Invited as international Talents Designers to Europe’s main consumer goods show, along with other representatives from the Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, Italy and Portugal, we had the unique opportunity to get to know the competition from within, having access to the main market trends across different sectors. And we would like to give an idea of what’s to come with all the readers of Sibarita News.

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.

When it comes to colours, the up-coming season confronts us with a palette of discreet nude, beige and sand shades, which leave plenty of freedom for individual accents. As far as ‘Living’ is concerned, for instance, they set the stage for the ‘greenery’ trend (a fresh apple green), for ‘niagara’ (denim blue) and ‘pale dogwood’ (a version of dusky pink). Appropriate complements are provided by deep black, copper and gold.

home and furnishing trends. Sculptural and geometric forms determine to a greater or lesser extent the atmosphere in the Living section. Thus, rounded armchairs with extra-large backrests and vases that look like folded paper are setting prominent accents in the home. However, multi-faceted luminaires, many of them as sculptures in wire, are reminiscent of diamonds. This trend is buoyed up by geometric patterns, e.g., on cushions, carpets and cardboard boxes. The predominant colours are black and white, with copper, gold, silver and midnight blue also being used.

Transparent and delicate: enjoying the lightness of spring. To fit in with the clean, almost linear style there is a trend for delicacy, fine detail and lightness. There is, therefore, a recognisable trend for glass – often resulting from high-quality manufacture and a high degree of craftsmanship. Accordingly, the traditional art of glass blowing is enjoying a renaissance: pots, vases and bowls with embedded cracks and inclusions, elaborately ground, sometimes coloured, sometimes carefully painted by hand, reflect the desire for value and quality.

Trends for the kitchen, the table and household. Here, the spotlight is on functionality, especially when it comes to dining and a healthy way of life. Thus, numerous materials aim at preserving aromas and nutrients longer, as well as at preparing food gently to retain all the goodness. Enamel is playing a more important role when it comes to pots and pans – especially with a vintage look that recalls days gone by and exerts a calming influence. The same applies to powder-coated steel sheet, especially when used for cans, bread bins and other containers. In the kitchen, glass continues to be indispensable for both practical and aesthetic reasons. It is gaining ground in double-walled form for cups, glasses and coffee filters, i.e., everywhere that liquids are to be kept hot or cold. Moreover, the combination of wood and cast iron, cutting boards in extraordinary dimensions, vintage-look wooden spoons and leather details are adding a rustic touch to the kitchen and transforming functional products into decorative accessories, with a handcraft touch.

There are lots more paths to take… but this is just a global glance at the trends that are currently leaving their mark on the market, in which artisan products are gaining ground as decorations and as fashion accessories, as shown by the fact that, of the 9 professionals chosen to be ‘Design Talents’, 4 have built a 100% artisanal production, from glasses made from coconut paste – Mata-Hari, to felt gaiters – Pepavana, silk hand-painted accessories – Camila Velvet, or designer fans by Sanserif.es for the Valencia company Di-Abani. Artisan is trendy.