The 8 Top Architecture and Interior Directions to Influence 2020
Author: Vanessa Walker Date Posted:25 November 2019
From the 'unkitchen' kitchen to arches galore and new approaches to cladding, here are eight trends you'll see next year
It’s no surprise that kitchen design has turned away from a look of pure functionality with two-pack polyurethane cabinetry, utilitarian tapware and practical flooring. Instead, contemporary kitchens are beginning to integrate furniture-like elements that reflect the rest of a home’s more personalised decor.
In most kitchens, it will appear in touches, says kitchen designer Anne Ellard of Kitchens by Kathie. “Think metal or timber legs extending out from island benchtops, upholstered bench seats adjacent to work areas and hanging metal shelves replacing overhead cabinets.”
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Again, decorative devices such as moulding, shiplap and unkitchen-like colour choices will help disguise the purpose of the space. These features will help continue the aesthetic personality in the rest of the home through to the kitchen.
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Have an extra 1.5-metre space at the end of your kitchen-renovation floor plan? Clever homeowners will no longer decide between a pantry or more bench space if they have spare metreage. Instead they will extend into the space, building in integrated study nooks, kitchenettes, banquettes and more.
Consider 2020 as the end of the ‘official’ kitchen and the beginning of the ambiguous kitchen.
Curves and arches will emerge as an interior-design trend in big ways next year. “[In the kitchen] curved ends to island benchtops, open shelves with curved fronts and other rounded elements such as round handles, fish-scale tiles and light fittings with curved details will all add a feminine and inviting touch,” says Ellard. “This creates a softness in a space that is otherwise filled with hard surfaces.”
“In the hope of a return to crafted, high-quality builds, architects are looking to use the best-trained skilled labourers, who can lend themselves to more handcrafted designs.”
The emergence of terrazzo will turn into a full-blown reign in 2020. Terrazzo – a composite material that can be poured in situ or pre-cast and formed with chips of marble, quartz, granite or glass – has mostly been seen in small measures such as bathrooms, splashbacks and homewares. But this is about to change, with terrazzo being seen in more fittings and fixtures in the home.
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There is usually a sequence of events that leads to trends, they’re not just plucked out of thin air. They could emerge from a combination of technological innovation, the desire for greater sustainability, the need for safety, or from always-changing realisations about wellbeing in the home.
One of the biggest trends, the rise of metal cladding, is coming about because of issues with combustible materials, as well as limitations on insurance premiums for designers and building surveyors, says Naughtin.
An example can be seen in the exterior facade of this edgy house in Melbourne, Victoria, which uses dark zinc shingles that have the appearance of paper-thin fish scales.
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Natural is normal: Colour forecaster and creative director of Nexus Designs, Sonia Simpfendorfer, says beige, stone, soft eucalypt greens and earthy browns will be strong interior colours in 2020.
They’re hues that are seen in natural materials such as sisal and jute; the colours of unbleached, undyed wool; and untreated clay and stone. “These are the colours of nature, wellbeing and authenticity,” says Simpfendorfer.
“The global wellbeing trend leads to seeking out things that are good for us and kind to our environment: uncoloured, unbleached yarns; beige, stone and natural colours instead of synthetic; and minimal processing and packaging,” says Simpfendorfer.
“The interest in things such as Japanese ‘forest bathing’ (just walking in the forest and enjoying it) and ‘clean’ beauty and household products are part of our growing desire to have more natural, authentic, ‘real’ things in our lives,” she says.
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Our common concern about climate change, sustainability, the harm of single-use plastic and environmental pollution will push us to innovative even more in the years ahead, developing new recycled and recyclable materials.
This year, organisers of the London Design Fair chose biomaterials as the material of the year, highlighting just how focused the show, and the future, was on sustainability. The co-founders of British company Chip[s] Board displayed products made from potato waste; Mexican designer Fernando Laposse showcased items fabricated from the husks of endangered species of heirloom corn; and Diana Tso displayed biodegradable plant pots created from drift seaweed. To top it off, the lamp pictured here was made from banana-plant fibre by French brand Tedzukuri Atelier.
Its SMaRT tables (pictured here) are made from a blend of waste glass, single-use coffee cups, used coffee grounds and waste textiles, all sourced from waste aggregators, recyclers and community groups.
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Lamps that adjust their intensity according to natural circadian rhythms; decor that seriously integrates plants, soothing palettes and low-VOC paints; architecture designed for wellness… these will grow both in importance and as a design conversation in 2020.
Homes will be designed with:
- Natural light from windows, skylights, internal courtyards and clerestory openings.
- Lots of exterior views to nature.
- Water sources such as fountains, ponds and water features that can be seen, heard and touched.
- Handmade objects and minimally processed materials that reflect the local ecology and use natural fibres such as leather, stone and timber.
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