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What’s making waves in the design world right now.
Acrylic furniture, which ruled the 1970s, has proven it has staying power, and for good reason: the visual lightness of these clear creations helps interiors to appear airier than they are—making them a shoo-in for small spaces. This season, exceptionally crafted, conceptual designs are holding our attention. From a contemporary armchair with acrylic sides to an ottoman that almost floats in the room, these barely there designs are nothing but extraordinary. Make acrylic your modern moment in a space with traditional furniture, or try it in a small room to reduce visual clutter.
Designers often say that lighting is the jewelry of the home, and this season’s must-have piece is an attention-grabbing chandelier. Glass statement chandeliers, especially those with brass or gold metallic accents, are reigning supreme. Create a celebration out of your dining room by installing one above your table, or make a grand first impression by hanging one in your entryway. No room is out of bounds when it comes to statement chandeliers. Just be sure not to overdo it—the wow factor will wane if there’s an all-star in every room.
This European style of decorative art influenced by Chinese and East Asian motifs and techniques, Chinoiserie first appeared in the 17th century and remains beloved today, especially in homes with traditional British and East Coast styles. Ming style is making a comeback this season, with the ever-popular blue-and-white ginger jar—often painted with blooming vines or graceful plum blossom motifs—topping dining room buffets, entryway consoles, and kitchen shelves. Chinoiserie aficionados are modernizing the centuries-old style by corralling collections en masse; The rule of thumb seems to be “the more, the merrier” when it comes to this sophisticated handmade pottery.
Still made today using centuries-old techniques, Murano glass, sourced from the Venetian island of Murano, is precious and peerless. This spring, Murano glass chandeliers—concentric in shape or tiered, with cascading petals (both popular in the mid century)—are having a major renaissance. Delicate yet modern, they’re the perfect way to introduce a little movement and shine. Use one as a sophisticated finishing touch for a master bedroom or as a way to bring a bit of femininity to a room with sleek, contemporary lines.