Saturday, January 2, 2010

Predictions Anyone?

OK, it's the end of a decade and the start of a new one. I thought i'd go out on a limb and share my thoughts about what i think might be big in the next decade and what i think should be stuck in the past. Now remember i am just a guy who reads a lot of magazines and watches a lot of HGTV (i.e. not a professional Designer or Architect), so what do i know. I would love to hear what others think, so please feel free add your thoughts.

Here's what i think will be big in the next decade:

1. Smaller, better houses for longer - The 2000's seemed to be about quantity, probably because credit was cheap, and with the proliferation of big box stores and consumerist mentalities, things became more disposable. People built bigger, bought bigger TV's, drove bigger SUV's, ate bigger combos. I think this next decade the focus will once again return to quality and longevity.

2. Milk paint - It has a warm luster, and develops a nice patina, it's durable, doesn't chip or fade and it is environmentally friendly without screaming it to the world.

3. Reclaimed wood - They don't make trees like they used to. Anyone whose seen the difference between new growth and old growth wood can tell you how much stronger and more beautiful the grain of old growth wood is, but it isn't something that's readily harvestable. So the next best source is to salvage it.

4. Genuine, honest architecture - I think the 2000's will be looked at architecturally with even more disdain than the dreaded 70's and 80's. Public architecture became more about name branding and grand standing. In it's wake we have the ROM Crystal, OCAD and dozens of condos with glowing balls, domes, spires and steeples in our midst. Hopefully in the coming decade we see a return of architecture for the people, instead of architecture for the Architect or architecture for the developers.

Here's my list of things that in a few years will look, OH SO 2000's:

1. Accent walls - I've never been a fan of this look. I feel it looks contrived and jarring. To me, it always screamed i can't afford to do the whole room.

2. Big, bold, high-contrast prints - I have to admit i really like some of these patterns and i thought it was clever and original to change the scale of the pattern, but like any trend some people just over-do them, and take things too far. Now i see them everywhere. I see them on condo marketing, wanna-be boutique hotel lobbies, restaurant windows, behind the bars at clubs, handbags, clothing, i've even seen a few tattoos.

3. Glass mosaic tiles - I was dead set against using these anywhere in our house. These always remind me of the change room and shower at the rec center near where i grew up.

4. Bamboo flooring - Sure it's green and sure it's tough, but it just doesn't have the same look as hardwood.

5. Eames loungers, Noguchi coffee tables, and Barcelona chairs - Now on sale at Canadian Tire...Need i say more? Image from StyleNorth

Hopefully i get lots of comments, with your predictions. Happy New Decade everyone!