This is the irony of the digital age. With an excess of information at our fingertips, and with our focus on online multitasking, it isn’t a surprise that outside of this, we crave the comfort and soothing familiarity of natural things.
The perfection and sleekness of typical modern design with its straight, rigid lines and cold colors won’t cut it for this day and age. According to organic modernist Becky Shea in Elle Décor homeowners and designers look to our primitive roots with nature and the earth and how all these positively affect our moods.
These trends that take include natural materials like raffia and textured wood, nature-inspired designs like foliage and flower motifs, and also live plants or an entire live green wall to provide a space with its own ecosystem, and to help purify the air.
Nature-inspired looks were spotted on both fashion and interior accessories at the recent edition of Manila FAME. These ranged from Floreia’s necklaces of sculptural leaves and flowers made out of eco-friendly Nucast, a recycled paper composite and the delicate, barong tagalog-inspired floral embroidery of Ai-She’s shoes to Vito Selma’s trays that are inspired by the giant leaves of the Monstera Deliciosa plant.
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