“Working on design sustainability and on the perception of the sensitive world, while keeping a close connection with the natural world, are among my major aims,” says Attico Design founder Cristina Celestino of the intentions she now integrates into all her designs. “During the last Milan Design Week, I designed a space for Kaldewei/Vogue where we focused on the care of personal time within a bathroom space. I tried to ritualize the elements to create a sort of sculptural rhythm, bringing the experience back to something ancestral and closer to nature.
“Many of the materials used, especially those of Kaldewei, are recyclable and naturally sourced. Organic shapes and warm colors underline the sensory experience, guiding the user through an ecstatic experience, settled into contemporaneity.”
Mimi Shodeinde, founder of Miminat Designs, is focusing on the rule of quality over quantity. “For an easy new-season update, I recommend investing in a piece of statement art or sculpture,” she says. “It’s really true that one or two items can have an impact, and my motto is to invest in the quality of design rather than quantity; a sculptural light, vessel, bowl or piece of furniture will lift your space without the need for a complete overhaul.”
Tiling over tradition
“I am working on a few tiled fireplaces at the moment and I expect to see this trend really take off this season,” shares Sarah Peake of Studio Peake. “It’s a great way to introduce color and pattern into a scheme, but in a subtle and unexpected way. I like to go for bold, contemporary patterns as a foil for the traditional fireplace. For instance, we recently used Balineum tube-line tiles with a traditional painted surround in a Victorian sitting room in London.”
“This year sees us bringing the outdoors into our homes more by layering textures, natural materials and lighting to create serene spaces,” continues Shodeinde. “Working from our homes has meant that it’s important to bring an element of our natural surroundings indoors, so think about investing in nature-inspired surfaces and objects to easily get the look. In a recent project, for instance, I used different tones of wood [throughout] – from the dining tables to the chairs and bookshelves – to create warmth and texture.”
“I also think this season will have us really focusing on lighting and its transformative effect on our moods,” Shodeinde says. “I am [fascinated by] sensory lighting and how it can alter the mood of a space. For a project in London, I designed a series of large-scale light fixtures to create a uniquely subtle but warm environment – I suggest opting for a polished gold finish for a little dose of laid-back luxury.”
“When it comes to a new-season update, I often find that the greatest inspiration can be found in the surrounding environment of a space,” says designer Kelly Wearstler. “Exploring the locale offers an opportunity to discover the adjacent culture, history and materials, which can then be brought into the home to create a truly authentic feel; as our surroundings are ever-evolving, this should also be reflected in our interiors. I find designs that play on the raw, natural beauty of an environment the most beautiful and refreshing. This could translate in the way a marble pattern echoes the movement of foliage outside a window or [reflects] a coastal view through salvaged driftwood and ceramics.
“These ideas can be incorporated into your space through homeware and styling accessories, too. For example, in my collection for NET-A-PORTER, I chose to explore a rich palette of marble and metal in bold geometric shapes.”
I find designs that play on the raw, natural beauty of an environment the most beautiful and refreshing”Kelly Wearstler
“Home interiors will develop or evolve with you naturally, to some degree,” says designer and author Tamsin Johnson. “Most of us have spent more time in our own spaces lately and perhaps we will value comfort more than ever, along with a nourishing and uplifting sort of nostalgia. I think stronger color, gentler light and a soft tactility will encourage this.”
“Being close to nature is more important than ever in 2022,” considers Na Li, co-founder of Holloway Li. “I’d recommend prioritizing natural light and filling your space with lots of plants and natural greenery. [A new season] is a great time to refresh neglected corners with foliage.”
Form and function
“I also predict that our home decor will see us choosing different themes for each space within the home, with dedicated functionalities to our rooms,” says Li. “People will seek more intimate spaces and will want to feel a strong sense of ownership and belonging within each space. Coziness will be key to rooms designed for relaxing. Investing in soft blankets and textured throws will help to create a feeling of cocooning.”
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