Caesarstone, the world leading designer and manufacturer of premium quartz surfaces is renowned for being at the forefront of industry innovation, with an unrivalled ability to bring new designs to market that set rather than follow interior trends. The ability to launch new products with such accuracy stems from Caesarstone’s continual research into future trends on a global scale, coupled with 30 in-house years’ experience of designing and manufacturing premium engineered quartz material.
Caesarstone shares the results of its in-depth research, distilled down to four key concepts that will define the global commercial and residential interiors markets in the coming years; presented and explained in detail in the newly launched Kitchen Trends Book. The book is the fruit of the brand’s significant investment in Research & Development which includes working with world leading colour consultants and understanding the macro trends – socio, demographic, cultural and political – impacting on design and interiors. It is also experience and knowledge acquired by Caesarstone’s in-house design team via years of collaborations with world-renowned designers and architects, including Jaime Hayon, Todd Bracher, Tom Dixon, Philippe Malouin, Japanese studio Nendo and Sebastian Herkner. The brand’s ability to understand the cultural context of the markets it operates in positions it at the forefront of its industry, which it why it is always the first to launch ground-breaking new surface designs. For example, its award-winning Rugged Concrete, launched at the beginning of 2017, is a first that the interiors industry has eagerly awaited and embraced, as is its new Metropolitan Collection which fulfils designers’ needs around all the key industrial trends happening right now, offering finishes never before available on the market.
Four global trends forecast by Caesarstone
Each of the four themes are based on different lifestyle contexts, with its own unique creative direction, colour palette, lead materials and finishes. These are respectively: Calm Luxe, Urban Industrial, Timeless Classic and Wild Living.
Calm Luxe is inspired by the paring back of an oversaturated design market. Our world is moving faster than ever and time comes in short supply, so we try to live more slowly, design more thoughtfully, and find joy in quieter, softer environments.
In a world of constant connectivity, time is the ultimate luxury. Our need to “switch off” is pressing and the benefits of slowness, stillness and silence are increasingly recognised. Scientific research on the subject increases, meditation movements strengthen and mindful retreats have never been more popular. Even boredom is acknowledged to provide a blank canvas for our imagination and to kick-start creativity. With Calm Luxe, we pare back to the essentials to make room in our minds, lives and homes. Living spaces have a peaceful, calming quality that provide a visually light haven that soothes the eye but also the mind. This is an acutely minimal direction, elevated by careful details and high-quality finishes.
Calm Luxe embraces modest material qualities & humble shapes. Interior components – whether a sofa or a surface – promote anonymity, focus on functionality, and offer fewer operating options. Silhouettes are as minimalistic as can be but are further softened by matte finishes or dulled angles – never harsh or cold. Assembly is also made simpler through elements that easily slot together or fit into each other. Everyday items are elevated to objects of beauty with precious metallic accents or ultra-careful detailing that highlight the quality of its craftsmanship.
Caesarstone forecasts that the industrial trend will continue to be important in seasons to come but will evolve towards a more urban and yet increasingly poetic and light-hearted direction. Heavy construction materials such as concrete or cement will be softened by light, feminine tints; new composites will be crafted with colourful industrial waste; and fanciful constructions will add a fun element to rough silhouettes. Designs borrow the stark volumes and rugged textures of Brutalist architecture – translating these into bare, sculptural items. Finishes that focus on tactility warm this industrial look; surfaces remain rough and untreated; and light tones of colour soften contours. Taking its cue from industrial workshops, the Urban Industrial kitchen illustrates the artisanal aspect of this trend. Cooking accessories such as mortars and pestles or nutcrackers illustrate the importance of manual work. Their shapes remain solid and uncomplicated. The kitchen space features concrete or cement elements that are softened by light tints and rounded shapes that moderate the rough surfaces.
Past and future, work and leisure, fashion and interiors, home and retail, craft and digital; we live in a time of blurring boundaries – a time where opposites balance, inspire and complement one another. With Timeless Classic, spaces and products draw inspiration from the Modernism of the 20th Century, updating it with fresh tones that create a vintage, yet highly modern look. The Timeless Classic kitchen space combines period features, rich patterns and materials such as marble, warm wood and fabrics. New technological appliances are moving past black, white and grey and shifting towards a delicate colour palette, tactile textiles and retro references. Surfaces are soft and warm to the touch and take us away from the less-inviting aesthetic of many modern technologies and back towards a more sensitive experience.
With Wild Living we bring the outdoors indoors – via lush vegetation or textured finishes that play to our senses and answer our longing for real, rough – even feral – tactility. Technology takes a more low-key direction – ancient crafts and natural materials are combined with technological advances to create new, contemporary products and appliances. The home reflects this with mobile furnishings that can adapt to our needs and easily transfer from one nest to the next; household objects are complete with details and fastenings borrowed from the world of camping. Warm finishes add subtle depth and texture to the kitchen environment. Think thick natural woods and sleek stones with enhanced natural grains. These traditional surfaces pair with a wide range of beautiful new composites. The new goods have rustic-chic qualities and make use of natural waste. Shots of fiery orange bring life to harmonies of deep browns, dark greys and forest greens.
For more information on the Caesarstone Kitchen Trends Book and the four key trends presented visit: www.caesarstone.co.uk/kitchentrendsbook