Researching new carpet designs I have found that while linears remain strong, a new trend for patterns is emerging. Natural and neutral colours are still core, but manufacturers are also branching out into bolder, more daring colourways.
The popular linear trend prevails with these continuing to be strongly specified for contract and in particular, corporate interiors.
Designs such as Christy Carpets’ Spice Route, installed at this training centre in Oxford, remain in demand.
New linear designs are still being released, with Forbo’s tactile Arran range, part of the Tessera collection. It takes the linear concept in a new direction with its heavyweight, multi-height loop pile. Unashamedly irregular peaks and furrows give it a natural, almost ‘artisan’ appearance.
Milliken’s new Southern Analog modular carpet tiles (below) are another indication that linear is moving towards new concepts. Two designs are incorporated: the variegated linear elements of Panoramic that create a feeling of rhythm and progression, along with the mirage-like structure of Viewfinder, that creates effects such as sun flares and ripples on still water.
Product designers are looking to the next trend and more organic, patterned styles are also coming in. Vanessa Brady, President of the SBID, said recently in advance of the Surface Design show: “Colour is back, it should be muted so as to last the test of time, it should be toned down, to fit the sweeping change in society’s outlook – less ‘show’ more subtlety.”