Another year has come and gone. And January arrives with its undeniable hope, passion, and motivation. Though the days remain a bit dark, the brightness of a new year shines and cannot be dimmed. Likewise, our steady search for beauty marches on like an irrepressible convoy of optimism.
This season, we dive into the organic, the biological base of the earth. The fashions and interiors feature flowing forms, repetition, natural lines and structure. Even the straight lines and symmetrical forms configure themselves into more organic shapes. Thus, the styles embody that which is ultra earthly—or super natural, if you will.
White Organic Flow
Like the haute couture fashions, these exterior façades emulate a stark minimalism in the neutral monochromatic colorways. They look futuristic, almost otherworldly. However, the curvy lines and flowing shapes transform the space into something more organic. These timeless designs echo biological structures of twisting plants or fluid seashells, while the bright white acts as both a common color in nature and an eye-catching focal draw.
Fibers & Sinews
From human beings to plants, natural forms are built by fibers and sinews. Straps connect larger structural elements and small details, holding it all together as one grand piece. The same is true for fashion and design. Woven fibers create a fabric fixed together through seams and strings. Similarly, the interior of a home or building has a framework hidden in the walls. Revealing this architectural web offers an unexpected beauty found in the natural movement, as seen in the spaces below.
Moreover, non-structural fibers can be more decorative, lavish, and excessive. The fashion ensembles and interior spaces below demonstrate visual lines that are free to express beauty for beauty’s sake—lines with no other purpose than to create art. Just as your outfits or hairstyles act as non-utilitarian statements, extra elements like layered stairs add harmonious movement to forge a one-of-a-kind visual symphony.
Additionally, syrupy filaments deny convention with the ebbing wave of river-like swirls. From framed art and painted walls to unique lighting and viscous decor, the undulating flow of curved lines can take a stiff, restricting interior and turn it into a relaxed and naturally welcoming space.
However, even straight lines, when properly designed, can provide an organic style. Moving from fine filaments to brazen bones, even the most basic components of a space can take center stage with high contrast and large structural vision. Bold repetition of vertical ribs constructs a skeletal framework that vibrates with a natural rhythm and tightly bound bookshelves mirror layers of sediment found in a canyon.
Though clean-cut and straight-laced, these perpendicular lines follow in nature’s footsteps by evading predictability. Shown below, repeated lines and layers can create varying texture when playing with light. Sporadic gaps allow light to shine through in a high contrast that catches the eye. A geometric natural interior design can take on a wild air with the use of other elements like the distance between layers, the difference in hues and consistency in material.
The free-flowing lines and forms speak to an organic aesthetic, but uniform symmetry is also present in nature: flowers, fruits, snowflakes, even some animals like jellyfish. Radial symmetry is the meeting point and uniting blend between curvy lines and linear order. In both fashion design and natural interior design, symmetry allows for intricate details that simultaneously titillate the mind and dulcify the soul.
Concave & Convex Natural Interior Design
Three-dimensional additions bring depth and interest to spaces, like the perforated texture of the layered holes in the images below. Gauzy variations of see-through materials carry an air of supernatural evanescence. This is the perfect way to take a conventional interior from basic to exceptional with a few well-placed holes.
Furthermore, the opposite holds true. Raised convexities and patterned protrusions breathe life into an otherwise flat surface. These bug-eyed buildings come with a sense of mystery and excitement as a calculated motif imitates living organisms found in nature.
Cells & Tiles
If we want to take a closer look at biology, repeating honeycomb shapes and round forms paint a microscopic picture on a grander scale. Tiny cells represent the less frequently seen beauty of nature, making it seem exciting and unique. Adding such a pattern to an interior creates an ever-changing whimsy that feels familiar and foreign all at once.
The repetition of small elements—like cells or tiles—can generate movement, if small enough. For example, the fabrics and surfaces below seem to pulse like water. The varying sizes and arrangements of miniscule pieces create an infinite tide that moves through the space with complex beauty.
Combining flowing lines and three-dimensional elements, stacked layers come together to construct something akin to a topographical map. Topographical cartography makes for uncommon and beautifully rare art features, in a frame or on a canvas. Or this topographical approach can be applied to entire walls, ceilings, or lighting. Differences in color and light add extra interest in such an airy spatial design. It’s the magic of your first topographical map in your own space.
Like the fashion ensembles, fluidity and movement can be made by playing with color and light to form a translucent wonderland. This otherworldly cloud has a soft effect that is both soothing and stimulating. It goes beyond surface-level aesthetics and can act as a functional addition for illumination and light control. The blend of tie-dye color and smooth luminosity can be created with a number of materials and methods, like fabric, lightbulbs, layered sheets, or translucent film.
Furniture & Decor
Another way to create dreamy, cloudlike light is with extraordinary pieces of decor like the tree lamp featured below. Bulbous and somewhat stonelike, the shapes of this lamp call upon geological inspiration while using botanical mimicry. Fluid, yet rigid. Soft, yet sharp. The opposing organic aesthetics take the natural interior design to new heights with such an enigmatic piece.
In like manner, furniture can be the cherry-on-top of a strangely unparalleled space. The contoured layers of the topographical art and ribbed bookshelves are implemented in these chairs. Flowy lines unite and build upon one another to bring the intricate structural theme to more singular components of the interior without committing to the metamorphosis of an entire room.