According to industry professionals, this year will see many of us spending more time at home. Uncertain times mean we stick to what we know, and when it comes to all things domestic we seek the solace of style plus comfort.
The annual trend book released by IMM Cologne states that ‘comfort’ will guide our design choices for the year to come. Soothing tones of aqua, turquoise and green, will be toned with soft orange to invoke escapist thoughts of luxury holidays on desert islands. And while we may lack the verve for a complete interior overhaul, using design discipline we can invest in a single impactful piece to change the mood and focus of an entire room.
Brands like Alivar, are the perfect go-to for your single interior investment this year. They have taken the work of masters including Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer and reissued pieces as part of The Classics of Modern Furniture range. Recently, their Contemporary collection uses a very expressive style that creates an instant impression while embracing the concept of comfort in the home. Another collaborator, pioneering Italian design house Bonaldo, have worked with the likes of Karim Rashid and Ron Arad to create cutting edge, high-tech furniture that exist as functional art in your home.
Cath Preschelt, interior stylist based in Dubai, has some great advice for homeowners looking to make a change to their luxury pad, “ If you want to create a new look and feel by purchasing only a few pieces this year and your style is contemporary, why not mix it up with some traditional pieces like an overstuffed vintage chair. You can also have an old antique piece sprayed in a high gloss painted finish to fuse old and new.”
Andrew Martin, legendary British furniture designer who is renowned for his rock and roll pieces, takes a very different approach to impactful interiors. His retro-styled signature pieces like the Beatles chairs or Boomer armchair to the Armstrong Union Jack sofa, are both comforting in their familiarity and strong enough to change the feel of your living room. Saving that, Martin’s collection of unusual home accessories will add a little quirkiness to your home with very little effort.
“For a quick and effective change, swap the colors you have for colors from the opposite side of the spectrum, “ says Cath. “Where you had fresh cut flowers, put potted orchids or plants. Paint a feature wall in a dark shade or orange, the new hot color for this season. It’s amazing how much difference you can create in a room with just the accessories!”
If you are the owner of one of the UAE’s many vast and baroque-styled villas, you may want to rediscover the delights of Versace Home. Their running themes and decorative emblems such as the Medusa or the neo-classical Greek fret have become iconic symbols of the brand. For extreme embellishment, vibrant colours and general decadence, even a few cushions from their 2010 collection will add a little of Versace’s unmistakable opulence to your home.
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