By: Kim Williams
Cape Town based interior creative and behavioural specialist, Kim Williams, believes that only by reflecting on our design influences, can we ground our individual styles and lay the foundation for true innovation.
Here are her top design trends taken for 2021:
We will see the extensive use of natural and organic materials as a way to make our spaces organically imperfect. An increasing and evolving awareness on our part is likely to motivate more of us towards better choices concerning sustainable living and our impact on the environment.
The new modern retro
The new modern is very relevant for our South African context given our outdoor lifestyle as it embraces simplicity, brightness, and the line between indoor and outdoor living. It incorporates beautiful ceramics, more wood and texture into our space.
The importance of colour is hard to understate. From very soft hues, to create a sense of comfort and connection, to very bright colours in modernism, and playful living to create excitement. The beauty of bright reds combined with vibrant blues, harnesses the power of contrast to create impact. By mixing and matching objects from various decades, the impact is reminiscent of art deco trends and style. The use of colour will be about creating those experiences and being very specific about how you design colour into your space. As a medium, colour is extremely powerful, and I hope to see a lot more boldness this year, akin to what we saw in the 80’s.
The evolution of maximalism, playful living invites us to mix and match bold colour, textures, patterns, and unconventional shapes. It is about what lies beyond functionality and invites us to explore and play in our spaces. It will incorporate pop culture from the ’80s and ’90s.
The New world of work
A move towards self-managed schedules, limited team meetings and smaller offices makes it imperative that we truly focus on the function we need our spaces to fill. What is clear, is that people are prioritising their happiness within a space, and that casual, playful, and flexible workspaces facilitate a sense of wellbeing, creativity and therefore productivity.
The new generation is not as materialistic as the past generations. I predict that we are no longer going to have a product-driven environment but rather a service-driven one. This is likely to present in design services, such as being able to rent furniture and rotate it out as the seasons and styles change, rather than having to buy and keep pieces. It will also be a way of embracing a more sustainable recycling perspective.
The Importance of Silence
We have become very aware of noise given all the activity that happens within the context of our homes. For example, understanding the impact of white noise in a work-from-home model and how it affects your ability to work and relax.
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