As production times and supply chain issues continue, designers are leaning into ready-made industrial staples like track lighting and stainless steel kitchens, taking aesthetics in the direction of ’90s loft style. Some of your favorite stories had to do with the materials of the moment, namely iridescent Moroccan Zellige tile applied in monochromatic swaths and sandy-hued travertine.
Interior designer Jessica Ayromloo used cork, mixed in with patterned cement tiles, on the floors in a colorful Mexico City apartment. Made from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, it’s eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, moisture- and fire-resistant, and sound- and heat-insulating.
Our 2023 prediction: We see people leaning even further into cork in the coming year, as sustainable materials become an even bigger priority for both clients and designers. But this year, design pros such as Ash’s Will Cooper and Hem’s Petrus Palmér revisited these workhorse fixtures, which offer flexible and directional light from their ceiling-mounted track.