Through the bespoke nature of creating made to order beds, we understand that the role of design is not necessarily to reflect trends, but to respond to solutions and individuality. As part of this, we are becoming more aware of our surroundings and their impact on our health and well-being, and this shift is being embraced by designers.
Four months into a decade which has already made us re-evaluate many areas of our lives, homes are set to become more human-centric and fulfilling environments. Designs will encompass a broader concern for well-being and how they can make us feel better. This trend will gather pace with decisions based not only on user experience and behaviours, but also emotion. With no right or wrong concept for these areas, homeowners will embrace the freedom to explore the individuality of the solution. From varying tones and shapes to drawing on eastern philosophy, the design possibilities are endless.
With this in mind, we’ve curated four themes that are on our radar, which will hopefully get you thinking about your home and how these can help create a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
The bedroom has always been a private and personal space, it’s where we recharge and renew our minds and bodies. This year, design will support the need to create a cocooning environment through the introduction of furnishings and textiles which draw us closer to nature. Tactile and textural designs which reference beauty beyond the superficial surface will be introduced into the home, including the bedroom. An example of this is Bill Amberg’s Ocean bed, which was inspired by the motion of swimming from the depths of the sea towards the surface at daybreak. The refraction of light through water during these early hours created a naturally soothing pattern which has been featured on the headboard and footboard.
Guided by our desire to live sustainably; we will start to see new advances in textiles, as textures and materiality come together. Traditional and renewable resources will combine to create exquisite blended and woven fabrics. The finest cashmere and linens will remain popular in the bedroom due to their natural breathability and luxurious feel. However, research by the University of Maryland in smart material technologies will see the introduction of new fabrics with even better temperature regulating properties, which are key when it comes to comfort and sleep.
Recent interior trends have encouraged a maximalist aesthetic in the home with clashing colours, prints and multiple textures. This sense of bravery continues, but the focus will shift from colour and texture to new silhouettes. In 2020, we are seeing abstract shapes taking centre stage and bedroom furnishings embracing softer lines. Designers keen to deliver the extraordinary are creating highly individual pieces which pay close attention to this new silhouette, with a focus on asymmetry and a playful approach to scale, dimensions and form. Bedroom schemes already featuring curves such as oval shaped boudoir chairs and arched doorways are now accompanied by organic shaped rugs and spherical vases. The bedroom is the perfect environment to embrace soft and sensual shapes, whether accessorising with a curved cushion or floating on Tom Faulkner’s cloud shaped bed.
This year has also seen leading artists and designers across fashion and art starting to spread their wings and enter new territories. Designers are using fine art practices and their knowledge of materials to create highly functional art pieces for the home. We will see an increased desire to collect and own art that is both unique and practical. These designs will offer the best of both worlds, with the opportunity to personally curate a collection of functioning art pieces which can be appreciated daily. Waking up on a work of art is no longer just a dream.
The Japanese design philosophy has been a constant source of inspiration over the last decade. This continues with craft techniques influencing many areas of design. From origami folds and ornamental shapes, this pared down, minimalist aesthetic provides a sharp contrast to the chaotic interior schemes of the past. Traditional craft techniques are being adopted as we see patinated wood and processes such as Shou Sugi Ban (an 18th century cedar wood burning process) incorporated into furniture design.
Eastern inspired designs that place simple form and neutral palettes will prevail, promoting a sense of balance and harmony. With the key room being the bedroom, encouraging this space to become a sanctuary, a place to centre oneself.
So, while in 2020 the purpose of design trends continues to evolve, innovate and adapt, we will also see the idea of home-as-a-sanctuary become stronger than ever. We will be embracing design sensibility. To create designs and interior schemes that are truly individual, reflecting personalities and well-being. Living in unique spaces that make people truly happy and healthy.