Design Forecast: 10 Trends to Watch for in 2016

Jason Goldberg's new flat-pack furniture brand Hem offers a slick set of customization tools on its website that allow customers to pick fabrics, sizes and configurations to suit their individual space. Image courtesy of Jason Goldberg.

Global color authority Pantone surprised the design community by naming not one but two colors for the 2016 edition of its ‘color of the year’ forecast. The pastel pink Rose Quartz and powder blue Serenity may seem like a sugary sweet selection but according to Pantone, the pairing is in fact part of a more unilateral approach to color — a commentary on the current societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity. Image courtesy of Pantone.

Signaling a move away from cold greys to warm stone hues in 2016, Sherwin-Williams has announced Alabaster (SW 7008), a hue symbolic of new beginnings, as its 2016 Color of the Year. Image courtesy of Sherwin-Williams.

Made of a copper and gold alloy mixture, the 18-carat patina of Dornbracht’s non-corrosive electroplated surface Cyprum is the first new finish to be launched by Dornbracht since 2009. Image courtesy of Dornbracht.

‘Being able to add some grime or roughness to a very sterile environment adds an unexpected touch and intrigues the senses,’ says Sherman of Flavor Paper’s textural designs, Teardrop Wall, Charred Cedar and Galapagos Wall, which bring roughness into the interior but without the cost, weight and problematic depth. Image courtesy of Flavor Paper.

Recognizing a gap in the market for finely crafted audio equipment, New York-based Symbol handcraft modern audio HIFI consoles and vinyl LP storage cabinets in the tradition of fine furniture. Image courtesy of Symbol.

Teknion’s upStage™ offers an assortment of material options, including textiles and wood veneer, translucent and back-painted glass, perforated metal and a range of metal and laminate finishes. ‘We’ve taken everyday materials and used them in unexpected ways that draw reference from residential design cues,’ says Teknion. Photography courtesy of Teknion.

Made up of modular units, including tables, poufs, cabinets and sofas in various fabrics, Werner Aisslinger’s ‘Bikini Island’ sofa system for Moroso can be customized to integrate as many functions as needed. ‘Life in the living room has changed quite a lot recently,’ explains Aisslinger. ‘Families and their kids are chilling with different activities - reading, downloading files, writing emails, gaming, chatting with friends, watching movies on a pad, relaxing, talking, thinking or meditating.’ Photography courtesy of Moroso.

Musician Lenny Kravitz turned his hand to furniture design in 2015 when he paired with CB2 to launch his debut line of furniture, lighting and accessories. Inspired by 1970s New York club culture, the 20-piece collection features polished metals, bold geometric patterns, walnut and sheepskin. Photography courtesy of CB2.

Catering to offices of anything between two and two hundred, Poppin’s Series A Desk System has an easy, tool-free construction that lets growing offices quickly and effortlessly create new different desk configurations. Photography courtesy of Poppin.