For the past few seasons, we’ve seen faceted design take over our homes. Regular or abstract, monotone or brightly coloured, this mineral-inspired design treatment has been the subject of countless Pinterest boards, hipster tattoos and blog posts recently. Now, however, we’re seeing design move on from this, paring down the style to its bare, geometric essentials, and for those people tired of endless facets, it couldn’t have arrived soon enough.


Geometric Design

There’s no set definition for this new, geometric design, but it’s easy to spot when you see it. The trend makes use of basic shapes like squares, circles and triangles in different sizes and proportions to create pattern and structure in decor pieces. By stripping design back to these simple forms, designers are able to achieve a minimalist look with a sense of solidity. At the recent Maison & Objet homeware trade show, this trend was out in full force, with brands like Ferm Living standing out for their fresh use of linear geometrics.


Where to go?

Locally, brands such as Superbalist have also tapped into this look in their homeware offering, helping South Africans get their hands onto their own mathematical decor. Their Cubist Wall Display and geometric pendant lights feature a thick black outline on the shapes for extra emphasis.

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Basic Shapes

The move back to basic shapes likely comes from a desire for simplicity in our homes. We’ve seen quite a busy aesthetic dominating homeware over the past few seasons, so this shift is timeous. Shapes like these are almost child-like in their expression and help us to create a sense of order when the world feels overwhelming.



Ferm Living




Words: Chris Reid

Images: Ferm Living / Superbalist


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