2016 Trends with Meredith Payne

2016 Trends with Meredith Payne

This post was guest-written by young designer Meredith Payne.

Hey y’all!

In my last year of school I thought I would concentrate on emphasizing branding and trend forecasting as a part of my designs. This forecast is based on current societal shifts and exposes a hole I've seen in the marketplace for designs people want but haven’t been able to access. Shall we begin?

The first and very foremost trend -- gender neutrality.

 

  (nicopanda ad via www.bustle.com)

(nicopanda ad via www.bustle.com)

This is something that has been a prevalent topic of conversation lately and it just makes sense to carry that quality into the home. Take for instance the common scenario of a male and female living in the same household, decorating it together, charging themselves with the simple task of buying a table lamp. They walk into the home goods section. One wants the concrete based edison lamp with no shade. The other wants the soft ceramic based one with a white shade. Why not have options both parties can immediately agree on?

Another shift I’ve been noticing is the appreciation for natural materials.

 

Not just in the use of natural material, but in the finish being as au naturel as possible. Ceramic is a big one here. Raw clays are being used without any high gloss glaze in preference to showcasing the material itself. Terracotta and porcelain are the top competitors in my mind due to the deep earthy color. Another huge component of using clay is how eco-friendly its disposal is. 

The last trend I'll point out is this craving for iridescence. People seem to be trying to achieve it with neons, acrylics, and changing LED lights.

 

   (via artofmaquenda.tumblr.com)

 (via artofmaquenda.tumblr.com)

As I've mentioned before, natural materials with natural finishes are also being desired, and one particular material I’ve always loved is the perfect candidate for both trends: abalone. Beautiful, enigmatic, iridescent... What more can I say?

 

I do hope ya'll enjoyed this forecast. Feel free to share your thoughts. Am I right? Am I wrong? Is there a trend you would like to add?

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Guest-writer Meredith Payne is a grounded and attentive designer attending Appalachian State University, studying Industrial Design with a concentration in Furniture and a minor in Marketing. Her design work is rooted in natural materials and honest creation. She concentrates in contemporary styles and has interests in lighting, home accessories, kitchenware, tables, and seating. She is a workaholic who creates unique pieces that are both thought-out and manufactured to last. (IG: murphpayne)

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