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Trend Alert: 10 New Design Developments on Our Radar for Fall 2017

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Trend Alert: 10 New Design Developments on Our Radar for Fall 2017

September 11, 2017

Recently, over dinner, a friend of mine said she thinks interiors trends are being cannibalized quicker now that we’re in the Instagram/Pinterest era. We have to agree; we’ve watched as trends emerge only to go viral in a matter of months. Now, you can be sure that the artisan-created Sculptural Lamp you’re admiring in the present will turn up at West Elm in a matter of months.

Here’s our roundup of 10 emerging design developments for fall (track them with us in our Trend Alert column).

1. Tiled Countertops

The 1970s tiled countertop is having a moment, as in the above kitchen in Girona, Spain, by Arquitectura-G .We also admired the tiled counters in the Layer House in Australia by Robson Rak.
Above: The 1970s tiled countertop is having a moment, as in the above kitchen in Girona, Spain, by Arquitectura-G .We also admired the tiled counters in the Layer House in Australia by Robson Rak.

2. Architectural Glass

An emerging trend we’re seeing is the use of architectural glass—seeded, wavy, and Flemish types—in kitchen designs and on glass cabinets as seen here by Snark Architectures.
Above: An emerging trend we’re seeing is the use of architectural glass—seeded, wavy, and Flemish types—in kitchen designs and on glass cabinets as seen here by Snark Architectures.

3. Colorful Linen Sheets

Linen sheets have been trending for a while now, but we’re starting to see them in more nervy colors (thanks to Merci), like these Workwear Blue Bed Linens at Conran Shop in the UK. Bill Cunningham and Yves Klein would have approved.
Above: Linen sheets have been trending for a while now, but we’re starting to see them in more nervy colors (thanks to Merci), like these Workwear Blue Bed Linens at Conran Shop in the UK. Bill Cunningham and Yves Klein would have approved.

4. Excavated Style

Adding improvisation to the design process, architects and designers are exposing beams, rough plaster walls, and whatever else is found beneath superficial surfaces. Designer Deborah Ehrlich explains the appeal; she likes the “archeological history of it.” Here, old wallpaper glue makes an X-shape pattern in a Provence house by LSL Architects.
Above: Adding improvisation to the design process, architects and designers are exposing beams, rough plaster walls, and whatever else is found beneath superficial surfaces. Designer Deborah Ehrlich explains the appeal; she likes the “archeological history of it.” Here, old wallpaper glue makes an X-shape pattern in a Provence house by LSL Architects.

5. Framed Posters

We’ve noticed more framed art prints and posters in stylish interiors, thanks to gallery-like shops such as Picture Room in Brooklyn and Book/Shop in Oakland. (Shown here is a Cy Twombly Exhibition Poster and Benjamin Critton Print from Picture Room.)
Above: We’ve noticed more framed art prints and posters in stylish interiors, thanks to gallery-like shops such as Picture Room in Brooklyn and Book/Shop in Oakland. (Shown here is a Cy Twombly Exhibition Poster and Benjamin Critton Print from Picture Room.)

6. Kitchenettes

Back to basics: The latest trend in kitchen design is the kitchenette; compact kitchens with compact appliances pared back to the essentials. We’re seeing them in full remodels, including this one from Förstberg Ling, as well as in shop interiors and hotel suites.
Above: Back to basics: The latest trend in kitchen design is the kitchenette; compact kitchens with compact appliances pared back to the essentials. We’re seeing them in full remodels, including this one from Förstberg Ling, as well as in shop interiors and hotel suites.

7. Surface Texture Paints

Plaster and limewash walls seem to be everywhere; inspired by the Belgian interiors of Axel Vervoordt, perhaps, as in this project from Jersey Ice Cream Co. (above). For more, see Remodeling 101: Limewashed Walls and stay tuned for a primer on plaster.
Above: Plaster and limewash walls seem to be everywhere; inspired by the Belgian interiors of Axel Vervoordt, perhaps, as in this project from Jersey Ice Cream Co. (above). For more, see Remodeling 101: Limewashed Walls and stay tuned for a primer on plaster.

8. Primitive Furniture

Designers are paying homage to traditional, artisan-made furniture with a primitive appeal; see Ed Clay’s Marolles Chair and Sue Skeen’s furniture (shown) for the New Craftsmen.
Above: Designers are paying homage to traditional, artisan-made furniture with a primitive appeal; see Ed Clay’s Marolles Chair and Sue Skeen’s furniture (shown) for the New Craftsmen.

9. Bespoke Closets

 Is the luxury closet the new bespoke kitchen? We think so; here’s an example from the custom kitchen masters of Plain English who applied the same tricks of kitchen cabinet to a wardrobe interior.
Above: Is the luxury closet the new bespoke kitchen? We think so; here’s an example from the custom kitchen masters of Plain English who applied the same tricks of kitchen cabinet to a wardrobe interior.

10. Portuguese Style

Lately we’ve been gravitating to Portuguese design, as in the above bedroom at Baixa House in Lisbon, Portugal. The look is characterized by wicker and rattan furniture, quirky vintage pieces, traditional tiles, and unexpected color combinations.
Above: Lately we’ve been gravitating to Portuguese design, as in the above bedroom at Baixa House in Lisbon, Portugal. The look is characterized by wicker and rattan furniture, quirky vintage pieces, traditional tiles, and unexpected color combinations.

On the hunt? See what trends we predicted back in January (Looking Ahead: 17 Design Trends for 2017) and last fall (Through the Looking Glass: 10 New Trends for Fall 2016). Have one to add? Let us know in the Comments below.

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