WGSN: Top Interiors Trends for 2022 & Beyond
Our global team of experts identify key areas for product design in 2022, from indoor trees to tufted designs, side-hustle bedrooms and workspitality spaces
WGSN Interiors Team
12.02.21 · 3 minutes
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Tufted textures

The crafting boom has seen an explosion of tufted textures: #tuftok is a rapidly growing genre on TikTok as people look to tufting their own textiles.

Mass retailers are introducing the look in cushions and rugs, such as the collaboration between H&M South Africa and Neimil. This trend has long-term potential, as we also see fine-art students using tufting, once considered the domain of craft, in their work. Tufted rugs and products (yes, there are even tufted mirrors) link to the trend for unique, expressive design statements that are dear to Millennials and Gen Z. This is a global trend, with tufted designs emerging on every continent, and covers every part of the home, from the bathroom floor to living room armchairs and the dining room wall. With designer brands taking notice – check out Justina Blakeney's collaboration with Loloi, and Peter Saville’s new range for Kvadrat – tufted textures will be warming things up for years to come.

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Indoor trees

Taking plant parenting and biophilic design to the next level, people will want to fully participate in the Planthroposcene era (the intertwined relationship between plants and people) by growing a tree indoors, or at least on their balcony.

Many hotels and public spaces now feature mature trees in their atriums, and as a result consumers will be inspired to create conservatory, greenhouse spaces in their homes. They will seek a deeper connection with nature by planting everything from large ficus to lemon and olive trees or Japanese maples in massive pots in the sunniest spots of their homes (forest bathing in your bathroom, anyone?). Architect Stefano Boeri and agronomist Laura Gatti launched Trudo Vertical Forest social housing in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, which offers trees on the balcony of every apartment, creating a small, private plot of biodiversity that benefits the city and the planet.

 

 

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Scentscaping

The power of scent to create emotion and a sense of space has come to the forefront post-pandemic.

Developers are scent-scaping buildings to attract tenants, aware of its influence on customer decisions. Designers such as Marcin Rusak are increasingly teaming up with perfumers to develop bespoke scents to enhance the experience of their work. Hospitality is exploring bespoke scents, too. In the home, consumers are aware of the importance of fragrance to create a sanctuary, with scents that range from clean to calming to set the mood in every room and time of day. There is even innovation and diversification of scented candles, particularly in permanent, precious containers that upgrade the candle to luxury status, such as Cyre and Lee Broom in the UK. High-end incense (popular with Gen Z) will also make inroads into the market, with opportunities for accessories and gifting. An interesting new trend sees candle pairings meant to be burnt before or after dinner to mingle with the scents of the food, such as US brand Brightland’s hand-poured olive oil candles.

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Side-hustle bedroom

Gen Z takes on many roles every day: student, intern, content creator, maker, small business owner – all of these personas are operated from the privacy of their bedrooms.

With an entrepreneurial mindset, the bedroom takes on layers of activity from filming studio to warehouse/shipment facility. When all of these use cases reconcile with their desire for individuality and self-expression, bedroom aesthetics become everyday moments of potential branding. This is where immersive, quick decor can come in (sets of pillows, fabric backdrops, postcards stuck to the wall like wallpaper, either personally curated or purchased in packs from Etsy) to cost-effectively create an aesthetic that can change as needs and tastes evolve.

 

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