We’ve seen countless trends rise and fall over our 12 years at the creative helm (along with many which have crashed and burned), but the latest high-design fever to be sweeping the interior design world is one we’ve welcomed with open arms.
Eschewing the globular shapes and space-age stylings championed at the turn of the 20th Century, designers these days are taking a far more earth-bound approach. When it comes to hotels, bars and restaurants the trend for high-colour, clean-lined interiors originally advocated by the likes of Marcel Wanders and Philippe Starck is being usurped by a taste for the darker things in life.
Longtime Wallpaper* contributor and established design writer Eva Hagberg picked up on the change sometime last year, and her latest book – Dark Nostalgia – is a celebration of this shift toward the dark side of interior design.
Hagberg sets the start of the trend at the door of the Roman & Williams-designed Royalton in New York, which opened for business back in 2007. Filled to bursting with wrought iron, furs and dark, untreated woods – the Royalton marked the original move to a more back-to-basics, vintage inspired aesthetic.
Gritty and glamorous, designers ranging from Tom Dixon and Julian Schnabel to Jason Kosmas and even Starck himself picked up on the shift and set to work spreading the word with projects springing up across the globe.
Covering everything from the vintage laden, low-fi stylings of Standefer & Alesch’s Noho Lofts and Roman & Williams’s Ace Hotel - through to glossier interpretations at Adam Tihany’s Joule and Munge Leung’s The Foshay – Dark Nostalgia is set to be the perfect addition to any adapted apothecary cabinet coffee table.