Design predictions 2023
Nina Parvaresh, a Dubai-based architect, entrepreneur, and founder of Concept ME, outlines her key design predictions.
- Alabaster lighting fixtures
There are few items that give off a truly poetic and emotional appeal to the space the way that alabaster lighting fixtures do. From a design perspective, there’s such a delicate strangeness to these mesmerising pieces that communicates a reflective charm. There’s a timelessness, an ethereal aspect and a natural appeal to these elegant, statement pieces. The way the light seems to be radiating from the alabaster itself rather than from the light source within it creates an ambiance that doesn’t only complement the space, but draws all the attention to its mood.
- In-Door/Out-Door Wellness
When it comes to biophilic design, we think that it’s a design trend that should never go out of style. Our living culture is shifting towards wellness and natural living. Injecting natural and organic elements into our space like plants, stone and rattan is a great first step in that direction. Promoting an appealing marriage between outdoor and indoor living allows for a tonal change in the narrative of the space as well as bringing a fresh breath into it. Spaces dominate the overall mood of those that inhabit it, so we think a natural, clarity-driven mood is the way to go!
- Patterns in Fabrics
Great design never goes out of fashion even if it fades out for a little bit. What we’ve been obsessed with for a while now is beautiful fabric. Over the past couple of years, the trend has favoured minimalist designs and an avoidance of patterns. But we think it’s time to bring decorative fabrics back! With their theatricality and the soulful character, patterns on fabrics from drapery to armchair upholstery can bring a lot of ambiance to a space and contribute to its overall look and feel. They can also break the hum drum of that cold Modernist look and give it some life!
- Environment-Suitable Design
We don’t believe this is an evolving trend, but rather a trend that should become a guideline! The environment of your space needs to inform its design. In simpler terms, you can’t design a Parisian interior if your apartment is in a mountain landscape just like you can’t have a Coastal space in a Manhattan condo. What we believe works and keeps the space’s narrative authentic is to reflect the outside realities and inspirations of your surroundings into your living space, using the story of your physical area as a mood-board! That way, you keep it authentic and things just feel right.
- Sustainable Use of Vintage Items
Less of a trend and more of an environmental necessity, sustainability has become a primary focus in the field of design. The advent of fast fashion in furniture and of mass production of pieces has taken a pretty big toll on the environment and the value of items in the industry. This is why, we believe reusing items, from antiques to timeless vintage items is a beautiful approach for the year 2023 and onwards. It uses quality pieces, allows you to bring in something valuable and something that has a worn and timeless character into your space. Also, you’ll be doing the environment a favour!