By Lana Lounsbury
Oh, the Organics
From fabrics to furniture to wallpaper, organic is a trend that keeps re-inventing itself. Rattan, cane and abaca add interesting textures to chairs and as cocktail-table and cabinet accents — a nice balance to the marble and metallic surfaces of earlier years. Wallpaper is also part of this movement. For one of my clients, I’ve just finished this beautiful “Fade” hand-painted hemp paper mural from Philip Jeffries. It embodies the spirit of the organic movement trend with its thick, reworked texture and soft colouring.
The New “Metal”
Brass and gold will remain popular, but do look for white plaster to become the new “metal” in 2017 in high-end lighting fixtures like the St. Tropez artisan chandelier by Mr. Brown of London, inspired by the sculptural artistry of Brancusi. Look also for resin furnishings and home accessories.
I’m not the only one fascinated by the tiny-house trend. Spurred by high housing prices and a desire to reject the bourgeois and live simply, tiny living has inspired beautiful multi-purpose pieces that marry form and function through simplicity of materials. These ideas work well, whether you’re fighting clutter in a large space or trying to live well in a small space. My favourites include Argentinian architect/designer Natalia Geci’s Lynko system of customizable metal frames and wooden hinges that create innumerable configurations, from hangers to office dividers.
Lana Lounsbury of Lana Lounsbury Interiors is a Registered Interior Designer who passionately believes interior design is an essential, transformative tool to reinvent oneself throughout life.