Down to the last detail
As the adage goes, the devil is in the details. Through residential interiors, we are seeing an explicit focus on how even the smallest elements, such as a joinery handle in the kitchen, can transform the experience of a space.
More than ever, designers and architects are valuing their relationships with local makers and artisans – crediting them as crucial to the overall success of a residential renovation or new build. Traditional building methods and craftsmanship are being revisited out of respect for landscape and history, to keep these techniques alive.
Be it a home’s stone-clad exterior or hand-applied limewashed walls, traces of a handmade and human-centred approach to design are telling our homes’ stories – worldwide. The use of natural, local materials and craftsmanship also promotes sustainability.
The return of craftsmanship and quality detailing trickles down to everyday objects in our homes, such as a hand-blown glass pendant light above the dining table or the locally made coffee table at the centre of our living room.
As we’ve sought sanctuary in our homes for the past three years, a yearning for comfort can be seen in the organic forms that are increasingly shaping homes – be they the enveloping curves in sofas or the sculptural kitchen island bench. It’s also no coincidence that it’s the Art Deco period’s centennial. Designers are calling on the iconic design era of the 1920s and 1930s through decadent material detailing such as metallic accents and parquetry floors, and in renewed ways – such as statement wallpaper in the powder room.