Trend Ahead: Reflective Light

Tracy SternI'm often struck by the powerful and iconic words of Bram Stoker who, in Dracula, referred to "the light of all lights." Intuitively, it is the wish of those who design to capture and utilize light, from a biblical sense, where it was regarded as an inaugural force in the universe, to now, where lighting and reflection are priorities in trend. The latest iterations are stunning.
     Look no further than one of my favorite NYC stores, C. Wonder, to see the latest clear and reflective trends on display. The brainchild of J. Christopher Burch (ex-husband of designer Tory Burch), C. Wonder showcases light in the same manner a horticulturalist displays flowers in earth - proudly and naturally. The store's Lucite monogram letters have become a must-have item for the home office. In a cheeky nod toward social media, the Lucite hashtag has also become a popular item.
     C. Wonder is so devoted to perfect lighting and reflection that even its dressing rooms are a thing of wonder. Featuring "Mood Lighting," the rooms have digital screens with adjustable settings to adapt the light as the shopper desires. While there, be sure to see the beautiful glass beaded light fixtures that illuminate the room while illuminating the spirit. They are truly things of beauty.
     While places like C. Wonder also feature Lucite bracelets and personal adornments, the clear and transparent trend is not limited to the small and ornate. For interiors, designers are looking to Lucite in order to brighten and beautify. Lucite's light-reflective surface can add an element of luxury and splendor to any room and need not be limited to small pieces.
     CB2, Modern Furniture and Home Décor, is a modern destination from Crate and Barrel. With four U.S. stores in Chicago, New York (SoHo and Eastside) and San Francisco, CB2 is now international in Toronto, Vancouver and Singapore. One simply can't underestimate its impact on design. Featured within its popular catalog and online offerings are light-inviting, all-clear coffee and nesting tables. Exclusive from The Novogratz (husband and wife team Cortney and Robert Novogratz) via CB2 are things like the Mod Locker, a unique take on a classic trunk design, rendered in clear acrylic. It's clear from CB2's website and catalog that flow and function, reflection and light are important themes in design.

Lucite decorLucite decor at CB2.CB2’s glassCB2’s glass orb display.
C. Wonder’s well-lit logo.All things that shine and reflect at C. Wonder.
CB2’s reflective wall décor.Lucite hashtags and symbols at C. Wonder.

     The most inimitable force - light - is perhaps also the most significant in design. Great designers know the importance of light and lighting. And those who understand reflection, not only in design, but in a spiritual sense, can take design to the next level.

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