Given the current financial system it might not come as a surprise that interiors is going over the utilitarian route. From designer furniture to soft furnishings, everything is being pared back and less is more is the designer's mantra once more. And while I'm not suggesting ingesting only alive foods turning grain sacks into sofa covers, the look is very much a humble one. Showing off in the home is simply not the done thing next year.
I heard someone recently refer to it as 'Austerity Chic' coining perhaps one of the most controversial design phrases since fashion's 'heroin chic' after all, the economic downturn means more to a lot of people than a sofa with clean, simple traces.
I prefer utilitarian personally and even the shopping is embracing this look which embodies getting gone everything you don't need and replacing it with well built and designed pieces that will keep working for a lifetime.
Of course utilitarian is nothing new, the Shakers practically invented the look with their simple yet functional cabinets. The Shaker look is one this was adopted over the years, influencing designer furniture and of course, there is not a kitchen company your market land that doesn't a Shaker-style kitchen in its group.
The utilitarian trend also takes influence from the 40s and 50s, perhaps not surprisingly another era when all was not well with the world's financial situation and were recovering from war.
Simple clean lines were the order of the day, offering an U turn on the glamour and decadence of Art Deco from the 20s opted for a far more structured and modest look.
The LCW (Lounge Wood Chair) by Charles and Ray Eames was coded in 1945, at no more WW2. Its simple design and use of plywood, one in the cheapest woods around as opposed towards grandeur of walnut, teak or mahogany, reflects society perfectly. The Tolix A chairs put together by Xavier Pauchard share the same austere feel and look, although designed a little earlier in 1934, perhaps Pauchard knew what was around the corner and designed this simple, metal chair in reference for this.
So, where will any of us see this homage to the past and trend for 2011 and embrace it for all of our homes? Well, actually it's all around us from the Brutalist architecture of London's Southbank to designer furniture, both classic and up to date. The Ercol Plank dining table made by Lucian R. Ercolani is a height. Designed in 1956, the table now available out from the Conran Shop truly relevant now as it was when first designed. The simple shape of the table top, the splayed legs, a deficiency of any kind of detailing, letting the wood and design speak for itself without any form of embellishment epitomises this look.
Lighting offers elimination embrace this trend and the perfect one-stop shop for this utilitarian lighting always be Skinflint Design. Site Cornwall, the rather aptly named lighting designers reclaim beautiful factory lights inside 30s, 40s and 50s. The indisputable fact so many factories shut down, allowing these lights to be reclaimed perhaps offers a rather more sombre note to this trend.
So, in one more toyota recall age of austerity and a new generation facing the hardship of recession what can we expect when it comes to people furnishing their homes? Well, it's apparent people won't stop spending money on designer furniture. Otherwise, it would stop being designed. However, you can almost guarantee that men and women will turn their backs on the glitz and glamour of previous more prosperous decades (don't expect to see any Swarovski-covered beds anytime soon) so i predict we may see simpler lines and furniture that was compiled to last rather than passing fads.
But hey, it is not all doom and gloom, just regarding all those wonderfully crafted heirlooms you'll be able to to pass right down to future generations.
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