As one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters, Lidewij (Li) Edelkoort and her Paris based ‘Trend Union’ studio create concepts for department stores, restaurants, hotels, fashion and lifestyle companies. At the Milan Furniture Fair, Edelkoort teamed up with Google to show how electronic devices in the home could become more tactile. This was a continuation of Edelkoort’s 1998 Trend titled “Software” where she imagined a future where technology and home relaxation would merge.
Marshall White was fortunate enough to meet Li in Hong Kong and hear her latest trend forecast for home. Here were some of the highlights reflecting interior trends in the coming years.
A Need for Concentration
More spartan spaces utilising circular configurations and light coming from lamps and lanterns rather than downlights. Creating spaces for rituals in the home.
The Age of the Ametuer
The addition of craft as a fight against artificial intelligence – especially craft made at home such as 1970s style wall hangings.
The continuing popularity of pink but the emerging “Brown Age” – what now is black will turn to brown especially fashion, woodwork and home surfaces.
More daybeds, furniture closer to the floor with large cushions and blankets. An increasing importance of textiles as a balance to our digital tools.
Interiors that juxtapose past and future objects and archaeology as inspiration. Eroded and worn surfaces mixed with high tech or kitch objects.
Darker colours, greater use of dark wood and concrete in the kitchen. Appliances using darker metal and more horizontal cooktops with burners lined in a single row.
The emancipation of the Southern Hemisphere in global design – especially Africa. More savage and less polished pieces which connect to the native form.
Twice each year Edelkoort presents her trend forecasts to audiences in Europe and also New York. She sometimes makes appearances in Asia Pacific and was last in Australia for DeisgnEX in 2014. However her principal consultant, Adelaide born, Phillip Fimmano, often travels to Australia in January to present Trend Union Forecasts. We will keep you informed of any future speaking dates.