Several weeks ago we shared Vice President/Creative Director Cecil Adams’ Black and White trend forecast. Today, we take a look at his inspiration for choosing Natural State as one of his style stories for 2020, illustrated by a number of our products that he sees as fitting for this category.
Natural State Style Story
Emblazoned on the opening collage of his Natural State style story, Cecil shared this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nature always wears the color of the spirit.” Cecil goes on to say, “Natural State is all about utilizing materials that are either in their natural state or made to look as though they are in their natural state.” He cites rope, rattan, natural iron, brass, leather, terracotta, and wood, all materials we’ve used to create lighting and furniture that have a quintessentially natural feel. In the image below, these materials are front and center in the Fitzrovia Pendant, the Antibes Small Chandelier, the Piero Chandelier, and the Samoa Small Pendant. These elemental fixtures look wonderful with the Thibaut Palm Frond wallpaper in a natural colorway serving as a backdrop.
“The addition of white to the mix makes it feel fresh and modern,” he notes. “Much of this design trend takes its cues from the 1970’s, an era when natural materials were rediscovered for their unique properties, and celebrated in fashion and home.” He also explains how the use of natural materials allows us to highlight many of the handicrafts of the countries from which our products are made. “The Philippines, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia,” he adds, “all have excellent skills and resources to provide for a multitude of products in this trend.”
Tropical elements were high on his list of materials we’ll be seeing quite a lot of this year. Illustrating this fact is the “Material Matters” department in the May/June 2020 issue of Veranda Magazine that includes our Antibes Chandelier in a larger size. “Wicker is design alchemy, turning humble natural fibers such as rattan, cane, and raffia to gold by weaving them into topographies unimaginable for more refined materials,” the article states. “But the greater magic is that wicker turns moments into gold as well.” The well-written piece includes this remarkable declaration: “Wicker tugs at the too-tight necktie of a formal room, offers a tactile reprieve from idealized surfaces, and playfully reminds us that the color tan can in fact be fabulous.” We’re thrilled the Antibes caught the editor’s eye as a “Wicker, Well, Lit” standout!
Accessories is a category that is rich in natural materials, as the above image illustrates. Bone, terracotta, wood, and bronze objets d’art are arranged atop our Kanor console and cocktail tables, which are made of pieces of reclaimed wood. To the right is our beautiful rope-wrapped Ibiza Chandelier covered in Abacá rope.
Other offerings that show off our rope artistry include our Olisa Console Table and Bench, the Vilmar Floor Mirror, and Simo Accent Table—each piece covered dexterously in Abacá rope and lit by our Stillwater Pendants dangling their delightful oyster shells.
As Cecil notes in his presentation, white brings a fresh, modern feeling to any room with a natural mood. Case in point is the Morombe White Credenza and our Surrey Table Lamps in the image above. Also brightening the vignette are our Fern White Vases (we also offer them in green). Bringing warmth to the scene are our Samoa Two-Tiered Chandelier, our Kenton Rectangular Whitewash Tea Table, and our Dyer Denim Oyster Ottoman. And, of course, the lovely Antibes is all the prettier up close and personal!
For her outdoor dining space for the 3rd Annual Kips Bay Palm Beach Decorator Show House, shown here in Veranda Magazine’s May/June 2020 issue, Colette van den Thillart chose our Jazz Pendants and Rowland Wall Sconces. The space absolutely oozes natural attributes that highlight Cecil’s projections for the year. The Jazz pendants illustrate how white does indeed bring a fresh feel to a space, even an outdoor one, and the Rowland sconces, made of concrete, are marvelously elemental.
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We hope you enjoyed our perusal of Cecil’s Natural State style story and we implore all of you to stay safe during these challenging times.