While some of us think of interior design trends as big new ideas that will dominate a season (or longer), many fly under the radar for all but a fashionable few. However, it's not always because they’re crazy or tough to implement; it's often the case that people simply don't hear about them.
In light of this, we've picked out a few design trends that definitely deserve some promotion.
House within a house
Japan is justly famous for elegant ideas that make the most of small spaces, but this one’s the crème de la crème. Spearheaded by design firm SuMiKa, the house-within-a-house concept centres on a single, custom-built piece of furniture. It combines desk, storage and even bed space if you need it, and can be made to include multiple shelves and storage spaces, or a play area for children. It's a concept that's ideal for studies that double as a guest room, or for inspiring your micro home.
A must-have for chic early-'60s homes, the conversation pit is a shallow depression in the middle of an open, modernist room. Often filled with brightly coloured furniture around a central table, it’s a bold design that creates a social microclimate away from the lure of the TV. It’s already being resurrected by a stylish few socialites, so we suspect that sunken baths and bona fide fire pits are also due a return, too.
Okay, so this is one you may have heard of already, but we can't resist its homely charms. This Danish term doesn’t really have an English translation, but it roughly equates to ‘cosy.’ The Danes tend to use it to refer to a comfortable night in with beers and your best friends. The Brits have adopted it as a term for the elusive combo of snuggly comfort and Scandi minimalism. Think clean, cream sofas with wooden mid-century feet and a folded patterned blanket on top, or stylish leather seats with cuddly cushions.
In Georgian England, the furniture design elite was already creating space-saving devices. Small sets of steps often turned into chairs or tables. Children’s high chairs became strollers and small hall tables were folded out into beautifully lined card tables for an evening’s entertainment. While some items continued the trend in one way or another (we’re looking at sofa beds, here), it never fully resumed its status as a design trend. But we’re confident it will, and Ikea agrees.