Of course, this juxtaposition is nice and noteworthy—but there’s something more.
The word “trend” almost feels as if it precludes itself—but at Design Lab, we’re happy to say that we find this particular “trend” a more enduring and exciting philosophy, one that can easily live beneath the guise “eclectic.” When designers are smart, not only refining an idea to birth its truest self, but also consider the role objects, furniture, buildings- stuff- has on our selves, our environment, and our planet, something amazing and beautiful happens: they make meaning. They create meaningful moments that can not only co-exist with that which is—the ornate Rococo carvings and the deliberate, orthogonal strokes of the Bauhaus—but they celebrate the past and present with a timeless execution of an idea, a function.
The fabric shade installation was absolutely delightful because of this transient, familiar image of glowing beacons guiding you from above, lighting your path (wish we took a photo at night!). We know and understand lamp shades in this similar form; we know and understand lights on a cord strung overhead while dining al fresco. Moreover, the intent of display and simple execution of textile advertisement made it all the more pleasurable.
And then the Cover sofa is an accolade to decades of mothers rejoicing over slipcovers—it’s washable, it’s removable, it’s kid-friendly and pet-friendly and changeable! As Marie-Christine Dorner told us herself, she elevated that basic, friendly and utilitarian idea. Not only is the concept familiar, but the beautiful stitching patterns also feel recognizable. They are not overtly “contemporary” or something radical; rather, they do what they need to do in a manner that evokes the proverbial, elegant tufting and quilting patterns dating back centuries, even to the Baroque periods. The technology needed to efficiently stitch such intricate and non-regular patterns on a large scale would only be possible with today’s innovations and machinery, but we recognize the age-old need for quilting in a cushioned cover and the archetypes the patterns (and function) portray.