Winter Desert

This Autumn/Winter trend takes us on an exciting journey along the Old Silk Road, travelling from China through Persia and Arabia, to Europe, bringing together a global mix of styles, achieving a harmonious blend of cultures through design (even though this might seem impossible to do in other ways).

Let’s walk together on the pathway through this eclectic interior design trend and discover how it translates to create a new lounge space, looking at the colours, textures and materials, as well as the patterns influencing this style.

An interest from Designers and Creatives in ancient cultures continues the current focus by designers on the richness and freedom of nomadic ways of life, and so this look is really an expression of a desire to pursue a modern “Urban Nomad” lifestyle.

Imagine a merchant’s emporium, filled with richly patterned textiles; metal and wooden products; trinkets, treasures, and curiosities – all discovered and collected on his travels around the world, and you’ll be close to picturing this trend’s style.

This trend has a winter bazaar look influenced by the artisans, pilgrims, and nomads to be found along the Old Silk Road; the palette offers a rich expanse of earthen base tones that enable broad harmonies of colours to be worked together in versatile combinations. Build upon warm sand and shades of stone and create wonderful contrast with deeply pigmented pink and jet-black accents in soft furnishings and wall coverings. Exotic spice tones continue to have a strong presence in this trend, providing a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in social living areas. For textile and decorative accessories, rugs, and lighting features, you can consider the introduction of horizontal, hazy colour hombres and striped graduations, whilst semi-precious stone and gemstone tones of malachite green, dark garnet, and dark sapphire add a sense of ornate luxury via fringing, pom-pom, and beaded details. The trends’ palette is complimented by brass and old gold features, which; where used should be used in a tarnished finish with a dull sheen – an oxidised effect plays a crucial role in metal surface finishes when used within this design style.

IMAGE CREDITS: (L to R) Mongolian Lamb Stool by Modnev on Etsy, Unika Collection by Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics, Overnight lights by Odd Matter Studio, Rainbow shades by Julien Renault, Statement pendant by BoldB on Etsy, Room set by Madam Stoltz

Nature provides that final layer of earthen luxury, warmth, and comfort with a beautiful mix of materials and textures crafting an inviting, meditative mood. Try exploring shearlings, brushed wools, soft leathers, and crystals. Buffalo leather with its coarse texture but soft handle, makes a return within this trend and you might try introducing ornately quilted; deeply crushed and wrinkled; and embroidered leathers for soft furnishings and seating. Disguise simple seating shapes with Persian rug inspired fabrics, shearlings, and Mongolian lamb’s wool and support boxed, wooden seating shapes with super soft and slouchy, informally arranged cushions.

For rugs take inspiration from Persian repeating patterns and tessellated, interlinking geometrics; arrowhead chevrons; zigzags, triangles, and diamonds, which create ethnic borders as well as all-over patterning. The focus for wood flooring is on exotic wood grain; explore kingwood, American black walnut, macassar ebony, and rosewood. They are all such rich and luxurious woods without being at all ostentatious. Wood also offers the opportunity for different materials to be used together within this trend, look out for unique pieces in which wood is fused together with, encapsulated and preserved in coloured resin.

IMAGE CREDITS: (L to R) Metal Bow lamp by Zuiver, Schumacher Wyoming Leather, Modular upholstered sofa PIXEL by Saba Italia

As our lives are becoming less static, with each of us playing a multitude of roles throughout the day, so the spaces in our homes are required to play host to different activities. We will begin to see the role of the lounge space changing as our desire shifts towards a more communal area in which families & friends will enjoy and share a wide mix of activities – both digital and non-digital – rather than simply a space that’s all about watching TV. Although family members are still together, we’re actually involved in separate, lone tasks, and so we also begin to see a move away from the mono-direction sofa – with its back against the wall facing the TV – and see sofa design itself changing in order to allow for these multiple uses, layouts, and positions e.g. sitting, laying down, facing different ways. This will achieve a kind of ‘social solitude’ for individuals seeking it.

We are excited by the exploration of new concepts and product and interior design styles that give consideration to flexibility, adaptability, and informal approaches to living. Be inspired by these new sofa configurations that allow multiple seating directions and positions from Mariani, Linteloo, and Moroso, and think about creating a more connected, accessible space by moving these pieces centrally into the room: creating the new modern majlis.

IMAGE CREDITS: (L to R) Saba Divano Pixel by Mariani Abitare Oggi, Jan’s New Elements by Paola Navone for Linteloo, Bikini Island system by Werner Aisslinger for Moroso