My style in design school and even for the last few years has been ultramodern and is gradually moving farther and farther back in time- it started with Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry, went to Charles & Ray Eames (though I’ll never EVER tire of them) and Verner Panton. And now while I still love and appreciate modern design, I find myself more and more drawn to one of a kind vintage pieces, things with a history, an implied but obscured story, a gorgeous patina. After discovering the stunningly understated beauty of i Gigi General Store in researching my last post, I have been dwelling on that space and finding myself very inspired in a specific direction. It has to do with specialty retail design, but also a modern+vintage European feel.
So, being that I have time on my hands while I wait for my job search to translate into employment as my creative outlet, I thought I would take this opportunity to design a space in wonderland. No budget, no contraints, just a pure concept. It was so engrossing and so much fun that I turned this post into what could be several. I have decided to just break it into two parts, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the second half! Today I’ll cover all the furniture & lighting, and tomorrow all the fabulous decor and extras. Taking a cue from the i Gigi General Store inspiration, I chose pieces that are various dark wood varieties, a lot of metal, and some sparkling, clear and jewel-like glass elements. The goal was to artfully blend old with new- some of the pieces are hundreds of years old while some of them are contemporary. Combining modern and vintage is a challenge that is extremely rewarding in the end and really frees you to actually live in the space and keep evolving it over time. I picture this space in an old building with white plastered walls, a distressed mid-toned plank wood floor, and floor to ceiling display windows at the store front.
Enjoy and please do comment with feedback, critique, and your own ideas you’s like to share with us!
2. Circa 1970 Denmark, Armchairs By Jorgen Lund – From Lee Stanton Antiques
3. Emeline Chair – From Anthropologie
5. Maison Tufted Rectangular Ottoman – From Lavish
5. Lever And Lumber Table – From Anthropologie
3. Antique Record Storage Cabinet, From Star Press Items
5. Illusorio Cabinet – From Anthropologie
2. Blazon Gleam Pendant – From Anthropologie
3. Enzo Lamp – From Anthropologie
4. MenloLamp – From Anthropologie
6. Iron Standing Lamp – From Topsy Design Etsy Store