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5 interior-design movements the experts are embracing in 2021

London’s Mandarin Oriental Penthouse, designed by Joyce Wang

Following a year in which our lives have centered around the home more than ever before, we asked five interior designers and tastemakers to share the shifts and movements they are incorporating into their own spaces and the places they are designing. By KATIE BERRINGTON

Lifestyle

Layering with time

“I am always obsessed by time in my projects. I definitely stick to old faithfuls, like referring to the soul and history of the space, in order to design projects that seem like they have always been there,” says Giovanna de Bosredon, founder of architectural and interior design studio Auguri Auguri. “It’s more about an atmosphere, a tactile ambience, an in-between period. I am not influenced by trends in my projects, I am looking for a timeless space. Timelessness as modernism is an eternal source of inspiration for me. A perfect combination of aesthetic, functionalism and simplicity that also manifests warmth and character.”

The Oscuro Lounge bar at The Art’s Club in London’s Mayfair captures Joyce Wang’s use of eclectic textures, patterns and materials to add richness and depth to a space

Enjoying a melding of materiality

“We are excited by the elevated celebration of materiality we are noting across the industry – a meld of eclectic textures, patterns and materials that bring a certain richness and depth to a space,” says Joyce Wang of her eponymous studio. “For the Oscuro Lounge we designed at The Arts Club in London’s Mayfair, we embraced this layering of materials with warm-gray timber paneling on the walls, providing a backdrop for an abundant mix of bold floral patterns, and armchairs covered in fabrics referencing tree bark and tobacco. Rare golden veneers and feature marbles (such as Verde Antigua) inject the space with fresh, tropical energy – reinforcing the material narrative. In a similar vein, for the redesign of the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, we looked to recreate the style and spirit of the art deco period while anchoring this to its Hyde Park roots with rich jewel tones and acorn-inspired textures.”

Spending more time at home has allowed us to think about what we really like. In terms of colors, there is a move towards warm neutrals that make us feel relaxed and cozy
Kate Watson-Smyth, interiors writer

Individualizing our interiors

“If we have learned anything over the long months of lockdown, it is perhaps that we don’t want to be dictated to on interior trends anymore. Spending more time at home has allowed us to think about what we really like. That said, there are lifestyle changes gathering pace, such as shopping more sustainably for our homes and re-using and repurposing our existing furniture, whether it’s reupholstering an old chair or buying vintage,” says Kate Watson-Smyth, author of Mad about the House. “These things will make our homes more individual and bespoke, and I’m really excited to see them being picked up as a way forward in interiors. In terms of colors, there is a move towards warm neutrals that make us feel relaxed and cozy, while bringing in as much greenery as possible is not only fashionable, but good for cleaning the air.”

Marie Flanigan appreciates the move away from all-white kitchens, using stained wood, nature-inspired colors and metal accents to add richness and warmth to her designs

Bringing bygone trends into the present

“I’m inspired at the moment by the movement in interior trends away from the all-white kitchen,” considers Marie Flanigan. “Many of my current designs are incorporating cabinets clad in stained wood, nature-inspired colors and metal accents, bringing a richness and warmth that feels reminiscent of a bygone era, yet equally modern. I’m selecting marbles with dramatic veining rather than the demure slabs of years past.”

Tara Bernerd’s use of color and mid-century furniture adds confidence and character to the luxuriously laid-back lobby at The Hari Hong Kong

Injecting confidence and personality into a space

“Although I have always been slightly against trends, preferring to revere designs that stand the test of time, I sense that, without a doubt, interiors matter more now than ever. The consequences of what we have been through this past year have definitely put an emphasis on our homes and our interior environment,” says Tara Bernerd. “I think we will see the use of color re-emerging – and likely in a bold manner – which brings a confidence to a room or space. And the use of interesting furniture, with a passion for the mid century, because of its striking character and personality.

“This can also be found in looking for interesting shapes or organic structure – and, as a studio, we are increasingly designing our own. We are drawn to blocky, stronger colors and are somewhat monogamous to that color. So, for example, it may be a different shade of green and different textures, rather than going for a more rainbow-inspired palette. Shape can also come in the form of furniture, such as over-scaled, chunky tufting. Most important is to have what we refer to as a DNA and a narrative for any area that one builds on, to create an aesthetic with depth and layers.”

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