Above picture: A two arm wall mounted light designed by Serge Mouille in 1954 keeping company quite nicely with a new sideboard from B&B Italia, all against a classic French Second Empire backdrop. Photo: Roger Lum.
There is no such thing as purity in design. To suggest that design is ‘pure’ is to say that an object exists without influence or to say that it is not the product of the ongoing evolution of design and its various manifests. All design is very much a product of that which has come before and to suggest otherwise is nonsense. The only thing that is pure in design puritanism is that it is purely academic. Even within the umbrella term of ‘Modernist’ design there are many schools of thought and design approaches but when these various schools come together under one roof the result can be impressive, striking, and sometimes shocking.
Sometimes called ‘transitional style’ this term is often ascribed to rooms featuring Modern designs from different periods, a tradition home furnished in Modernist design, or a home with an eclectic collection of design, mass-market items, and found objects. The cohesion of this approach lies entirely with the collector as these mixed style rooms perhaps best show the design ‘gestalt’ of the individuals who live in these wonderful spaces.
Here are a few examples of those who know how to mix it up.
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