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“The irresistible draw of Bridgerton reflects our need for a new aesthetic”

March 24, 2022 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Bridgerton interiors and the Neo Regency

Just as turmoil led to Netflix TV show Bridgerton’s exuberant interiors our current global situation will lead to designers embracing Neo Regency style, says Michelle Ogundehin. The second series of Bridgerton, which streams tomorrow, will prompt a major new look for interiors. As I wrote in my trends report for 2022: “This sentimental recolouring of history will prompt

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“Any period of sobriety is generally followed by heady abandonment”

January 21, 2022 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Netflix series Bridgerton

Sustainability will be the focus of the year ahead, but coronavirus lockdowns will make way for “unbridled frivolity”  in interior design, says Michelle Ogundehin in her trends report for 2022. 2021 was thus not a year for trends. It was a year of uncomfortable truths. At the end of my last trends report, I proposed 2021 as “the

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“It’s time to reconsider the whole colour of the year carnival”

December 10, 2021 Michelle Ogundehin 0
colour of the year

With its choice of a shade of purple, which it claims is blue, as colour of the year, Pantone has once again failed to use the opportunity to talk meaningfully about how colour reflects moments, says Michelle Ogundehin. It’s time to reconsider the whole colour of the year carnival. The extraordinary hiatus of the last two

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Ten interiors by architects that use internal glazing to create a sense of space and light

May 8, 2021 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Glazed wall inside Toronto house

For our latest lookbook, interiors expert Michelle Ogundehin has selected ten examples of interiors with glazed internal windows, doors and partitions that create clever zoning and add privacy while still letting the light through. “In the ongoing search for work-from-home space, walls are making a return as open-plan layouts are found wanting,” writes architect, author

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“What can, or should, be read into the Downing Street cash for cushions affair”

May 4, 2021 Michelle Ogundehin 0
11 Downing Street

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have recently refurbished their Downing Street flat, but why is everyone so angry about their interior design choices, asks Michelle Ogundehin. Why is the world seemingly so enraged by the refurbishment of the British prime minister’s flat above Number 11 Downing Street? Is it really solely the issue of who paid

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“The uncomfortable truth is that 2020 might just have been exactly what we needed”

January 20, 2021 Michelle Ogundehin 0
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After a turbulent 2020, this year designers should be braver and bolder, says Michelle Ogundehin in her interior design anti-trends report for 2021. I concluded my 2020 Interiors Report with the words, “I still believe that we can be as brilliantly inventive as we have previously been so terribly destructive. However, 2020 is our make-or-break year to prove

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“Grey alone would be too depressing for 2021’s colour of the year”

December 11, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0
2021 colour of the year

With its pick of two colours of the year for 2021, Pantone has tried to both reflect the depressing past year and predict hope for 2021, says Michelle Ogundehin. The tricky thing with a colour of the year is to determine whether it is intended to be a prediction of what is needed for the year

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“Let’s talk about diversity”

June 16, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Michelle Ogundehin on diversity

We need to provoke discussion, not anger, when it comes to talking about diversity, says Michelle Ogundehin, who shares her personal experiences with racism, views on positive discrimination and ways in which individuals can make a difference. So, let’s talk about diversity in design. I am a woman of mixed-heritage (my father was black Nigerian, my

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“Let’s talk about diversity”

June 16, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Michelle Ogundehin on diversity

We need to provoke discussion, not anger, when it comes to talking about diversity, says Michelle Ogundehin, who shares her personal experiences with racism, views on positive discrimination and ways in which individuals can make a difference. So, let’s talk about diversity in design. I am a woman of mixed-heritage (my father was black Nigerian, my

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“In the future home, form will follow infection”

June 4, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0

The interiors of future houses will be designed to mitigate coronavirus, says Michelle Ogundehin who has outlined 11 ways the pandemic will impact the home. The home played a pivotal role in the recent global crisis. Forced to double as office, school, gym, even restaurant, whether it felt safe or suffocating, it came under forensic examination, and

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