Change of seasons

Deniz Tunç’s Balini Sofa.

In this month’s feature, Victoria Redshaw and Shelley Pond, trend forecasters at Scarlet Opus, preview the spring/summer 2012 trends for interiors.

We will arrive at the spring/summer 2012 season looking at things from a different perspective, a new standpoint of positivity and determination to set things right. A global reboot.

The season’s colours work together as harmonious units, colour communities, families. It’s all about the collective.


The season’s styles are seductively sensorial; soundwaves of patterns, high pitched colours, sharp fractured shapes. We awaken to a new aesthetic.

A season of change, chaos, contradictions; products that soothe us, schemes that shake us up, patterns that reassure us, colours that alarm us; A beautifully imperfect harmony.

At Scarlet Opus, we have forecast six interiors trends for the spring/summer 2012 season.

ECO CARNIVAL This trend vibrates with a strong South American influence. Rio takes centre stage for the Earth Summit in 2012 with a global focus on sustainability and green issues.

Patterns oscillate between oversized Amazonian botanical florals and pumped-up tribal geometrics. Aztec and African mash-ups set the tone. Our love affair with Ikat continues.

A jungle of lush greens are punctuated with exotic bloom brights and fruity accents. Combinations of Tiger Lily and turquoise are key. Look no further than Karim Rashid’s amazing Matrix sofa system for an instant colour boost.

SAVOIR FAIRE This trend is quietly cultured, cheerfully modest and visually polite. It comes at a time when social values and graces are re-examined and re-established; 20th century values in the 21st century.

A trend that moves us away from pretention towards simple pleasures as we trudge through economic recovery.

A mid-century influence of Modernist Art, textiles and ceramics.

The colour palette takes us from the garden vegetable patch and flowerbed into the kitchen; cookie crumb, mustard, milkshake pink and salad shades.

Embrace the work of Lucienne Day and explore design collections with a strong mid-century appeal. Keep it simple, striking and stylish.

Nika Zupanc’s 5 O’Clock chairs are key pieces that provide a refreshing take on retro styling for the season ahead.

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