6 Design Insiders Share What’s Trending Right Now

We asked the tastemakers, "What's hot this year and what will we covet in the future?"

Conscious Design

“I recently completed a project on Bond Street for a client, which was formulated with a sense of sustainability and wellness as central characteristics that informed the design. I see this as something many clients are looking for — integrating healthy living with conscious design,” says James Huniford of Huniford Design Studio. Above, the eco-aware Manhattan penthouse he’s referring to melds rugged masculinity with bohemian flair.

Photo by Nick Johnson

Tactile Elements

When it comes to the future of her practice, London-based Beata Heuman wants to emphasize texture. “I will definitely think more about tactile elements to enhance the experience of the space. For fabrics, that means mohairs, thickly woven silks, felts and soft cottons,” she says. Evidence of this is found in her design for a Holland Park pied-à-terre, which features plush velvet in contrasting tones.

Photo by Graham Atkins Hughes

Woman-Made Furniture

Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller of Kapito Muller Interiors are crazy about female creators. “Lady furniture designers from way back when are finally having their moment, and as women we could not be prouder! We’re craving anything and everything by talents like Lina Bo Bardi, Maria Pergay and Charlotte Perriand,” they say. The duo would certainly admire this authorized re-edition of Bo Bardi’s stunning Bola de Latão chair, with its lace-up corseted back.

Photo courtesy of Espasso

Luxe Materials

DLV gallery cofounders Mark and Maggie De La Vega think the future will look ever more opulent. “We foresee a return to luxury materials and Old World refinement. We think we’re heading to more exotic woods, like rosewood, and speciality finishes, such as shagreen, tortoise shell and Coquille d’Oeuf [hand-cracked eggshell mosaic],” the De La Vegas declare. Above, a custom shagreen credenza anchors a Birmingham, Alabama, living room designed by Betsy Brown.

Photo by Jean Allsopp

Italian Modernism

“I’ve been seeing the influence of Italian modernism everywhere lately,” says Catherine Kwong. For her Salon de Thé installation at the San Francisco Fall Art + Antiques Show, the designer brought in a stylish Giò Ponti F.A.33 mirror and a pair of Ico Parisi armchairs to put a modernist spin on her delicate East-meets-West tableau.

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher

Contemporary Art Deco

A pristine sconce in the form of a minimal tassel by Apparatus captures the moods of two very different bygone eras. “We’re looking to the shapes and textures of Art Deco and the plush sexiness of the ’70s. These were the points of departure for our recent Tassel series,” says Gabriel Hendifar, the company’s creative director and founder.

Photo courtesy of Apparatus

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