- Norway’s Høse Bridge, designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, is a considered approach to design that takes its cue respectively from its natural surroundings. Minimalist functionality is integrated into the landscape by “establishing a horizontal reference point that emphasises the undulant and organic shapes in the bedrock”, thus creating a harmonious balance between the needs of a community and the preservation of a natural environment.
- The awe-inspiring beauty and magnificence of vast natural landscapes formed over a millennia connects with a primal desire to honour our origins.
- In an increasingly complicated world, there is a nostalgic shift towards simpler times. A return to basics sees interior trends emerging for rustic, hand-crafted product design set against a backdrop of clean minimalism.
- By contrast, natural textures look new when worked alongside armoured futuristic metallics and iridescent finishes for a juxtaposition between the natural and the artificial or man-made.
- Texture is a key component of the trend, here, Highland-inspired wools are worked into a streamlined modern silhouette for an update on an age-old celtic look.
- Designer Patricia Urquiola creates a stunning union of old and new for tile giant Mutina, with a beautiful take on bas-relief and a series of digitally printed stonework. Her pioneering style evokes a feeling of historic craftsmanship, although by contrast, only made possible through the technological tools of modern day.
- Geometrics in pattern work along with the art of folding and pleating inspire a new generation of craftsmanship and renewed interest in age-old techniques.
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