Global Traveller series

We continually draw inspiration from around the world, to capture a flavour of those countries with such diverse design influences.

Global nuances in design have been felt for centuries and are not new, but usually have their basis and foundation in historical design knowledge. Recognising global trends are the teaching tools to design professionals, enabling them to transfer these influences to real interior life and style.

The editor of DÉCOR magazine is quoted as saying the following: “Global politics notwithstanding, great design transcends geographic borders, so now is not the time to be timid about getting away and bringing back bits from abroad. Traveling with an open mind, a keen eye, and a willing wallet is the easiest way to give your rooms a lived-in, many-layered, culture-conscious look” (Russell, 2002, p.18).

Within this Global Traveller series, we are going to feature 11 different trends from around the world, and why we think they are worth drawing inspiration from when to comes to interior life and style.

China Girl

Classic chinoiserie punctuated with bold colour and exuberant stylised motives. 

Raw Japanese

Rough dry linens and sultry textures with tertiary colours. 

Memphis Bright’s

Fun geometrics in a constructivist manner of mid 50s and 60s.

Nordic Simplicity

Characterised by simplicity and minimalism with a focus on function complimented with woods, linen and leather. 

Tribal African

Cultural and historical influences include masks, spears and handmade rugs. 

Moroccan Kasbah Cool

Consider metal lanterns, rugs and leather goods to embrace that cool boho style. 

Cuban Fiesta

Saturated colours juxtaposed with vintage furniture, birds of paradise, rattan furniture and tropical plants. 

English Garden

Inspired by classicism and a wealth of historical country houses. 

South American desert style

Classic chinoiserie punctuated with bold colour and exuberant stylised motives. 

Indian Extravaganza

Consider ogee trellis doorways and a myriad of textile embellishments and colours.

Bali Freedom

Asia continues to cultivate clean lines and gentle wood finishes.

Over the upcoming months, we will be selecting each Global trend listed above and focussing on them in more detail – so watch this space for what we hope are some inspirational ideas and exciting imagery!