A renovated 1850s prefab cottage in St.Kilda, Australia, which features very white interiors, reclaimed wood wall paneling, and an open plan. Photo by Andrew Wuttke via Jost Architects.
What a year 2015 was for design trends. Entrenched ones (open-plan interiors, exposed brick walls, etc.) marched on, undeterred by the rise of newer styles and thinkpieces sounding the alarm of their imminent demise. Others, like the midcentury mania that reached a fever pitch in the era of Mad Men (which premiered in 2007, in case you’ve forgotten in the years since) or the passion for plywood as surfacing, seem to be slumping off into the horizon.