THE MODERNIZATION OF NOSTALGIA
AS WE TRY TO FIND EQUILIBRIUM IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES,
we're returning to the 1950's and 1960's for inspiration. We continue to seek
certainty and evoke memories of childhood. In this aesthetic, safety and
nostalgia are articulated through retro styling and the timeless appeal of mid-century looks and iconic goods, revamped with a streamlined look. Fresh
design has been created for the betterment of daily life, with a vocabulary that
is modern yet retro, conservative yet freeform. While cues are pulled from the
past, the attitude is firmly in the now.
Perfect classic cars / 1950's & 60's interiors and architecture
with a splash of inspiration from International and Bauhaus
styles / block print patterning / vinyl and diners / Grace
Kelley / iconic retro pieces / vintage craft / rhythmic prints
clean lines / American illustrated advertising / a strong
Danish and Scandinavian influence / Frank Lloyd Wright
Joseph Eichler / Herman Miller / Charles & Ray Eames
unique typefaces / restored flea market finds / industrial chic
Please contact our Forecasting Team if you would like more information about the color swatches presented in Perspectives, including paint and Pantone® color matches.
- Updated classics that echo timeless design:
the right navy, a deep midnight, the perfect
camel, dove gray, earthy browns
- Accents in high design colors include
classic winter red, persimmon, and
- The return of femininity and a well-groomed appearance offset by something unexpected
- Hourglass silhouettes, curves, full skirts, nipped waists, high heels or no heels, full circle shapes to do a twirl, updos
- The 60's attitude is introduced with Fedora hats, rhythmic and geometric prints, and pops of bold color making a comeback on the runway
- 1950's and 1960's interior references and architecture is revived, edited of unnecessary details and ornate effects.
- Flat or angled rooflines, courtyards, ample windows and open floor plans open up interior spaces and bring the outdoors in.
- Compositions feature deceptively regular repeats; sleek, retro block printing and smooth surfaces that highlight clean lines.
- Post and beam, unique facades, breezy interiors, soaring ceilings and characteristic glass atriums, window walls, skylights and sliding glass doors.
- Water plays an important role in the mid-century vernacular, and pools have strong, crisp lines and water features lend movement and sound.
- Rich woods like teak, light oak, walnut, and ash are signature components of this style.
- Upholstered chairs and modular furniture.
- Glass, aluminum, chrome, molded polyurethane, pewter, lucite, fine leather and suede.
- This is a big play for tile — linear, geometric, simple repeats, eclectic color combinations.
- Linear veneer stones in light creams, camels and grays, ashlars, flagstones.
- Bas-relief patterns
- Machined texture
- Coke green glass
- Glazed enamels
- Splattered paint
- Bright chrome
- Oiled birch
- Woven wirecloth
- Linear repeats