Trend Spotlight

Trend Spotlight: How to create your own ‘Tough Luxe’ interiors

Trend Spotlight on The Unexpected Chic

Following up on my post inspired by Azzedine Alaia‘s haute couture design, this series focuses on how to create this trend in your own home, or for your clients, with suggestions for pieces you can buy easily online.

The trend focus today is one we like to call ‘Tough Luxe’, which draws on fashion’s fetish theme coming up this autumn. There are three key aspects to creating this look, as you’ll see below…

Trend Spotlight: Tough Luxe on The Unexpected Chic

{1. Can Can pendant by Flos, 178 at utilitydesign.co.uk 2. Stelton Twilight candle holders, 59.95-74.95 at utilitydesign.co.uk 3. Mercury Silvered Candlesticks, 36 at coxandcox.co.uk 4. Foscarini Mini Tress table lamp, 279 at utilitydesign.co.uk}

The first key effect is in the lighting – the pieces we’ve chosen will provide a dim, modulated glow which complements all of the luxe finishes and aged metallic surfaces which work so well with this trend. Key colours are mercury, black, cream and deep wine red. The Can Can pendant by Flos is especially cool as it has a ‘dual personality’, changing from white light to red light depending on your mood…

Trend Spotlight: Tough Luxe at The Unexpected Chic

{5. Moroccan Rug, 1100 at niki-jones.co.uk 6. Ziad Bed, 1299-1499 at niki-jones.co.uk 7. Brooks Chesterfield, 999 at made.com 8. Cucu Clock, 175 at utilitydesign.co.uk}

Ornate detailing is the second key ingredient in creating the Tough Luxe look. Inspiration is pulled from the intricate boning, lacing and eye hooks of corsets, as well as Gothic and Victorian fashions, with rich embroidery and detailing. Take a modern perspective on these influences by choosing clean silhouette interpretations, such as the Cucu Clock above, or by mixing in historically inspired materials such as vintage leather and bone inlay.

Trend Spotlight: Tough Luxe on The Unexpected Chic

{9. Alessi Port basket, 80 at utilitydesign.co.uk 10. Embossed Frame small, 29 at conranshop.co.uk 11. Ghostbuster small crystal by Philippe Starck, 211 at conranshop.co.uk 12. Pheasant Faux Feather Cushion, 39.95 at dwell.co.uk 13. Spike Cushion cream, 29.95 at dwell.co.uk 14. Grey Squares Cushion Cover, 60 at conranshop.co.uk 15. Fonteyn Dressing Table, 349 at made.com}

To be able to pull off this trend, it is important to strike a good balance between hard and soft. This means incorporating shiny, metallic accents to reflect the bondage-inspired side of this trend, but countering these items with equal amounts of the fluffy, hedonistic and luxurious. Animal finishes such as the Faux-Pheasant cushion provide the perfect contrast to soften stark shapes such as the Fonteyn Dressing Table and Ghostbuster side table.

This trend can of course be loosely interpreted, with a take-some-leave-some approach, to add a quick update to your interiors without going full-on fetish! Which pieces would you consider? Would you focus on the dark and dangerous, or the ornate and lavish?

 

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