2017 Design Trends: Bricks

2017 Design Trends: Bricks

The fifth and final instalment of our annual trends package – which explores the colours and materials that will take centre stage in the coming year – sees the humble brick undergo a renaissance. 

Designers are finding innovative ways to make bricks look fresh. With firms like Herzog & de Meuron rediscovering the material’s beauty, the oldest form of architecture is enjoying a revival.


1 Vitra Schaudepot
The latest addition to Vitra Design Museum’s Weil am Rhein campus of architectural marvels is Herzog & de Meuron’s gallery and archive. The Swiss firm used the simple shape of a shed and clad the facade and plaza in red cored bricks hand-split on-site. herzogdemeuron.com, vitra.com


2 Primal Pottery Project
Danish designer Ole Jensen took inspiration from the dawn of pottery, crafting primal forms in red clay and animating them with anatomical parts including legs and ears.


3 Aesop Bucktown
Architect Norman Kelley’s Aesop boutique in Chicago brings the outside inside via walls and floors lined in nearly 10,000 reclaimed bricks, evoking city streets and grids. normankelley.us


4 Fabrik
Conceived as a brise-soleil cladding that can be draped “like fondant icing” over any structure, Shildan Group’s Fabrik is a stainless steel mesh embedded with brick-shaped panels in a range of materials, including terracotta. shildan.com


5 Kunstmuseum Basel Extension
Architecture firm Christ & Gantenbein’s extension to the Basel art museum features a brick and LED frieze, designed in collaboration with IArt. christgantenbein.com

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