Old is new again
The penchant for master craftsmanship is also driven by a desire for individual expression, Smecker says. “Consumers are no longer interested in coordinated spaces and matching furniture sets. They prefer to simply incorporate unique pieces, heirlooms or thrifted finds that they love into their spaces. There is empowerment in finding and owning your personal style, especially in interiors.”
Starmer says the burgeoning interest in vintage and reused furniture is a hopeful shift. “This trend is expected to rise and rise, as we see shopping for second life goods as both a design-savvy and environmental choice to make.”
Among the most creative examples she’s recently seen are vintage shop counters and haberdashery units as kitchen islands and antique French linen sheets dyed with bark and roots to create curtains and bed throws. “The confident home designer is mixing up the styles, vintage wooden furniture with recycled stone surface added, or vintage seating recovered in modern printed fabrics,” she adds.
The past few years saw us clinging to as many interior greenery elements as possible, from botanical patterns to statement plants. Now, that passion still runs deep but is morphing into something different.
“[Though] biophilia is still important, this year’s trends are less inspired by lush nature but instead by the irregular and imperfect,” Smecker says. “This trend [celebrates] desert landscapes, mineral shades, mossy greens, and raw, unfinished textures.”
It’s also given rise to an exciting new material palette. “Material designers are now communing directly with the intelligence of nature,” Starmer says. “Groundbreaking brands are speaking the language of the land, discussing biodiversity and insect populations, permaculture, and the harmonious integration of fiber, farming, and food. Fabrics are being developed from orange skins and rose stems, and we are working in harmony with mycelium, clay, fungus, grape skin, dried peel, pineapple skin, brick, earth, shells, kelp, blood, pig skin, and petals.”
Maybe we won’t see it in 2023 but, perhaps, one day our decor will be dictated by our compost bins.