Perhaps the greatest reminder is that without the harshness and the dark days of winter, summer would not be as sweet, and as celebratory. Without the deep unease of what some days seems too dark, we may not be pushed to have some of our greatest and most profound inspirations.
And so it has been with this interminable bleak pandemic winter. At once terrifying and transformative. In the midst of the confusion and anxiety, new ideas, new thoughts and new directions began, perhaps imperceptibly, to find a foothold deep in our psyches. New ways of seeing and interacting with the world started emerging. Embracing the notion of slow living, of community and of craft and craftmanship have been such positives to come out of this dark time. Really looking and accessing how we are spending the most precious commodity we have – TIME, has been an invaluable takeaway!!
And so we have started to see this in TRENDS emerging from this time.
Wikipedia defines ANIMISM as: Animism is the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words—as animated and alive.
The concept of Animism is being touted as a theme for life and art going forward.
What does this mean? Animism was the religion before religion – it is the theory of godliness – and the belief that there is life in everything – even the inanimate. Because everything is made up of particles of energy it is alive, it is vibrant and it should be respected. Given the wholesale destruction of the planet, we have seemed intent on wreaking, this new departure seems a healthy and optimistic way forward. If embraced it would mean that we are very mindful of what we consume, what we create and what we surround ourselves with. Excess and consumerism would give way to a more thoughtful curation of what we allow into our space and our lives – aware that it brings with it an energy – either positive or negative.
Covid has essentially forced us out of our rhythms – it has been a painful but necessary journey which hopefully has taught us something about slower living, about human empathy, about making time for observation and reconciliation and about the fragility and preciousness of all life.
Li Edelkort suggests that perhaps it is a time to put ourselves on the periphery of life rather than the self-centred approach we have traditionally taken. From the periphery, we are better able to see how we fit in, what we can contribute to all aspects of our world.
Pretty heady stuff right? but new directions – and transformations require some level of a new philosophy.
What this means for design, fashion, architecture and interiors is that there is a new veneration for all things Natural. Bespoke items, handmade items. Pieces that are made locally and have a story. The idea that we should resonate with the things that surround us – so that they are not just things but items with history – imbued with experience.
Interior and design trends for 2022 and beyond are taking inspiration in terms of colour, texture and shapes from: Pebbles, Feathers, Clouds, Leaves, Moon, Animal, Seed pods, Roots, Shells, Twigs, Words and even Shadows.
Forms and shapes are almost other worldly, simple, graphic and beautiful.
There is so much here that I have given as much visual inspiration I can with just bullet points. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. Images are from Animism – Trend forecast by Li Edelkort as well as photos that I have taken of products in various stores including Nap, SALT and taken in restaurants and inspiring places Hans and Lloyd, Harvest Café, Dalebrook café, Crayfish Wharf Paternoster.
Rounded furniture shapes.
Delicate and fine linens and bedding – great attention to detail. Time in the making.
Joyous, curious and lightweight, playful
woolen fluffy, felted, endearing an attractive
Joyous and lightweight. With an otherworldly sense of humour.
Sensitive easy to break but also resilient
Fragile but strong
Intelligence of forest
Singular and emblematic
ORGANIC AND PRIMITIVE
Linen hemp, rope
Incorporated into prayers for protection.
Connection with the heavens
Feathers used in dreamcatchers act as a fluffy, pillow-like ladder that allows them (dreams) to gently descend upon the sleeping person undisturbed.
Shamans – to travel – elevation soul out of body
Feather weaving – Pascal Theron- feather weaving with ostrich feathers
Feathers in fabric – beauty and elegance.Weaving featuring into textiles and fringe – tactility
Fringing and draw, hairy textural materials
Layering different colours of neutrals, unruly, almost protecting almost not finished
Nesting and roosting
Remembering our roles as the Caretakers of animals
Animal bones cast in bronze and skulls reimagined
Animal skin in pattern but make it more abstract
Endearing and funny
Honour materials from the animals – natural colours rather than tint and dye
Animal story becomes more and more abstract – less figurative
Abstracting shapes into power and presence
Almost primitive in abstraction
Human and animal shapes come together and merge
Beautiful shapes, curve, pearlised finish, made from the inside out
Guardians of space and time living between sea and earth
Used as erotic objects to beguile
Related to female body and beauty
Translated in new shapes for furniture
Warm connected shapes
Outer aspects of shell beautiful ceramics
Organic frills and movements
Mother of pearl finish super attractive in much rougher shape
Inner colour and beauty – form and colour finding in nature, energy
Spiralling, roundness in finishes
Opulent woollen wall hangings
Very hairy floaty fringy textiles
In perfect movement from birth, life, death
Day beds very NB – Leaf colours
Leaves embroidered on bedding
Staining and greening and imprinting
More abstracted going forward
Echo prints directly onto fabrics and glass
Smudging and tinting
Natural container of life
Built to protect and let them go when time is right
Deciphering and translating
New packaging inspired by pods
Rustic bold ceramics
Shapes inspirational for shapes and colour
Nb for tenting and structure
Shapes talk to us because we know them
Assimilating and containing at so
Nb for patterns for rugs
Symbol – fundamentals of life
Society uprooted because of globalisation – not really but we think we have – need to find a new way of thinking about our roots
powerful connective instrument
Natural fibre paper, linen, silk
Patterned and adorned
Primitive treatment of carving
Call on return of wall hangings and textiles
Important for baskets and woven
Darker side of human nature
The revolt and aggression in us – the negative of our positive
Ink blot almost
Gives character – can be singular moments
Coating and varnishing very NB
Colours for bedding – dark
In wovens and ceramics
Very interesting for interiors
Owe it our stability
Using stone in furniture
Moon shape present in woven
Moon surfaces reflected in finishes
Adorned and guided – a way to make bathroom very new and unusual
Guilding in quilting
Ovals in patterns shape
Word as dream weaver
Intellectual introspective can be completely abstracted
Based on things form past and beauty, poetry, attention, time
We don’t need more we need less and we need to find it within our own musing and our own listening.
Consumption is easy, creation is valuable.
Putting It All Toghether
Combining all of these elements is going to lead to a very different kind of interior and a different kind of lifestyle.
Something Almost Star Wars primitive rustic
It is Very organic – lots of basketry and we are seeing that everywhere from hip café interiors, selling on the side of the road really beautifully made items, in interior stores such as Salt Yserfontein, Nap.
Textured fabrics from Ethnic velvet in neutral colours to wool, to felting, feathers, silks, linens – the textural experience very important as we embrace the idea of full sensual experience and time to experience these sensual pleasures.
Part of the slow movement celebrates the ritual of things. Of tea and coffee making – slow and savoured.
think of the Japanese tea traditions.
Conversations are slow, not rushed, there is time for deep listening, deep discussion, pause, silences.
Furniture – Chairs, sofas like clouds to envelop us
More abstract motifs
More primitive shapes
Collections of natural and cultural worlds
Creating uniqueness and unique but organic combinations
More sparse but full of life – carefully chosen
Dark colours are very important in kitchens.