This is our May 2010 design newsletter. Today I will share some
of the latest architectural design trends that caught my attention
this season. Let me know if you agree and post your comments on
News corner, take a look how furniture designers give
a new life to recycled cardboard creating stunning furniture pieces
month several people have asked me to define the latest trends in
architectural design. I am not an expert on architecture history
or on different movements in architecture, but I do practice design
on ongoing bases. Constant research on the world's greatest projects
is a must for me while working on my projects. It’s intriguing
to study projects from the perspective of why people are attracted
to something more and why other projects lose public interest remarkably
fast. It is also fascinating to identify common themes of all contemporary
architecture around and to try to predict what will stay and what
will go out of favor fast.
give me your feedback on my ideas presented HERE.
KOHLWES principal / designer
TRENDS IN ARCHITECTURE
trends" is a very controversial term. A building style
is not as easy to change as it is to buy a new dress or even a new
car, buildings stay with us for generations. Various architecture
styles have been coexisting for centuries complementing each
other in fantastic ways. So whatever style you decide to go with
would be ok so long as you create a quality sustainable architecture
piece which can continuously grow and change with time, serving
its occupants as years go by.
at what's being built around the world right now, I did see some
common new "trends" I could point out. These are just
a few trends which I liked personally and that I try using in my
designs. Use these wisely and you can produce amazing results on
your projects. Don't forget to tell me what your ideas are of the
latest trends in architecture. Just Go HERE.
Being True to Materials
of the most remarkable characteristics of contemporary architectural
design is being true to materials used on the project.
If you are building something of wood, don’t hide the beauty
of it - make it exposed! You can stain it if you wish, but still
show the beauty of the wood species’ grains. If it’s
a metal frame supporting your ceiling - show it! Make it an accent
of your space. It will give character and save you money on the
ceiling finish. This architecture design trend all comes down to
using raw materials and not covering them up, consequently
using less chemical for finishes or paint and spending less money
while still looking sleek!
2. Bold Colors
bold with colors! Pick one or two and make them strong. Use
your logo colors if you are trying to brand
your business space. Bold colors don’t have
to be on walls, use them in furniture, lighting or any design
elements in your space. Just a note: accent walls
are not in style anymore, unless it’s a wall in your
lobby with your business logo on it. Making accent walls in
your office are dated just as bad as having vinyl
base – sounds good in theory but shows bad
design taste and your irresponsibility towards environmental
and health issues.
Lounge successfully uses the colors of its logo throughout
its interior effectively branding itself.
Images on Glass Walls
images or phrases as a pattern on glass partitions
have been around for a while. Creating a screen-like feel
with words or images produces an intriguing design element
while providing privacy and safety as opposed to using clear
glass partitions. Also, our subconscious mind will read
what you wrote on your walls, so be creative and positive.
Images that show from heat or from light is something that
appeared later. This type of user interaction with
a living space is a trend you will be seeing more and
more around you.
A Hotel room in Puerta
America, Madrid, Spain - designed by renowned French
architect Jean Nouvel. This image of a Japanese geisha appears
on the shower glass partition only when you turn your shower
on and the steam warms up the room. Clever invention to
keep the company of an occupant of this room.
4. Pedestrian Friendly
everything bike and pedestrian friendly so you would
want to walk, not drive - is one of the largest movements
related to the environmental impact of driving and
our dependency on oil. I personally experienced bad
design while living in an apartment in San Francisco where
I wanted to drive across the street to a mini-mart.
Why? I felt unsafe to cross the street as a pedestrian. The
latest changes you will be seeing around are focused on making
us feel safe being without our “car armor.” Designing
your new building or a business, make it appealing to pedestrians.
Read more tips on how to make your business appear more pedestrian
San Diego is getting more pedestrian friendly.
5. Creating the Mood
last trend - and not the least - think about how your space,
your building design or your house is sending some type of
a message on a subconscious level. Humans are animals
and react to most things on biological level. So whatever
you bring to your space to expose to your clients or guests
will create a reaction in their minds without them ever realizing
it. It can be that wild color you choose for your lobby, or
that dried up plant dying on the sill of your window... What
is it saying about your business? This trend is something
architects are becoming more and more interested in while
seeing how good spaces make people feel good in them. Feng
Shui is one of the forms of design manifesting this holistic
approach. Read more on how to influence your clients’
The human brain monitors and regulates the body's actions
and reactions. It continuously receives sensory information,
and rapidly analyzes this data and then responds, controlling
bodily actions, functions and thoughts. Try to feed your
client's brain with positive thoughts about your business.
It is within your power!
said there is no life after death? UK-based Lazerian Studio transforms
simple sheets of recycled cardboard into beautiful
furnishings, giving the material a new lease of life. A
collaboration between furniture designer Liam Hopkins and
artist Richard Sweeney, the duo showcased several stunning
projects at Milan
Design Week, including their Radioleria sofa, which is inspired
by intricate natural forms such as wasps nests and sea organisms.
See more HERE.
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