Design trends to watch in 2022

From Bridgerton-inspired weddings to AI-powered spandex, trends in 2022 will reflect both our hankering for escape and our inexorable move into the future (Illustration by Antony Hare) 1. Weddings: The Bridgerton effect

Thank Shonda Rhimes and Netflix for an influx of Regency-inflected inspiration. The Bridgerton influence is real, as evidenced by increased interest in puffed-sleeve wedding dresses, feathered headpieces and long gloves. Regency-era details are embellished and romantic; lines are simple, with scoop necks and empire waists. If you’re not a bride-to-be, don’t worry—“The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience” is coming to Montreal, L.A., Chicago and Washington, where guests can hobnob with actors in period dress and attend a beautifully accurate Regency ball. 2. Technology: Tricks on sleeves

Global spending on wearable tech devices was predicted to top $81.5 billion in 2021, according to a study by research company Gartner Inc., and is poised to increase another 15 per cent in 2022. American startup Nextiles has patented the items required to create “smart thread”—conductive threads powered by data sensors that can be blended with cotton, spandex, polyester, etc., and woven into fabric. In high-performance athletic wear, it can be used to collect detailed biometric data based on the slightest change in motion, speed, acceleration and more, which, according to Forbes, has piqued the interest of the NFL and MLB. Will smart clothing for all be far behind? Experts say no. 3. Fashion: Easing back to work

Many people are returning to the workplace—trouble is, we’ve gotten used to being dressed from the waist up. Transitional clothing will focus on comfort and function without sacrificing style or sustainability. Earth-friendly materials like Tencel, made from lyocell and modal fibres, as well as fabric blends made from recycled plastic or cotton are the future. Think fluid layers that feel like your softest pyjamas, but that also—with the right accessories—look like a dream. A reusable takeout container. (Wormassey/iStock) 4. Packaging: Rethinking takeout

The impending government ban on food containers made from “hard-to-recycle” plastics like polystyrene and black plastic plus the rise in takeaway food during the pandemic have created a burgeoning industry. Businesses providing reusable takeout containers are popping up in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and smaller cities like Waterloo and Guelph, Ont. Stainless steel containers are most popular, bringing the tiffin lunch boxes of India to mind. (Illustration by Antony Hare) 5. Home decor: Round we go

Furniture for every room is softening its edges, from swayback sofas with rolled arms to chubby accent seating to channel-tufted dining chairs. Curves, circles and arches provide visual comfort from the realities of the outside world. Multi-use modular couches are retro-inspired, part of the 1970s resurgence that also includes velvet, moody eggplant and mustard, cylindrical seating and pill-shaped tiles for backsplashes and bathrooms. 6. Travel: On the road again

As tourism and travel pick up, the way we vacation will reflect pandemic-related changes. RV and camper van sales increased over the past 18 months as people sought a safe way to escape and enjoy the outdoors […]

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