2015 has been a very interesting year for design so far, we can see designers really exploring new areas – whether looking to the past or the future. There is a lot of beautiful work out there today; and we love to share our appreciation for that. With our office in Clerkenwell, a hub for interior and architecture industry, it is always exciting see what’s next in the windows of leaders like Vitra, Fritz Hansen, Zaha Hadid, and Tom Dixon.
With technology and innovation constantly moving forward, it’s not surprising to also see the immediate rise of the opposite. Which means this year we’re really noticing a return to “the craft”. Designers have been sharing with the Creativepool community exclusive behind the scenes imagery, giving their followers insight into how they create their work. Take a look at textile designer Karin Carlander’s site, where she posted a lovely photo story on how she created the designs for Tent.
Ceramicists are also an excellent example of a return to craft, and they have really taken over the home accessory market this year with their tactile practice. Check out some of our favourites: Sisal Studio, Tortus Copenhagen, and 573deg.
Minimalism has been seen across the creative sectors for a few years, permeating interiors, fashion and even the web. Seemingly quite a mature topic, it has taken a surprising turn in 2015 where we see designers injecting exuberance and youth into their collections. Assemble Studio’s playground for RIBA is a sublime example of this. Also check out our coverage of artist, Przemek Pyszczek who’s been influenced by Plattenbauen playgrounds. Looking at Tent we’ve found; Primary Grey, RForm, Tabanda, Galula, Malafor & Kate Trouw are all “playing” around with this trend.
Across the creative industries we can definitely see a return to the 70s. Not only psychedelic graphic design and festival fashion, but also another movement from the era: Brutalism. It’s impacting areas of architecture, interior and product design... not to mention Instagram hashtags. Just as rose gold permeated a few years ago, concrete as a material and texture is getting its moment in the limelight. Phillips Studio, Concrete Jungles, Charlie Crowther-Smith & Colin Parker are all experimenting with it. We think more designers will be exploring this medium through to 2016, too.
Making New Waves
Think you’re setting the next trends? Submit your work into Creativepool’s 2016 Annual to get featured in front of industry influencers across their various design sectors. Just giving you a heads up, submissions will be opening in October. Hope to see some of the Tent crew in there!