What’s the Design Mix for 2017?

Posted by iscd@admin on March 2

If you love thinking outside the box this year’s design trends will really stimulate you. We are seeing lots of blending and experimenting as designers play with new morphs in styles mixing old and new like vintage meets tribal. Plus we chat with Wendy Greenhalf, General Manager at iscd to see what this means for our students training as the next wave of employable designers.

Opposing styles are being thrown together in funky new products like this old style dining hutch refreshed in on trend blue in the image below. Geometrics and layering of patterns are also prominent. From lush copper trays with triangle patterns to living rooms where two rugs layer one on top of the other. Texture is also a highlight with rugs being repurposed to wall art and lace and velvet making a come back.

Responding to our fluid and fast lives we see new products designed around our need for Wi-fi, efficiency and convenience with cool new docking stations built into coffee tables. Balancing the rush of technology in daily life, tropical plant prints and bringing the outside in are strong themes again this year. Plus copper continues as does accent lighting to bring drama to a space. General wellbeing and functionality are key themes that seem here to stay.

How does iscd meet the expectations of the industry?

It is a very exciting time for the design industry, with designers having to ‘play outside the design box’ to meet the growing demands on designers to solve increasingly complex problems. “Businesses and consumers are also expecting designers to be experts across multiple design fields and therefore at iscd we find more and more of our graduates and designers coming back to upskill and broaden their service offerings by completing a second or third diploma course”, says Wendy Greenhalf.

Colour Designers are starting to gain momentum in the industry with businesses and consumers recognising the importance of employing a colour specialists, not only in interiors but in areas of product marketing, web and graphic design and personal colour analysis. Wendy: “We currently have students who are qualified Interior Designers, working in the industry, who have come back to study either the Styling, Colour or Surface Design Industry Diploma so they can grow their portfolio, skills and qualifications.”

Trends in home design and TV renovations programs remains strong with people wanting to study styling and interior design so they have the confidence to successfully renovate their own home or investment property. “In addition to our courses we are introducing new and inspiring workshops this year. These workshops are popular as they give people a creative outlet but they also provide an environment to be with like minded people and most importantly…have some fun!” says Wendy.


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