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It makes a really nice aesthetic on the
outside of walls."
Marie, who worked worldwide as a
textiles and technology consultant for
15 years, says there is a growing response
to fabrics that bring together the hand-made
"Luxury is moving away from 'all
technology' or 'all craft'. It's more about
the intelligence of bringing the two together,
for example, using laser cutting alongside
embroidery. It creates greater engagement.
It becomes more personal."
We see similar thoughts coming
from an emerging designer. "Interiors
will become less sterile and instead create
a sense of homeliness and authenticity,"
says Ana Calic, a Curtin University interior
"Concrete slabs will become celebrated
instead of covered up and raw brick walls
exposed. Instead of seeing high, super-gloss
materials everywhere, we will be welcomed
by raw, natural materials."
Less black, more white and a combination
of warm, neutral colours with bold rainbow
shades are the common colour trends being
talked about among the world's top experts.
What is it inspired by? e global economy
and cultural influences are playing a part in
the palette selection.
"Black and white, and vice versa, is a
classic," says Milou. However, she expects to
see far less black, while white -- a "symbol of
cleaning up and a new beginning" -- will gain
importance. Purple will again be a hot fashion
colour. "But we will see different variations of
that colour in the future, more moving to
aubergine, magenta and lilac shades," she says.
"Also, like in fashion, different blue and
blue-green variations -- peacock and petrol
variations -- will gain importance. Besides
these tonal shades, for some products we
will see a true explosion of colours, often
applied in multi-colour, with black and
white." e latter has evolved as an antidote
for our difficult economy.
Colour experts Fiona Barker, from Fiona
Barker Design in Melbourne, and Sarah
Lahey, from Colour Designs in Sydney,
agree. "Optimistic colours sell in an
economic downturn," says Sarah.
As interior designers, these two
professionals have been specialising in
colour and its application in commercial
and residential design for more than 25
years. Sharing their extensive knowledge
and passion, the pair gave a presentation
on e Enchanting World of Colour at the
AIFF (Australian International Furniture
Fair) in Sydney in February.
" e fashion industry in 2010/11 is
saturated with a palette of eye-popping
rainbow shades -- no doubt the interior
market will closely follow," explains Sarah.
"Colours are cleaned up from the global
palette, as yellow becomes daffodil and
purple turns to amethyst... we remain
optimistic with the green shoots of recovery
(referring to the global economy) well on
their way as green continues its steady
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