials create innovative statements against traditional backdrops & surroundings
Waterblock by Tokujin Yoshioka
- Classics are subtly reinterpreted ensuring at first glance they look like the originals, but on closer examination have simple plays & twists to give modern appeal
Marcel Wanders for Alessi
- 3D printing becomes more available & affordable for designers of all levels allowing them to play with simple to complex shapes
Left: Mitose by Amba Molly - Photo Credit: Khanh Ly Right: Necklace Chain by Ineke Otte
- An alternative direction for 'Converge' is the subversion of products through witty plays & items used in alternative ways
Left: Lamp Cup by Ineke Otte Right: Lampa by Charlotte Lampa
- Hybrid products are created using a basic 'cut & shunt' approach where different items look as if they are thrown or melded together
Left: Marcel Wanders Interiors (Photo Credit - Inga Powilleit) Right: Harmony Sofa by Tianyu Xiao at Beijing Design Week
- Plastic coatings and finishes are given to products & lighting - we particularly like the opaque & ombre effects
Left: Photograph by Fien Muller Top Right: Gradient Lamp by Studio WM (Photo Credit: Paul Schipper) Bottom Right: Magis Sparkling Chair by Marcel Wanders
- Food and agriculture continue to be major influences in the home, but rather than prints & patterns we see the products themselves made from simple foodstuff
Left: Mouth Watering Spoon by Marije Vogelzang Right: 'Eating Design' Sugar Crockery by Marije Vogelzang
- Magic & mystique is achieved using everyday items creating a laboratory feel and sense of experimentation
Left: Glass vs. Sugar at oh!BCN Right: Set Design by Studio Toogood
- Even the simplest of products have a sense of convergence as contrasting materials meet
Left: Beater by Jeppe Sorensen Right: Couplicite Marginal by Note Design Studio - Photo Credit: Mathias Nero
- Traditional ornaments have unexpected twists through the switching and mixing up of materials
Left: Centerpiece by Daniel Hulsberg Right: Folklore Teapot with Mug by Pia Wüstenberg
For the 'Repair' theme we see beautiful & delicate methods of damage and unusual methods of mending products as equal sources of inspiration. From random tears to the act of burning, each act of damage becomes a thing of beauty that we cherish, like well earnt scars or imperfections that we grow to love, this direction is all about unexpected sources of inspiration.
The art of 'Repair' also provides a new level of sustainability as we no longer throw away battered & bruised items, but enjoy the craft of mending & fixing things on an individual & personal level. Industrially, product designers & architects take this aesthetic into their work by using unusual materials and methods of construction that have a thrown together and worn appeal.
Lastly, we also look at for every negative there is also a positive with a 'Yin & Yang' design direction making up the final strand of the 'Repair' theme.
- Unexpected and hybrid materials are used as concrete continues to get a makeover
Stitching Concrete by Tactility Factory
- Walls are stitched, woven and darned together with a real combination of materials and disciplines
Penelope by Tatiana Blass - Photo Credit: Everton Ballardin
- We don't just focus on the 'Repair' but also the method and effects of the damage itself, such as intricate patterns caused by fire and smoke
Burn Burn Burn by Studio Glithero
- The layering of wallpapers & hangings create patchwork effects that are haphazard & unsubtle - tears and obvious mends add to the fun & sense of interest
Rococo by Ludiovia Gioscia
- Mirror and positive vs negative prints enter the home as we celebrate the white space and cutouts left behind as much as the print itself
Left: Naturamorte by Jeroen Wand and Nienke Sybrandy Right: Wallpaper by Ioli Sifakaki
- Decorative repairs are knitted, stitched and woven into the very fabric of furniture & products, whilst materials are also 'borrowed' to create a connection and synergy between standalone products
Left: Burg Giebichenstein Art School - Photo Credit: Binh Truong Right: Sandberg
Furniture is constructed and 'darned' together - what is unusual is the use of heavy duty materials like concrete and basics like bolster wood
Left: Concrete Stitching Florian Schmid Right: Stitched by Tord Boontje for Moroso
- Repairs become even more basic as products look as if they are stuck together with glue, gum or whatever was to hand
Left: Swivel Trestle by Pia Wüstenberg Right: Wonky Pot by Vanja Bazdulj
'Yin & Yang' symmetry is used so for every positive there is a negative and vice versa
Left: Courtesy of Inspirations at Maison et Objet Right: Eclipse Fruit Bowls by Sakurah Adachi - Photo Credit: Sakurah Adachi
- Products also have an almost 'twin' effect as strength is gained in pairs
Left: La Conversation Chair by Sam Baron Right: Les Inseparables by Esther Shalev-Gerz
- Following on from this we see mirror images as imprints and reverse prints as 3D dimensions add to this direction
Left: Glass Vases by Markku Salo - Photo Credit: Jani Kaila Right: Porcelain Mould with Metal Joints, Courtesy of Beta Tank at the London Design Festival
As we start to look to Brazil as it prepares for the Olympic Games in 2016 and World Cup in 2014, for this architecture, interiors and furniture report we celebrate with them as we take their grand plans as inspiration. When each country hosts such a major event as these they want to put its own handwriting on things, and Brazil does just that by taking the essence of Rio de Janiero and its beach setting to add some fun and a 'Carnival' feel to architecture.
We also admire Brazil's new emerging artists and designers with their mix & match graphic style, whilst of course no report on this country would be complete without taking a look at its bold use of colour that provides a sense of vibrancy & energy perfect for the heat of the summer months.
International Competition Winner for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan by AECOM
- Colour continues to be embraced in architecture which added to the use of art & temporary installations ensures that interiors focus on being fun, bright and contemporary
Mobile Art Pavilion by Grimshaw
- Urban reclamation & eco-projects are vibrant & bright with real ambition & foresight, making welcoming community cityscapes
Green Stream Linear Park by Davis Brody
Simple large-scale geometric graphics create a dramatic mix urban of art & architecture with a retro feel
Out Urban Stage by Brookfield Art Gallery
- Intense patterning is created in ultra-brights
Print Detail and Inflatable Pumpkin by Yayi Kusma (Tate Retrospective)
The mismatching & bold use of stripes, florals and photoreal prints continues into the home
Left: Above the Clouds by Basso and Brooke Right: Interior by Missoni Home
- Tropical prints are used to maximum effect and creating yet another dimension with the multitude of stripes, dots, florals and graphic shapes that make up this theme
Left: Natuzzi Design Challenge for London Design Festival by Ilgiz F1 Right: Natuzzi Design Challenge for London Design Festival by Irina Korina
- A rainbow colour palette with dayglo brights create high-summer appeal for indoor/outdoor furniture
Left: Tropicalia by Patricia Urquiola Right: Tropicalia Cocoon by Patricia Urquiola
- The urban art feel continues with the use of heat & chemicals to distort & transform everyday furniture to give it an edge, what's different this season is the base use of super brights and bold pops of colour making it look like its been melted by the sun
PE Stripe - Part of the Meltdown Series by Tom Price
- Continuing the distortion theme furniture reveals colourful graphics & prints as the 'safe' outer coating is worn away
Mark Maker Table by Ed Swan