Okay, so we’re all into the Moroccan influence with patterns. And we just love our ikats and suzanis. And we all know bigger is better.
Don't you wonder?
But what's NEXT?
I know I do -- ALL THE TIME.
I’ve always said: "When it shows up at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, it’s time to start thinking ahead."
Not that those patterns won’t be alive and well and thriving for a long time, but don’t you wonder: WHAT'S NEXT?
What should we look for as THE hot design in pattern, next year and the next?
I think I know ;-)
No, I'm not in the know because I’ve got my ear to the ground over here. I just know some things never change.
Style changes when the economy changes. And things are finally looking up for a lot of people.
After all, we’re coming out of a recession.
Therefore, pattern in design is due for a change.
We’re looking towards the future with hope and want something fresh and new and youthful, yet also something that's different and unique.
Patterns, designs, trends are all associated with a period of time. While we’ve embraced the global/Moroccan/Bohemian trend in pattern, when we look back on it, it's likely that we'll associate it with the recession.
So, if you’re looking forward to the future and to positive, fresh things, maybe we should look for a new type of pattern to embrace.
Let’s think. What could that pattern be?
We like geometric graphics. Because they are young and hip and cool.
We like striking contrasts. Because they are bold and gutsy.
We like historical references in pattern, because they keep us in touch with our past. And old patterns never die, they just get resurrected, and there’s something really safe and secure about that.
We were all really bruised in the latest economic downfall, so we’d like to feel a little safe. A little secure. A little in touch with stability.
Hmm... So what could be next?
I lived in Norway for three years. I followed my husband’s career, lived there with my children, and had a really enlightening and enjoyable experience. I was highly influenced by their historic culture and design style.
And I really think that a reinvention of Nordic pattern is the “IT” pattern coming next.
So, for this pattern to go global, like the Moroccan patterns have, we have to dissect it.
We have to take it apart. Appreciate certain layers of the pattern. Simplify it. Hone in on the repetitive details. Enlarge it. Change up the color scheme...
Make room for the newness that is Nordic!
(Because old is rarely a good thing - that is unless you’re talking about wine and wood countertops!)
Who's Responsible For Projecting Pattern Trends?
As Thom Filicia said in his talk at the HDC in December:
"Most design style trends come from textile designers."
Because they, the textile designers, design the fabrics or the patterns that designers work with.
Interior designers are assemblers. They are the conductors of the orchestra.
They don’t write the music. They aren’t the soloists.
Interior designers are editors. They're compilers. They're cooks. They're the directors.
They accumulate the ingredients and meld them together to perfection to present the perfect dish, the perfect stage production, the perfectly edited movie, the perfect soundtrack, the sweetest symphony.
Whoever designs the products that designers specify, buy, select… They are the trendsetters.
So how are textile designers reinventing the Nordic pattern? Let’s take a look...
More Nordic Pattern Inspiration
I could go on forever about all the wonderful experiences I had while living in Norway.
Three years were spent there with my family, and with my children at such impressionable ages, we didn’t waste a single moment soaking in the culture and traveling and experiencing this time overseas.
One of our favorite things to do on the weekends was visit folk museums. You don’t have to go far out of your way to get a quick glimpse into what life was like some 300-800 years ago.
As in any country in the far north, life lived within extreme weather conditions plays a big role in how their homes are designed. The cold, the 24/7 darkness/then the 24/7 sunlight, the raw landscape, and the remoteness that many Norwegians enjoy, play into how they decorate.
Some years ago, the homes were more closed in, darker, cocooning shells designed for comfort and maintaining warmth. These days northern homes are brighter, filled with lots of natural light, and white seems to be the interior color of choice. Norwegians love the sun and light.
But, remember, we’re talking about pattern here. (Click HERE for parts 1 & 2 of this pattern series ;-) So let's take a look below at some of the patterns that have been used on the furniture, the walls, the ceilings, the objects of these historical homes.
Historically, traditional rosemaling is a craft and style of decoration that has been used in Norway.
Don’t you see how it could be adapted and reinvented for today’s market?
How it could be taken apart and toyed with to create more graphic renditions of these patterns?
...I know do. My mind is spinning!