From the “new nostalgia” design, purposeful insides are made with careful consideration of the items and substances we choose to surround ourselves with. It engages in the stories and the story that each parcel of layout generates. Nevertheless, it is not just about the vintage, classic and reclaimed. For the same reason a lot people like to indulge in nostalgia — because it requires us to a location at a perceived better time — most people also love to experiment in ideas of the future and what could be. We can’t escape the now, but we can use things in our lives to flirt with all the past and the future and create interiors that indulge our need to fantasy.
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Unusual, forward-thinking substances are addressing concerns of sustainability and functionality; cardboard, as used for this table by Leo Kempf, is proving to be an outstanding, malleable source.
The now-iconic molded plywood seat designed by Charles and Ray Eames at 1946 beautifully embodies the design ethos of the Eames, who were always looking forward to create new substances and new ways of solving design issues. The chair’s invention is dulled by today’s standards of manufacturing, but its soul is carried through in a modern interior.
Lighting fixtures can easily introduce fantastical and contemporary elements into an otherwise traditional or organic space.
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Even the most luxurious room can gain from a hit of space-age wonder. This low-slung sphere metallic and light side table create a daring bedroom — the best area to be daring in!
Future-feeling accessories can also invoke a sense of yesteryear through imaginative reinterpretation. The steampunk aesthetic unites Victorian-era technology and design with modern applications, as seen in this revolutionary shower.
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Creative designers now use them to create art that acts as furniture, although laser-cut techniques were reserved for industrial uses.
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The more a design moves to the futuristic aesthetic, the more it can begin to appear institutional or clinical. Steer away from this by using cool, organic colors and shapes, like this minty green and rounded, humanized chairs.