We had a great time at this year's ICFF. Surrounded by new friends and old, and beautiful innovative elements, here's a recap of this year's favorites!
When asked to design a lounge for the re-opening of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Opening Gala, we were ecstatic! We saw it as an opportunity to collaborate with esteemed designers...
for the outrageous cutting edge designs, and we especially love it for the individuality that finds itself on the streets of cities like San Francisco, Brooklyn, Paris, and Johannesburg! It can be said that Interior design is where fashion meets the home. And though our approach extends from an environmentally efficient background, we do not shy away from the style that emerges from our clients, and the fashionably innovative designers in our firm.
It makes perfect sense then, that the top 2013 trends in fashion and interior design would drop from the same tree. So in light of the completion of another LOCZIdesign remodel, allow us to celebrate and showcase some of the best design trends for the upcoming months of 2013.
Soft Neutrals, Textiles and Wool
Natural fabrics have been used since the beginning of humanity. Sheepskin, wool, and fur have been draped on everything this year, from beds to chairs, and outdoor benches. Thankfully, a good portion of the interior design world is going back to its natural roots, using elements untamed and untainted by dyes and toxic finishes. The model (above left) is wearing designer Maiyet in their pre-fall 2013 collection. Her attire is a beautifully understated natural wool felt top similar to various pendant lights and stools—worthy items for the home. Too, the decor (top right) from the blog, Grey and Scout's, executes the comfort and softness of the natural world harmoniously.
Color Blocking and Flora Inspirations
We were enthralled by the runway look from designer, Etro (above right), that was spotted in the Spring 2013 report on Harper's Bazaar's website. It is a lovely mix of two trends we love: floral prints, and color blocking. The wallpaper from the talented Josef Frank (top left), featured on Apartment Therapy, also deserves some attention. Wallpaper is no doubt back in action, and the romance of the floral motif is definitely here to stay. The styled dining vignette from Cool Hunter, (above left) is not only coveted by our creative director, Paige Loczi, but the superb mix and of color adds a unique charm—creating an environment full of life!
Black, White, and Bold Stripes
Black and white and bold all over. Stripes are making a major comeback, though they only hibernated for a couple seasons. Lines and patterns such as these are fun and make for dramatic effect—adding optical illusions where the appearance of open space is desired. The bathroom design (above left) was featured in the California Home and Design's Small Space Big Style editorial. Speaking of which, would it be alright to mention that LOCZIdesign is a finalist for the CH+D's 2013 reader's choice room of the year awards? It's true! The award ceremony takes place February 8th. We'll be sure to let you know if and when we win. (((grinning)))
All That Shimmers Is Gold
If you're into Pinterest, then you'll love our designer Cristina Zuccatosta's pinboards. One of her pins from a gold kitchen designed by Jean Louis Deniot, was a perfect example of this year's trend: gold! Last fall, our entire firm took the afternoon off to visit the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young Museum. Let's just say it was a reminder that fashion, amongst all its pros and cons, is by far one of the most elaborate vessels of creativity! And no one knows creativity more than Jean-Paul Gaultier, who's couture dress (above left) in his haute couture 2013 runway show, is shockingly similar to the aesthetic of the LOCZIdesign dining room (above, right). We chose the center piece, a stunner from last year's ICFF, from Gabriel Scott and the chandeliers from Tom Dixon to complete the space. Keep an eye out in our portfolio for a full photo essay of this new remodel.
Fashion and Interior Meet in Geometry
It's as simple as geometry. Not only mathematicians are drawn to it's dramatic lines and shapes. If you take a look back, the mod style of the 50's and 60's where streets and homes were filled with tables, dresses, and architecture payed homage to a branch of mathematics explaining the intrigue of shape, size, figures, and the properties of space. Ray Eames may have single-handedly started the trend with an early prototype version of "The Toy" in 1951. Or maybe it was the architectural landmark of The Eames House in Los Angeles. Either way, the flowing look (above left) from designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista and the structured outfit (above right) featuring Helmut Lang, are absolutely stunning examples of where geometry has taken us.
Our love for design is what keeps our firm fresh, relevant and willing to push boundaries. And though we always keep our client's personal style in mind, we remember that the most important element of our work is celebrating the artistic expression in you—whatever that might be!
Each person, client, and member of our close-knit firm has a unique design style of their own. We prefer to honor individual creativity above trends. And seeing that sustainability is one of the strongest driving forces in our approach, we've witnessed its path from trend into a realm of design with the most promise of longevity. With that said, it doesn't mean that we don't take note of and incorporate the new waves of colors, patterns, and styles into our remodels. So this week, we'd like to share our favorite fall trends that are timeless and will no doubt be seen in homes well past the autumn season of 2012!
Back to the Basics
Let's face it, nature is perfect. As designers, we constantly rely on wood, not only for construction, but for inspirations and the ability to create calm, warm, and sometimes more serious dwellings. The ruggedness also offers up a masculine-like feel that can compliment any style without being gender specific. Reclaimed wood, drift wood, and other naturally derived forms have been seen everywhere in homes all over the world: from tables, to sink counters, serving utensils and pendant lamps. This simple, yet practical element will continue to be beautiful and hold value for years to come. The benefits surpass form and function but is a constant reminder of true sustainability and our outside world.
When you think of fall and the waning months of the year, a warm cozy place to sit by the fire (perhaps with some yarn and a needle) is the idyllic setting that comes to mind. Many designers are incorporating crocheted, knitted, and "smok" techniques as area rugs and chunky fabric pieces. This could easily be a DIY project or gift for the, dare I say, upcoming holiday season—though the needles you use may be a bit larger than usual.
Faux furs, and Flokati wools also add a touch of comfort to beds, floors and your desk chair, stepping up the comfort factor to the highest notch. We especially love the cozy workspace on the top left of our style guide from the Organic Grey blog's, "Inspire Me Fridays" post.
Gold often times gets a bad wrap. Though it can appear gaudy in particular circumstances, it's lustrous charm is perfect for a home—in just the right doses. Sparkly beads, metallic fabrics, brass, copper, golden tiles, and even glass chairs are shining their way into our homes and is no longer associated with the golden days disco (not to say there's anything wrong with disco). Adding some gold is an easy way to incorporate cheer into your home with a touch of twinkle. In our recent remodel and in the style-guide above, we installed a beautiful golden vintage-inspired wallpaper into the bathroom of our client's San Francisco flat. It compliments the other golden fixtures perfectly!
We absolutely love where geometric shapes and lines are going these days. Perhaps you've noticed how we've added a geometric pettern into our logo? To much surprise, abstract lines work so well with textiles and furnishings, and when it comes to architecture—it's devine. Paige also happens to be currently crushing on the table, above, featured as Hand Full of Salt's fresh talent: John Liston. Geometric ratios and figures were and still are often used in the design of Egyptian, ancient Indian, Greek and Roman architecture and modern Western designs. Medieval European cathedrals also incorporated symbolic geometry as well as Indian and Himalayan spiritual communities where constructed temples and fortifications on design plans of mandala and yantras.
There are over a dozen styles and trends organically merging and changing by the minute—that's the beauty of design and the world we live in.
And above all, we strive to create spaces that balance and inspire. We know it's important to honor what personally reflects you, your style, and your home. But we are always curious to see new innovations and trends. So please don't hesitate to share some of yours with us in the comment box below!