Our Trends & Design team is constantly on the lookout for new trends, developments and ideas. They find inspiration everywhere: at leading interior design exhibitions, but also in their immediate surroundings. Nearby and far away.
TRENDS & DESIGN
Ferdinand Hartgers (1982) studied Fashion Design at the Hogeschool van de Kunsten in Utrecht (School of the Arts). His passion for style and design serves to enhance the department. Ferdinand works as Concept Designer at B&C.
Meindert Bos (1968) studied architectural design at the Kunstacademie (Academy of Arts). With his wealth of experience, gained at leading advertising and communication agencies, for the B&C Group and her costumers Meindert knows how to translate trends into strategies for products and presentations.
Alex Speelman (1951) studied interior architecture in Amsterdam. He joined B&C as a Designer over thirty years ago. In addition to fulfilling his role as Creative Director, Alex is always looking out for new living trends.
Every year, the team publishes their take on the trends for the B&C group. In these trend insights, they look at the trend influencers and the upcoming trends in terms of color, material, form and details. The B&C group trend insights provide a source of inspiration for many within the European interiors sector.
Below a preview of their trend insights 2017/2018: Upturn.
Change is permanent. Change lies within us, not outside of us. The means by which we have achieved success are not the same means that will bring us renewed success.
The transition phase apparent in all aspects of society demands that we take a different path – an upturn – and that we be prepared for constant flux.
In the living arena, we are seeing the home experience going through that very change. We are living more and more nomadically: watching TV and listening to music everywhere and anywhere, bringing the outdoors indoors through plants and hanging plants and botanical prints.
Another trend is decommissioning or de-cluttering: anything lavish or excessive is being discarded. We are purchasing products whose design is dictated by the process, and nature is helping us with that. Examples are weathered materials, concrete looks and corten steel.