I recently attended the “What’s New What’s Next” event at the New York Design Center and what’s next isn’t what’s new at all! It seems that what is next is a nod to Mod, as in Mid Century Modern furnishings. My blog post, The Case For Mid-Century Modern, touted my mad love for this iconic style and why I feel it has such a broad appeal. The pieces in the showrooms at the design center encompassed original “vintage modern” along with new designs that pay homage to the sleek lines and chic shapes that define the style. This new breed of Mod, I like to think of as Millennial Mod or New Century Modern, combines those iconic shapes with organic elements, glamor and glitz.
The Phillips Collection shows earthiness with some great animal references. I also love the mix of rustic wood and shiny metal.
Fred Flintsone meets George Jetson, and they get along.
Studio A mixes the clean lines of mid century with both golden glitz and earthy notes. The golden shine is so inviting! The collection of handmade bowls and metallic pillows on the modern sofa create an eclectic but sophisticated and well balanced space.
I love large scale and Raul Carrasco was full of big, modern pieces. The large pale pink chaise shows that the collection, although large in scale, radiates both style and grace.
A kitchen display at Bakes and Kropp really caught my attention. With clean lines but so much attention to detail, it’s a look that would work with modern chic and also rich pre-war architecture.
Design Lush is one of my favorite showrooms from social media. The current collection shows outrageous LED twinkly wallpaper, beautiful sculptural accent lamps and luxuriously finished pieces. The artful accents are particularly notable.
The New Traditionalists showroom has a colorful, glamorous vibe. During the event the space felt like a nightclub. The bar was packed with design lovers of all kinds and signature cocktails were flowing.
The pieces at Vladamir Kagan Couture are truly inspired. I learned that Vladimir himself is one of the original furniture innovators of the Modern Movement. The current collection has a multilevel sectional, the likes of which I have never seen before. It is no surprise these iconic designs have held their audience since 1946! So What’s New, What’s Next? It seems that what’s old is new again and Mid Century Modern is definitely in style.