Neale Whitaker gets out his crystal ball to predict the trends of 2019.
You know how much I love a new word, especially when it involves knocking back a glass or two of peaty Scotch whisky, skinnydipping in an ice-cold loch or knitting myself a Fair Isle jumper.
Yes, I’m talking about coorie, the latest lifestyle trend from Scotland, which – largely due to geographical and climatic factors beyond our control – we Australians may have to wait another six months or so to enjoy.
That’s because it’s not especially summer-friendly: the word translates loosely as “cuddle” (my Scottish friend Sally offers “snuggling up”), but the Scots are at pains to point out that this is no me too reaction to Danish hygge or the drearier Swedish lagom – no twinkly candles or fluffy socks here.
As trends go, coorie could be challenging, celebrating as it does the more robust pleasures of the landscape: climbing mountains (low ones), the aforementioned loch dipping (clothing optional but advisable), smoking your own food (hazardous in the inner city), hand-gathering pine needles to infuse cocktails (really?) and “wild” camping, which, alas, is tricky in Australia. Without my even mentioning the porridge oats facial scrub, you will detect a slight note of cynicism, but basically coorie delivers a simple message: live in the moment.
Previous generations might have urged “smelling the roses”; it’s much the same thing. And it’s not as daft as it sounds. I can vouch for the restorative power of walking my dogs along a country lane or watching the surf break on a deserted stretch of beach.
This is that time of year when I’m often urged to gaze into an imaginary crystal ball. What will 2019 look like, trend-wise? Trends are by their very nature unpredictable, but instinct tells me our newfound love affair with colour and decoration is set to grow stronger (decorative tiles moving from splashbacks and walls to floors), as is our appreciation for textiles and artworks inspired by nature (easier to maintain than houseplants) and ceramics, or what we once called pottery. If I had to choose a single visual metaphor for the decorative vibe of the coming year, it would be Marrakech Design’s (marrakechdesign.se) stunning Dandelion tile, probably my favourite tile choice ever. Not a new design – it was originally launched in 2012 – it nevertheless ticks every box of the prevailing mood: botanical, artisanal, geometric and with just a hint of the Deco- era influence that continues to inform current design. How coorie works in with that mood remains to be seen. Neale Whitaker is co-host of Foxtel’s Love It Or List It Australia on Lifestyle, and a judge on Nine Network’s The Block.
“Basically coorie delivers a simple message: live in the moment”