Goodbye Winter blues and hello Springtime hues! Although we may be speaking a bit too soon for our friends surviving the winter weather on the East Coast, as designers, we're excited to spring forward. With much consideration, we put together a trend report to give you something to look forward to this Spring!
First things first: “The 2014 color of the year Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.
An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Here at LOCZIdesign, couldn't agree more. Last year, we showcased a full spectrum of this pantone throughout our client, Vineet's vibrant home. Sourching the Chabada chairs by Roche Bobois in three vivid and playful tones, we balanced out his kitchen and dining room with the neutral dining table by Wüd designs. With a nod to our remodel, we also picked the Chair Duo Wood by Patrick Norguet and the Melt Down lamps by Johan Lindsten to celebrate the magenta hues of this year's pantone!
If one looks closely, it is easy to view how the fashion, interior, and graphic design world blend in perfect harmony. In fact, design is the way in which we change the world for the better. Design within technology, city planning, and our personal dwellings are intertwined much like lattice. Traditionally it is a framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of strips of building material, typically wood or metal but also (fun fact!) found in crystal structures. Once combined, these structures are strengthened making it a good representation of our collective future as designers.
Not only is this cool to look at, but each lattice system found in crystal formation consists of a set of three axes (or center line) which naturally gives these crystals a perfect geometric pattern. Latticework has been used in gardens to help plants like tomatoes and ivy grow strong, and also used to divide spaces. We also found latticework on the runway of Tory Burch SS 2014 fashion show and the sophisticated 'Bentley arm chair' by Safavieh (seen below).
Old Hollywood Glam
As a fan of The Golden Girls, it almost seems perfect that the character Blanch had a room covered in the iconic martinique wallpaper. But the "Hollywood Regency" and "Maximalism" style was around long before then and keeps cycling back around in the design world. Over the past couple years we've spotted the trend on Pinterest, California Home + Design and Apartment Therapy. The Hollywood Regency style originated during the 1930’s when movie sets, hotels and homes of Hollywood were created with highly theatrical accents of tall white lacquered floor lamps, mirrored dressing tables and fainting couches upholstered in visually rich satin or velvet! We grabbed some images from decortoadore [dot] come and Julie Blanner's Coordinately Yours blog to help illustrate its vibe in the vignette below.
Designer Jonathan Adler says, "I define Hollywood Regency as Neo-classical lines mixed with Hollywood glamour and a top note of mod moxie. Hollywood Regency was a style of architecture and decoration popular in the 60s in LA that was a revival of classical regency style through a modern lens. Hollywood Regency added a layer of pattern and decoration and opulence and glamour to the minimalism of mid-century modernism.
I think that the current rage for Hollywood Regency is a reaction to the Christian Liaigre-ish minimalism that has been pervasive for the last several years. Design was starting to look a bit dour and grey and joyless and I think people had simply had enough. So, Hollywood Regency has become a catch-all name to describe design that thumbs its nose at minimalism in favor of classical references and lots of decoration. " Its splashes of gold, lucite, lacquer, and everything luxurious gives us reason to believe it will be seen again in many 2014 spring interiors.
The future is now! Modulation within furniture and interior design is the key to efficiently and effortlessly using the space around us. Both with green walls and modern dividers, the usage of modulation displayed throughout the home and office is refreshing and a very zen-like style of choice.
The Urbio is a modular magnetic design that utilizes various sized pots with neodymium magnets that make them strong enough to hold just about anything. The pots adhere to wall plates that can be easily mounted anywhere. With the Urbio, you can design your green wall to work with your particular space challenges. Use one or several pots, and go wide or narrow, it depends on you and your wall.
The other modular furniture system ‘Docks’, by Berlin-based designers Till Grosch and Björn Meier can be combined in various ways to create different office islands. Manufactured by Ophelis, the communal piece of furniture functions both for meeting places, as well as a retreat for relaxation and concentration. The individual modules can be arranged independently, and be used either to provide acoustic and visual privacy, or to create open-plan meeting areas. Too, the Movisi LINK by Pearson LLoyd offers a variety of possible combinations to shape different space needs; adding privacy, light noise isolation all with an innovative and small footprint.
Spring is just around the corner and a chance for us to brighten our homes and spirits. Whether you're on a budget or looking for a full service remodel to spruce up your home, it behooves us to add a little cheer to our dwelling, because our environment shapes our attitudes and thus our lives!