TOP 3 INTERIOR TEXTILE TRENDS Spring / Summer 2016

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We are in for a treat! This comprehensive and creatively charged post is brought to you by one of Vancouver’s leading textile artisans and trend setting gal Stephanie Symns of Antipod Workshop.

Enjoy the read! xoxo Meredith Nicole

ANTIPOD’S TOP 3 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR TEXTILES Spring/Summer 2016

Ok so here’s the thing, I have to confess that I’m not an advocate of trends. In fact I’m firmly in the “buy well, buy less” camp which means I like to buy things I love and want to have around for a long time. Trends by nature infer a built in obsolescence that doesn’t sit well with me, not to mention that like many people, I am also not in a position financially to be constantly purchasing the latest trendy thing. We’ve all been in that situation before where we bought something not-quite-right because it was the “must-have” of the season or because it was on sale. But in the past I often ended up disappointed that I didn’t just save up or search for something that I really loved and that I could happily keep around for years.

So I am going to talk about current interior design trends with regard to textiles, but I’m going to do it through a curatorial lens that’s more concerned with editing what’s “of the moment” based on personal taste and with an eye toward longevity. The fact is that commercial trend forecasters of necessity have to cover their bases and identify a range of trends. There’s always something for everyone and what we can do is hone in on what speaks to us to create a really personal home environment. And of course when you can’t afford to completely redecorate, textiles are the best way to switch things up and give your home a completely new look. Put away your winter colors and textures until next year and lets take a look at some of the trends that I’m finding inspiring as the days get longer and sunnier.

Spring Color: Pantone’s Rose Quartz

PANTONE Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz + Serenity

PANTONE Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz + Serenity

By now you’ve probably come across the Pantone colors of the year “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity”.

2. pantone-color-of-the-year-lee-eiseman-quoteI’m not such a fan of “Serenity” but I do love a pale pink and “Rose Quartz” is a versatile color that can work well as a neutral for Spring/Summer. Pair it with lots of white for a light and airy look, or go for bold contrast with a deep gray. If rose quartz is just too pink for you, try a champagne pink/blush color (I like Pantone’s “Scallop Shell” – bonus it pairs beautifully with the mixed metals trend that we’re seeing in furniture and accessories). You can easily add these colors into your décor with pillows and throws, or even switch out your rugs to brighten your room up. Check out artist Zoe Pawlak’s rug design “Lit from the Beginning” from her original artwork and made by Vancouver’s own Burritt Brothers.

Lit from the Beginning rug + artwork by ZOE PAWLAK (photo credit Janis Nicolay)

Lit from the Beginning rug + artwork by ZOE PAWLAK (photo credit Janis Nicolay)

Textile Wall Hangings

Well I’m biased here – you can call them one of the latest interior design trends as they’ve certainly been experiencing a resurgence recently, but I have always been partial to textile art. In particular we’re seeing a lot of woven wall hangings and a couple of local stars include Ana Isabel Textiles and Lucy Poskitt. If you fancy learning how to weave yourself using a small tapestry loom Lucy is teaching classes at Studio 126 in April and May – sign up on her website but be quick, they sell out fast!

 

 

 

Macrame hanging by SALLY ENGLAND

Macrame hanging by SALLY ENGLAND

Another artist whose work has become incredibly popular is Sally England. Her extra-large scale macramé wall pieces have been taking the technique to dazzling new heights. Commissioned by a wide variety of clients including the uber-hip Ace Hotel her work is a thoroughly modern interpretation of this ancient art form.

Woven wall hangings by JUSTINE ASHBEE of NATIVE LINE.

By JUSTINE ASHBEE of NATIVE LINE.

Justine Ashbee of Native Line creates metallic woven hangings inspired by the timeless motifs of indigenous woven craft work. Justine combines geometric lines with shimmering metals, to create luminary pieces of woven art for the wall, or to wear as every day statement pieces. Her work is incredibly unique and you can read more about it and her life in Brighton, England on cult website Freunde Von Freunden

Monochrome

We’re seeing a lot more crossover these days between fashion and home décor, and the trend for monochrome is a good example with Valentino, Saint Laurent, Dior and Victoria Beckham featuring strong black and white designs in their 2016 fashion collections. And as much as this could be considered one of our interior design trends in the current season, the fact is that black and white is really a timeless combination either on its own or paired with colors from pastels to brights for a completely different take. I’m quite partial to the monochrome palette myself and if you can make some time to come to furniture maker Kate Duncan’s local design show Address Assembly  May 5th-8th you’ll see why! If you’re a fan of artisanal goods this is a must-see showcase of 20 of Vancouver’s top designers and makers showing in a gallery setting.

Pillows are my thing and some other local designers to check out include Clothlab by Diane Thompson and Joue Design. The Franz Mayer pillow by Clothlab is named for the museum in Mexico City where artist Diane travelled last year, and is a perfect fit in a monochrome interior. I also like the The Fleur by Joue, it’s a modern take on the Fleur de Lis with the added bonus of a touch of gold embroidery.

 

So there you have it – there are a variety of other interior design trends out there, but these are the ones that I find myself gravitating to in the world of handmade textiles. I’ve rounded up a selection of images that I think are amazing examples of the above interiors trends so if you’re in the mood for some eye candy head over to my Pinterest board Interior Trends 2016.

What trends are you inspired by? Let us know in the comments!

Stephanie Symns heads up Antipod Workshop, a design studio with a focus on bold textiles for the home. Her ARTIFACT collection of locally printed pillows was inspired by original photographs of ripped and torn posters on Main Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown. You can learn more about Stephanie, her work and make purchases online at Oden Gallery. For an early preview of Antipod’s spring range, head to the website and sign up for the newsletter!

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