Trends as seen by Québec designers and creators

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Every new year we ring in brings with it a fresh crop of trends. I asked some of Québec’s leading designers, creators and architects for their thoughts on trends to watch this year.

Jacinthe Piotte: artistic director, creator, designer and stylist for LOV restaurants + residential interior creator

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“I’m not going to talk about coral or ochre or the return of art deco, fabrics that are in vogue or the corduroy craze! Trends exist to make us crave what we don’t have, which doesn’t help to make us happy, and is the exact opposite of what I see as “in”. The trend that guides me is the principle of creating spaces of wellbeing. Peaceful interiors, little sanctuaries that make sense for the planet and for our mental and physical health. Soft colours, sustainable and natural materials, minimalist arrangements of carefully selected decorations, mementos and photos, works by craftspeople, uncluttered interiors and the fragrance of essential oils.” – Jacinthe Piotte

Nema Home, textile creation studio

Credit: Néma Home

Québec brand Nema Home’s creators are going with delicate shades for the spring season. “We’ve created a collection of soft, muted colours, including moonlight blue, peach and sand. We also have a fondness for gradient colour palettes.” – Marie and Nélia

Monique Ste-Marie, textile designer

“In this early part of the year, I’ve been touched by the movement making us aware that we have to take care of our planet. Although my creative choices have always been guided by this philosophy, in 2019 I’m making a point of keeping my fabric choices and manufacturing techniques in line with this way of thinking”

And what about colours?

“After using a broad colour palette in my woven hemp baskets for a number of years, I’m now choosing to work mainly with black and white.” – Monique Ste-Marie

Credit: Monique Ste-Marie

Jean Ayotte and Renée Gravel, designers and associates at Atelier Non-Useless

“We see the trend as being decidedly environmentally responsible. There’s no getting away from the fact that this is what the planet needs. People want to do the right thing for the environment: they recover, they recycle, they want objects that will last. But things have to look good, be nicely designed, be made of materials that can be recycled and have as little packaging as possible – better still if the packaging can be reused, and if it looks chic, bravo!

Also, once again this will be a year of DIY. This trend, well under way for a number of years already, will continue because it’s green: we recycle, we make things for ourselves, we express ourselves. But DIY is getting more sophisticated: with social media, aficionados have the whole world as a reference.” – Jean and Renée

Credit: Atelier Non-Useless

Kastella

Sustainability and versatility

“Consumers are becoming better informed, more aware of what they’re buying. People are looking for simple, clean, lasting designs that are both sustainable and versatile. This is why we’re seeing a demand for multifunctional furniture that can be used for different purposes in different spaces as needs evolve.” – Jason Burhop

Christian Michaud, Sculptor

“For some years now, there’s been a strong trend towards open spaces, pure lines and “orderly chaos.” In my humble opinion, 2019 will be no exception, and the trend will probably be pushed even further. A feeling of being warmly wrapped up in a thick quilt while breathing pure mountain air in winter, that’s what will guide my creations this year. Not letting the mind run in every direction, but focusing on one object at a time so that it adds a comforting feeling to our living space.” – Christian Michaud

Credit: Christian Michaud

YYY Collection by Mérida Anderson

YYY Collection produces everyday objects, re-imagined in tangy colours and inventive shapes.

“These days I’m moving away from the pastel colours that made my reputation and moving towards lively colours and more dynamic shapes. Because my products are functional, I’m having fun making them fun.” – Mérida Anderson.

Credit: Mérida Anderson

It seems that the common thread running through the minds of all these creators is green! With the planet as a backdrop, Québec creators are looking forward to an environmentally responsible and definitely colourful 2019.

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