Trend Ahead: Reflective Light
November 18, 2013,
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.
Lucite decor at CB2
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.
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.
Lucite hashtags and symbols at C. Wonder
C. Wonder's well-lit logo
CB2's glass orb display
Tracy Stern is the author of two books on the art of entertaining and the founder of the international tea company Salontea with shops in Dubai, Paris and Vancouver. She is recognized as a society hostess and philanthropist in New York City. Setting the scene as a luxury trend-setter and interior designer, Stern's first furniture collection will debut next year. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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