As we enter real estate’s busiest season, now is a great time to take a look at what interior architecture trends are currently sweeping the nation and how they’re being used in new developments by top interior architects.
Innovative designers are always searching for ways to revolutionize the industry while responding to the culture and personality of the time, challenging themselves to create spaces the world has never seen before. Below are some of the most popular trends we are noticing in the interior architecture space, at the residential level.
Bronze is hot this year and is appearing in many luxury residential projects in the form of furniture, pluming and more. Luxury condominium Skyline Tower‘s interiors feature bronze as a primary accent material. Crafted by Hill West Architect’s design arm, Whitehall Interiors, the project features bronze in its Residential Lounge grand staircase, kitchen plumbing, bronze-lined hardware and fixtures in its bathrooms, bronze-mirrored walls in its fitness center and bronze furniture in its lobby and lounge areas.
Custom Built-In Storage
One trend Highlyann Krasnow, founder and creative director of The Design High, is noticing recently is the need for custom, built-in storage. The demand for space is always high, especially in New York City real estate, which is why Highlyann and her team are always looking for ways to create custom storage solutions, whether it’s found tucked under a staircase or within a hidden pantry. Past projects include The Mill and 63 Wall Street.
Biophilic design continues to be a popular trend in both residential and commercial spaces, to provide a greater connection to the natural environment.
San Francisco homes, Residence 950 and Residence 2646 feature biophilic design to provide residents with an elevated, wellness-focused living experience. Designed by luxury home creator Troon Pacific, the homes’ design provide a connection to nature through ample natural lighting via oversized skylights and a boutique glass elevator; floor-to-ceiling glass pocket doors that seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor worlds; and natural materials and finishes such as European white oak and Mandarin white limestone.
Interior and furniture designer Adriana Hoyos of Adriana Hoyos Design Studio & Furnishings fuses the outdoors and indoors together by using a variety of fabrics and furniture styles that can work for both interiors and exterior spaces. As design begins to move away from big-box retailers (i.e. fast fashion), the industry is seeing the resurgence of custom designs to provide a better quality of life and individuality within a residence.
Environmentally “Well” Materials
Eco-friendly materials are a major factor in the design realm and continue to be at the forefront of architects’ projects. Wellness epicenter, Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences‘ interior aesthetic has been largely shaped by the environmentally-conscious materials chosen. From all natural fibers, recycled fabrics and wood, as well as the exclusion of harmful chemicals the design team was meticulously conscious of every product chosen to supplement the Amrit lifestyle. The interiors provide a harmonious link to the project’s oceanside environment and Florida landscape with monotone colors, a warm contemporary approach and varying textures to calm the mind and relax the body.
Spacious terraces to maximize views
Designers continue to focus on designing to maximize views for residents and hotel guests alike, to amplify access to fresh air and provide unobstructed views.
Luxury condominium 277 Fifth Avenue has four Loggia Residences—sheltered double-height open-air living and entertaining areas. Designed by renowned interior architect Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International as the project’s distinguishing design element, the loggias and seemingly carved out of the building’s corners and provide views of NYC’s most iconic buildings, like the Chrysler and the Empire State Building.
At the Shoreline at Solé Mia, Arquitectonica designed the expansive terraces with glass railings to allow residents to take advantage of the jaw-dropping views of Laguna Solé, Oleta River State Park, Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Miami skyline.
This year, faux stone or large format scale tile has been replacing natural materials like concrete or Italian white marble. Immerging technology and improvement in printing and material quality has allowed for the creation of new porcelain tile that surpasses expectations in looking identical to the real natural materials. The Grand McCarren designed by Meshberg Group features large format concrete tiles in their double-height lobby to give it that industrial-chic look. At Wynwood 25, Meshberg Group uses porcelain tile for the accent walls in the lobby space to create a durable concrete large format look.
Three-quarter inch countertops are the new trend creating a different and unique way to approach a kitchen staple at about half the thickness of traditional countertops. At the Grand McCarren designed by Meshberg Group, the thin countertop trend is seen in the kitchen spaces.
Midtown’s newest luxury rental building, Summit features a double story lobby with unique design details such has a waterfall feature cascading from the ceiling and light fixture in the mail boxes. Imagined by Escobar Design by Lemay, these specific features create an aspirational space, making the building feel like a hotel, rather than a typical residential building.
Flow-through layout design is becoming increasingly popular, to offer unobstructed views with a sense of openness.
Corte, a new luxury condominium in Long Island City, was designed by Dieguez Fridman and Beyer Blinder Belle with an open layout and large, floor-to-ceiling windows to create a flow within each residence, amplifying a sense of airiness.
Turnberry Ocean Club‘s residences are designed by award-winning interior architect, Robert Swedroe who designed a flow-through layout offering both ocean and bay views in every residence.
Less is more
Minimalist design continues to be a popular trend in 2019. At Oceana Bal Harbour, Piero Lissoni, world-renowned Italian interior designer, created gallery-like spaces with minimal design in the two twin lobbies to focus on the museum-worthy art collection, including two Jeff Koons pieces, Seated Ballerina and Pluto and Proserpina.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach features a unique multi-million-dollar lobby designed to cater exclusively to art enthusiasts and world travelers boasting a $500,000 Piero Lissoni-designed staircase as its focal point. Leading up the second-floor library, the staircase is designed for both beauty and function.
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