The year starts with important lifestyle fairs featuring interior products. The Heimtextil is a source of inspiration and the IMM a revelation. Please follow me on my expedition through five trend themes.
In our meritocracy we tend to consider play as a pastime or childish activities. And yet play is a mode of being human and a fundamental part of our well-being. While play is an activity, playfulness is an attitude; it’s the state of mind, of mindfulness, of connection, of responsiveness and of giving oneself over to the moment. Playfulness is one of the core characteristics of being creative. All creative acts are forms of play, and with play comes a sense of humour. When it comes to design playfulness doesn’t mean an arabesque style, but humorous unexpected combinations. In this trend interiors look like playground and furniture reminds us of toys. Vital primary colours are combined with washed-out pastels spreading optimism. My designs for children are also meant for adults who are young at heart.
Heimtextil in Frankfurt starts on January 8th, 2019, and my children’s collection Linileinchen celebrates its premiere at the booth of Alberta Kiel, hall 3.0 booth 66. In addition to classic themes such as circuses and jungles, there are also trend themes such as scouts and sloths. On Thursday, January 10th, 2019, I will be at Heimtextil in person and look forward to the creative exchange.
When it comes to Christmas the deer is the most popular animal to decorate the items used for celebration. Even so, the background of Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ; additionally there are fairy tales, legends and myths from the ancient pre-modern times. The deer is the symbol of the dying and reawakening God in many religions. In the “holy nights” the great conversion, the resurgence of the light and the birth of new life takes place.
Reindeer are a deer species found in Arctic regions and are well-adapted to living in cold and rugged conditions; therefore, they’re a perfect animal symbol to use during the winter season, and the one most associated with Christmas.In Christmas lore, reindeer pull a sleigh along the night sky to help Santa Claus deliver gifts to children on Christmas Eve.
Pantone, authority for colors, has announced the color of the year 2019, which represents the zeitgeist: Living Coral. A bright, warm shade of not-yet-pink and not-yet-orange. The name suggests colorful underwater worlds and appeals to our responsibility to protect these sensitive ecosystems. Coral Living conveys optimism, joie de vivre and spontaneity. The longing for a sunny holiday on a paradise island with exotic flowers, fruits and an extravagant bird life such as hibiscus, papaya and flamingo are awakened, and we feel the energizing effect of a sunrise. This color is particularly popular in the beauty industry, because it flatters almost every skin tone. In addition, Pantone offers five color worlds around Coral Living: Focal Point, Shimmering Sunset, Sympatico, Trippy and Under the Sea.
As the nights get darker, it’s the time of the year to enjoy ghost stories and trashy horror movies. My personal favourite film is Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, originally narrated by Helena Bonham Carter as a young charismatic zombie bride, Jonny Deep as the fiancé, and Christopher Lee, world-famous as Dracula from the movie of the same name. Which horror movie do you prefer?
In Europe, Halloween is not so common, but in America it is very popular, because they have trick-or-treat, the tradition of dressing up in ghoulish costumes and going door-to-door asking for sweets. This custom may come from the belief that supernatural beings or the souls of the dead roamed the earth at this time of year and must be placated with food and drink. Therefore, the trend has developed to create funny Halloween snacks in the form of skulls, mummies, spiders, monsters and ghosts for the party. As a designer, I love developing Halloween designs because they walk a fine line between being both scary and cute, and also because it’s a celebration that unites fantasy, creativity and mystique.
Offline is becoming the new luxury. And where better to go offline than in the remoteness of the wilderness on less travelled paths. We seek unity with nature to rediscover ourselves and the world and explore our boundaries. The designs show stylized landscapes, mountains and forests, using the graphic signs of the maps for trees and mountains. Even animals, such as the fox and bear, are drawn with sparing lines. A source of inspiration for this theme is the movie Moonrise Kingdom, which gives the whole thing a vintage look. The colour palette ranges from fir and sage green to earth tones and ochre. Popular accessories for this theme are enamel mugs, travel journals and backpacks. Discover more inspiration on the subject of ‘Wanderlust’.