There are trends that announce themselves with all the fanfare of a diplomat walking into a state dinner--your Shabby Chics and your Hollywood Regencies--and then there are the ones that sneak up on you, emerging from myriad influences like a mutant, evolving design strain. Neo Modern is just such a trend: mixing everything from midcentury elements to culty mysticism for a visual crescendo. Here, a field guide to this elusive new breed of interior.
Coin an air of mystery with things that feel like they were sourced from a Masonic Lodge. Jeremy Gesualdo's graphic image,, does this in spades. Fornasetti's greets you with an all-seeing eye, and Lindsey Adelman's machined metal feels like something the villagers would take on a witch hunt--in the future
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Why opt for either organic or industrial? Do them both at the same time for a warm effect with modernity built in. Rich Brilliant Willing mixes wood with metal in its solid ; Future Perfect's oak plays with opacity via glass silhouettes with cork and hardwood tops; and Konstantin Grcic offsets beech wood with slick matte lacquer in his adjustable .
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The key to mastering this look is in embracing an extreme color palette. Benjamin Moore's rich paint offers instant sophistication, Ralph Lauren's oxblood-stained shade has a bit of stylish bordello about it, and Glidden's polished hue proves you're willing to go all the way.
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We're not talking about vintage reproductions; we're talking about vintage evolutions. IKEA's feels like it was swiped from the set of the new Star Trek
, Brave Space Design's is an updated take on modular shelving, and Foscarini's, complete with a beak-like shade, picks up where Serge Mouille left off.
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Abandon naturalistic forms in favor of a geometric revolution. Bend's multipurpose is a buoyant, string-art-with-wire furniture breakthrough; CB2's brass-plated adds kinetic energy to the room; and Trina Turk's linen capitalizes on its faceted design with subtle sheen.
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