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Celebrity Architect and the top 3 home design trends of 2023

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With billions of pins on pinterest, the social media idea sharing site has become the unofficial arbiter of what’s hot and what’s not in indesign. Here Melbourne Architect Taras Wolf comments on the top Pinterest searches for 2022-2023.

Luxury Laundries 

“People want something to look at while they’re ironing or folding whether it’s a television, or their iPad on a stand,” says Wolf, who designs houses from $1.5m upwards, including the home of $350m Boost Juice empire Janine Allis.

“The laundry room is increasingly doubling up as a “mud room” drop off point for school bags, or a place for the dog to be washed.

“The other important thing is to make sure that the laundry has a drain. There’s a surprising number that don’t, and we can all count on our hands the number of houses we’ve lived in where there has been at least one flooding episode”.

He says ideally it’s important when planning that the laundry is away from bedrooms and living rooms so when the washing machine or dryer is in use it doesn’t wake up the residents.

Barkitecture

Some common Pinterest trends include using sisal rugs on walls to pique a cat’s interest,  while others pet owners are creating  puppy beds inside of bedside tables or using under the stairs as a tidy nook for their mutt or muggie, says Wolf.

“I would say barkitecture is definitely one to watch as pet ownership in Australia is growing, with 69% of households owning a pet and more than 2 million households acquiring a pet since the beginning of Covid-19”, says Wolf.

“People see their fur babies as a member of the family, with many wanting their pets indoors, living in comfort whereas decades ago, pets were almost always exclusively outside.

“The laundry remains a convenient place for a luxury pet shower, or dog nook.

“I have had some clients tell me that their new dog nook can help prevent howling or pawing at the bedroom door at night as dogs are much more likely to learn to settle when they have their own comfy space with a bed, bowel and heated blanket at the other end of the house.”

Curved Furniture

Curved furniture can work very well, but it can also spell disaster if not correctly used in the space, says Taras.

“Some of our high end properties have curved forms in the architecture, and such a home can often be complemented by curved furniture.

“However, if you’re looking to have curved furniture, it’s not very practical unless you have lots of space and can place it in the centre of the room. Generally you want to be able to walk around most curved furniture because if you put curved furniture against a straight space it will not work.”

Where to best place furniture generally?

When you walk into a room you need to focus on what the eyes can see MOST of the time, not 10 percent of the time, and make that the centrepiece of the room, he says.

“This is where interior design is very important and at WOLF Architects, we have an in-house team involved from the onset able to assist with integrating curved furniture appropriately.”