On Trend in Europe: Using Craft & Culture to Tell a Story

On Trend in Europe: Using Craft & Culture to Tell a Story

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Adrienne Breaux
Feb 26, 2015
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At Ambiente, experts curated four different booths illustrating four current design trends dominating the design landscape. Clarity + lightness we found to be perfect for folks who live in small spaces, because you can bring in a lot of design and beauty without taking up a lot of visual space. Another trend that resonated with us was craft + culture — ideas we think any space could use more of.

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This trend of choosing pieces that exhibit craft and/or culture — rich details, an obvious sense of how it was made or a story behind its origins or materials — we found to be very meaningful, and a way for folks who live in small spaces to fill their home up with a lot of story without filling it up with a ton of stuff. The idea is to look for pieces that show how they're made. Or find pieces that are made in a particularly interesting way, or are made in a way that gives credit or hints at the culture its inspired by. Going for pieces that have a history and richness to them, you imbue your spaces with a lot of interest and detail, not clutter.

Like this rug from new company Leingrau, for instance, combines traditional crafts, like weaving, knitting, and felting with modern design to produce stunningly beautiful pieces. They're lovely to look at from afar, they're even more lovely when you get up close, but perhaps more importantly, these rugs and textiles bring a lot of story into your home with their rich details and materials.

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When it comes to filling up your homes, it makes sense to splurge on pieces made from interesting materials or in unique ways so that they have a better story. That's what this craft + culture trend meant to us: Finding the unique quality of a piece that makes it special so you create a truly individual home — a collection of little stories that weave together to create your design story.

In this way, you don't have to fill your home with so much stuff if each piece is rich with detail and story. Duc Phong's lighting, like the piece above, are made from woven bamboo and combine traditional materials and methods with modern designs.

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These are lovely baskets, no doubt, but when you learn more about them, they become even more meaningful and beautiful. These baskets were from the exhibit "Basket Case II" with Sebastian Herkner and Matali Crasset, who collaborated with crafters from Zimbabwe to use traditional materials in new ways.

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What we took away from this trend was the idea of really learning about designers and how they make their pieces and learning about the history behind their materials and methods. About choosing to invest in pieces that have a story to them — so that you craft a beautiful story of your own with your home.

See more of our Ambiente coverage here.

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