Nature’s palette is warming up as the temperature goes down. And its earthy autumnal tones are perfect for this year’s natural tribal trend.
Autumn is hot chocolates and over-sized jumpers and watching movie marathons from under your faux fur throw. It’s lazy evenings spent in the company of a heavy red and some dark, dark chocolate and your fave novel (we vote Great Gatsby). It’s baking hearty lasagnes and eating too much with friends then talking into the wee ones, bellies sated.
Autumn is the lull before the storm (you know, winter – that bitter tempest that only inspires hibernation). It’s not too freezing to exist just yet and the skies and trees are painted in the most gorgeous russet and burnt orange hues. Deliriously beautiful.
We’re drawing some of that loveliness indoors in soft layers and coarser textures in our décor. We’re going the way of the Boy Scout and getting prepped for the colder temperatures. This season is about getting cosy with your peeps. And the tribal trend follows the same principle but on a larger scale. It’s about embracing the international community and its rich + diverse cultures to create a global tribe if you will.
So we thought we’d combine the two. The tribal trend realised in the rich hues and raw textures of autumn. What better way to celebrate the turn in seasons?
THE TRIBAL TREND
We’ve been preaching bohemian and natural tribal looks for much of 2016. As our Homewares Buyer Stina puts it, “This year it’s about going back to basics using a lot of natural materials with raw textures and finishes. Handmade products, up-cycling and neutral colour palettes are all big trends.”
But interestingly this look has history – it dates back to the free spirit of the swinging 60s and 70s. Our Woodstock-loving, weed-smoking, Joni-Mitchell-worshipping forbears fell in love with the American-Indian inspired aesthetic way back when. And the look crept into our interiors.
This trend reached its peak in the 80s and then faded out. But in recent years it’s experienced a revival on the international catwalks, and interiors have followed on couture’s coat tails. Today it still maintains its essence of being anti-establishment whilst also achieving a certain retro cred.
So what’s the attraction to this style? Its fine craftsmanship and artisan designs are the easy answer. Beautiful things that are crafted with purpose will always have meaning. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s more.
As LA-based fashion designer Cynthia Vincent put it to the Los Angeles Times, ”When life is chaotic, there is a desire for deeper understanding. At the end of the day, it’s clothing, but there is more to it. Does globalisation mean more than being connected electronically? I hope so. I like the idea of a mash-up of tribes.”
This applies equally to interiors. And we don’t know about you, but the idea of a tribal mash-up appeals to our humanist philosophy.
From L to R: the Natural Tribal Trend as styled by Zanui, featuring LS Collections Ketak Round Bowl (Set of 3), Rapee Nomadic Throw, and Casa Uno Cylinder Rattan Ceiling Light, and Linen House Faux Fur Throw, available online at Zanui.
Today the tribal trend pushes the perimeters of American-Indian to indulge in objets d’art and décor that’s Moroccan, Mediterranean, Marrakech and more… It’s a rich and textured meeting of international design and cultural performance.
So you’ve decided to nurture your inner nomad. Define your look with textured natural materials mixed with some fine faux pieces. Faux leather and faux fur achieve the look and they have animal and budget-friendly benefits.
Seek out rough-hewn + intricately crafted pieces that speak to you. Search for detail – each new décor accent or furniture piece should add nuance to your overall aesthetic. Opting for an organic palette will help draw this look together.
Take your inspiration from the earthy hues of autumn: rich chocolate browns, rust-reds, mustards, eggshell, charcoal and cream colours.
GET THE BASICS RIGHT
“Natural stone, timber, leather, concrete and rattan are some of the materials that work perfectly with this look,” Stina explains.
Not in a position to push the boat out for those big-ticket items? “Choose a few hero pieces that represent the trend you’re going for,” Stina says, “and always keep it simple by using a neutral colour palette as the base and then building your look from there.”
YES TO TASSELS + FRINGING
There are all kinds of homewares products you can use to complement a tribal style. Textured cushions and throws with tassels or pom poms, wall hangings, Moroccan leather poufs and shaggy rugs to name a few…
Cushions fashioned from animal hide or fabric/leather fusions also work well.
The Navajo American-Indian tribe, one of the inspirations for this trend, are renowned for their fine geometric Pendleton blankets, rugs and handicrafts. Contemporary pieces crafted in a similar vein create statement looks in your interiors.
“Decor pieces and vases in earthy tones, as well as prints and patterns with a tribal vibe, are other must-haves to complete this look,” Stina says.
Nouveau grunge, boho-chic or nomadic charm… The choice is yours. Borrow a little radicalism from this trend’s roots and decorate chez vous to please yourself. After all, “Happiness is the best facelift,” as the sainted Joni Mitchell once sang. 😀