written by Micael Carvalho

Three materials with the potential to run for the long term, and all combining to create an overall picture of the current interiors mood for the first quarter of this year. Here’s the summary: the why, how and what!

See below 3 material Trends that will revolutionize 2018!


1 – Metallics
The metallic trend’s got a whole new motto for 2018. Designers have put the pedal to the metal, amping up mirror metallic finishes and iridescent fabrics. Shining on all of the major runways of fashion’s capitals, these looks bring a fresh sense of opulence to the always-colourful season. The revelry in texture, the enthusiasm for some shimmer and shine and the willingness to mix it all together in a glorious soup of sophistication. Who says copper and gold don’t go? Not us. And throw some extra-added texture onto that extractor hood too while you’re at it.

2 – Velvet
Velvet has a rich history and has been around for thousands of years. This opulent and luxurious fabric was once reserved for royalty however due to modern manufacturing methods, nowadays it is readily accessible for both traditional and contemporary interiors. The textural quality of velvet will add softness and warmth to any space however this luxurious fabric needs to be handled and treated with care.

3 – Glass
The fragility of glass has always made it seem precious and valuable, revered because it could so easily be destroyed, but gone are the days of its perceived fragility and brittleness when a simple slip up could turn a piece into thousands of shards. This dual personality of fragility and a new toughness is one of the unique characteristics of glass, where the mundane is transformed into the precious simply by the way that it is processed. You could even say that glass is defined by its processing: blow it by hand and it becomes a beautiful, sculptural and almost magical form, yet change its chemical make up and draw it into thin fibres and it proliferates the connectivity of objects, information and society. But ultimately what lies behind glass is its very essence, the transparency that is propelling it into the future.

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