Twice a year, the design community descends on Paris eager to see what new ideas, innovations and products will be shaping the coming seasons. A vast array of furniture, fabric and design brands showcase their wares to buyers and fellow creatives, and it’s here we interior designers spot connections and themes that stand out, giving us a sneak peek into the next big things to come. This year was full of interior design trends with some serious staying power. We’ve rounded up the best in show that caught our eye and will be hitting the design headlines in 2024, and most importantly, are worth bringing home.
With this supernature trend, the beauty of the natural world is everywhere, from surface details to furniture forms. Danish Heritage brand Sika Design is best known for its rattan furniture with creations by iconic designers through the decades, such as this Belladonna Sofa by Italian architects Franco Albini & Franca Helg, designed in 1951. Whether in a refined sofa frame or a hand drawn leaf motive printed on pure linen, the feel and flow of natural materials are here to stay. Suitable for curtains or upholstery, this delicate print is at home refreshing a beloved heirloom or a sleek, modernist low lounger. To draw out the nature references, pair with a set of grass-woven baskets or cushions in a neutral tone, such as our Elba linen cushion in Sisal and Eggshell.
Pattern makes life more fun. So much so, that it warranted its own celebratory display at the Maison Objet 2024 fair with a whole area dedicated to products with this detail. This Gravity Tray was designed to bend the idea of a regular pattern, with a warped grid that changes in colour and form depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Our printed lined design Helter Skelter: shown here in Slate, is based upon 17th-century book endpaper, and offers the same undulating play on pattern. With a watercolour abstract rendering of a fern, it holds a strong silhouette whilst also feeling quite painterly and soft. Play up this artisanal feel by pairing it with a sofa fabric in a similar muted hue, but with a more floral shape. We love this Big Top design in the colour way The Minister’s Cat. Both from Small Prints II a friendly, free-flowing collection that work beautifully together, an ideal choice for those who like a little guidance when working up a full room scheme.
Fun, fun, fun
The bold, quirky and thoughtful design studio Yellow Dot creates consistently show-stopping products, and the Patisserie collection for Istanbul ceramics brand Gorbon is no exception. Taking inspiration from patisseries, they worked with the artisans to create fun, joyous lamps, stools and tables. This embracing of fun and play was the overarching theme for the whole exhibition, heralding a return to the home as a joy for unself-conscious self-expression. Off Piste wallpaper captures the fun, thrills, and exhilaration of the slopes. The skiers and painterly graphic style that perfectly reflect the 1950s, when these designs were originally created, are now rendered in a palette with a contemporary twist. Sitting in any room sporting this wallpaper would be a guaranteed mood lifter.
Every interior designer loves a good chair. Whether a traditional home or a bastion to contemporary interior design, the right seating can always inject some much-needed visual interest. This surprisingly comfortable UMI armchair from Woo was designed by Rostislav Sorokoviy to look more like a sculpture than a chair. Soft undulating or irregular furniture design styles deserve a fabric design that enhances the unique nature of the form, such as this sumptuous Velvet Wonderland velvet in Kimono Dreams In the jewel-toned colour way, Moss. It’s ideal for creating show-stopping upholstery and curtains with Its flattering larger-scale repeat.
This style emerged as an interior designer favourite in 2023, but it looks like it will continue to be one of the big 2024 interior design trends that stays front and centre on the style pages. A mix of Japanese clean lines and attention to detail, with the earthy warmth of the Scandinavian design, it encapsulated the common style ground of serenity and simplicity that characterise both disciplines. These Oru Bowls from Milan-based brand Paola C are formed around a hexagonal base, from which they open into a circular rim, a homage to the principles of origami. Our Japanese Garden 1940s fabric design from our Omega Prints range in muted tones on a soft lush velvet brings this trend to any design-conscious home as a soft and tranquil addition.
Low-key, beige and grey-inspired palettes have given the minimal home a sensory uplift. A look that never really goes out of fashion but has subtle reinventions, has found its new iteration with a focus on woven textures. Using natural materials from sustainably managed oak forests or straw from the banks of the Rhône, French brand Midi has reinvigorated ancient Provencal traditions with their elegant and classical furniture designs. Capture the beauty of this soothing aesthetic with our woven fabric Hartland. Ideal for both domestic and commercial upholstery Hartland is a mix of linen, cotton and viscose yarns – it has an interesting, textural pattern that lends depth to a scheme focusing on a neutral palette.
Free flowing pattern
The brand Familianna combines the simplicity of Scandinavian forms with the vivacity of the Andalusian culture, where these tactile ceramics are made. This new collection, Splash, adds some irregular, free-flowing brightness to the table with a natural yet graphic pattern. Our L.A. Sunset River wallpaper similarly evokes a watery feel, without producing a literal interpretation. The result is a restful but also dynamic pattern, that can operate as a neutral- with-a-twist in a layered interior design scheme. Also available in Blush and Onyx, each colour way dramatically changes the impact of this mercurial paper.
It’s impossible to look at 2024 interior design trends and not consider the most pressing issue of the day. How do we ensure that they work with the planet, rather than against it? Increasingly companies are looking to become part of the circular economy, which means all parts in a product can be reclaimed and used again in a new product. However, with so much waste still being created, recycling and reusing existing materials is still an essential part of current sustainable design trends. Furniture for Good use a mix of marine waste, such as shells and fishing nets, and reclaimed plastics, such as cosmetic bottles and Badminton shuttle cocks with other discarded materials to create a hardwearing and aesthetically pleasing range of modern furniture and lighting design. This Chaise Uso Arma Chair in speckled fresh tones would be complimented beautifully by our Omega III Velvet in Summer Sky. One of our latest innovations, we’re very proud of its green credentials; 60% of it comes from recycled polyester making it Linwood’s first sustainable velvet fabric collection. Very soft, it is also very practical, as it is stain-resistant and fully washable so can be used for loose covers as well as fixed upholstery and makes beautifully draped velvet curtains, for enduring, planet-friendly style. Which is the ultimate secret to choosing design trends that will last well beyond design fashions.
Lisa is the founder of Day Studio; a design practice in London.