African Design Magazine April 2016 - Page 80

Designer profile scooped the award for Best Décor Stand at Decorex Cape Town for an installation that was entirely fitted with furnishings and accessories designed by artisans and craftspeople drawn from the Mother City. “It represented an elegant take on a thoroughly South African theme, although one that was not without a quirky twist,” he recalls, adding, “Local design and décor have progressed significantly over the years. We have a slew of great designers, craftspeople, manufacturers, artists and artisans who are completely on a par with the rest of the world.” INTERIORS IN 2016 2014 wasn’t the first year the designer was honoured by the Decorex judges. In 2013 and 2011, Lochner’s stands picked up Excellence awards and in 2012 he won the Best Small Stand trophy. “The association with Decorex has been a positive experience for my business,” he says. “Not only has the exposure given me the chance to show the public what I can do, but it has also provided an opportunity to showcase the incredible talents of our local artisans and craftsmen.” 80 While admittedly not a slavish follower of trends (“Longevity is more important to me”), Lochner predicts the following will be big in interiors in 2016: • Jungle mania: “Exotic botanicals will continue to be a strong seasonal look, but translated into psychedelic colours and clashing patterns for statement effect.” • Folk infusion: “A vibrant look that is all about bohemian colour and tribal pattern.” • Culinary calm: Natural materials will reign supreme in the kitchen, where understated palettes will feature varying shades of grey and taupe, black and white, with metallic accents.” • Rattan returns: “Expect to see it across furniture, lighting and accessory design with a range of interesting three-dimensional shapes, from fantastical curves to modular angular forms.” • Sophisticated upcycling: “Handmade products, furnishings and art are going to monopolise this year’s show-stopping centre-pieces.”