Have you ever heard of Lidewij Edelkoort? No? It’s time you changed that. She’s one of the world’s most prominent trend forecasters, and as a handmade designer, trends are something you can’t afford to ignore, especially as the outdoor fair and market season gears up.
According to Edelkoort, this year’s most popular designs will be the ones focused on making us feel balanced, happy, and safe. People don’t just want to feel embraced, they want to feel blissfully enveloped. She’s calling it an “embryonic renaissance,”or a celebration and exploration of very basic comfort.
So think of anything that elicits the sense of being wrapped up or held. Edelkoort used words like “cocoon,” “capsule,” “cushioned,” and “tubular.” Here’s our summary of her findings.
1. Green Tinting
This makes a lot of sense, right? If designers are going to spend 2015 honoring the comfort of home, they certainly can’t forget about mankind’s universal home, Mother Earth. Expect to see soft yarns dyed in pretty shades of minty or sage green. In fact when it comes to dyes in general, the lighter, the better.
If you’re thinking geometrically at all this year, don’t stray any further than the oval. Designers in 2015 will favor rounded edges over the aggressive, restricted boundaries of the square. Remember, we want to feel “embryonic” and “cocooned,” not “boxed in.” Big difference.
When it doubt, think of the most common oval of all: the egg. Shades of eggshell will be popular colors for goods made for the kitchen or bathroom, and the comforting shape of the egg will influence both furniture and fashion construction. Chairs will cradle us. Knits will be thicker and piled high, leaving us rounder than ever.
You will see round baskets made of yarn or rope for sale, as well as basket-like furniture with soft edges. Think of the fact that babies are often carried in baskets. They’re one of the oldest symbols of comfort we have as humans.
2015 will favor the slightly-sandy, earthen look that ceramic has to offer. It will embrace the rounded safety of the bowl and the pot-bellied vase. Earthy ceramic vessels will definitely grace our kitchens and our porches this year.
5. Goods For the Bedroom
Edelkoort hinted that designs for the home will be bedroom-centric in 2015. She predicts that bedrooms will be structured more like suites, with more furniture, access to bathrooms, and fireplaces. In other words, these spaces will become even more cocoon-like than ever before.
Are you as happy to hear about 2015’s design trends as we are? Bring on the comfort!