Part 1.  The design age is dawning. With the desire for the unique, the bespoke and the individual – of individuals seeking design products that add a sense of luxury and distinction to our lives – Dulux has devoted its 2016 colour forecast to designer-makers.

The paint specialist has branded its 2016 international forecast, the Design Age, and selected independent designers and makers to create bespoke design products that represent each one of its four design trends.

Bio fragility…

“Employing nature’s innate features transforms materials and forms into beautiful, unexpected and unique designs that somehow feel more human.”

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Porcelena bowl

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Bio Fragility, the first 2016 trend, ties in with the growing influence of stone and marble in design, architecture and interiors. The trend is inspired by natural and living matter – flesh tones, lichen, moss and stone influence the subtle hues of the palette which are derived from chalky brittle elements rather than soft textures.

Porcelain Bear, the design duo of Gregory Bonasera and Anthony Raymon, who specialise in functional porcelain objects and are renowned for pushing the medium into unexpected technical and aesthetic territories, were asked to interpret the them of Bio Fragility. The team created the elegant Porcelena bowl to reflect the trend’s balanced representation of the environment’s natural intricacies.

Porcelain Bear
Porcelain Bear by Lisa Cohen


Infinite Worlds

“The lure of unexplored worlds captures our imagination and brings about design opportunities.”


Dark colours form the majority of the Infinite Worlds palette, Dulux’s second trend forecast, juxtaposed with flashes of brilliant reds, pinks and coral and space age metallics. Glowing hues are used as accents to help recreate the eerie effect of deep uncharted worlds.

Textile artist and designer, Elise Cakebread, who works across both printed and constructed textiles, created bespoke otherworldly colours in her Pile High Club floor cushions for the trend Infinite Worlds.

Visit Made Journal tomorrow for Part 2 of our 2016 colour and design trend forecast.