The retirement age is not what it used to be, cronuts are the new cupcake and we’re moving towards a gender-free world.
These were just a few of the lifestyle trends discussed by Dion Chang of Flux Trends at the Caesarstone Design and Trends forecast talk at Decorex.
In his talk, Dion Chang touched upon a wide variety of lifestyle subjects, predicting radical changes in media and communication in coming years. Visual and video mediums continue to be the most important form of communication, although he also forecasts a renewed popularity of print magazines and books when individuals tire of working and socialising on screens and feel the need to “unplug”.
Chang said the world would continue to celebrate advanced style, as the retirement age becomes a moving target. This was certain to send the insurance industry into a spin, he said.
Addressing the fashionistas, Chang said we are seeing the rise of the “sartist”, where men and women alike are paying more attention than ever, to what they are wearing. How you dress is a personal expression of your point of view, he said.
Chang warned that the retail world is becoming increasingly past-paced, individualised and high-tech and that there is “no room for dinosaurs.”
British design studio FranklinTill presented on the latest in interior trends. These included a move towards understated and minimalist interiors, a revival of 18th century-style glamour, and a heightened focus on with well-made functional design, plus nature inspiration as well as bold and colourful cultural hybrids.
The move towards soft minimal décor is an understated approach paired with emotional connections. It is feminine and unobtrusive, and follows a new design philosophy that “form follows emotion”. Revived grandeur celebrates personal luxury as well as artisanal craft – often combined in unexpected ways and showcasing the past connecting with the future.
Design is moving into a structural era, with the focus on honest, functional and well-made products and design.
The influence of nature continues to be felt in décor, with organic shapes and patters inspired more by the natural process and geology than by living organisms.
Finally, a sophisticated remix of cultural and ethnic colours and prints signals a return to bold, colourful and eclectic style.
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