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Design trends

For 2023

I thought I would search for the design trends for this year. Not that I am too interested in trends generally, but I thought I would just satisfy my curiosity. Along with a trend toward warmer colors, the two trends I found the most interesting should be grouped together because they are basically the same. The trends of (1) using curved lines instead of the straight lines of mid-century modern and (2) trending toward a nouveau style. 

Art Nouveau (French for “new art”). It was popular around the turn of the 20th century for a short period of time, ending around 1914. The style was known for the undulating and asymmetrical lines. These lines were considered more “natural”.  The Industrial Revolution was in full swing and during this time of modernization, there were many who turned toward nature as a revolt against the machines. Ironically, this style wouldn’t have been so successful if there wasn’t manufacturing companies making all the design elements such as steel and glass.  There were preceded movements that inspired this new art including  Aestheticism  and the Japanese print art of the time. All inspired by the organic growth of plants.

The commercial artist Alphonse Mucha used this style in his artwork. 

Others involved during this time of flourishes was American glassmaker Louis Comfort Tiffany.

And the French architect Hector Guimard who designed some of the metro stations and other buildings throughout Paris.

There were many other artists such as painters Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Gradually the trend ended with the first world war and the art deco movement was born during the 1920s.

The art nouveau design emerged again later in the 20th century. The trend was popular for commercial artwork during the 1960s counter culture movement. Very trippy. 

Looking at the above images you can see how the artist used the older artwork as inspiration for their own.

I welcome this style into popularity. I love the look of curved organic lines. Personally I don’t like to follow trends because they do get dated. Trends are ever changing as we know. I look forward to see how it is interpreted this time around.