By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
City & Shore Contributing Design Editor
When was the last time you added something new to your home? Design should evolve year to year to help you feel more connected and more comfortable. We compiled our annual list from South Florida interior designers and showrooms with inspiration from 1stdibs.com, design websites and magazines.
1. Digital Style
Pixels dominate our lives, from cell phones to laptops, so why not repeat the theme in home furnishings? Pixel rugs, a new take on the old geometric forms, are found in designs from children’s rooms to sophisticated décor. Archirivoloto for Calligaris created the Pixi rug that mimics the pixels in our tech devices. Available for $1,035-$1,524 at the Calligaris Boca Store, 6649 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-756-8463, shopcalligaris.com.
2. Colored Wood Furniture
Robert Brown and Todd Davis teamed up with Keith Fritz Fine Furniture for made-in-the-USA pieces with hand-cut dovetails, metal inlay and proprietary colors and finishes. This distinctive console works well behind a sofa or in a dining room. Prices upon request. Available through Brown-Davis Interiors, Brown Davis Interiors, 1665 Alton Road, Unit #1, Miami Beach, 305-401-7565, browndavis.com.
3. Mega Pendant Lighting
Forget the small triple pendants in your kitchen and add some distinctive style with this large square pendant in un-lacquered brass. Matthew Quinn of Boston selected it for the Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House last fall. Natasha Baradaran designed the 48-inch wide fixture with a choice of square or round spokes. Other colorations are available. See 1stdibs.com.
4. Loving Velvet
Yes, we live in South Florida, but you can still hop on the velvet trend. Once thought of as stuffy and old-fashioned, furniture and accessory designers have given velvet a hipper vibe. Some of the best options for South Florida are toss pillows and bedding such as the Amora bedding collection ($59.95-$249.95), constructed of cotton and linen with a velvet applique for year-round comfort. Gordon Andahl, ZGallerie spokesman, says the velvet this season is extremely durable and stain resistant, plus it’s soft to the touch and mixes with lots of styles. For local retailers, see zgallerie.com.
5. Chic curves
It’s all about back to the ’70s for inspiration with curved or serpentine sofas, curved chairs and round pillows. Palm Beach-based Ellen Kavanaugh’s space at the Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House last fall resembled a tunnel so she gave it a softer look with a custom serpentine sofa that can serve as a gathering spot during parties. Colorful throw pillows give it a hipper look.
6. Fishy design
Domino magazine suggested replacing your subway tile in the kitchen and bath with fish patterns. clé introduced Kelly Solid Scallops in 8-inch tiles for 2018. The handcrafted cement tiles are available in 50 silky matte colors. “Tiles have long been considered in terms of rectangles and squares. But recently, brought on by the trend-storm of the hexagonal shape, I think the design world has realized that varying shapes have the ability to offer much more visual and textural excitement,” says Deborah Osburn, creative director of clé. They are $7.05 each and $29.47 per square foot at cletile.com.
7. Tile as wallpaper
Tile is morphing into overall patterns that resemble wallpaper. The tile creates texture and color in a handcrafted surface that is durable inside the shower. Joni Vanderslice designed Mod Palm, a hand-cut jewel glass mosaic with Moonstone background and a Sea Glass finish for New Ravenna’s Broad Street collection finish. It sells for $350 per square foot at Ceramic Matrix, 3825 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-573-5997; and 1250 Wallace Drive # N, Delray Beach, 561-353-1449, ceramicmatrix.com.
New York’s Christopher Maya combined two classic ideas in his “Tented Breakfast Room” at the Inaugural Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House last fall. He started with Bungalow 5’s reproduction of Frances Elkins’ 1930s Loop Chair that was homage to the 1768 original Chinoiserie chairs made by a contemporary of Thomas Chippendale. What makes it new is the plaster finish. Find authentic versions on lstdibs.com and reproductions at charlotteandivy.com.
9. Brassy touches
Brass seems to be on everyone’s radar for 2018. It’s on furniture, frames and home accessories. Just don’t overdo it. Archirivolto’s Saint Tropez chair ($375-$385) features a quilted design on its polycarbonate shell and is available in four warm transparent shades or in four glossy colors with a metal or wooden base. Last year during the Best of NeoCon Awards Breakfast, Calligaris received the Silver Award for it in the “Seating: Guest” category. Available at Concepto Boca, 6649 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-756-8463, shopcalligaris.com.
Todd Davis and Robert Brown of Brown-Davis Interiors in Miami created a spectacular foyer in Miami Beach with a popular technique known as bookmatching. Identical pieces of stone are put together to resemble mirrored pages of an open book. The sconces are vintage Stilnovo glass. The Sunset Islands home also has provenance; it was used as a backdrop for Miami Vice. The stone is from Opustone; opustone.com. More information from Brown-Davis, 1665 Alton Road # 1, Miami Beach, 305-401-7565, browndavis.com.
11. Back to nature
Designers are using natural materials in everything from accessories to furniture. Not all of us are into a rustic look, though. A good example for more contemporary design is the luminescent Sequoia Coffee Table ($999) with coordinating end table ($649). Cast from the roots of an Acacia tree, it adds sculptural detail to a contemporary room. Available in a silver or gold finish. See zgallerie.com.
12. Lighting the way
Vintage lighting that is so popular these days can range from elegant Murano glass to more casual looks with dressed finishes, warm and muted colors. DecorAid.com suggests we will be seeing less exposed bulbs and more vintage pendants and sconces. Capital Lighting offers a variety of options including a 19-inch wide pendant ($290 each) that can shed more light on a kitchen island. Available in burnished bronze (as shown) or in polished nickel or aged nickel. For showrooms, see 1800lighting.com.
13. Mellow yellow
Tired of gray walls and neutral furniture? Scalamandre is supporting the yellow trend in floral, solids and other prints. Lisa Erdmann, a Palm Beach designer, showed us how to do it with her yellow theme last fall at the Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House. Erdmann used a mixture of light and bright yellow fabrics and wallpaper in the Master Sitting Room to enhance the warmth and sunlight coming from the windows. See scalamandre.com for the fabric and wallcovering.
14. Glass meets marble (pictured)
“A fabulous new man-made product that some call Mar Glass is reaching the U.S. from Italy and we are pretty sure we will see a lot more of this next year,” says Pat Howard of Sklar Furnishings in Boca Raton. “It’s a process of stamping glass with a pattern taken directly from a sheet of marble. It means that every table will be exactly the same… It also means we should have less damage – marble is very fragile and there is traditionally a high risk of breakage.” Also available in this 47-inch diameter Titanium Mirrored Wall Clock ($3,875) available in clear, gray or blue glass. Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-859-0931, sklarfurnishings.com.
15. Table Bunching
“Bunching small and differing tables together to make a cocktail or end table has been a trend for about three years and it’s one we really love,” says Pat Howard of Sklar Furnishings in Boca Raton. “The tables used are usually different shapes, heights, materials and sizes and create a wonderful visual right in the middle of the room. This year we saw the addition of small fabric ottomans into the cluster, which was a beautiful way to add functionality to the mix as they are able to double as not only a table, but as seating.” The Kitar side tables are $1,745 for the set of three. Available at Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-859-0931, sklarfurnishings.com.
16. Quartz rules
Granite is no longer king of the kitchen. Quartz products can look like stone these days thanks to ink-jet printing. Another bonus: It is easy to clean and doesn’t require a sealant to protect the finish. “The durability, color range and beauty of the materials is unmatched,” says Pam Moskowitz, vice president of marketing for Allied Kitchen & Bath. “Quartz is available in light colors and patterns that are unique.” Allied Design Center, 3484 NE 12th Ave, Oakland Park, 954-556-3751, alliedkitchenandbath.com.
17. Coloring your world
Goodbye to monochromatic neutral interiors. Decoraid.com says designers predict 2018 will be a year for bolder colors. One good example is how Brown’s Interior Design designed this room in a Boca Raton country club. The neutral sofa is given a new life with pops of blue and green, an ode to the 1970s. Notice how the scale of the grouped paintings helps the room with high ceilings from feeling too intimidating. For information, contact Brown’s Interior Design, 4501 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, 561-368-2703, brownsinteriors.com. (cq)
18. The new black
It was just a matter of time before homeowners grew tired of the ubiquitous stainless steel appliances. Enter Black Stainless. Several companies have introduced the look. KitchenAid introduced a 25.8 cubic foot and 36-inch high model with platinum interior and five doors, including two soft-close drawers. It also has two independent cooling systems to help keep food fresh longer and under-shelf LED lighting. Available at Coral Springs Appliance Center, 3500 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954-752-3880, csappliances.com.