1/20/2015

Realizing The Design Vision

This month we embrace the New Year with renewed excitement to collaborate on new projects and introduce new product collections! I am so privileged to be a part of the design process when designers are developing a concept into a three-dimensional space. The commitment to their craft is so inspiring to me! When I asked a few of my favorite designers how they keep their creativity flowing, this is what they shared with Materialista®! This will be the first in a series of "What Inspires You" and trend forecasting for 2015!

M: Where do you find inspiration for your projects?

Kelly Dunne: Even though inspiration really is everywhere, I find that sometimes we all get so busy in our fast-paced NYC lives that we forget to look around us and take it all in. I feel the most inspired when I'm traveling. Whether its a night out at a restaurant, exploring local stores, or the vibe of the hotel I'm staying in, its always fresh and new to the eyes. And besides, who doesn't love a long weekend? 

M: What are the design trends you see for 2015?

KD: Color Grows up - After a few seasons of bright vivid colors, there’s a trend to balance that vibrant energy with sophisticated luxurious color - full of depth and complexity. You see it with Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala.  Depending on the light, you can see the blend of multiple colors, textures and tones.

For instance, black isn’t just black anymore; With a bit of green it goes to Gunmetal.  Brown with a hint of grey transforms into a gorgeous Mink.  As these colors come together, they create a atmosphere of richness that makes you want to linger…

Warm Vibes - You’ve already seen it in Fashion - on jewelry and handbag hardware. It’s even on our tech accessories, like iPhones and on earbuds. This year designers are sending Warm Vibes to everything from kitchen hardware and cutlery to stationery. Look for more brass, bronze and a hint of rose gold / copper in 2015.

Curated Minimalism - Let‘s be honest, true minimalism is a luxury. These days, everyone is talking about decluttering... but pay attention because this is more than a New Year’s Resolution to live in ‘nothingness’! Curated Minimalism is a combination of  living with less and living with things you truly love.  It’s a thoughtfully-considered layering of elements - organic materials, specially-chosen furniture and collected accessories that come together like a narrative of your life.

Cozy Whites - With the New Year comes cold temps and brisk winter air. And while it would be easy to bury yourself under mounds of layers, it’s easiest to reach for layers and textures in lovely, warm whites.  Every texture will render the same color differently. Think of the combination of the softest cashmere knit paired with silk, all in the same tone. While it’s cozy and luxe the same time, the white makes it forever timeless. 
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Celebrating 25 years of creativity and collaboration, as a strategic material partner, Architectural Systems works closely with designers to select finishes that realize the vision. Materialista® welcomes the opportunity to work with you on your current and upcoming projects and show you WHAT'S NEXT® for 2015!

Posted at 1/20/2015 2:58 PM

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