Negotiating what clients need, value and how they want to communicate this to the world and in their own home will become a designer’s greatest challenge over the coming years. The following trends may seem contradictory; however, it is up to designers to find ways of allowing them to coexist harmoniously. Trends can be contentious, especially in an industry where projects can take years to come
to fruition. This is why the movement behind the trend is what really matters; the social shifts that explain why change is occurring. As designers, we are expected to be at the forefront of design thinking, and in an era where clients have a constant feed of inspiration and influence, trade professionals need to offer insight that goes above and beyond. SieMatic offers kitchen interior design styles to meet a broad spectrum of evolving lifestyles that ensure the living space is beautiful, functional and timeless.
THE CULINARY LIVING ROOM
Walls have come down and homes opened up, as boundaries between spaces blur, kitchens borrow from the design of living rooms and use the same styles, materials and colours. This social ‘hub of the home’ will continue to develop in years to come. The kitchen is already much less dominant, and this will continue to reduce with hidden appliances, fold away units, concealed sinks and hob systems and open shelf solutions instead of wall units. The room accommodates activities for all members of the family; its design has never been more important.
The living space grows ever more personal by omitting cupboards for shelving systems, that allow home owners to proudly showcase their carefully curated belongings, while being practical with easy access in the space.
AN INDUSTRIAL FEEL
The freestanding modular planning of individual furniture pieces offer a practical way of living without dominating the open plan floor. It is “solitaire” planning in which each object has a relationship with its neighbour. Objects target the essential, drawing inspiration from the 1940s/50s, using the creative people in cities as a muse. Imperfections are celebrated: whether naturally occurring or created by hand, small flaws are honoured for their individuality. It’s all about contrasts: modest and ostentatious, flea market find and design classic, thick and thin, light and dark, open and closed. The individual room tells a story of the unique owner’s personality. Surfaces have a warm tactility. They are rough and untreated, but combined with metallic features, a more refined look is fashioned. Industrialised materials, simple lines and structures, functional appeal. Utilitarian details such as straps and belts in long-wearing materials such as leather and waxed canvas in earthy colours are increasing in popularity.
Ambient or background lighting, task lighting for closeup work or accent lighting to highlight special features. Lighting in a dining area is one of the most important, it should be subtle yet sparkling. Woodlands and forests inspire designs with a structural and decorative focus. Tactile and contradictory fluid forms are prominent. Using light as a form of material creates mesmerising sculptures with conducting fibres.
Ambient or background furniture and lighting get an unexpected make-over, through the use of unexpected details. Following on from the notion of the culinary space including materials and forms more traditionally included in the living room, we see a future for material harmony of metal, glass, natural stone, wood and textured surfaces. Reduced, modern, but not cold.