THAT '70s SHOW
As I’ve discussed here before, the twisty-turny nature of rapidly changing trends doesn’t always sit well with the carefully considered way we should interact with our homes. However, there’s no denying that change happens, and that moods take hold before going on to have an influence across the whole interiors sphere. In some seasons, the prevailing influence is much easier to spot than at other times. This spring/summer is one such moment. Whether it’s down to the uncertain period of history we are currently living through, or simply a progression from the chalky pastels and bold maximalism seen recently, the forecast for the start of 2019 takes us back 40 years or more to the equally turbulent and stylistically strong 1970s.
I was born bang-smack in the middle of that decade, and have vivid memories of a childhood shaped by Space Hoppers, Star Wars, flared trousers and questionable haircuts, so I’m relishing the design world’s decision to revisit such a rich source of inspiration. In this issue, you’ll find our predictions for the people, places, colours and pieces that will shape interiors during the next six months. Many are united by the undeniable nods they make to the seventies – chrome, curves, saturated shades, coloured stones, warm woods, wicker and cane, to name just a few. We even speak to Ian Schrager, founder of the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54, which came into being in 1977, just as disco took dancefloors by storm. Plus, we celebrate the work of one of my favourite design studios, Retrouvius. From its penthouse apartment at the redeveloped BBC Television Centre, a collaboration with designer Bella Freud, to an exquisite home in west London filled with turmeric yellow shades, its style couldn’t be more wonderfully retro.
As ever, we look back to look forward. Whatever 2019 brings, I hope it’s all you wish for…