1. REPURPOSING THE UNEXPECTED
Today, repurposing can be seen in various examples throughout design and architecture. Most people are familiar with the concept of repurposing—but I’m always looking for examples that break the barriers of what we think is possible. Erika Iris Simmons creates portraits from cassette tape bound for landfills. Designer Ramon Coronado recently transformed an abandoned shopping cart into furniture. One of my favorite repurposed items comes from lighting designer Stuart Haygarth, who creates light fixtures from a variety of unique materials. This trend is gaining speed and I will be looking for even more innovative repurposing in 2011.
2. THE FORCAST FOR 2011 LOOKS SUNNY
I began my search for next year’s color trends by checking out Pantone’s website and was surprised to see their selection for 2011’s color of the year: Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle. Their website explains: “Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting.” Similar to Art Deco’s uplifting colors and playful forms seen during the interwar period between WWI and WWII, will the colors of 2011 serve to uplift us during these trying modern times? ICI Dulux’s color of the year is described as symbolizing “a freer spirit, sense of fun and positive energy encapsulating a mood of hope and optimism,” and Sherwin Williams’ website features the “Bold Invention” color collection in 2011. A new year, a new outlook—sunny colors are here to help.
3. LET’S ALL BE FRIENDS—COLLABORATION:
I have always believed in the power of collaboration, especially amongst two very different people with diverse specialties. A new and exciting collaboration between biologists, artists, sociologists, philosophers and architects is a research project called Synthetic Aesthetics. Their website states: “By instigating new collaborations, we are exploring the shared territory between synthetic biology and creative practice… (in order) to help with the work of designing, understanding, and building the living world.” This collaboration between biology and architecture is gaining popularity in the design world, as can be seen by the development of organizations such as CASE (Center for Architecture Science and Ecology), located at Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill LLP in Manhattan.