As in every year, the current and future trends of contemporary living design are being presented, and this year too there are of course many interesting and exciting things to see. Philippe Starck, for instance, who is always good for a surprise, shows a desk lamp with a pistol-shaped stand and the telling name “Gun Lamp.” Politically engaged design or bad taste? Anyways, Starck knows how to be a polarising figure.
Anyone who sets out, however, to find real innovation this year, will get disappointed. The search for true highlights is futile. Instead, there is a clear tendency toward saturation in the world of design. Everything has been seen before, there is nothing truly new, many designs are quotes – this is perhaps the most obvious tendency that has become evident.
Disoriented Design: “Fusion“ turns into “Confusion“
It is the desperate and futile search for something new that has generated disorientation in design. Designers today obviously do not understand themselves as playing an active role as inventors. Due to the increasing medialization of the products, their functions are becoming manifold and are constantly expanding, whereby rooms become ever more open: Individual rooms and living areas dissolve, fusing into one another. Against this backdrop, it is difficult to realise consistent concepts for rooms and living areas. Instead, single units are predominant. Because of this, there is a lack of clear style, the muddle of forms is getting ever more complex, thus the “fusion” is turning into “confusion.”
Other topics showing new directions are:
- Beyond Design: the question addressing the central issue of what comes beyond demanding design. Beyond Design also seems to denote the communication about the actual product, since communication continues gaining in significance: Who has the most interesting product communication? In return, the actual product becomes less important.
- In colour trends, the main emphasis is still on green, but above all on red, often in combination with black and white.
- Alongside the crystalline, the round in all its different shapes determines the language of form. This trend now continues into the area of patterns: dots and perforated grid patterns define the trend in 2005, and round furniture islands and canapé landscapes define the looks of interior living areas.
- Three-dimensional and structural surfaces that provide visual and tactile experience continue being dominant; elaborately processed leather also shapes the area of materials.
The following trend galleries will give you a clear overview of the most important design developments as well as the trends and tendencies in colours, forms and materials.