StateoftheART delves into trends forecast for 2016

13 Jan 2016
StateoftheART takes a look at the forecast for trends for the coming year... Dr Tine Bech sees cities as centre stage in 2016, due to our fast-growing cities and domination of urbanisation. He says: "In 2016 we will see trends such as urban farming, local food growing initiatives, green architecture, intelligent buildings and even smart cities. In today’s automated world, digital and playful art projects contribute to debates about the design and implementation of interactive, smart environments, including cities. What will the cities of the future look like? Will they allow playful interaction (quirky, imaginative behaviour and flexibility) or are we developing smart cities with visions of efficiency and safety above all else? These are the questions we’ll be answering this year."

Cape Town city, as well as the Joburg skyline feature in the work of our own artists and we look forward to see how our urban lives influence our local artists this year. 

Skyline Silhouette: Johannesburg, by Tanja Harbottle, oil on stretched canvas, W:126.5cm x H:50.5cm x D:3.5cm

Pantone has chosen a combination of two colours - Rose Quartz and Serentity -  as their Colour of the Year.  Pantone's Colour of the Year seeks to represent what we see taking place in our culture, and the combination for 2016 symbolises compassion, a sense of composure, and feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times, "as consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses". View colour pairings and more information.

'Earth Form' is a 'megatrend' for Caroline Cecil Textiles, inspired by raw and natural textures and patterns.  Dreamy scenes from nature tie in beautifully with the above-mentioned focus on relaxation and serenity.

For content strategist and writer Macala Wright interior design trends for 2016 include the use of greenery (bringing the outdoors in), artisan goods (such as crochet, macrame and basketry), sustainability, metallics, minerals and geometry.

Maria Killam - colour expert, design blogger, author, trainer, decorator and stylist - chose the following as her trend forecast, informed by her visit to the High Point Market tradeshow that showcases and forecasts upcoming trends in home decor.

  • Texture
  • Florals 
  • Dramatic Colours 
  • Blue 
  • Pink - pastel pink, or what she calls 'pink beige' and 'tissue pink'
  • Gold/metallics
Several art and creative and decor professionals are commenting on technology's impact on new art, new forms, and even more experimental work. Andy Sandoz,  creative partner at Havas Worldwide and president for D&AD on what he sees for 2016:  "More chaos. [I'm] tired of order. Let's put more stuff in strange places and play with weird textures, otherworld materials and freaky references.

"...  new forms and new functions tend to be enabled by new technologies and new materials which allow us to create things which we couldn't do before."  - Dick Powell: Founder of SeymourPowell 

Claude Chandlers work is inspired by technology in our everyday lives, not only in concept, but also in the technique he uses which mimics the texture of layers and pages of computer code. 
Interior design trends featured on the Vogue website include contributions by potter/designer/author Jonathan Adler and designer Don Stewart: 

 “We live in an anything-goes world where it’s okay to mix high with low, mid-century with minimalist modern, colors, patterns, and everything in between. The best trend I’m seeing is people forgetting about the ‘rules’ and loving what they love unapologetically. “ —Jonathan Adler

I think [designers] are always pushing to see something we have not yet seen before, or playing with materials and finishes in a way that we have not yet explored. Right now I’m excited about using traditional techniques and artistry in a modern context—though I do predict the use of dusty rose tones and light jade.” —Don Stewart

We look forward to see how these trends pan out this year and how artists either adhere or completely oppose them in their work.  As much as we'd like to forecast and plan things, our lives and art itself is as unpredictable and exciting as any out-of-this-world adventure. View our curated collection inspired by Pantone's Colour of the Year and some of  the other trends mentioned in this article.

Binary Visage: Elba, Claude Chandler, acrylic on stretched canvas, W:75cm x 100cm x D:3cm. stamp tool used in the creation of the painting is included in the purchase.