Informed by insights from educators and designers, we round up the biggest trends poised to make an impact on how we design in 2019
A forecast on design trends and practices that will make a difference in 2019, informed by insights from the experts 我們請來業界專家分享2019年設計潮流走勢
EMBOLDENED & EARTHY
Bolder palettes with a touch of earth are coming to the fore as we gradually loosen our embrace of the all-white, minimalist aesthetic. For their colours of the year, brands have unveiled different hues with a common denominator: a move into bolder territory that harks back to nature. Pantone's Living Coral is a spritely coral, Dulux’s Spiced Honey and Sherwin-Williams’ Caven Clay revolve around sandy amber and warm terracotta, PPG’s Night Watch and Mojito Shimmer are a deep and velvety emerald and frosty green, while Behr’s Blueprint is a slate blue. The most neutral of the bunch is Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan, a light grey still a touch beyond white. “We are seeing more variations of grey, hues with a neutral grey tone,” says Joakim Cimmerback, managing director at eicó, an ecofriendly paint company based in Hong Kong. “Mangkhut Eye, for example, is a very soft grey-purple we created for a client who wanted a specific tone in a form of off-white.”
自從人們慢慢走出純白簡約的設計美學後，綴以大地色澤的鮮明圖案愈見普及。油漆品牌紛紛宣布自家年度色彩，當中不難發現共通點：跟大自然引發共鳴的鮮明美學漸成大勢所趨。多樂士的Spiced Honey與Sherwin-Williams的Caven Clay以淺琥珀色和溫暖的赤陶色為主題，PPG的Night Watch和Mojito Shimmer則呈獻深邃又帶絲絨質感般的綠松色和霜綠，還有Behr的Blueprint石藍色。談到中色之選當然少不了Benjamin Moore的柔和淺灰Metropolitan，滿足對純白色以外的渴求。駐香港環保油漆公司eicó的執行總監Joakim Cimmerback表示：「灰色調的轉變更見豐富，也就是帶中性灰的色彩。以Mangkhut Eye柔和灰紫色為例，就是我們為喜愛白色的客人特製。」
There’s no shortage of changes taking place in the world today, whether from a political, social, or cultural standpoint, and design in 2019 is poised to reflect that through an aversion to visual clutter. “Reviewing the Salone del Mobile.Milano exhibition in Shanghai, one of my impressions is for a new kind of simplicity,” says designer and architect Luke Pearson of London-based design studio PearsonLloyd, who delivered a lecture co-hosted by Element Plus and Tacchini at the fair in November. “There are more and more products that convey strong emotion through a confident and simple but elegant form of language. There’s also an interesting juxtaposition between the masculine and the feminine, allowing great accessibility for the consumer.” Simplicity need not be dull, according to interior designer Elena Collins of the conservation architecture firm Purcell: “Investing in an iconic piece of furniture to be the centrepiece of your interior can do wonders for a space and is a great conversation starter.” 當下世界變化萬千，政治、社會或文化立場亦如是。有見於此，2019年的設計界也順應大局避免過於繁亂的視覺效果。「參觀過米蘭國際家具（上海）展覽會後，我其中一種觀感就是嶄新的簡約美學。」駐倫敦設計工作室PearsonLloyd的建築師兼設計師Luke Pearson在11月活動上一個由Element Plus和Tacchini聯合主辦的講座上表示：「愈來愈多產品設計透過極具自信而又簡單優雅的語言展現濃烈情感。剛陽魅力與嫵媚風情的有趣混合為顧客帶來更大靈活彈性。」室內設計師Elena Collins跟建築公司Purcell對話時提到簡約不等同乏味：「一件值得投資的經典傢具能成室內空間的焦點，為環境傾注奇想，引發無窮交流。」
Land comes at a premium – and this holds true especially for highdensity cities like Hong Kong. While continuous development is inevitable in keeping pace with growth, adaptive reuse of space is set to prevail for the coming year in the residential market, according to Rodrigo Buelvas, a professor of interior design at SCAD Hong Kong. “This trend will see the revitalisation of older buildings, notably in less populated areas where communities are introducing a more modern type of lifestyle,” he says. “The projects will preserve the integrity of the structure while breathing new life into the space.” This sustainable solution also effectively reduces waste and environmental impact by limiting the building materials used without compromising modern living standards. “People are responding well, as it creates a positive impact on the local architectural culture and the urban built environment,” adds Buelvas. “It also helps with the gentrification and diversification of older neighbourhoods.”
MAKE A STATEMENT
Unusual, creative details help add excitement to any space – and it’s also a perfect way to break up a large room and visually expand a compact area. New York-based textile designer Lori Weitzner agrees and confirms that there is an increasing demand for creating “unique moments” in homes nowadays. “An accent wall adorned with a dramatic wallcovering is one way to achieve the effect,” she says. “Be it a digital print that looks like a piece of artwork, or a hand-painted panel with distinctive finishes and patterns, people are finding these efficient to transform their homes. Our paper tile collection imbues dimension and depth for a special scene that is key to any individualised living environment, too.” Find her brand, Weitzner, at Altfield Interiors. //
極具創意又與別不同的裝飾細節能為空間注入豐富情感，也是打破空洞格局和從視覺上入手增強空間感的理想方法。Weitzner的駐紐約織品設計師Lori Weitzner深表同意並表示愈來愈多客人要求在家打造「獨特時刻」。「加上矚目飾面的特色牆是方法之一。」她續說：「不管是看似藝術品的數碼印刷款式，還是帶有獨特潤飾與圖案的手製鑲板，人們也挺滿意這些設計改造空間氣氛的效能。我們出品的紙磚系列也可加強深度和動感，打造個性化的生活環境。」Weitzner設計於Altfield Interiors有售。//
Tacchini’s Ischia (above) and Polar (left) modular systems designed by PearsonLloyd.
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