13 Designers Share Their Latest Style Obsessions
Though we don’t think of ourselves as overly trendy—we identify as timeless and classic, thank you very much—there are certain interior products, concepts, and themes that come and go depending on what tastemakers are gravitating toward at the moment. Instead of trying to predict the interior themes and trends we’ll be seeing the rest of this year, we turned to the source and polled designers to see what they are loving right now. Get these products and ideas on your radar now, before they become mainstream!
“This may seem weird, but I am ALL about armless lounge chairs right now. This goes back to Billy Baldwin and his design for the classic slipper chair. I love that you can put them anywhere, sit in the multiple ways—much more loungey and chill to be able to drape your arm over the back. This one is from Room & Board.” — Brian Paquette, Brian Paquette Interiors
Rafael de Cárdenas Tri Bench, 2011 (price upon request)
“The use of plywood is definitely a current style/design obsession. It is a non-precious, inexpensive material that can be made to look cool and artful. We are specifying plywood for new Cuffhome products, as well as built-ins on some current projects.” — Wendy Schwartz and Kristi Bender, Cuffhome
“We are loving rock crystal. There are a wide variety of forms (bowls, chandeliers, lamps, candlesticks, obelisks, etc.), and it can be used in traditional and contemporary settings. Alan from Phoenix Antiques has the best collection in bright colors. It’s a great way to add a natural element to an interior; it adds a sparkle without being too flashy.” — Claire Ratliff, Cullman & Kravis
“I am currently obsessed with lighting by Michael McEwen. The sculptural shapes and opalescent glass forms are so ethereal and chic. We worked together to customize his model 1820 pendants for a home on Lake Tahoe for a slightly rustic edge that adds a breathtaking focal point to the room.” — Jeff Andrews, Jeff Andrews Design
Reagan Hayes Louis Table (price upon request)
"My style obsession right now is mixed metals. Mixing metals with more vulnerable materials is at the heart of so much that you see in fashion. The same concept is expressed through a lot of my furniture design, like with my new Louis table. The table has a round top with a reverse diamond grain direction that is paired with a mixed-metal pyramid base that really grounds the piece. I love the way the materials work together to bring the piece to life!" — Reagan Hayes, Reagan Hayes, Inc.
“I love antique French mirrors, and I try to insert them in every space I design—there's always a place for them! They add the right amount of patina and warmth with a touch of Parisian glamour.” — Wendy Labrum, Wendy Labrum Interiors
"My current obsession is mixing vintage ethnic textiles into my designs—suzanis, ikats, mud cloth, and more. The easiest way to achieve this is to make throw pillows out of them, which gives you lots of versatility. Pillows can be layered so easily and add an increased depth and special interest to the room. A sophisticated space is always the result. Each piece is so unique that the pillows tell their own story. From Morocco all the way to Istanbul!" — Sam Allen, Sam Allen Interiors
“My style obsession is plaid, hands down. I love it because it’s a total classic but can be reinvented in so many ways. It can feel regal, funky, masculine, or preppy. It’s something I never get tired of and try to use it as often as I can.” — Kyle Schuneman, Kyle Schuneman Interiors
“I can't seem to get enough of large-scale floral prints, but not your traditional floral print. I like them a little loose, often a little abstract and full of color. I think they're more modern this way. I particularly love them on chairs and sofas." — Angie Hranowsky, Angie Hranowsky
John Lyle Turtle Table (price upon request)
"John Lyle's Turtle Table is a modern take on the cigarette table, versatile and convenient. The polished stainless finish serves as a neutral foundation that allows the table to easily blend into any living area." — Karen Williams, St. Charles of New York
"I am currently loving a statement-making bold tile! There are so many fabulous designs in tile today and a mix of different materials. Tile used to fall into the background in design, and I love that it is evolving and becoming the It factor in a room. You can instantly transform an otherwise neutral space and give it personality just by adding an amazing tile backsplash or tile floor.” — Julia Buckingham, Buckingham Interiors + Design
What's your current style obsession? Share with us in the comments!