On trend: 15 design ideas

by Tania Wannenburg
On Trend 15 design ideas TREND FORWARD

Inspirational ideas based on design trends as identified by creative influencer Dave Nemeth.

“Don’t design for designers, design for people.” – Dave Nemeth, creative influencer, trend forecaster and design thinker.

Here are some of the major trends that he has identified as directing design in 2017.

1.    Debonair: A no clutter design, but with close attention to detail. Stripping away of unnecessary ornamentation.

2.    Future gothic: Dark wallcoverings and dramatic colours, even on building exteriors.

3.    Brutalism: Bold design with dark greys and black, showing appreciation for concrete.

4.    Brown and black plus copper.

5.    Easy living: Pure whites, or natural colours combined with natural and repurposed materials.

6.    Earthchild: All about layering, shapes and textures.

7.    EDENesque: Interpreting nature and bringing it indoors, either via greenery or biophilic shapes.

8.    Plantscapes: Using plants as an integral part of the design.

9.    Marble: Play with traditional marble to create from finishes to furniture.

10.    New cubism: Grids and squares without ornamentation, as well as modular systems.

11.    Mix: Creating patterns with different designs, colours and shapes mixed together.

12.    Anodised cladding.

13.    Rose Gold: On fixings finishes, lighting and even soft furnishing.

14.    Iridescence: Used as finish onto metal or ceramics, but since it could become a fad, it is better used on smaller decorative pieces.

15.    Spaced out: Interiors with space motifs.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to Trend Forward for the information given to compile this article.

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