‘With a broad spectrum of clients from around the globe, I have found that a common denominator increasingly shaping the direction of interior design is the use and effect of technology in our daily lives.
Technology provides us with instantaneous results. We are able to do almost anything from a mobile phone, creating a sense of consistent convenience, and this is increasingly affecting our interior choices. People expect hotels to feel more like homes in terms of comfort, whilst they would like their homes to have all the convenience of a hotel.
Luxury nowadays is ‘switching off’ and this is moulding our homes to become calm retreats from our hectic day to day lives. Connecting with nature helps us find this sense of balance and I believe we will see the growing trend of natural materials in design increase in 2018. These will feature in the form of timber, stone, linens, seagrass, quartz and many other natural materials. Organic shapes will feature strongly in furniture, decorative lighting and artwork. And there will be less demand for plastics and man-made materials, balancing the technology of phones, TV’s, tablets, audiovisual equipment and security systems, integrated into our homes.
Social media is flooding our lives and imagery overload, via Instagram and Pinterest, is making it much harder to create individuality. As a result, I believe there will be a higher demand for all things bespoke, bringing a sense of uniqueness to our homes. Owning a ‘one-off’ is attractive to many, and commissions for artwork, sculpture, joinery or furniture may open doors for the most creative of designers, artists and craftsmen alike.
The result for 2018, finding a balance with technology in our homes to create the ultimate oasis of luxury living.’
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