Unsual Material Combinations
Trends are the outcome of aspirations and needs that arise from changes in our environment. With this in mind, we’ve worked with the design studio bora. herke.palmisano and divided it under four thematic trends. All express an increasing quest for well-being.
This focuses on a clear, contemporary living space concept with rural influences combined with craftsmanship. Durable, indestructible materials such as wood, stone, concrete, ceramics, bamboo, aluminium and bronze increase in beauty as they get older and are presented in natural colours, glazed or enamelled.
People travel a lot and take their cue from other cultures. The focus has shifted to the Indian subcontinent. So, precious materials and sumptuous detailing are in demand.
This trend stands for bright colours, powerful patterns, dynamism and vitality. The mixture of materials, recycling and upcycling is seen. Recycled plastic, metal, wood and textiles are presented in chequered patterns, stripes and decorative borders.
Experimentation with new technologies has created an impression not of cool pragmatism, but of a design that appeals to emotions. It includes uncommon combinations of materials and products, for example, paper and linen. Other elements that speak to the senses are superthin films, soft textile structures and innovative visual accents.
NICOLETTE NAUMANN Vice President, Ambiente, Frankfurt www.messefrankfurt.com