Interiors: Opulent grandeur is in for 2016, confirming WGSN forecast

Historical décor, faded grandeur, opulence, 2016 is the year we look back, to best look forward.

We had been talking about it, and indeed, this year will see a lot of historical references turned into fresh inspiration as classic periods bring a note of glamour to contemporary interiors. Lifestyle & Interiors subscribers will remember our S/S 16 and A/W 16/17 Future Trends Past Modern and ReMaster, that celebrated the grander epochs of the past. Well, this trend is already kicking in, with several major brands leading the way. Here’s how the trend is being interpreted:

Classic Walls

Wallpapers nod to ancient tapestries and engravings, as manufacturers release new collections with a deliberately faded grandeur or re-issue past designs. Digital printing specialist Wall & Decò creates dramatic walls with faux paintings, while Little Greene adapts authentic floral motifs for its Archive Trails collection. Au Fil Des Couleurs also reprints some of the brand’s digitalised drawings.

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Statement Furniture

Italian manufacturer of contemporary furniture Moroso has teamed up with classic textile company Rubelli to wrap its iconic collection of modern pieces with finely embroidered and intricately ornate silks and brocards. Sofas and armchairs by Patricia Urquiola or Doshi Levien are transformed into precious heirlooms.

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Period Hospitality

A series of new hotels have been designed to pay tribute to the splendour and opulence of times past. In Paris, Hotel Providence holds the quaint charm of an old family house, with oil paintings and antique artworks collected over the two years of its construction. The new Soho House in Istanbul is set in a 19th-century palazzo, while in London, the Batty Langley’s recreates the spirit of a Georgian townhouse with sumptuous interiors including carved four-poster beds, free-standing baths and weighty silk drapes.

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