A MERGING OF STYLES MADE COHESIVE
A DESIRE FOR INDIVIDUALITY AND ORIGINALITY ARRIVES
full force to counter mass manufacturing and globalization. The Blend story
pays homage to the eternal importance of self-expression in art, fashion and
design. The emerging aesthetic reflects the fusion of craft and technology,
urban and pastoral, traditional and modern. From afar, these designs have
calm simplicity, but close-up, the experiments with form, line and color are
evident. Blend is especially relevant in the monochromatic vocabulary, where
subtle nuance and texture is everything. This is a theme that speaks in the
unique language of the forward-thinking designer and grants permission to
play, infuse creativity and invent new relationships between shape, material,
pattern, color and texture.
Experimental design production / interdisciplinary thinking /
collaboration / the rejection of uniformity fusion of
ancient with modern / native processes such as weaving /
contemporary artists / architectural extremes, especially
modern architecture and abstract industrial design / glass
skyscrapers / agricultural fields / the importance of the
handmade / stylized arrangements found in nature such as
shell surfaces honeycombs / feathers / animal skins / nests
undulating sand / patterns found throughout design
history / retro furniture / cobblestone streets patchwork and quilting
Please contact our Forecasting Team if you would like more information about the color swatches presented in Perspectives, including paint and Pantone® color matches.
- Tone on tone, color injections against a monochromatic background
- Neutrals infused with brown tones and shades of gray
- Multi-mixed brights combined with mid-level neutrals
- Layers and color blocking
- Joining of different elements, big over small, shrunken with oversized, long over short
- Combining matte with sheen, rough with smooth, sporty with smart
- Laser cuts, pleated effects, eclectic styling, natural fibers mixed with artificial
- Using materials with tactile 3-D effects to create new silhouettes
- Tonal variations reveal subtle nuances of color, layering or inlaying
of contrasting surfaces, unexpected textural differences in both
depth and gentle gradations of color, and a co-joining of textures
or flat structures with dramatic 3D elements.
- Variation of size, shape, color, or direction simultaneously conveys a sense of harmony and tension, transforming a simple concept into
one that is rich with meaning and refined sophistication.
- Texture is used to create more a dynamic architectural language. The juxtaposition between contrasting materials and finishes is emphasized through various patterns and rhythms.
- Materials are combined to merge rigid with flexible, masculine with feminine, structure with deconstructed, tailored with casual, extravagant with discrete. New is juxtaposed with old, and ethnic is co-joined with technical.
- A convergence of elements, especially natural stone with wood, glass, metals and leather, are central to the designer's palette when creating distinctive spaces.
- Textiles and fabrics feature random patchworks, multi-colored tweeds, and colorful suede and leather in tonal variations.
- Blends of different stones, glass, woods, metals, copper steel, and lead are recognizable and easily understood, yet speak a contemporary vocabulary.
- Laser-cut furniture, rugs and fabrics; wireframe construction, woven goods, and wood with stone inlays will add visual intrigue to décor.
- This is an important story for the tile category, bringing a more sophisticated and textural aesthetic to a heavily saturated product.
- Veneer stones are custom blended to create a distinctive look and stone planking and wall veneers can be mixed to create tactile dimension.
- Contrasting textures
- Gauzy layers
- Lightly striated
- Milky glass
- Slightly sandblasted
- Coarsely snapped
- Highly polished
- Laminated surfaces