When choosing furniture for your home there is the possibility you will be wandering if you should choose a safer classic look or a more daring contemporary style.
It is not uncommon us to think in opposites: black or white, modern or classic, cold or hot, etc. If we transfer this approach to interiors the options can be limited to a few numbers of styles or periods.
If you are a lover of pure styles this may not be a problem but an assurance as you will find enough information on books and on line that will guide you in how to achieve that distinctive look. If you feel a little bit rebel or audacious you may want to change the fabric of a chair or the trimmings of a cushion, being that the furthest you would go. You are a purist, remember?
The beauty of interiors is that there is not censorship, at least not yet (some claim it should exist), in how to create your interiors going from sublime to kitsch.
Everything goes down to trends, personal taste, status, budget, etc.
I find that mixing pieces from different periods can be an extremely successful and beautiful approach. It is not easy as you need to get the balance right. Mixing too much and you will make your home look like a bazaar, adding too few pieces will make your home look as if they were given to you by your mother in law and in order to avoid a family crisis you put them there for all to see and suffer as you do except your mother in law of course, who will love you a little bit more.
Ah but there is another very interesting route when choosing furniture; you don’t have just the option of the opposites or that of mixing them, you have the option of adding pieces where opposites live happily together forever: We are talking about a contemporary interpretation of a period or classic piece if you prefer to use this term.
This mischievous approach was started in a very determined way by the postmoderns among them the French designer Philippe Starck with his famous “Louis Ghost chair” an interpretation of a Louis XVI chair launched in 2002.
Since then many designers have explored this path creating new pieces reinterpreting old models.
Others like Studio Nucleo goes a little bit further: A classic model is IN the new model…literally: A modern classic chair, the Thonet with seat in cane is floating in a resin material like a fossil rescued from who knows where and made visible and usable.
This “deconstructive” interpretation of a memory of what was once the chair is an adventurous way of adding interest to any room. You will need to decide though if you want it to be a chair or treat it as an art piece, matter of perspective.
Just for you to know the chair has a name “Souvenir of the last Century”, made in 2016.
For those that find this too much there are classic options out there available like this Georgian chair, circa 1772 by the famous Thomas Chippendale; pure English tradition in furniture.
So: classic, modern, contemporary, both, all of them?