6. 3D Printing
Remember the Kohler televisions spots where a client would present his or her designer/architect with a faucet and require that the space be designed around the faucet rather than the conventional vice-versa?
More than ever that is the case, because in June 2015, American Standard introduced a revolutionary faucet created with additive manufacturing otherwise known as 3D printing. While 3D printing has been used in the past to create plastic faucet models, the faucets now produced by American Standard’s luxury division, DXV, are the first working faucets to be printed in metal. How much does a 3D-printed DXV faucet cost? For now, about $12,000–20,000. But like VCRs in the 1980s and flat screen TVs now, maybe some day these faucets will be affordable for all.
7. Boutique Vendors available through E-Commerce
We’re lucky now to have many small producers of artisan fabrics and wallcoverings with online shops where folks outside the trade can buy their wares. For example, in 2015, one of my favorites, Zak+Fox, began selling pillows made from their fabrics online.
A great addition to the online marketplace for bespoke textile furnishings is Guildery. Begun in 2013 as an e-commerce marketplace for suites of coordinating textile furnishings, Guildery began to offer custom coloring of their textiles in 2015. Digital printing makes the turnaround super fast. As a direct-to-consumer offering of bespoke textiles, Guildery is changing the home furnishings landscape.
8. Return to Opulence
In the fall of 2014, I wrote about the trend to more opulent interiors. In 2015, this trend materialized in abundant offerings of velvets, tufting, mixed metals and more.
In this photo taken in the J. Robert Scott Showroom at Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center during Westweek, the Center’s Spring Market week, evidence of a resurgence in luxury materials and forms is evident. Notice the overstuffed tufted ottoman, the velvet sofa, and the sinuous metal of the coffee table.
Another way that opulence materialized in 2015 was in the introduction of rose gold as a new metal finish. Rohl introduced a stainless copper finish that has a rose gold hue in its Country Kitchen Cinquanta line.
9. Design through the Decades
What came first, the chicken or the egg? In home decor, we often wonder, does fashion influence home decor trends or vice-versa? A fashion trend for autumn 2015 was fashion through the decades. I started seeing this in home decor as well, and I predict this will be more true in 2016.
The 1970s have returned to 2015 interiors with lacquer and metallic finishes, graphic patterns reminiscent of pop art, the colors of the rainbow and pops of orange, and yes . . . macrame.
What’s back from the 1980s? Remember chintz? Pastels? All back. Just look at Pantone’s 2016 Color(s) of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.
One need only look at Pantone’s color pairings for Rose Quartz & Serenity to see the 1980s back in full force. Note the prevalence of taupe, gold and southwestern colors.
Faux finishes eclipsed wallpaper as the preferred wall treatment for several decades. I find that homeowners are wary of committing to wallpaper because of its permanence. But with so many stunning options, including removable wallpaper, I don’t find that excuse worthy anymore. I advise reticent clients to start small: use wallpaper in a small space like a powder room or as a feature wall in a bedroom or hallway.