And even if we are unable to discern a specific star motif on clothes, we cannot fail to notice the twinkling fabrics created by powders and metallic inserts. The same applies to the world of makeup which references the hostesses in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. For its forthcoming collection, Chanel has designed a store window where silver pipes typical of spacecraft surround a woman ready for takeoff, accompanied by futuristic makeup inspired by vintage imagery. Similarly, La Perla has created a store window inspired by the classical heroine Hypatia and the age-old study of astrology, a triumph of blue and gold with mannequins gazing skyward. The desolate red Martian landscape, punctuated only by silvery reflecting spheres, serves as the backdrop to Colmar’s latest advertising campaign.
This galactic trend of the catwalks is bubbling over into the world of home décor, bringing us furnishings and surface coverings inspired by boundless skies and polychromatic constellations. Diesel Living, together with Seletti, continues to promote its visionary Cosmic Dinner collection consisting of plates representing the nine planets of the solar system, ideal both for dining and as wall decorations, as well as astronaut-shaped vases and missile-shaped salt and pepper pots.
Even the minimalist Scandinavian design has succumbed to the alien influence, as evidenced by the ultra-sober Lammhults brand which has interpreted its modular chairs with deep blue fabrics sprinkled with glittering stardust. And the avant-garde pavilion of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, which showcases the work of design schools and independent designers, this year featured a section populated by materials seemingly from other planets, including nuggets of silvery asteroids, potential sidereal fossils and Martian moulds that push back the boundaries of science fiction.
In the arts, one of the most emblematic cases of an interstellar vision is the work of German photographer Michael Najjar, who in his biography describes himself as an “adventurer and future astronaut”. All of his work centres around the exploration of space and the possibility of living there in the future. His website adheres strictly to the theme and he has repeatedly stated his intention of becoming the first artist to fly on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft.
So it hardly came as a surprise when Kameha Gran Zurich Hotel recently commissioned him to customise its prestigious Space Suite. With its roof and floors littered with interstellar debris, a floating bed and space travel-inspired furnishings, this suite catapults its guests into a decidedly planetary dimension.
Returning to design, meteorite showers are evoked by surfaces created from recomposed inert mineral flakes. In the language of interior design, these surfaces consist of artificial agglomerates of quartz, marble, glass and granite and simulate traditional terrazzo pavings with a strongly contemporary flavour. It’s a short step from man-made rocks to those that are found in nature, natural compositions and the fragmented breccia marble look that is extremely popular for covering floors and walls.
This passion for almost alien-looking fragments breaks out of the world of surface coverings and extends as far as furnishing accessories and even fabrics and upholstery. So whether it is a rising star or an ephemeral meteorite shower, this stellar trend has pulled us all into its orbit, eager as we are to discover how human life will evolve beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.