TRENDS - it’s in and it’s out – it’s bold and it’s bright – but is it YOU?
Trends are a lot like economics – there’s a buzz when it is launched, everyone who’s anyone, desires it – some of us purchase it – supply and demand.
It becomes mass produced and too available – Ikea has it; the ‘furniture package retailers’ follow suit; and then it’s suddenly OUT. But not really, because you’re stuck with it.
A certain style/look can be interpreted differently from one year to the next – just like ‘that girl with the dyed blonde hair with regrowth’ compared to ‘the girl with the stylish ombre look’ – same ‘look’ – different time = different interpretation.
Colours, metals, shapes, fabrics, materials, do come and go – and there’s no reason why you can’t buy one or a few pieces that will make you feel part of the club (from a throw, a velvet cushion, to a brass lamp), but going the whole hog will make your home look like everybody else’s and clear out the purse – as it will be deju vu.
If you don’t like Scandi style; and don’t want a ‘smart home’ that will end up making you feel ‘not so smart’, that’s okay.
If you’re tired of palm fronds, pineapples and the flaming flamingo, which not only grace cushions and wallpapers, but also phone covers, notepads and plastic swimming pool cup holders… that’s okay.
Good design is timeless, think Noguchi, Nelson, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Klint, Juhl, Jacobsen, Eames, and Breuer, whose Model No B33, has been around since 1927 – but not all of us can afford an original.
THANKFULLY, there’s one trend that need not be a trend but rather a way of life – a style that won’t need updating; a style that you can embrace as your own.
That style is Wabi-Sabi.
‘In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".’
You can keep and collect items that are made of natural materials and fibres; that are organic and carry an imperfect edge or finish – your interior can be humble, minimalist in pieces and modest in mind – this is not just a style but a way of life – it’s a style that truly does embrace the sustainable.
Wabi-sabi is a style that is perfect for the imperfect – it reflects who you are and gives you the courage and confidence to decorate your home how you’d like to.
If you’ve always loved pink, and it makes you feel feminine and happy, then so be it. If green makes you feel serene and looks elegant, so be it. If plants inject nature into your study, so be it… and if your wonky pottery vase you made at school, gives you fond memories, then so be it.
Wabi-sabi, a style you don’t have to go out and purchase. Your imperfect pieces are probably right where you last left them!
Wabi-sabi anyone? – and sushi to go…