dinsdag 21 juni 2016

Trend: soft interior

Time for a trend update! We see a lot of soft & tactile items in the interior the last period... so time to show you some of the best examples of it. 
Interior is going through a soft period; colours are more pastels or merged down tones, fabrics are soft & fluffy and harsh materials like marble are also used as a print on fabrics, to give them a softer look.
As a reaction to the world around us getting harder & more technological, we seem to move toward a soft and tactile home. Interaction with touchscreens for a big part of the day, makes us long for soft tactile experiences at home. We want to run our fingers over a non-digital surface & feel again. We long for a sensory experience... materials that invite us to touch it. As Li Edelkoort said it "Super technology asks for super tactility'
Home is also the place you go to for shelter and find peace after a busy day. A place where we can relax and feel comfortable.

Maybe these are some reasons why the interior gets softer. Let's show you some good examples of this trend. 

Rugs are back as a big part of the living room, making the floor look (& feel) softer, the acoustics better and add some colour to your interior. Also pillows are a popular accessory the last period. You can get them in every colour or design you like! All sorts of shapes are available as well :) Even wall hangings - in macrame style and woven ones- are hip again... who would have thought? But hey, these modern weavings are quite awesome!

top: colour carpets by Scholten & Baijings / Belinda Evans  Alchemy / middle: found on allroadsdesign com/ rugs usa / pillow by Alix Waline & Sabatina Leccia / bottom: found on Steph Bond-Hutkin Bondville / Desert Morning Weaving found on etsy

These soft accessories have been popular for a while now, but we also see more and more soft furniture. Loungy sofa's and ultrasoft poufs...round edges and soft corners. And we also see them surprisingly often in soft pastel colours like pink. Moroso is one of the brands which has awesome soft furniture, some of them designed by Patricia Urquiola. A lot of her designs are soft & tactile... and very beautiful!

soft and fluffy pink sofa & a textile lamp / found on anthologymag.com
a soft couch, pastel rug & round tables / Binti home
pillows hanging over the frame of the sofa / found on designfiles-net

round furniture to soften the marble wall / found on amara
this leather chair as a soft appeal / found on design studio 210

fluffy fauteuils, soft colours & tactile textiles, this is the perfect soft interior! / found on dotandpop.com.au

round corners all the way / “Ottoman” by Scholten & Baijings for Moroso
tactile textiles & soft colours / found on Mahalolena Style Life

rounded corners & an ultra soft appeal / Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

soft sofa in a bold colour / Muuto

geometric but soft looking poufs in pastel gradients / issey miyake for moroso
soft and industrial at the same time / found at showhome.nl

fluid lines all around / Sag stool by Nendo for MDF Italia
soft earth tones & comfy furniture / styled by Alessandra Salaris and shot by Beppe Brancato for Home magazine

extremely fluffy & pink sofa :) / found on The Selby

There are some hotels and restaurants who really have embraced the soft interior. One of them is Sketch in London. This old 18th century building in Mayfair London, houses a tea room, bar and two restaurants. Its interior is playful, theatrical, witty and colourful. They also have a gallery and pay a lot of attention to art. The tea room is a pink & velvet affair, creating a total experience when having a high tea there. Even the toilets are soft & round edged; they are shaped like huge eggs!

the tea room in Sketch London / found on the refinery 29
powder pink velvet chair at Sketch London - great contrast with the marble
huge egg shaped toilets at Sketch London / found on the londoner

Another place in London which has a lot of soft elements in their interior is the Mondrian Hotel. This lush interior has been designed by Tom Dixon's design research studio and has an elegant twist on a maritime theme. The hotel is a former office building on the south bank of the Thames and was designed by Warren Platner. The nautical theme got a retro-chic twist in the new design. A lot of the interior elements are rounded and have a soft appeal, although the materials used might be harsh sometimes. The bold colours used accentuate the shapes perfectly.

the hotel spa at Mondrian London / found on dezeen
soft pink seating & round brass tables / Studio Tom Dixon Mondrian London
velvet rounded sofa's & round brass tables / Studio Tom Dixon Mondrian London

We have also noticed that nowadays it is totally ok, or even stylish to shoot an unmade bed... for years this was considered messy, but now we want the interior pictures to look more like a real home. Still a more perfect & upscale variant of our own homes... but at least more real in a way. And hey, these beds look so soft & inviting... We quite get that it is stylish now :)

soft colours & loads of comfiness / found on planete-deco.fr
looks a bit messy but sooo comfy too! / photo by Jeroen van der Spek
a totally soft & comfy bedroom / found on amara

Hope we have inspired you to add some softness to your interior! If you want some more colour inspriration, check our post on pastel colours or our pinterest bord. We have a great article about coloured sofa's as well, some of them are pastel or soft as well. You can find it here. For more inspiration follow our pinterest board on this soft interior trend.