WAPD In The News: Fashionable Fabrics and Textured Glass in The Wall Street Journal

At the end of each year, the Wall Street Journal shares design pros’ trend predictions for the next big thing in interiors and architecture. For 2021, Workshop/APD design director and senior associate Andrew Kline is seeing inviting texture applied to everything from furnishings and lightings to plush, fashionable fabrics like boucle. This winter, writer Kathryn O’Shea Evans featured Andrew’s predictions in a pair of stories, The Top Interior Design trends for 2021 and 13 Interior Design Trends Shaped by the Pandemic. Click to peer into the Journal’s proverbial crystal ball, or read on to learn more about Andrew’s picks.

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In fabrics, texture is in, Kline says, and boucle will be everywhere. We have nowhere to go in our Chanel blazers, so we’re translating that look to armchairs and sofas. The rich, tactile favorite is a versatile choice with great depth, even in neutral colorways.

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Fabrics associated with high fashion also bring a sense of glamour and fashion in a timeless way- besides boucle think worsted wool, merino, and cashmere to elevate any interior and bring interest even to the most monochromatic or neutral rooms.

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Cut features clear etched-glass shades reminiscent of cut crystal, but the collection offers a contemporary twist on a timeless technique. Deeply grooved, textured tops gradually transition to smooth glass, and the texture casts beautifully patterned light and shadow.

Kline says that plain frosted glass feels like a material that has had its day.  “There are so many beautiful new textured glass options, from fluted and rippled to bubbled and etched. These are things that feel less machined and more human.” He argues that in these disconnected, virtual times we are craving handmade things that have a level of care. “In our own product development we’ve been playing with modernizing traditional decorative techniques in glass, which brings warmth to spaces where we’re isolated. You can see this in the Bend and Cut pieces in our new Arteriors collection.”

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