Designer Magazine - January 2022

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Welcome to the January issue of Designer. A new year is always a chance to look forward, and once again we find ourselves hoping that the next 12 months sees us all move that little bit closer to the end of a pandemic that has had a grip on business and life in general for way too long now. Whatever the factors outside our control might have in store for 2022, we can be hopeful of a gradual return to normality for some of the things that help to inspire us creatively – particularly networking, face-to-face exchanges, and travel. At the time of writing, there is a full programme of exhibitions in the diary – apart from this month’s imm Cologne which sadly fell victim to the restrictions of Covid in Germany. Nevertheless, we look forward with excitement to shows such as KBB in Birmingham in March, and Il Salone del Mobile in Milan a month later.

We also speak to Stephen Bayley, a man who has seen plenty of design trends come and go over the years. One of the UK’s most authoritative design critics, Bayley is now on the hunt for the best of architectural brilliance for his Building Beauty Awards, and he shares his take on what makes a building beautiful.

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Such shows make it easier for us all to get to grips with some of the trends, products and materials that will shape the future direction for designers and architects. But in the meantime, we take the opportunity to consider a few of these trends this month, gathering perspectives on the innovative ideas that are sparking the most intriguing creativity across the sector.



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