Interiors of The Future: Trends That Will Stay

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When I think of the future, I can’t help but remember how we imagined it to be back in the Eighties. Everything we thought would remain science fiction became part of our present. Touch screens, mobile phones, laser printers, carbon fiber, etc.. were all just part of movies and our imagination. Now we know, nothing is impossible and we also realized that the present and future will not be the same without going back to nature. For a couple of decades now minimalism was prevailing with the rise of technology, but not anymore. New trends have been emerging in the past few years and some are about to stay around for a while while others are perishing.

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As recent interior design trends have been focusing on the operator rather than the consumer, this has created a great shift in all things design.

Workspaces, for example, are now focused on the employee rather than on the visitor or consumer. This innovative idea has been brought forth by firms such as Google, Facebook, Leo Burnett, Deloitte & Touche, Cisco, and many others. Numerous studies have suggested that a healthy and comfortable work environment produces better productivity, this may not always be true but has been an eye opening approach for many. These firms have come up with ideas we once though of as crazy, such as having pool tables, a gym, cafes, napping zones all at the company’s premises. With this in mind, the human is now the focus of all present and future trends. Focus now is on well being, healthy lifestyle, and  communication.

As a result, new design trends emerged and were made possible with the use of materials that are more human and environment friendly.

Design trends that are here to stay:

 

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1- Bringing Nature inside, and almost every other trending material is there to compliment this one. Greenery and nature are everywhere now, restaurants and cafes, entrances, airports, homes, etc.. no space is complete without greenery anymore. It is not a surprise that Pantone’s 2017 color of the year was Greenery! From fake to natural, green is everywhere and here to stay. Integration of nature and natural elements in our spaces and through our architecture has become a requirement now. This is why we are opting more and more for large windows and focusing more on the view. It might be a psychological attempt to replace the damage that has been done to our environment in the past decades.

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The New Balenciaga Flagship Boutique in New York | Retail Design

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To create Balenciaga’s new Manhattan flagship , brand creative director Alexander Wang, who was appointed as artistic director only a year ago, collaborated with interior designer Ryan Korban.

The boutique is characterized by its large area, high ceilings, and deep green Verde Ramegiatto  covering 5400 sq.ft of the space.

“This color green was the very first thing I thought of when I started thinking about the store. It’s regal and aristocratic but also not so obvious.” said Wang.  Shelves are a rich green similar to the marble, but covered in soft suede. The polished limestone-and-marble floor add to the luxurious yet real nature of the space.

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De Waterkant Apartment in South Africa | Interiors

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When it comes to featured houses in Cape town, the usual projects are large scale villas with breathtaking architecture. This interesting project is a small apartment so beautifully utilized and very well designed with influential elements applied only where they should be. Antoni Associates Interiors & OKHA interiors collaborated on this apartment in terms of design and furnishing. The outcome is just beautiful. Below you can read the details as shared by the designers.

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Givenchy New Stores In Korea and China | Retail Design

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The famous fashion brand Givenchy is opening its new store in Seoul, Korea and two others in China. This space is proof that when using the right combination of materials, the interior doesn’t need additional accessories to identify the place as exquisite. The combination of herring bone wood flooring with the white marble and mirrored cabinets are just a beautiful match.

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Monsieur Bleu At The Palais De Tokyo in Paris By Joseph Dirand | Restaurant Design

Such an elegant interior. Located in the new wing of the Palais de Tokyo, perched on the quays of the Seine just across from the Eiffel Tower, Monsieur Bleu caters equally well for sociable suppers, business lunches, family meals, artist meetings, or indeed lively late-nights. Its kitchens open around the clock, offering menus full of flair but conscious of the simple needs of the lunch-breakers, This versatile address designed by the architect Joseph Dirand, both cosmopolitan and international, presents a haven as delectable to the gourmet as it is to the gourmand, a living space where you may nibble just as easily as you’ll lunch, a forum for chance encounters as much as regular rendez-vous and if you fancy a dance, well you can do that too. The bar menu has been created created in collaboration with Alix Lacloche.

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