Although individually very different, the various trends – from cooking, via furnishing, to giving – all have a common denominator: the essentials of life, such as more time for the family, friends and oneself, continue to grow in importance. Specifically, this means that people make themselves ‘hygge’ – Danish for cosy – and create an atmosphere of well-being in their homes. Associated with this is an appreciation for original, hand-crafted and homely things.
This year, manufacturers are opting for natural materials such as wicker, bare wood, cork and ceramics. Untreated surfaces are combined with glazed, relief-like textures. Strong contrasts in the materials mix make for surprising tactile effects. When it comes to motifs, geometric patterns, fine lines and ethnic decoration are increasingly in evidence. In the spring, floral motifs, together with birds, butterflies and beetles, are added. Fish, sea urchins and crabs, either as patterning or as decorative objects in themselves, create a Mediterranean feel for the summer. Alongside these, pineapples, parakeets and, above all, cacti are all motifs that belong, indisputably, to the latest trend.