Residential Design Trends: Embrace the Seam
Year after year, Salone del Mobile.Milano is a source of inspiration for our residential design projects. The trending products and styles we see at the design show help us forecast the trends and styles in our residential projects. By the time interior design projects like the Fort Lauderdale Boat House published in Luxe Magazine, go to print these design trends and products are just making their way over to the states and reaching popularity.
This advantage to stay current in our DKOR residential design projects keeps our interior designers excited to return year after year. Marianna Cerullo Di Bella, was one of our five designers visiting iSaloni 2016. “I couldn’t sleep the night before, thinking about all the new trends I was going to see. What the new colors would be and new design features. I was excited to discover innovative new ways to bring our design features to the next level.”
Marianna continues to share with us below her experience at the international furniture show and how it is now affecting the home designs being developed in our DKOR interior design studio in Miami for upcoming projects.
“As soon as we started walking through the enormous pavilions the details that caught my attention were the interesting ways vendors learned to work around a seam or joint line. By working it into the design they embraced the material and brought the design to the next level. The lesson learned here, #EmbraceTheSeam.”
DKOR interior design teams are always encouraged to think of all the aspects involved in any design feature. Think of how materials are going to be installed and look ahead at all the steps in the installation process to make sure the end result is just how our design fees envisioned it. “I find myself trying to “cheat” the eye to not see the joints or seams in any applied materials. I like to give the illusion that the beautiful wood feature looks like a solid element.” Says Marianna who noted Italian collections such as Flexform and Antonio Lupi, were the most memorable vendors who broke the “barriers in design” and made a seam become part of the design feature highlighted with an LED light, a metal trim, or ledge.
“In the Flexform booth, the vendor applied a full slab on the upper portion of the wall and recessed the lower portion where a grout line would fall. Embracing this seam and enhancing it with the led light allowed the beautiful light cream tile with a limestone texture to be a showstopper.”
“We also loved the look of the big vanity mirrors installed in the Antonio Lupi booth.” Marianna explains how tile/slab sizes available can limit the design application, forcing visible design joints or grout lines to be visible. “We find ourselves selecting the biggest sizes available to reduce the amount of seams. By embracing the seams, we learn to integrate smaller sizes that can be enhanced by LED lights. I love it!”
DKOR’s interior designers brought back the design approach to applied materials and are learning to embrace the seams. iSaloni is such an important part of the residential design process at DKOR Interiors, look for the current Luxe Magazine issue to see the inspiration that came to life or read more about this year’s design trends on related posts from the 2016 show.