What does the future home look like? Expect it to be vertical, urban, fully wired and completely groove-worthy.
Editor-in-chief of Luxe Interiors + Design, Pamela Jaccarino, pulled out her figurative crystal ball at the recent LEGENDS event (sponsored by Coldwell Banker Previews International® and 1stdibs) to give attendees a glimpse into the future of home design. Along with the help of designers Grant Gibson, Chloe Warner and Catherine Kwong, Jaccarino covered everything from 70s-inspired macramé and brass to smart technology. Previews® Inside Out recently caught up with the Palm Beach-based magazine chief to get the official scoop on what’s hot and what’s ahead.
Previews Inside Out Where is the home headed in the next few years?
Pamela Jaccarino We’ve seen a tremendous rise in new high-rise developments, particularly in the luxury residential sector and a shift to urban areas. Smart technology will dominate the home in the next decade. Google’s acquisition of Nest this year is the tip of the iceberg, and we’ll see more of the home controlled by smart phones. As our privacy comes at a premium and change accelerates at a faster pace, I predict our homes will become more precious, with interiors that are more focused on self-expression, individuality and bespoke pieces.
Previews Inside Out Which periods from the past are on the verge of making a comeback?
Pamela Jaccarino The 70s are having a big influence. There’s been a return of chunky knits and yes, even macramé. Brass made a comeback last year, and that revival continues. At this year’s Salone in Milan, there was a decided trend toward chairs and sofas with chunky chrome frames and accents. One of the big hits from this past High Point Market was Bernhardt’s fabulous brass four-poster bed that looked like it was pulled straight from the set of “American Hustle.”
Previews Inside Out Which period would you personally love to see return?
Pamela Jaccarino I appreciate design styles from so many eras, but have a particular fondness for pared-down, understated design that is also multidimensional, so a return of the modern French style of the 1930s and 40s would suit me very well. On the other side of the spectrum, I adore the atmosphere, drama and narrative of Madeleine Castaing’s interiors.
Previews Inside Out What about designers or furniture makers? Which names do you expect to have a renaissance?
Pamela Jaccarino I think organic shapes from modern masters like designer Carlo Mollino will have an influence. Warm modern forms that are artfully handcrafted will be in vogue. Midcentury French modernist Jacques Adnet comes to mind. I’m keeping an eye on young designers David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem, who showed at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair with pieces that were utterly contemporary but with a vintage soul.