This year is bringing an aesthetic that is very aligned with the New Zealand way – one focused on natural tones alluding to relaxed comfort.
It’s these trends that Collage’s Mark Pheloung saw at the Salone del Mobile in Milan this April, and the same aesthetic that they will shortly be bringing to the New Zealand market.
“It’s a really mellow concept; subtlety of tone with a natural bent,” Mark says. “Browns and earthy tones and shades of grey feature, and mixtures of both of them. There is a real blurring of the lines, which creates the feeling of comfort and softness.”
Combining metallics in pewter and titanium tones is a twist on the rose gold and copper we saw a lot of in previous years and creates a new, muted vernacular. “The metallics have quite a three-dimensional character, which is visually soft.”
Wood is also in favour, with very natural timbers central to many designs. “We’re seeing deeper tones than we have recently though, with heat-treated oak being used to create almost charcoal tones in the timber without the use of stains.”
Corten and antiqued bronze are also in favour, with a focus on a mixing of mediums and colour tonations.