2014 Design Trends: Folk Tales

2014 Design Trends: Folk Tales

Animal and farm motifs are bringing ye olde storybook telling back to high-end design. Check out another great trend, in our annual report by Azure‘s Catherine Osborne and Elizabeth Pagliacolo.


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Paper Patchwork Chandelier by Moooi 
Like much of Studio Job’s work, this line for Moooi fuses the traditional and the modern or, as the Belgian duo says, “positions decorative arts in the 21st century.” Made of wood and card­board finished with paper, poly­ure­thane and veneer.

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Todd Oldham Wall Coverings by Designtex
A long-time admirer of Charley Har­per, Todd Oldham reinterprets the illustrator’s fondness for wildlife in these digitized depictions of birds and bugs for Designtex’s new wall­coverings division.

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Golden Girl by Bronze Age
South Africa’s Southern Guild presents the work of young artisans and designers who mine local history and folklore for their works. This golden lamb, by Bronze Age, is one of its more iconic pieces.

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Ikonik by Raw Studios
This plywood storage locker, by Raw Studios of South Africa, features modules fronted with tribal patterns by Mingo Lamberti.

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Creature by Maharam
This is a close-up of Andrew Zuck­er­man’s Creature wallcovering, for Maharam Digital Projects. The modern tapestry features deer, rhinos, and a menagerie of other animals strutting along.

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Banjooli by Moroso 
Sebastian Herkner adds to Moroso’s m’Afrique collection with this hand­woven chair made of twine used in fishing nets. The designer says the form is inspired by the “mating dance of male ostriches, who stretch out their wings to show off their beauty to the female.”

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Tapestries by Hannah Waldron
Hannah Waldron depicts her travel experiences in banners. The storytelling graphics have caught the attention of Rossana Orlandi, who recently showed the work in her Milan

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Bunad Blankets by Andreas Engesvik
Andreas Engesvik’s wool textiles are based on Norwegian folk costumes, in colours and patterns with national meaning.

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Bethan Laura Wood
One of Design Miami’s 2013 Designers of the Future, the London designer proudly telegraphs her love of colour, pattern and eclec­ti­cism in her dress.

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