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2020 Trend: Blobism

Posted on Wed, 2019-12-11 17:40 by Petra Scherer, Interior Designer

No, not the yellow spotted pink character that dominated Saturday night TV in the nineties, but a technical term given to a 1990s/post-modern architectural style characterised by curved and rounded building shapes, or 'blob architecture', with its roots in 60s avantgarde organic ideas.

Blobitecture buildings appear to have an organic form that is soft and free flowing yet comes together to produce a complex whole.

As with all things ‘90s, the idea of Blobism has come around again, this time on a smaller, maybe more humane scale, in the form of furniture and fittings with organic-round shapes, free-flowing and tactile nature and perhaps more accommodating forms to the human body.

The characteristics of these pieces are not overly regular, somewhat oversized, casual feeling with a pleasing roundness and we predict an influx of these forms to occupy our interiors come 2020.

Where before a commercial office, was weighted to hosting a professional and corporate feel, linear and angular forms were more evident in furnishings, lighting and signage. However, with the merging of sectors and types of space, workplaces now offer users (staff and clients) a mix of settings and facilities that are inspiring, holistic and promote wellbeing. These tend to evoke a sense of nature, with less regimented sequencing of space and component parts and altogether, a bit more fluid.

We envisage this trend being popular in areas such as reception foyers, break-out zones and meeting spaces. There will be less sides on the board room table, more chamfered tactile edges and subtle radius corners will be more of the norm than the feature. These will be the details that will provide much satisfaction, whilst sitting through the weekly update meeting or waiting for that all-important interview and the little things that engage staff and turn those frowns upside down!

The language might be reminiscent of the 60s organic movements, but the colour use is contemporary – instead of saturated primaries, it’s the broken pastels with subtle geometric patterns, its timeless and considered.

Blobism won’t be a fad like the bubble car, it will become a design-criteria for interiors going forward as we look for that softer, human touch. Gone are the days where it’s cool to be a solely functional Brut (albeit the name may need some refining!).