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Here at AFS, we love the start of a new year. The creative energy brings new ideas for natural and floral art, and since we work with some of the industry’s top designers, photographers, and creatives, we got the skinny on what’s coming for 2019.
Fellow flower lovers, we are excited to share with you what we believe will be BIG this year!
1. Out of This World
With the rise of virtual reality, AI, robotics and androids and increasing attention on the long-term health of our planet (Read: the UN Report on Climate Change (IPCC) ), designers are playing with tech in their floristry and turning their attention to other worlds for inspiration. Some may call it escapism, but we refer to it as ”Engineered Nature” where nature and technology come together….And are loving it!
Distant galaxies and (not so) futuristic realities influence out-of-this-world pieces in 2019, complete with spray-painted flowers and neon + metallic colors. It’s no surprise that neo-mint is predicted to be THE color of 2020.
2. Back to Basics
In response to the above trend, more and more people are trying to find ways to disconnect and get back to the basics. Think: nature. As such, we’re seeing a revival of natural colors and nude tones in both bouquet and floral design this year. The Pantone color of 2019 ”Living Coral” is a good reflection of this trend.
3. Do No Harm
An increasing number of organisations are surfacing, within the flower industry, focused on tackling industry-specific waste issues. Both consumers and companies are acknowledging that we have to work together in order to change the way we grow, package and sell flowers. If you ask us, it’s about time! [Check out our own work to decrease waste]
In 2019, more initiatives will launch designed to protect our mother earth. For example, local city gardens, the recycling of flowers after events, and an increasing number of not-for-profits applying pressure to large flower retailers to rethink their footprint.
4. Abstract Design
Floral designers continue to look for different ways to use shapes, form, colors and lines, and in 2019 this means abstraction. Traditional bouquet photography is being replaced with Ikebana-inspired floral art. While Ikebana is not new, Japanese design continues to be hot in 2019 and the principles — “less is more” and abstract design — leave many designers using flowers sparingly to make a statement.
5. The New Floral Designer
In 2019, we see a rise in self-taught florists and designers. Or, as we like to call them, The New Floral Designer. They come from different backgrounds, such as interior design or photography; and, typically learn their floral skills from mobile learning platforms, like online courses, or through personal travel. Trips allow them to learn from “the best of the best” and try-out different flower schools, applying their own flair to floristry and taking to their social media to sell their unique brand.
These trends have us even more excited about 2019! And, we can’t wait to see what emerges on the flower scene this year.
Feeling inspired? We’d love to see how these trends are influencing your work. Tag us so we can follow along at #AFS2019TrendsAlert
Missed a trend? Feel free to contact us, we’d love to learn what you’re predicting for this year.