The 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City was, once again, a great source of validation on emerging trends in the theatre of design. Visitors were able to feast their eyes on an extensive array of beautiful and innovative pieces, environmentally sustainable design, and fresh concepts in colours and materials.
Here are some of the most inspirational trends.
Copper, brass and gold details could be seen throughout the show. Warm metallic hues were omnipresent in furniture detailing and light fixtures, creating a seductive setting and the desire for the elegance of upscale finishes.
The power of colour, not only primaries but also palettes of reserved, saturated colours from the 60s, was explored in contemporary conceptual spaces.
Colour is currently being used to delineate space and dictate movement. It is also employed to punctuate and create vibrant energy as well as transform everyday items into eye-catching statement pieces. Fantasy fused with colour produces an over-the-top aesthetic and brings an air of playfulness into contemporary design.
There were many products that combined both refined functionality and a simplified approach, underscoring a renewed emphasis on environmentally conscious design. Key elements to this trend are:
• A fresh look through paring down furniture and accessories.
• Natural materials chosen for their distinct colour and character.
• Linear construction tops add rhythm.
• Simplicity both in architecture and decoration.
• Organic textures that lend authenticity to interior spaces.
• One-of-a kind details that create emotional attachment.
[Main photo via Country Living]