2017 design trends

We’re Predicting These Six Design Trends Will Be Big in 2017

Each year at around this time, we take a moment to look back, first at our most popular stories and social media posts of the past 12 months, and then at the most definitive developments in design, as chosen by our favorite design personalities and experts. This year, though, we’re also taking the chance to look forward, thanks to Lonny Magazine — they decided to call in their own group of design experts to predict the biggest trends on the horizon for 2017, and Sight Unseen’s editors were among them. Alongside talents like Justina Blakeney (asymmetry, velvet), Jaime Derringer (Art Deco, minimalist lighting), and Eric Trine (rubber plants, wild bathrooms), we identified six materials, motifs, and movements that we think you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the new year; read about them below, then follow this link to see all 29 predictions on Lonny’s list.

Glass, Lucite, And Transparency
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This year we saw Dorothy Thorpe and Charles Hollis Jones (pictured at top) have a resurgence, and the Spanish architect Guillermo Santoma make an amazing series of all-glass chairs, and the work of Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia over the last 15 years suddenly feel covetable again. Next year we think these vibes will go mainstream

The All-Beige Interior

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Every fashionable girl we know on Instagram has been posting all-beige interiors from the ’70s and ’80s lately — they’re definitely back in style!

The Extreme Color-Blocked Interior

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But, at the same time, so is the trend for extreme color-blocking, where the walls of a house alternate between saturated shades like pink, green, or blue. Case in point: Our most viral story in recent memory, featuring the home of Guillermo Santoma.

Rough Textures

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Lava stone made a lot of appearances in projects by emerging designers last year, and we think its popularity is likely to grow in 2017 — it’s a natural material, but feels more new and unexpected and strange, and also connects back to both Brutalism and the work of Luis Barragan (who lined the floors of his home in Mexico City with it). There’s also concrete itself, as well as sand, used recently in the work of Fernando Mastrangelo (shown here), Steven Haulenbeek, and Kueng Caputo, among others.

Organic Shapes

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The geometric, Memphis-inspired trend has long since reached its peak, and we’re going to see a return to more organic shapes in furniture. We’ve had two super popular pins on our Pinterest board lately that reflect this: one a wavy Paul Evans sideboard and the other a trio of amoeba-shaped Karl Springer tables. It’s also something we’ve already been seeing in fashion and jewelry (see these amazing Celine earrings!) as well as architecture.

California Light And Space

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This 1960s art movement — which appropriated industrial materials like neon lights and cast acrylic into colorful, ethereal artworks — is why you’re starting to see so much colored glass, resin, and neon in design. It’s a good way to embrace minimalism without eschewing color. Some of the designers currently working in this style are Sabine Marcelis, Germans Ermics, and Giorgia Zanellato, among others.