Some of 1stdibs’ favorite designers and dealers weigh in early on what they’re looking forward to in the coming year in design, art, fashion, jewelry and travel — from disco-inspired decor and splashy animal prints to a resurgence of bold color and maximalism.

“In an age when designer furnishings can be reproduced at an impressive pace, it will become all the more important to seek out unique, expertly crafted works. I’m also keen on spaces that continue to BLEND THE CONTEMPORARY AND THE VINTAGE with pieces from different decades.”

In the living room of an apartment in Manhattan’s West Chelsea, designer Damon Liss mixed vintage and contemporary furnishings, placing a pair of Martin Eisler lounge chairs from the 1960s opposite a BDDW Grane sofa. The side table is a 1950s Grosfeld House piece. Photo by Joshua McHugh

 “I see a shift from just one country’s mid-century offerings to a more eclectic and curated mix of styles, from Austrian to seventies Italian, and having it all just work. For some major inspiration, I’m excited to visit CARLO MOLLINO’S HOUSE IN TURIN this spring. He is my number-one design hero!”

Los Angeles–based Studio Hus founder and creative director Tatum Kendrick is planning a trip to Turin, Italy, this spring to visit the house of mid-century Italian designer Carlo Mollino. Photo by Alberto Zanetti

Carlo Mollino Lutrario armchair, 1959–60, offered by MDFG

Carlo Mollino floor lamp, designed in 1947, produced in 2016, offered by Frank Landau — Selected Design Objects & Fine Art

I see THE RETURN OF COLOR — real color! — in interiors this year. I’m also craving modern interiors that embrace global design, both Eastern and Western, across many centuries, as was seen in the late nineteenth century, when objects from the grand tour might be combined with Japanese prints and Turkish prayer rugs.”

Peter Pap, owner of the eponymous New Hampshire and San Francisco oriental rug gallery, has a particular dislike of acid washing, done by many designers and dealers today. He’d much prefer to see decorators create boldly hued interiors — like this library created by Fisher Weisman for a Nob Hill apartment — that better accommodate the original colors of antique carpets. Photo by Grey Crawford



“In 2018, we’ll see clothing pieces that are more decorated, less austere and more out there. Gucci is setting the bar right now with what it did last season, so I think ANIMAL FIGURATION AND PRINTS (tigers and dragonflies) will dominate the landscape. I’m also loving women’s evening wear (elegant, long-sleeved maxi dresses) that put more emphasis on graceful silhouettes.”

Dealer Rachel Zabar, whose Los Angeles boutique specializes in vintage fashion, sees animal prints — like those adorning this Yves Saint-Laurent silk evening dress from the 1990s — becoming a trend in 2018. Photo by Amber Malouf


Valentino maxi skirt and silk blouse ensemble in an acorn print, 1970s, offered by Rachel Zabar Vintage

Gucci Owen block-heel mules with ruffles and with snakes on the heel, Spring 2016, offered by Rachel Zabar Vintage

“Lately, I am loving CARLO BUGATTI [1846-1914]. His furniture can sit anywhere, in any room. In his work, the lines are simple, but the detailing is so ornate. I could picture it in an über-minimal interior — that would be hot!

Interior designer Kara Mann has recently had a particular penchant for Carlo Bugatti’s furniture, like the massive settee that Reed and Delphine Krakoff placed in front of a window in their former Hamptons home, seen above in an image from their new book, Houses That We Dreamt OfPhoto by Ivan Terestchenko

Carlo Bugatti armchair, ca. 1900, offered by Adelson Galleries

American modernism continues to be an area of great interest, and I expect that to continue deep into 2018. I also believe outsider art will still attract a broad swath of clients. I am particularly excited to see CONTEMPORARY REALIST PAINTINGS become more popular again.”

Hirschl & Adler GalleriesElizabeth Feld thinks contemporary realist paintings — like this Still Life with Sweet Potatoes and Cacti2006, by Amy Weiskopf — will attract more attention in the coming year.

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“I foresee more use of outdoor fabrics and mid-century designs that are wrapped, along with RATTAN pieces. I’m also hoping we will see the increased presence in rooms of amazing vintage treasures.”

A pair of Bielecky Brothers rattan chairs adorns the living room of Amanda Lindroth’s Palm Beach home, where British artist Aldous Bertram created the trompe l’oeil paintings on the wall. A monumental Georgian-pedimented carved cabinet sits at the far left. Photo by Johnny Valient

“In finer jewelry, inlay and the enamel arts and some version of the 1970s BOLD GOLD STYLE will be popular this year. We’ll see even larger, bolder and more ostentatious costume earrings. And all women should start wearing Native American bolos — in fact, Native American jewelry of all kinds.”

Estate jewelry dealer Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, of Mahnaz Collection, sees statement-making pieces in gold inspired by the 1970s as key for 2018. Those above are Kutchinsky necklaces from 1971.

“I’m obsessed with materials inspired by the disco era, including drapey Lurex, lacquer and anything with sparkle or mirrors, as I’m developing a collection that combines THE SPIRITS OF ANCIENT EGYPT, ART DECO FRANCE AND DISCO-ERA NEW YORK and includes textiles, carpets, trim and hardware.”

Interior decorator Alexandra Loew will launch a new line of home decor this year that will include this fabric.

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I’m seeing a return to furniture and objects with antique elements. I also believe there will still be a certain minimalism using contemporary furniture as art — it seems to be all about Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne and Mattia Bonetti. Outside of work, I’m hoping to stay at the AMANZOE, IN GREECE, this summer. It is unerringly beautiful.”

New York interior designer Robert Couturier is looking forward to spending some downtime this year at Amanzoe, the luxury resort on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula conceived by architect Ed Tuttle. Photo courtesy of Aman

“Here to stay are rooms that layer vintage and contemporary objects with different styles and eras. I also appreciate INNOVATIVE SPACES IN WHICH THE ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTER SHINES and that feel open — light and bright always wins.”

WeWork opened its first Paris outpost, in a 1920s Art Deco building, this past summer. Contemporary leather sectionals by Halo, Muuto coffee tables, Muuto Oslo lounge chairs and Very Good & Proper desks sit under the original glass ceiling, which floods the space with natural light. Photo by Benoit Florençon

“I’d like to see more innovative and striking uses of color that don’t just rehash the past. I’m trying to insert more color into our own projects in a modern way — SOFT, HEATHERY LAVENDERS AND POWDERY BLUES. And I am personally still very fond of OMBRÉS AND FADES.”

Designer Russell Groves, of Groves & Co., loves ombrés, fades, blues and lavenders for 2018. All are on view in the master suite of his own apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. Photo by Victor Harshbarger

Ward Bennett sofa, 1950s, offered by Lawton Mull

Fernando Mastrangelo sand drum, 2016, MMATERIAL by Fernando Mastrangelo

“Our design for the new Annabel’s nightclub in London showcases an aesthetic inspired by MAXIMALISM, with each room of the new-look club taking on a different bold guise.”

Martin Brudnizki is currently designing the new home for the iconic London club Annabel’s, which will make its debut this spring. The Garden Room, seen in the rendering above, will feature chairs from Brudnizki’s collection for George Smith. Photo © MBDS

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“I’m looking out for furniture pieces that have sculptural elements, from curved amorphic seating to banquettes, and revival designs, like must-haves by VLADIMIR KAGAN and ANGELO MANGIAROTTI.”

Los Angeles–based interior designer Windsor Smith is on the hunt for great pieces by Angelo Mangiarotti — such as the Eros table, Chicago chair and marble vases above — and Vladimir Kagan, like the Serpentine sofa, wood-and-fabric chair and swivel chair in the bottom row.

“In 2018, I expect to see a lot more individuality in design. People are no longer afraid to show off their personal aesthetic. I’m also ready for kitchens with more personality and color. In my own life, I’m looking forward to finishing the RENOVATION of my house in upstate New York!”

In the coming year, Manhattan-based designer Shawn Henderson will finish renovations of his historic home in Upstate New York. Photo by Shawn Henderson

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“I was just in Venice, where I visited the Olivetti showroom by Carlo Scarpa. He considered each and every architectural detail there. It is simply sublime. I’d love to see more of THAT LEVEL OF DETAIL AND OVERALL POETIC EFFECT IN DESIGN.”

A recent visit to the Carlo Scarpa–designed Olivetti showroom in Venice inspired New York’s Gallery BAC founder Carlos Aparicio, who also heads up the design firm  Aparicio + Associates, to seek out and create more impeccable detailing and poetry in his interiors in the coming months. Photo by Marco Introini

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