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Our five key style predictions for 2018

We’d like to preface this piece by sharing what we always say to our clients:

Go with what you love, rather than focussing on trends.

However, we do see trends in the design industry as inspirations that can be interpreted and edited for use in our own homes, if we so desire.

Explore the five key style predications we’re making for the year ahead, all centered around warmth, detail and a sense of the finer times.


Image above from here.

1. Curved lines

Just like we see in this month’s Celebrity Insider feature of Serena William’s home, curved and soft lines are being favoured at the moment in the design world. Think plush chairs with rounded arms, circular lighting options and curved mirrors and coffee tables.

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2. Wallpaper as art

We are pleased to see wallpaper on the ‘hot list’ because it really does add sophisticated glamour and personality to a space. Wallpaper is now being introduced as an art piece or mural, spanning walls or entire rooms.


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3. Velvet

In a similar vein to curved lines, velvet is making a return into homes and commercial spaces as consumers seek more softness and comfort.

2018 will be all about tactile furniture and surface finishes, and as trend forecaster Allyson Rees told Interior Design:

“Everyone around the world is looking for extra comfort and reassurance. The home as a safe haven in a world that is so politically and ecologically turbulent.”

Easy ways to bring velvet into your home is with a beautiful velvet armchair or plush footstool as seen in our cover image.

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4. Darker woods and warmer hues, particularly terracotta

Blonde timbers, particularly through the modern interpretation of Danish design, have been a feature in interiors for a long time.

However, the more traditional timbers, like rosewood, mango wood and walnut are on the return. These darker grains are also being coupled with beige or equally dark timber cabinetry, rather than white, that has dominated in recent times.

Terracotta continues to rise in popularity: used in its physical sense with tiles, along with terracotta as a decorative accent particularly with painted walls.

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5. Maximalism

We have all heard of minimalist interiors, but 2018 is the year that more really is more.

Think LaDoubleJ‘s tabletop collection, featuring contrasting prints and patterns, and you’ll get a sense of this year’s extravagant interiors trend.

This is a move away from the Scandinavian-inspired interiors aesthetic, that has taken centre stage in recent years and a backlash against ‘cookie cutter’ interiors.

It’s refreshing to see colour, pattern and personality back.

If you would like to discuss your project and how we can introduce what you love to your space, get in touch.

Cover image: Ferm Living.

What’s new in the world of design: January 2018

It’s our first global design wrap of 2018, and we have brought you three progressive, commercial interior concepts, from Toronto to Beijing.

We know that art can serve as an emotionally-charged movement – and this month we’ve found an installation in France that certainly makes a statement

Read on and explore the latest and best in design in our ‘What’s new in the world of design’ January 2018 edition…

1. Campari’s new Canadian office

Campari Canada has a new Toronto office – and it’s inspired by the drink brand’s ingredients and iconic advertising posters – both past and present. The 150-year-old Italian drink brand – with spirits, wines and soft drink labels – wanted a space that captured the essence of their company.

Design studio I-V took on the challenge, and the result is a pastel space, with pale green flooring, blush pink terrazzo bar and light grey and blush furniture.

Images below from here.

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2. Grand Central Terminal’s new restaurant: Agern

Agern, meaning “acorn” in Danish, is the newest restaurant in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Headed by chef Claus Meyer, the eatery takes inspiration from Claus’ Icelandic heritage. The menu and interiors are decidedly Nordic, with a calming and warm atmosphere, giving stark contrast to the frantic pace outside of its walls.

Images below from here.

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3. Public installation:  ‘The plastic we live with’

Spanish artist collective Luzinterruptus took a stance at the 2017 Festival International des Arts
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The group say that their idea was to “graphically visualise, in a way that could be understood by all, the plastic excess that is around us”. The installation filled the windows of the old Virgin Megastore building with 6,000 bags, to make it look as though it was ‘exploding’ with and from plastic.

Images below from here.

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4. Beijing’s spectacular Tianjin Binhai Library 

China’s Tianjin Binhai Library in Beijing is a memorising, one of a kind design. The 33,700 sqm centre features an undulating bookshelf that wraps the walls from floor to ceiling, has stairs and room to sit, and holds 1.2 million books.

In the middle sits a spherical auditorium. The library took three years to create, from initial sketch to opening the doors, and was built according to China’s ‘Green Star Energy Efficiency’ label.

Images below from here.

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Celebrity Insider: Serena Williams’ Beverly Hills home

‘Serene’ is the word that comes to mind when looking inside the $6.6 million Beverly Hills home recently purchased by Serena Williams – how fitting is that?!

The internationally-famous tennis star, along with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, put their Bel Air home on the market late last year. It didn’t take long for the couple, and their baby daughter, to find their new dream home: a five-bedroom, seven-bathroom Spanish revival style mansion.

Sitting behind an exclusive gated community, the three-storey home is contemporary and bright, with Mediterranean references and was built in 2017.

Interior designer Sharon Taftian was responsible for the interiors, introducing Moroccan tiles, unlacquered brass finishes, brushed-oak hardwood floors,  and a Moroccan-esque rug in the main bathroom.

The kitchen features warm-toned cabinetry, which is a trend we’re seeing in interiors this year, while throughout we can see the focus on soft lines and plush furnishings – another popular trend in interior design.

Outside, the home features a layered garden and an open air pool complete with a swim-up bar that we have no doubt the tennis pro will enjoy after her gruelling training sessions, along with the yoga and massage room!

Take a look inside Serena Williams’ new Beverly Hill home…

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Pantone reveals its Colour of the Year 2018

Each December, the Pantone Colour Institute captures the attention of the design world with the release of its ‘Colour of the Year’.

In 2016, Pantone created a first: releasing two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity – for its Colour of the Year.

Then, in 2017, we saw Greenery named the annual colour, described by Pantone as “refreshing, revitalising and symbolic of new beginnings”.

So what’s in store for the year ahead in colour?

Pantone announced its 2018 Colour of the Year as ‘Ultra Violet‘ – which isn’t necessarily the most widely used shade in homes already.

Pantone’s spokesperson describes this colour as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

To us, Ultra Violet suggests cosmic, mystical properties, and a reference to religion / belief systems – or, in the words of Pantone, “the desire to pursue a world beyond our own”.

According to the Colour Institute, enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance: Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix introduced shades of Ultra Violet to pop culture as their expressions of individuality.

It’s important to remember that the Colour of the Year isn’t chosen as a ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design reaction but rather, it’s a reflection of society and its challenges, perceptions and desires.

It’s fair to say therefore, that the reveal of Ultra Violet could mean the we, as a society, are searching for more meaning and looking towards the greater powers for the answers, whatever or whomever they might be.

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