We headed out to Islington the other week to check out the Surface Design Show 2013. Like every year, there is a huge focus on ‘the next big thing’ and a large part of the event focused on upcoming textural and colour trends. One seminar we were particularly interested in was the ‘Colour and Material Trends’ talk, hosted by Mix, which focused on the trends for S/S 2014.
Hannah Malein kicked things off with a retrospective on the trends forecast at last year’s show for 2013 – predicting the sophisticated pastels and shades of green that we’re seeing everywhere at the moment. Hannah talked us through the trends we can expect to see next year…
Veil has an almost dreamlike and ethereal feel; moody but not exactly sombre. The trend is influenced by current political complexities and tensions in the world, as well as a play on light and dark. Important colours that play out in this theme include cobalts, sulphurs, muted greys, and coppers. Materials are characterised by contrasts – rubbers, marbled surfaces, mattes and glosses combined.
Burst is strongly influenced by the dominance of the green agenda, climate change consciousness and the importance of environmental thoughtfulness. Wide spectrums of greens dominate the palette, along with aquatic hues and tinted whites. Iridescent coatings, cellular forms and linear patterns also dominate the textural side of this trend.
Phase takes inspiration from Art-Deco forms and hues in popular culture at the moment. Blending modernist trends from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, the trend focuses on classic shades of bright yellows, deep mustards and bursts of cobalt. Leathers, honeycomb structures, Bakelite and plastics govern this trend too.
Perhaps the most interesting trend to emerge comes from the youth subcultures of the Far East. Sweet, shiny, and poppy, the trend is playful, ultra modern and very commercial. Upbeat pastels, minty greens, peaches, blues and classic blacks permeate through the trend – with a subversive feel of soft tactile textures, candy aesthetics, as well as satins and coloured flecks.
It’ll be interesting to see how and to what extent these future trends express themselves in the design world, from architecture to interiors, to fashion. We’re already starting to see these trends emerging, so who knows what we could be seeing in a year’s time!