Monday, February 15, 2010

Kate of Recreate leads trend to recreate and reuse


When I made this post I forgot to acknowledge the International Colour Authority for the above information. If you go to the ICA website you will find colour forecasting publications. To get an idea of what is in the publications you can view an extract.

In the Sunday Herald last week US based interior designer Kathryn Ireland stated the biggest trend is to create barn styled homes. She also said less is more is still very much in fashion. Other designers are quoted as saying homes of the future will be open plan with fewer rooms. The kitchen living room with the kitchen looking more like a living rather than a utility room is a popular trend. People want easy of living and comfort. Deep soft sofas to provide super comfort will be in vogue to provide this desire for comfort.

Barn like living

Steven Mendel predicts furniture will have more storage space. For example ottomans will have space for books and tables will have hidden cavities for storage. Eco friendly furniture will be in demand as well as recycled furniture. The article summaries the trend as:

Homes with barn-like rustic charm
• One-off pieces
• Versatile kitchen hutches
• Pre-loved furniture
• Outdoor lounges
• Recycled chairs and tables
• Furniture with storage cavities 

All of the above trends have been slowly coming into vogue. I have noted this in new homes; kitchen, living, meals area and rumpus room all open to each other. Formal living and dining rooms have been out of favour for a number of years.

The wonderful world of design is constantly revisiting and developing a new solution to the styles and design of the past. Trends come and go so quickly now people can find it hard to keep up. Even designers can find it hard to stay up to speed.

Kate Thompson of Recreate is a supplier of recycled furniture to Sample Board Online. Her funky designs give everyday objects a new lease of life. A tin tub becomes an ottoman using floral linen fabric. Suitcases become a chair and side table. Milk bottles are transformed into lamps and an old typewriter also becomes a lamp. Old tin buckets are reclaimed to become stools.

"It is the pervading law of all things organic... of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function.”
Louis Sullivan

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