One of our five Autumn/Winter 2014/15 trends is Life – this is one of the trends we will be displaying in the Trends Hub at Surfaces in January. This preview is of a trend that’s all about capturing moments in time of nature’s evolution. A beautifully tinted world is created, where crystallized nature meets digital art, and a cryogenic aesthetic with icy transparencies create a new frozen interior landscape.
Life’s key influencing factors, as seen above, include: The completion of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon; predictions that the Earth will enter a mini ice-age in 2014; crystallography; Damien Hirst’s public gallery opening; the KEO Space Time Capsule; as well as the amazing work of Brent Christensen.
PATTERN, COLOUR AND SURFACE FINISHES:
The resulting mood of the trend is clean and cool. Surface finishes are delicately frosted while spiky frost and icy veins (captured within glass and plastics) glacier finishes, and liquid mercury work alongside soft fur-like textures and textural reptile skins.
Layers of transparent colour create new digital geometric patterns whilst mineral kaleidoscopic digital prints in crystal colours, microscopic patterns saturated with coloured dye, and adrenaline crystals create a futuristic lab look.
In terms of colour, we see tints of formaldehyde and crystallized greens paired with natural, organic colours of ice white, nude and flesh tones, and grey. Neons evolve this season into acid pastels and cold brights, whilst ombre effects continue to be important.
Product designers are continuing to develop luminosity, coloured glow effects, halos of light and hazy aesthetics in the form of tinted and cloudy glass, or corrugated plastics, as well as opaque pastel resins.
Hard surfaces are cold and reflective with iridescent; frosted changeant; pearlescent; and tinted, frosted metallic effects.
Soft surfaces are smooth or finely crushed with silvered threads creating a clean, scientific shimmer and nude metallics delivering a luxurious sheen.
Clockwise from top right: CMYK Bulb by Dennis Parren; Yoko Lamp by Anderssen and Voll; Osmosi Vase by Emmanuel Babeld; Crackle Metallic Pillow by Marlo Lorenz; Table by Vano Alto; Transformed Stacking Vessels by Pia Design; Haze Table by Wonmin Park.
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For more trend insight, I’ve hand-picked a range of Christmas gifts based on Autumn/Winter 2013/14 trends – on the blog next!