Unlike most interior design styles, the contemporary style doesn’t reflect a specific historic time period. Instead, contemporary interior design is constantly evolving according to the present day’s changing tastes and trends. Contemporary style simply refers to whatever is in fashion at the given time.
So, what are the three trends that define the 2023 contemporary style?
1. Sculpted and curved furniture
Intricately shaped furniture is a trend that is set to continue into 2023. Although now seen as a chic and contemporary trend, curved furniture can be dated all the way back to World War II where new methods of construction allowed carpenters and architects to incorporate organic lines into their designs. Technically speaking, curved furniture is harder to construct than square wooden pieces, making availability scarcer and adding a sense of uniqueness and affluence to these designs.
C-shaped sofas and soft-edged tables create harmonious flows and add sophistication to a room. Often seen in neutral or jewel tones, sculpted decor can transform a sterile space into a more open and friendly environment.
Voluptuous, round armchairs and doughnut-shaped sofas, catchily referred to as ‘Puffy Furniture’ by Vogue, add a sexiness and femininity to room. These chunky pieces are both cool and comfortable. Curling up and watching your favourite movie has never felt so snug with the round curves almost making it feel like they are bringing you in for a hug.
These are statement pieces that are meant to be seen and can double as works of art, however one striking puffy piece is often enough. Let your curves take centre stage by incorporating sleeker, straight-lined pieces alongside to create a sophisticated space which draws attention to your statement pieces.
If you’re not ready to completely jump into the trend with a statement sculpted piece, you could test the waters with a small investment such a rounded sidetable or ottoman.
Designers famous for their curves: Pierre Paulin, Vladimir Kagan
2. Retro Minimalism
Retro is back with a modern twist and it’s cooler than ever.
The iconic Eames lounge chair has occupied the offices of A-Listers for a few seasons but this year we are expecting to see a fresh take.
Retro minimalism is the perfect style for city dwellers and cosmopolitan living where space is at a premium, and is capable of evoking a timeless, sophisticated aesthetic with just a hint of quirkiness.
To get started with this style, try adding a pop of colour to an otherwise natural palette. Hermes orange, yellow, earthy green, deep red and chocolate brown combined with neutral and wood tones work perfectly together. Natural, uncoloured wood and textured upholstery such as velvet or corduroy are a must for any contemporary retro design.
Pick a few statement pieces like an egg chair, burnt orange sofa or a Steiner inspired armchair and design the rest of your room around it. Smoked glass is no longer just for lighting, we are seeing it used for tables and paired with teak it has an undeniably timeless appeal.
Keep your room uncluttered and use a combination of sleek-lined furniture and geometric forms. Low to the floor furniture and clean lines will create an illusion of high ceiling and will make your room feel less cramped.
No matter what modern interior you are working with, you can achieve this contemporary design by adding a few key pieces such as a Secto lamp or bright sofa.
Designer: Eames, Bertoia, Cherner, Mies van der Rohe, Rudolf Steiner, Florence Knoll, Arne Jacobson
3. Art Deco Luxe
Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, is a luxurious trend that we expect to see more of in 2023. If you dream of living in Great Gatsby-esque glamour, then you may find that this twentieth century iconic style is for you.
Art Deco Luxe is all about being big and bold. It is all about making a statement and pushing boundaries. This style invokes a colour palette of black, white, silver and gold, as well as vibrant and deep jewel tones.
When decorating in this style, aim for statements of geometry patterns, rich colours, symmetrical designs and exuberant shapes. Look to feature gold- and brass-plated metals, polished or lacquered woods and marble.
If you love the Art Deco interior style but don’t want to completely redecorate, try incorporating soft furnishings such as velvet or animal print cushions. Accessorising with large geometric rugs, art deco fan-shaped mirrors and vases will give you a feeling of 1920s loft extravagance without costing a fortune.
Designers: Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand and Marc du Plantie
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