18 Jan 2017 Design Trends – what did we see?
2017 was a year of changes and environmentally friendly efforts in the spheres of architecture and design. We witnessed new approaches and ground breaking solutions, all with the same aim- to help the environment. Focus on eco-friendliness and sustainability generated some of this year’s most significant achievements.
IKEA, Adidas, and Stella McCartney were among the big names, adopting the new approach and using eco-friendly alternatives for their development and choice of materials. Adidas released a number of products this year, made from re-purposed ocean plastic. During London Design Festival we saw suede-like furniture made from mushroom mycelium and leather-like handbags made out of re-purposed discarded cow stomachs.
Bringing the Outdoors In
Greenery was another thing that marked last year. Embracing plants, raw wood and other organic elements with all its perfect imperfections was a leading trend in interiors, and it does not seem like this trend will leave us anytime soon. Greenery, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017, symbolised new beginnings and reconnecting with nature. Vegetation filled every corner blurring lines between indoors and outdoors.
The Colour of Now
A particular shade of pink, called the Millennial pink, a shade somewhere between beige and blush, dominated Milan Design Week last year. Many popular brands including Moroso, Muuto, and Normann Copenhagen, used this tone as the highlight of their exhibitions. The colour successfully dominated throughout the year extending over all fields, from fashion and design to music and film industry.