Wonderfully Wild: A/W22 Design Trends Revealed!

Want to keep abreast of the latest, greatest trends from around the world? Read on to get the low-down from our design team who have been out seeking inspiration from the Design season's key events.

Cooler, fresher, Autumn days are here and we’re looking straight ahead to the next season’s trends. September is always jam-packed with events, fairs, announcements, and campaigns…all of which go on to shape the landscape of interior and material design in the months that follow.

Keeping track of what’s hot and what’s not can be tricky, though, which is why our trend scouts have been out on the design trail seeking inspiration to share and inspire future projects. From Maison&Objet and Helsinki Design Week to London Design Festival, and many more - our senior designer, Amy Pears, brings you the highlights from creative communities all over the world.

In with the old and out with the new!

Yes, you read that correctly! Dovetailing naturally from the theme of sustainability that transcends just about every sector, we’re seeing a huge increase in designers recycling and upcycling materials to form new products. Think chandeliers created from old glass bottles, wall tiles made from 80% recycled content, and even climate-positive furniture!

And, as the issue of climate change continues to grow in importance, we’ll no doubt see interior design schemes follow suit. In the A/W 22 season and beyond, more and more people will be calling for designers to use recycled materials and look for ways to include repurposed or reclaimed items that have been given a new lease of life.

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Getting back to nature

Materials, textures, colours, and shapes will take inspiration from the natural world, as the popularity of biophilic design continues to grow. At all of September’s design fairs, we’ve seen huge preferences for organic, neutral tones like muted greens and browns as well as lots of examples of wooden furniture and accent pieces.

Natural inspiration will manifest in new and exciting ways this season, though, with materials like wood and stone being used in unexpected ways. Think mesmerising features such as sweeping onyx walls or agate table tops, both transformed with integrated illumination to enhance the natural intricacies of the raw materials.

Captivating curves

In the next few months, we’re set to see soft edges and sumptuous curves popping up everywhere. Whether it’s for soft furnishings or pieces of solid furniture, designers will be taking inspiration from circular forms and flowing lines.

We saw this for ourselves at the September edition of Maison&Objet, where organisers presented Cristina Celestino with their coveted Designer of the Year title for her work on the exquisite “Palais Exotique” interior concept seen at Mariage Frères in Paris.

Calls for softer shapes resonates with our desire for cosier, more comforting spaces as we get further into the A/W season. We want to feel secure and warm when spending time inside away from the winter weather, meaning our aesthetic preferences naturally shift away from harsher geometric lines.

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Dulux Colour of the Year Revealed!

Last but definitely not least, the coming of September means the release of Dulux’s Colour of the Year. A highly anticipated event amongst designers in all specialisms, this announcement from Dulux plays a huge part in setting the tone for the year ahead.

This year, Dulux has selected Wild Wonder as its COTY. Described as a “soft gold with hints of green inspired by fresh seed pods and harvest grain”, its colour experts say that it has been chosen to define 2023 due to its close association with nature. It will, they say, echo the global shift toward sustainability, reconnecting with the outdoors, and wanting to be more grounded, particularly following the recent period of uncertainty.

We’re excited to see how this years colour is explored in interior design schemes in the coming months and will be exploring the perfect tile pairing in our next blog.

For advice or support on any of the trends featured in this blog post, contact our team of design experts here. Or, follow us on social media and let us know the trends you've been spotting! We’re always on the lookout for the latest insights from our community.

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