With 2019 officially underway, we’re looking out for the trends that will make their mark in the year ahead. We’ve asked five of our designer friends to weigh in on the styles that are going to take the decorating world by storm (and fill up our Instagram feeds!). Read on to get the scoop on what’s “in” and what’s “out” on the home front, and shop to bring these fresh ideas home.
For 2019: Maximalism or minimalism? Design became so streamlined and pared down that I think everyone is beginning to appreciate the sophistication of well-curated layers and details. Full on maximalism will always be reserved for the true pioneers like the Iris Apfels and Tony Duquettes of the world, but a meaningful collection of objects conveys a personal sense of style more than a blank canvas ever can.
Let’s forget about the ever-present appeal of Mid-Century for a moment. What other design periods will have a comeback ? Great French design from the ’30s and even the ’50s and ’60s. Charlotte Perriand has already been rediscovered and is highly sought after and collectible. But Jacques Adnet has never gotten the attention I believe he deserves, and Guillerme & Chambron are more ever-present at Clignancourt, a sure sign that they’ll soon be much more highly visible.
What is the design inspiration destination you would love to hit in 2019? Marrakech has been on my bucket list for far too long, thus a long overdue birthday celebration/treasure hunt is coming up in April ’19.
What is the design silhouette that will be in, in 2019? Curves! Especially sofas and even table legs.
For 2019: Maximalism or minimalism? Minimalism
Is there a design motto or any type of advice that will be always true, particularly after 2018? Trends don’t last forever, when in doubt, be timeless!
What is the design silhouette that will be in, in 2019? Curved and rounded sofas seem to be popping up everywhere these days, and that’s a silhouette that will continue to have staying power in 2019. But they can be difficult to integrate into certain floor plans or tight spaces. Try introducing exaggerated curves with smaller tables or chairs, which have more flexibility in terms of placement.
Is there a design motto or advice that will be always true, particularly after 2018? Consumers and design clients grow more environmentally conscious each year. It’s important to them when investing in furniture to understand how pieces are made, what materials are being used, and what the environmental impact of the fabrication process is. I advise clients that when they purchase vintage items, they’re making an environmentally savvy choice: they’re saving on packaging, they’re saving something from a landfill, they’re repurposing, they’re reusing. Also, by taking something vintage and refinishing or reupholstering it, they’re supporting their local community by providing work for small business owners who handle their furniture personally, and with care. Choosing vintage items is always a smart choice environmentally, and adds so much character and personality aesthetically, too.
Let’s forget about the ever-present appeal of Mid-Century for a moment. What other design periods will have a comeback? I have clients gravitating towards the dusty, romantic colors and softer shapes of the Victorian period; witness the revival in popularity of William Morris papers. Interiors are always more lively when there is a mix of style and ornamentation. Bring in thoughtful doses of period pieces to mix with more contemporary ones for a less obvious decorative scheme.
What is the design silhouette that will be in, in 2019? Softer, curvier lines & silhouettes with fluidity.
What color is always in fashion no matter what year? Blue is truly perennial. It’s more like a neutral than a color, because there are so many beautiful shades that play nicely with the full spectrum of colors.
What fabrics are you looking forward to working with? We’re eager to use Sandra Jordan’s new “lago” collection of luxurious blue-hued alpaca textiles. We’re pattern people here at Revitaliste – some of favorite big bold prints are from Electra Eggleston, Flock, Klaun Haapaniemi,Santorous and Vout
For 2019: Maximalism or minimalism? Maximalism in moderation. With everyone pulling out their old camel coats this winter and layering them over everything from gray hoodies to tailored suits, it’s a reminder that a classic design is always in style. Often associated with accumulation, maximalism can be sophisticated when balanced in moderation and thoughtful layering. If fashion is judge, it’s refreshing to see folks my age and younger holding onto timeless pieces, while also acknowledging the value of investing in a life well-designed. There’s vitality in vintage and antiques, a little rub and wear adds character and zest to your story.
Let’s forget about the ever-present appeal of Mid-Century for a moment. What other design periods will have a comeback? A client in Houston and I recently coined the word, “Frasian” (French-Asian), as the term best-suited for her personal design style. It was a practice in restraint blending her appreciation for French antiques mixed with a fierce affinity for Chinoiserie decoration. Rooted in the exuberance of the Rococo period, we balanced the weight of furnishings with traditional Georgian colors and contemporary Oriental elements. In doing so we created a light and relatable vibe, while also respecting the home’s refined, Georgian architecture.
There’s endless creative freedom within the Rococo period for blending uniquely different periods with everyday design. Murano chandeliers, pastels, Japanese lacquer, gilded bronzes, and English mahoganies are all celebrated moments from that era.
As designers, we are motivated to deliver something unique for every client. In doing so, creating a dialogue that harmonizes client interests, contemporary aesthetics, and classical references is a concept that plays a binding role throughout my design process.
What is the design inspiration destination you would love to hit in 2019? Vintage and Italian antiques are catching my eye these days. In the new year, I would love to book a sourcing trip to Milan…with a return flight connecting through Houston, of course.
What is the design inspiration destination you would love to hit in 2019? 2018 was a great year of exploration, from the Paris flea markets and Maison et Objet, to the incredible design shops and beach lounges in Greece and Mexico City, which has so much history and vibrancy. Looking to 2019, I hope to visit Morocco as it’s a major design destination in the world.
Tell us about a trend you saw in 2018 that you still love. Visiting Paris is something I do every year to find inspiration for my product development business, as they are always ahead in design. The last time I went, I noticed an emphasis on curved sofas and furnishings, and I hope the trend continues into 2019.