Though Harry Bertoia’s iconic 1952 wire chair may rank eternal as a midcentury design masterpiece, there’s no harm in putting a playful spin on a classic. We’re falling for these modern iterations of wire and iron designs, which fuse the industrial-rustic vibe of the metal frame with coatings in poppy brights, glossy gold, and exuberant neons. And this time, there’s room for more than just chairs. Here are nine of our favorite pieces, from oversize baskets to pendant lamps.
Above: 1) Currey & Company Parker pendant lamp, $490 at Zinc Door; 2) Yellow Carillo coffee table, $199 at World Market; 3) Assembly Home wire table, $49 at Urban Outfitters; 4) Guarav Nanda Bunny lounge chair, $416.50 at Fab.com.
Who better to take color-pairing advice from than someone who named her design company Bossy Color? Interior designer Annie Elliott recently mentioned on her blog that one of her 2014 design goals was to get a little edgy with her pairings—so we asked her to share some of her favorite unexpectedly awesome hue duos. Read on to see what she’s loving together right now, along with her paint picks, then give these color teams a try in your own home—whether you go bold by pairing paints or start small with a contrasting decor accent is up to you.
Blush + Mustard
Elliott loves the combination of blush pink with the warmth of golden yellow. “The mustard takes the sweetness out of the pink, so you can just appreciate its glow,” she says.
Navy + Chartreuse
Love navy but want to update it? Chartreuse is a fresh contrast. “The edgy greenish yellow is such a great counterpoint to navy’s conservative vibe,” says Elliott.
Blue + Black
We’re already showed you this eye-catching Elliott-designed interior from a Chevy Chase home, which pairs a vibrant cobalt blue with rich black accents. Not ready to go quite so bright? Elliot likes a darker blue with black, too.
Light Orchid + Deep Green
Here’s how Elliott recommends working in the year’s biggest hue: “If you MUST adapt the color of the year into your decor—Pantone, what did we do to deserve the curse of Radiant Orchid?—I suggest graying it down and pairing it with a green so dark it’s almost black.”
This is a big year for furniture brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. It’s the company’s 25th anniversary—and to celebrate, the namesake duo have a major agenda: They’ve released their third coffee-table tome, Who We Are. They’ve created a special anniversary collection of silver-infused products for spring. They’re embarking on a yearlong tour to 19 of their signature stores for birthday parties that benefit local charities. And they’re opening another six stores throughout the country—including one due to arrive at Tysons later this year.
To kick off the year of celebration, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams stop by Washington’s 14th Street store next Wednesday to toast to their milestone. We chatted with the founders recently to get their take on stylish living; read on to see what they have to say, then swing by the party to chat with the pair in person.
What design trends are you most excited about for 2014?
We are loving the far-out elements from our favorites in 1970s film, music, and fashion: Our new collection is the love child of pop culture and iconic comfort. Within, sophisticated notes of glamour and sexiness become one with energetic glimpses of freedom and fun.
What trend are you ready to see disappear?
Honestly, we’re not big fans of the idea of a home-furnishing color of the year or season. We’ll search as long as it takes to find just the right shade of a color and take care that it works beautifully with other colors before adding it to our collection. We look for colors that will be as timeless, beautiful, and easy to live with as our furniture. Sometimes we’ll focus on a color that caught our eye in our travels, like chartreuse, which we saw accenting the outfits of fashionable men and women on the streets of Paris.
What’s your signature design style? And how can readers work it into their home?
Our signature is comfort combined with style. One of our favorite ways to incorporate it into our homes is by including upholstered furniture where others might choose wood. For instance, we love upholstered chairs for the dining room and upholstered headboards in the bedroom.
Mitchell, you have a condo in DC. Do you have any favorite local sources for design inspiration?
DC is such a beautiful city. We find it walking around our Meridian Hill neighborhood, and on 14th Street, where our store is, which we’ve watched go through a great transformation. Ideas for new styles, colors, and even ways of doing business might come from something as simple as a trip to Whole Foods, a meal out in a great modern space like the Source, or an afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery—a new exhibit just opened there called “American Cool,” which I hope to see soon.
What’s your best tip for small-space living?
Don’t be afraid to include an over-scaled piece of furniture. For instance, in our DC condo, we used one of our wood-and-polished-stainless dining tables instead of a narrower console table. It has the surface space to hold our stereo equipment and records plus books and collectibles, making it a great focal point for the room.
How has your company evolved over the past 25 years?
We are very proud of the fact that we started this company with an investment of $60,000 (in challenging economic times not dissimilar from today), and it’s now a $125-plus million brand offering not only beautiful, comfortable furnishings for the whole house, but also an equally appealing chain of retail stores that is being expanded this year. In homage to our 25th anniversary, we made silver our muse and choreographed a collection with sheen: fabrics, leathers, mohair, and even hair-on-hide in tones from graphite to ecru, pewter, zinc, and steel.
What’s next for Michell Gold + Bob Williams?
Our Tysons Corner location is the latest in a growing number of Signature Stores for the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams brand. The company plans to open a total of six new store locations over the next 12 months, with the next openings planned for Tysons Corner, Beverly Hills, Montreal, Miami, Alpharetta, and St. Louis.
To recap: When owner and designer Yvette Freeman announced that she’d be closing her U Street furniture boutique, Foundry, back in October, the plan was to reopen in Northeast’s H Street corridor shortly after closing the original location in mid-November. A moving sale cleared out the U Street store. A sign went up on the new store. But then health issues delayed the opening until December . . . and then January . . . and then later still.
But as of Saturday, the Parisian-inspired decor-and-furniture boutique—which offers handpicked vintage gems and restored antiques alongside a curated selection of new items—is finally officially back in business, debuting in a 4,000-square-foot carriage-house showroom located in the Atlas Court Alley, a historic alleyway that runs between H and I Street. That’s more than double the size of the shop’s previous home.
So what’s in all that extra space? You’ll find a design center offering one-on-one consultations and guidance on custom pieces, additional display space for larger finds, and a selection of Freeman’s new James Dean-inspired vintage clothing line, dubbed Foundry Threads.
Fans of Pottery Barn’s easy sophistication, take note: Today, Pottery Barn—and its offshoot line, Pottery Barn Kids—opens in Chevy Chase’s Mazza Gallerie mall. It’s not brand new to the neighborhood, exactly—a two-level store across the street in Chevy Chase Pavilion closed in early 2012 and was replaced with a giant H&M—but this store is now the sole location within District lines. Other area stores are all Virginia-based, in Clarendon, Fair Oaks, Tysons Corner and Reston Town Center; a Georgetown store closed in 2010.
To celebrate, the store will offer up a 10 percent discount on shoppers’ entire buy during the opening weekend.
Pottery Barn, Level 2, and Pottery Barn Kids, Concourse Level. Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-244-3482.
Like the idea of winning a grand to spend on Room & Board’s modern-meets-classic furniture line? Then you’d do well to swing by the 14th Street showroom this weekend: Not only is the store’s latest collection now on display, but shoppers who visit this weekend also get the chance at a $1,000 gift card. This year’s collection features plenty of timeless-yet-current interior trends (including such Open House faves as marble, velvet, and Scandinavian-inspired white and wood pairings, plus texture blending and lots of animal hides) spread out on four full floors of showroom space.
How to win: Head to Room & Board Saturday 11 to 7 or Sunday 11 to 6 to register for the prize.
Room & Board. 1840 14th St., NW; 202-729-8300.
Who says Valentine’s Day decor has to be all frills and fluff? No, thank you. But just because you’re not going to redo your whole home in ruffles and pink doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the occasional heart shape—for festivity’s sake, of course. Here’s the trick: Go for crisp color-blocking, modish graphic designs, and interesting shapes. A splash of playful text doesn’t hurt, either. Here, we’ve hunted down ten V-Day finds—to keep or to gift—that won’t make you look like you’ve sold out to Hallmark.
1) Mood Design Studio lampshade, $98 at Etsy.
2) Pyrite heart, $52 at Jayson Home.
3) Be Dazzling candle, $40 at Kate Spade.
4) BKR glass water bottle, $34 at BKR Shop.
5) Hruskaa brass heart hanging mobile, $75 at Etsy.
6) Vicki platters, $9.95 to $29.95 at CB2.
7) Kikkerland polka-dot straws, $8 at Anthropologie.
8) Muse bowl, $98 at Jonathan Adler.
9) “Single” glass tray, $66 at Jayson Home.
10) Miss Poppy Design XOXO foil print, $17.44 at Etsy.
This morning, Washington’s first Calypso St. Barth store opened on M Street in Georgetown. And while the brand may be best known for beachy-luxe attire such as airy caftans and sumptuous cashmere, the new DC boutique will also carry the home collection, Maison. Like the clothing, the line finds inspiration in global travel and the arts, reflected via a curated selection of artisan homewares sourced from such far-flung locales as India, France, and Argentina. The signature boho-meets-modern vibe remains—think animal motifs and natural textures, international exoticism, and loads of glimmery, glam metallics. In anticipation of the store opening, we’ve picked our seven favorites from the Calypso Maison line. Swing by to check out the local store’s selection, and let us know what you think!
2) Notre Monde driftwood Navajo tray, $195.
4) Gold-trimmed agate coasters, $130.
5) Seychelles floor mirror, $985.
6) Barbara Biel painted stone tealight holders, $80 to $135.
7) Tergus metallic cowhide pouf, $400.
Calypso St. Barth. 3307 M St., NW; 202-337-1371.
Velvet. A true case of “everything old is new again,” right? After a few decades spent shouldering a reputation for outdated fussiness, this luxe fabric is in the midst of a major comeback. It’s never seemed so glamorously modern—and while you can find velvet on pretty much anything upholster-able, we’re partial to sofas, done in both the simple, clean lines of contemporary design and the vintagey elegance of tufted Chesterfields. The new versions are surprisingly, delightfully versatile, imparting a touch of noir moodiness in dark navy or charcoal; a playful vibrancy in chartreuse or peacock; and quiet sophistication in dove gray and mushroom. Whichever look you choose, the style lends a textural depth and lushness to any design scheme. Here, we’ve tracked down ten velvet stunners to fit any budget, from an under-$700 steal to a nearly $4,000 investment.
After years of granite’s countertop dominance, a new stone seems to be inching its way to the top: clean, cool marble. Über-classic though it may be, this look has been making a quick ascent in modern-luxe kitchens and bathrooms alike. But those aren’t the only places to play with the sophisticated finish. The stone is also being incorporated in practically every corner of the home—from tables to textiles—and combined with contrasting materials that range from the glam glint of brass to the warmth of midcentury wood. Click through the slideshow to see 15 great marble-accented items to try in your own home.