17 - 19 SEPTEMBER 2019


Straight from the designer: Paul Bishop on the key trends for 2018

For myself an interesting topic when discussing trends is that you cannot in particular single them out, moreover it is how these fuse together to create a fresh, current and exciting space. Specific elements such as materials, finishes and textures should not be predetermined because it is considered a trend. It ultimately depends on the client, project and the end user.

Of course, we are of the understanding that there may be a specific colour palette or favoured material for the year, but have I ever really followed one? As designers we are selling emotion by the square meter. People are beginning to desire a more playful approach towards colour palettes within their interiors however represented through differing intensities from soft pastel tones through to brighter bolder ones, somewhat reminiscent of 50’s/60’s ‘James Bond’ set styling all of which was beautifully harmonized together with refined metals and sophisticated wooden surfaces creating fresher stylish interiors engaging the senses. This movement toward intense and bright colors delicately balanced with soft natural tones perfectly represent the demographic in which we all work and live.

Torno Subito (above and below) which is to open in Q1 within the newest W Hotel, Palm Jumeirah for world renowned chef Massimo Bottura is a perfect representation of the movement towards intense and bright colours

In contradiction, I may be asked to design an interior only in a monochromatic palette, therefore you cannot simply itemize trends as they may not be suitable to every project. When speaking about trends for 2018 they are only to be interpreted loosely, and we as designers should never implement a specific material or colour into our design just because it has been decreed to be one. Make your own trends. For me I somewhat feel in addition to the refined ‘bond styling,’ there is a strong 80’s revival coming. I am witnessing this through a multitude of mediums which are integral to our industry such as film, fashion, music and art.

Having watched Atomic Blonde recently, the set interiors were simply intoxicating, and witnessing the highstreets immersion of this specific era, evoking memories of 80’s culture quite simply epitomizes these sentiments, for me that’s a trend, and a narrative which I will follow and implement in my own way and understanding.

The interiors in Hollywood blockbuster Atomic Blonde (above and below) were simply intoxicating

As individuals we are inspired in different ways, and therefore trends may differentiate between each designer and project. Some trends that we interpret may be more widely implemented, and others not. In my opinion, I believe 2018 will see a wider use of statement art as a fixed installation to animate a space.

The new Dole Sky development will encompass the 70th & 71st floors of the Address Boulevard, Downtown. Both restaurants Takumi (below) and La Vie (above) for chefs Hide Yamamoto & Jerome Lagarde both portray statement art as a main focal point within the interior

Keep your eyes open for Obey Giant and David Renggli, “but we cannot be certain,” as what we now predict to be popular may change instantaneously. Due to this year’s trend of an ever-increasing use of natural plantation to enhance the interior environment I believe this will continue into 2018 and become more evident due to peoples natural craving for greenery. Whether the installation be permanent or an animated accessory it allows for a natural visual enhancement to take place, creating a fresh calming environment.

However, trends occur sporadically so what has been popular this year may be non-existent the next. A trend that will always remain paramount is creating memories through the interior, of storytelling, the establishment of a narrative. It’s just about how we do that. Whether it be through art, colour, Instagrammable opportunities, unique lighting solutions or whatever other elements we conceive, design and create, it’s all about how we combine these in the creation of something extraordinary.

Waka situated in The Oberoi Hotel has proved an internet sensation since opening at the start of the year. The discreet yet dynamic use of plantation sets the desired atmosphere and tone for the dining experience within

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