As we ring in 2012, we thought it might be a good time to think ahead for a moment and consider what the future may or may not hold for the world of design.
Let’s start with Tangerine Tango. Yes, Tangerine Tango. Pantone’s 2012 “Color of the Year”. Vibrant, optimistic, confident, bold. It also has a flavor of “the good old days”, taking me personally back, for instance, to my first car, a ’74 VW Beetle, in what could have been called “Tangerine Tango”….but I digress. The color can be used sparingly as an accent, or full-on throughout a space.
Tangerine creates a bold, confident statement
Less is More. Yes, we knew that already, but we really mean it this time. As most everyone has hit their re-set button at some point over the past two or three years, people are realizing that they don’t need as much as they once thought. This is translating into design that is simple, understated, and yet full of style and good taste. Gone are the days of unneccessary opulence and extravagance. Now, in both commercial and residential applications, we see a back-to-basics mentality that is fresh, hip and timeless.
Through the single gesture of using one color, an older home is updated.
Jackie Su restaurant is spare, using a few key elements to make a statement. Design by Rauminraum, Germany.
Lean, Mean, Green. We find ourselves in a new reality these days, where people are being green because they really want to be, not just because it’s cool. While being green is good for business and good for the planet, it have often been seen as an inconvenience: it often requires more research, more logistics, and new techniques in building and design. Over the past few years, however, people have become more educated on the subject, and we now have a handle on what really matters in terms of being a good steward to the planet, and how to get it done right. For great information on building green so it matters, visit: go green!
The End of The Trend. Gimicks and gizmos to lure people in to a commercial entity has taken a back seat to clean, comfortable, simple design. Themed destinations, applied design, and literal interpretations in design are, thankfully, falling by the wayside. This does not mean that innovation and creativity is gone. What it does mean is that thoughtful, deliberate gestures are made to create a mood.
Nat uses large-scale wall graphics to express themselves as an organic restaurant. Design by Eins Architecture, Germany.
Italian restaurant Il Buco uses a canvas of white to highlight beautiful pieces and fine details. Design by Sotovikis, Greece.