In the Know: Design Predictions for 2015

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Color will make a comeback.

Don’t get us wrong, we freaking love Scandanvian minimalism, but we are ready for the return of vibrancy. The Norse design block, headed up by Sweden, seems to have a challenger in Spain. We love the colorful flair coming out of the inspired minds of Madrid and Barcelona’s interior maestros. We expect to see more oranges, yellows, and pinks this year and a general infusion of more color and patterns. Check-out the playful interior of Casa de Luis Galliussi in Madrid for an idea of what we’re talking about.

Simple will be traded for sumptuous.

Practicality and functionality have been controlling design philosophy for a while now, but interior mavens like Roman and William (one of our all time fave design teams), have started to rebel. Stark furniture and tidy floorplans are being undermined by opulent furnishings, eccentric ornaments, and dramatic neo-gothic color schemes. Think Addams Family meets Martha Stewart. It works, really!

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Small is the new big.

It used to be about the square footage. Now there’s a whole branch of architecture devoted to “tiny living”. We are especially fond of the Vipp Shelter and the Outdoor Research Tiny House. The OR Tiny House is home to professional skiers, Molly Baker and Zack Griffin, who hitch their tiny shelter to the back of a truck and park it at the base of whichever ski resort currently has the most snow. Millennials are a very different demographic than has ever been seen before, and unlike baby boomers, they are used to cramped apartments and feel strongly about having less of a footprint environmentally. This generation can be expected to promote functional spaces with little to no excess.

Healthy homes.

At the annual Green Building Conference, which took place in New Orleans in 2014, the theme was healthy living spaces. In depth scientific studies found that interiors that incorporate wood, plants, and light keep us happy and healthy. Architects have taken this information and incorporated it into designs—indoor flora, expansive wood ceilings, natural settings, etc…will all be trending now. Behold, the stacking green house.

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