Mix and match

September 05, 2017 | Article from Katrin de Louw

Life in urban spaces is specially colourful, diverse and multicultural, and happens in a multitude of phases. The needs of city dwellers are thus constantly changing, which has a deeply individual effect on furnishings.

A nything goes, as long as you like it. Rules exist purely to create exceptions. Male or female? Who cares? All that matters are individual combinations with the international outlook of a modern, digital world. Living space in cities is becoming scarce and expensive. Space-saving solutions are booming, and anything that can serve as a dwelling is being converted: old factories, warehouses, attics. With its black steel furniture, the new industrial chic hints that the furniture elements had a different use in their former lives. Meeting places emerge in private spaces that are shared and bring people together.

The new sense of community – when cooking or gardening, say – is becoming increasingly important. Facebook friendships are no longer enough. Real experiences and events offset our virtual identities. These are offline oases. The interior design reflects the journeys we have taken. The mix of patterns and colours is cosmopolitan and vibrant, a testament to other cultures, traditions, inquisitiveness, and advanced technology. In amongst all the furniture, we find a 3D printer that makes new toys for the kids every day, or designer jewellery for the eldest daughter. Patchwork families and multi-generational households also live out the diversity of their interiors. Light and dark woods are combined in the same space. They are exotic, enigmatic, unusual. Marble, gold and bamboo rub shoulders with one-off homemade items and recycled pieces. Collector’s items and solitary furniture design are the main focus. The bedroom is a place of retreat. Whether used for work or relaxation, it is the only place of tranquillity in our small apartments.