Mixing Contemporary Flavor with a Traditional Setting

“New Traditional” Style

George Washington did NOT sleep here, though he would’ve loved it! I am talking classic wing back chairs, a Victorian settee and antique pieces combined with a modern sofa and a glass coffee table. Take Grandma’s chair and paint the legs and/or frame with a pop of color in a high gloss lacquer, then re-upholster it in a funky contemporary fabric.

It’s all about taking a classic silhouette and updating it.

Kind of like this!

Philippe Starck is famous for this approach. He took a classic Louis-XV style chair and made it out of transparent polycarbonate. You can certainly incorporate these chairs into a “New Traditional” setting and this will give you the perfect balance with any traditional pieces you may have. Balance is the key, all while keeping it simple.

See more examples of this concept in action here and here!


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