For so long, a classic Californian interior was defined by its earthy textures, beachy vibes or modernist lines. But in 2021, Los Angeles-cool is tapping into a whole different side of its history. Hollywood!
The renaissance of this glitz and glamour era manifests itself in low-slung slouchy sofas, raw-edge log coffee tables and vintage statement pieces. We can freely mix different periods: an 80s couch with a mid-century cabinet, or a Scandinavian armchair alongside a unique resin side table. The time or place of origin don’t matter, it’s the collection that counts!
This dynamic new interior personality combines earthy and bold colours with mid-century design ideas. Natural materials such timber, brass and stone are layered with a bold and unexpected element: a chunky armchair or hand-moulded ceramic lamp. Thoughtful lines and a playful dose of patterns and colour is what makes these spaces so memorable.
Can’t you just picture Eve Babitz swanning through, champagne in hand, en route to Chateau Marmont? Or Joan Didion reclining on a squishy sofa, her tiny frame swallowed up by its large silhouette? Here’s how to get the look!
If anything sums up a retro eclectic vibe, it’s textural flooring. So if you’re thinking of taking up your slate floor – stop! We’re seeing designers use crazy paving, slate and flagstone again because of its natural texture and pattern, and it’s an unexpected complement to timber and brick.
Match it with tropicana prints, shearling furnishings, cane details, leather couches, and terracotta-toned bricks – and you’re well on the way!
In the 80s, the primary colours (red, yellow and blue) were used all at the same time. Admittedly, this is a really tricky look to pull-off without some careful consideration. One tip is to only use primary colours in pairs – not all three – and use the same level of saturation for each colour.
When in doubt, go graphic! Make a statement with artwork that features solid shapes of bold colour, in naive or geometric designs. Whether it’s an original work on canvas, a print, or a wall sculpture – go for something impactful.
Why hang an artwork on the wall when the wall itself can be the artwork? If opting for a mural, incorporate shapes that talk to other patterns or motifs in the space – such as triangles to match the patterns in a crazy-paved floor.
Chubby seating with curved outlines and a textured fabric (stretched and bunchy vinyl are a classic!) are the soft centrepieces of the room, while hefty pieces hewn from a single piece of material – like a side table made from a boulder or a log coffee table featuring the cross section of enormous tree trunk – anchor the space, with bold and heavy attitude.
Cane or bamboo details add a tropical coastal touch, and are an easy way to bring a soft and desirable clash to the material palette. Sarah Ellison’s velvet Huggy chair or Paloma coffee table are excellent places to start!