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On Trend - June 2019

A Look Into Current Interior Trends

Our designers travel the world gathering insights into advances in textile technology and trends. Combining these real world experiences with the data from expert trend forecasters across the globe, we focus our development efforts not only on what is in front of us, but what is to come.  Here is an insight into some trends we have been following for some time now.

Our designers travel the world gathering insights into advances in textile technology and trends. Combining these real world experiences with the data from expert trend forecasters across the globe, we focus our development efforts not only on what is in front of us, but what is to come.  Here is an insight into some trends we have been following for some time now.

Several dominant interior trends are gaining momentum across our region which will blossom and grow into the mainstream in the coming years.  We have thematically focused on three trends with interwoven stories that are currently influencing interior and fabric designs – Simplicity and Sanctuary; Artisanal Craft and Sustainability; Seventies Maximalism.

Simplicity and Sanctuary

Stripped back Simplicity. Born from the increasing complexity and chaos in modern life, we are seeking to surround ourselves with calming simplicity.  It seems as if the minimalist movement has shifted from the initial clean clear lines and angular surfaces to become softer, more human and aligned with themes of Scandinavian simplicity.

A sanctuary to escape the hectic speed of everyday life.  In textiles this is reflected in the popularity of clean geometics, natural fibres and softer colour-lines.  Flowing soft drapery to create experience and ambiance is also making a comeback against the industrial usability of blinds.

"We use a combination of natural fibres with authentic production techniques such as dip dye, stonewash and basket dye to add to the refinement of our collections."

YVAN PULAERT
Founder, Designs of the Times

Artisanal Craft

Hand in hand with Simplicity is the explosion of interest in Artisanal Craft.  Reflected in the increasing popularity of distinctive and naturally imperfect, yet authentic textiles. Central in the Artisanal Craft movement is the love of craftsmanship, the beauty of natural materials and a preference for subtle colours.  In textiles we see a resurgence of linen interlaced with other natural fibres, creating a durable yet textured form.

A strong preference for sustainable solutions and acceptance of natural forms is a major influence in both the rise of the wabi-sabi ethos and earthy colour hues that are gaining popularity.  The perfect imperfection of natural dyes and rust orange / brown tones can be seen coming through both fashion and textile design.  This provides designers the aperture to create fresh new looks with longevity.

Seventies Maximalism

In contrast is an opulent counter trend recreating the maximalism of the 1970’s. A heady mix of nostalgic colour, heavily textured upholstery and striking surface pattern, organic and geometric.  One element is the growing popularity of large animal print designs in decadent colourways, reflected in the intensity of the Leopardo fabric.  Rich ochres, rusts and red tones are appearing with regularity, which hint to the 70’s design influence, a key take away from the recent Milan fair.

"Celebrating my love of mixing discordant textures and patterns into contrasting but nevertheless visually exciting combinations.  Marrying animal print and embellished tropical designs and an exuberantly luxurious palette of fabrics, this is a collection that is meant to be both glamourous and playful."

CATHERINE MARTIN
Award Winning Designer

Ever evolving and self-creating, trends and counter-trends can be witnessed playing out in the social fabric around us. If you are in Melbourne on Saturday 22nd June for Indesign, please come join our design collaboration with ArthurG.  Stephanie Moffit our Mokum Design Director will be present highlighting these trends in a series of vignettes we've specially created with Arthur G.

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Designer Q&A: Wendy Haworth Design

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Wendy Haworth Design is a full service design studio offering design consultation, space planning, custom furniture design, and branding services. One of WHD's most recent hospitality projects is Gratitude in Beverly Hills which features some of our Mokum fabrics. We were pleased to have the opportunity to speak to Wendy about her design work and inspiration.