Fashions come and go, and the world of interior design is just as dependent on shifting styles and changing trends as the world of catwalks and prêt-à-porter. This can make it difficult when you come to decorate your own home as designs can quickly become outdated. Unless you have bottomless pockets, it is always safer to go for classic and timeless pieces when choosing furniture; trendy accessories can then be used to refresh or update the décor as needed.
Do not be fooled into thinking that by classic I mean boring or dull, however; some of the most innovative and ground-breaking designs have been around for half a century and still look just as stylish today. Integrate iconic designs into your décor and they will stay in pride of place for years, regardless of whether colour schemes and accessories change around them.
Take chairs as an example: every home has them and every home needs them. Buy a cheap but trendy chair design and you will find that their lifespan is rather limited. Go for an icon of the chair world and you will never want to part with it.
For example, when the Italian designer Harry Bertoia began to design chairs, he wanted to make a break with the usual rigid wooden chairs so he started to experiment with metal. The result was a wire grid concept that could be used to create light, springy chairs in a wide range of unusual sculptural designs that were as much air as metal.
Another approach that has proved to be hugely influential in terms of chair design was the 'continuous purification' of Hans J Wegner. Using traditional joinery techniques and an original approach to design, Hans brought chair design back to the basic elements and then made that simplicity exceptional. In the case of the Wishbone Chair, which was inspired by Chinese Ming chairs and designed in 1949, the result is a striking design with clean lines and an original shape.
Furniture designs such as these two elevate the objects above their functions, and yet they do so without the addition of elaborate or unnecessary 'extras'. The designs are indeed timeless, and are as popular today as they have ever been, inspiring in turn new interpretations and models.
So, when the time comes to buy new furniture, take the time to explore some of these classic ideas that have had such an influence on those who have picked up where designers such as Wegner and Bertoia left off; fashions fade, so go for designs that will stand the test of time and bring you pleasure in the process.
Article written by Amelia Jordan on behalf of Discount Stock Outlet Ltd