Changing trends

Single variety flowers ... super-casual look rather than curated.

The boundaries between the worlds of fashion and interior design are now becoming less defined with fashion heavyweights moving into the interior design space, according to Elicyon, a multi award-winning luxury interior design studio based in London, which has created tailored living environments for its high-net-worth clientele around the world.

Founder and director of Elicyon Charu Gandhi cites the examples of the furniture and interior accessories lines by Louis Vuitton and developing furniture collections by Missoni and Bottega Veneta.

“This diffusion really comes alive with collaborations marrying the two, for example Karl Lagerfeld x Christofle,” she says.

Gandhi ... fashion and interior design boundaries becoming less defined.

Gandhi ... fashion and interior design boundaries becoming less defined.

Gandhi predicts a number of trends that are emerging in the interior design industry, which are not only dictating the choices of colours used this year but also the metals and the materials selected. These include:

• Metals: Over the last decade, the preference for metal interiors have moved from nickel, to rose gold, to polished brass and lastly to satin brass. Elicyon expects that the next big trend will be blackened metal. “It’s more rustic and works as a striking and sharp contrast to the light interiors that are very much in fashion at the moment,” says Gandhi. “An architectural blackened pewter frame on an ivory armchair is a beautiful statement whilst blackened brass trims can add a bold twist to a piece of joinery in a weathered blond timber.”

• Stone: Elicyon predicts that polished marbles are about to be replaced with more tactile stones. Finishes such as honed, brushed, tumbled, flamed, leathered and sandblasted are slowly replacing the shiny polished look that we are used to seeing. The studio also thinks that more tactile stone types such as limestone are rapidly gaining ground.

• Flower arrangements: The recent wild and hand-picked style of flower arrangements are being replaced with large bunches of foliage and/or single variety flowers. “The idea is for them to look super-casual rather than curated,” she says.

• Colours: After years of grey being the ‘on-trend’ colour in all of its shades, beige is back in favour. “And not the safe greige kind – full-on warm creamy beige. It takes a bit of getting used to but it adds a lovely warmth to an interior,” Gandhi points out.

Lime green and yellow are noticeably prevalent in Elicyon colour palettes. “Zesty, full of pigment and engaging, they are increasingly available in the new fabric ranges being released by the suppliers we work with,” she adds.

Generally, Gandhi says, the studio is continuing to explore and study how multiple colours and pigments come together in the context of the space they occupy.

“Colour is greatly influenced by the light that it reflects, so we always take into account site specifics. Moving away from interior themes that champion a single ‘pop’ colour, we are bringing projects to life that interweave several colours with strong impact and personality,” she explains.

• Window dressing: Elicyon sees curtains being increasingly replaced by Roman blinds. Elaborating on the reason for this trend, she says: “The idea is for the window treatment to take a back seat rather than centre stage – to naturally blend in and be beautifully constructed, sleek and practical.

“Heavy drapes, curtain ties and fabric pooling on the floor are all things of the past. On a similar theme, more and more of our projects just have simple sheer curtains – again moving away from the formality and dominance of heavy or dress curtains. We are exploring exquisite fabrics with texture, interwoven detail and delicate edge features.”

• Rugs: Moving away from the formality and tradition of orthogonal shapes, rugs with deconstructed edges are making their way into projects to bring a playful abstraction to a space. “An abstracted non-rigid edge creates opportunities for movement within a space and exploring how rugs define a room,” Gandhi points out. “We are creating bespoke rugs with incredible ‘artwork’ on them, whether in the form of pattern but more so in the multitude of material, weave, texture and interplay of all these with colour and edge.”

Other trends include “folk and gypsy” and a retro twist interior fit-outs. “Think Shaman motifs and gypsy-inspired embroidery: this weaves an air of intrigue into the design concept alongside powerful symbolism. This was seen recently with the eagle light from Klove Studio in its new collection launched at Dubai Design Week.

“We are also noticing detail coming through in ruffles, borders and fringes with a 70s revival as a theme, whether in the colour or the pattern on the borders,” she concludes.

 Founded in 2015, Elicyon offers turnkey residential interior design, interior architecture, project management and furniture design services for private individuals and property developers. Its recent projects include two show apartments at One The Palm, Dubai, show apartments at Ronson Capital Partners’ Chiltern Place in Marylebone, an apartment in Shanghai’s Pudong district featuring only British design, and a four-bed park facing apartment in One Hyde Park.