Natalie Du Toit and Jacques Cronje recently opened Studio 18 at The Woodstock Foundry

Natalie Du Toit and Jacques Cronje recently opened Studio 18, their own collaborative space at The Woodstock Foundry.

Minimalism - from design to fashion - is one of the most influential styles today. More and more people are choosing simplicity as a decor trend, with uncluttered interior spaces and furniture with clean lines.

Minima - the bespoke timber light fittings and furniture brand recently launched two ranges, Veneer and Afri-Scandi, which they exhibited at the Maison&Objet trade fair in Paris. Also exhibiting at the fair was another Cape Town design and decor company, Indigi Designs.

The companies' founders, Minima's Jacques Cronje and Indigi's Natalie Du Toit, recently opened Studio 18, their own collaborative space at The Woodstock Foundry. They share with us their décor trends for 2016/17 and the top trends from Paris.

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Natalie Du Toit Founder and designer of Indigi Designs

Your top décor trends for 2016/17

1. Sustainability and an appreciation for longevity is no longer just a trend, it's becoming a necessity.

In a reaction to 'throwaway' culture, consumers have a heightened awareness of the negative impact of over consumption and are making more informed decisions when purchasing.

2. Organic materials such as bamboo, cotton, hemp and vegan fibres are growing in popularity. Because of this there is a movement towards more considered statement pieces in the home with artisanal value.

People now care where products come from and the story behind them.

3. In Paris we saw a lot of Revival furniture pieces - modern retakes on classic designs and retro revamps.

The curation and display of found and meaningful objects in the interior - whether vintage market finds or new pieces - objects with integrity that tell their own unique story.

With the world becoming smaller due to technology, global cultures mix and create new ethnic styles.

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The warm glow of light through the bamboo veneer is reminiscent of a traditional type of light covered with a stretched parchment. Credit: Supplied

4. Ethnicity is a continuing trend. Patterned tiles are migrating from kitchen and bathrooms to create feature points in other household areas.

The wallpaper renaissance continues and patterns are replicated onto soft furnishings to create striking effects.

Mirrors are big! As decorative pieces and not just functional. Diverse range of colours and shapes means for creative use of mirrors in the interior.

5. Colour: Green is the next colour du jour.

It was seen on everything at Maison from walls, to soft furnishings, accessories, lighting, storage and kitchenware - and in all of the palettes nuances from soft lime green to juicy fir green.

'Kale' has been identified as one of Pantone's key colours for 2017. Other feature colours are terracotta, alongside soft pink, and moody blues.

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More and more people are choosing simplicity as a decor trend, with uncluttered interior spaces and furniture with clean lines. Credit: Supplied

Your top selection from the Maison et Objet trade fair

  • Marble is still a key material, but now this trend has evolved to include new tones, especially green and pink.
  • Terrazzo makes an appearance in the stone sector and this could be seen on many different applications like textiles, wall coverings, stationary, lighting products.
  • Hand blown bubble shaped lighting was a clear trend and Tom Dixon lead the way with his new Melt range.
  • Geometric dominated the print scene and are infused with Art Deco influences.
  • Metallics are still big from brass to bronze.

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People care where products come from and the story behind them. Credit: Supplied

Jacques Cronje Founder and designer of minima

Tell us about minima?

In around 2000 I designed and manufactured a sofa - it has minimalist lines, no cushions (I still have it, though it's since been re-upholstered) and thinking at the time that I might start producing a range of sofas.

I started thinking of a brand name - and 'minima' was born.

What does "minimalist design" mean to you?

It's a design style that uses pared-down design elements…or seeks to achieve the most with the least.

Tell us about your latest ranges, Veneer and Afri-Scandi ?

In thinking about a product for the European market I wanted to design something that had more of an 'African' feel - whereas my original range has more of the typical Scandinavian minimalist aesthetic.

The veneer range pattern is based on a shweshwe pattern and it introduces a woven textured feel. The name of the 'Afri-Scandi' range says it all - the minimalist portion provides a Scandi feel, but the warm glow of light through the bamboo veneer is reminiscent of a traditional type of light covered with a stretched parchment.

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The warm glow of light through the bamboo veneer is reminiscent of a traditional type of light covered with a stretched parchment. Credit: Supplied

The Maison experience was a huge learning curve. It was also a humbling experience to be exhibiting amongst some of the worlds best brands and designers, and very it was amazing to receive a positive response to my products even amongst the fierce competition.

What is your philosophy on design and life?

Design and life are entirely interconnected. Design, in some or other way, has an impact on most things we do and experience.

What are your top decor trends in interior design?

Based on what I saw at Maison&Objet, the wood trend is still going strong. The Scandis and Norwegians are holding the minimal trend's flag high; the quality of their work is exceptional.

Another strong trend was bamboo. It was evident in both the minimal brands as well as used as decoration in the more ornate stands.

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