The year of curious 2024: Resurging trends with Indian crafts and materials in focus!
JAN 12, 2024 | By Pratishtha Rana
Trend and Style Direction by Yashika Punjabee, Produced by Juhi Agarwal
Sundry seasons. And countless reels on the ‘gram declaring #designinspiration. And here we are, leafing through it all to ascertain the definite trends that will make 2024 a year of newfound eccentricities and trusted comebacks with centuries-old materials and craft techniques of India guiding us. Read on as we decode the rising dynamics of it all.
Bidri from Bidar, Karanataka, is indeed a quiet confession of royalty. Complex yet nuanced, the centuries-old work of silver inlay on metal and brass has seeped into our modern homes with an evolved, graphic imagery that breathes India’s traditional legacy. Its variations from geometric to non-formulaic handwork have become true works of art.
A dollop of whimsy, pastels and a retro mood. Step into a Wes Anderson storybook-feel where graphic-esque imagination supersedes the regularity of everyday aesthetics.
Brass in the new age is unafraid! With a gleaming semblance like gold, the material’s striking take on foliage and nature-inspired cues is what’s stealing the spotlight right now. It plays with delicate yet definite forms, floral imprints and theatrical textures.
TWO GOOD TO BE TRUE
In a parallel universe, two completely juxtaposed styles fit in just like a puzzle. Fun fact? We are all living in this parallel universe where classical influences intertwine with cool motifs of the 21st century. Objects and furniture dare to dress up in shades of ornate details married with decorative embellishments.
Ready to head back to school? Yes! The moodboard is seeing the coming back of primary colours red, blue and yellow, which sea-saw between being basic and pop! Lending easy boldness to the interiors, the primary tones in versatile shapes and curves, add layers of catchy focal points while keeping monotony miles away.
Memphis revisits modern homes with a decluttered demeanour highlighted with subtle eclecticism of colours, asymmetric forms, experimental geometry and a medley of patterns. The forecasted trend navigates a refreshing idea of finding balance in design, while making space for the playfulness to be alive!
Different and daring. Shocking and humorous. This non-conformist trend challenges the ordinary! Risque patterns and shapes thrive carefree inspired by animals, humans or plants, evoking an instant appreciation for fantasy.
A MARBLE MOMENT
Precious stones etched with precise illustrations, the craft of marble inlay that peaked in the Mughal era revives in a new avatar. Echoes of flora and fauna crown the canvas of new-age objects with minute, majestic hand engravings.
LEATHER LOVE LETTERS
Intriguing material manipulations lead us to a world where everything is leather but not quite! Confused? See the leather in a novel form. A calculated combination of raw and refined, leather drapes a modern demeanour with craftsmanship at its core.
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