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End of Year Newsletter
We're back!  No new format yet, but working on it! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  I don't know about you but we've been in overdrive the past few months here at SLD and are definitely looking forward to the holidays and the sense of renewal that a new year will bring.

In some good news, we will have our first Luxe Magazine feature coming out in the Jan./Feb. SF Bay Area issue!! Please keep a look-out for that.  We are extremely excited to finally be able to share the photos from this project - I've included a sneak peek below.  Also, we are growing our team and now have 6 team members!  Welcome Marlys, our new Office Manager, and welcome (back) Megan, our new Sr. Designer who we just recruited from Gensler after a 3-year hiatus from residential design. I couldn't be more proud of this very talented team and know that 2022 may be our most exciting year yet.

A small SLD team, including myself, just returned from a 4-day trip to NYC where we attended ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), BDNY (Boutique Design New York), and the Sotheby's Art Auction pre-view. It was both educational and fun, and especially nice to grab a meal with old college and grad school friends. The inspiration, as always, is endless in NYC.

While at ICFF we attended an interesting talk about "global trends" in fashion, art, sociology, and design.  Two minutes into the presentation I realized I had been thinking about design trends rather simplistically. Rust colored furniture, white walls, brass fixtures, you know, whatever has been played out in the images that dominate Instagram and Pinterest. I was reminded during the talk that design trends are not just the product of retailers trying to sell objects.  Design trends originate as creative ideas or scenarios that start in an artist or designer's studio that eventually align with emerging consumer attitudes.  Innovative concepts - influenced by the cultural and societal undercurrents of today - turn into prototypes that turn into objects that shape our collective conscience over time.  

In an age of knock-offs it's important to support and celebrate the audacity and creativity of artisans and designers who are the first to iterate an idea.  But we should also not be completely afraid of trends. Suspicious, yes, but many trends are good and have the potential to be timeless.
 'Trendy design' and 'timeless design' are not mutually exclusive. Timelessness could even be seen as a trend in and of itself.  The truth is that almost all of us are influenced by the images we see online showcasing design that is massively accepted by widespread audiences. It's only natural that we would embrace the moment. But let's also make sure we continue to honor original work, source from independent artists and artisans, and commission custom designs that speak to our deeply personal sensibilities whenever budgets allow.  Striking this balance will elevate our interior spaces and ultimately increase the potential for truly authentic design.

So what are the current and future trends in design, you might ask?! Here is a run down of some of the emerging trends, seen in the design world right now that are forecasted to heavily influence the retail marketplace by 2023.  

Designers are allowing themselves total inspirational freedom to create new anachronistic and singular visual arrangements. Think modern but with grandmother's wallpaper or nostalgic but with a contemporary twist.  Designers are questioning and rethinking the skills of excellence through the prism of technological developments and upcycling challenges. Think "experimental handcrafts." Designers are starting to give the elementary aspects of nature a prestigious upgrade, combining technology and organic materials.  Think Brutalism meets high tech ingredients and rich wooden textures.  Designers are focused on wellness since we all know you can't pour from an empty cup.  A consumer's willingness to invest in small luxuries for mental and emotional health is becoming increasingly more mainstream.  Think "designing for the consciousness of being." Designers are showing an interest in abyss exploration with a focus on extraordinary textures and other worldly objects, combining technology, agility, and innovation.  Think soft and strange atmospheres that are poised between reality and fiction, or "opulent sci-fi."

Whaaa??!!  If that's not enough inspiration to take us into 2022 I don't know what is!  Enjoy our featured project this month and we will see you again next year!
Imagery of Favorite Things Fall 2021
1) Morimoto Vase from R+W Guild 2) Acoustic Wall Panel from Plyboo 3) Octo Pendant by Secto Design  4) RTO Found Object Lamp #24 from Lostine 5) Reader Chair by Roman and Williams 6) "The Shed" building at NYC's Hudson Yard 7) Pat Steir's "Waterfall of the Asian Night" as seen at Sotheby's contemporary day auction which recently sold for just over $1mill 8) View of SF Bay Area from the airplane at night
Our featured project this month shows an interior environment that was conceived of over 3.5 years ago.  This project is technically no longer a work in progress, but I thought it would be fun to share a sneak peak of the concepts before they get published next month. 

He is an executive in tech, she is a former fashion designer. He is a soft-spoken voice of reason, she is charismatic and creative. He loves a dark, masculine office, she loves the color pink. While both of them have sophisticated taste that spans the spectrum between traditional and modern, they also love fun and vibrant design that doesn't take itself too seriously.  From the beginning they wanted the house to be a reflection of their distinct personalities and family-oriented lifestyle.
Project Concept Board #1
A vaulted ceiling adds drama to the Dining Room, but not as much as the black and white wallpaper from De Gournay.  Light fixtures from the acclaimed designers at Apparatus take center stage in the Powder Room and Entryway.  A Marc Wood chandelier floats effortlessly above the spiral stair.  A custom vent hood designed by SLD anchors the kitchen while warm wood furniture with textured caning is a repeating element throughout the home.
Project Sketch of Master Bathroom
The original concept for the bathroom shows marble walls and flooring with a traditional tub and mirrors to the ceiling.  The black walk-in closet and toilet room doors have frosted oval windows with divided light.  A modern chandelier adds a pop of glamour.
Concept Board #2
The Pool Bath becomes one of the most energetic rooms in the home, a rusty pink rug warms up the entire Family Room, and a side table with bird legs makes sure we are always smiling in the home.  A custom wine room shows off black steel doors while a glossy black marble slab with copper veining is the perfect choice for a custom Living Rm. fireplace surround.
Professional Photo of Project Kitchen
This show-stopping kitchen features a warm wood refrigerator and pantry unit resembling something straight out the English countryside.  The marble island and island pendants take the kitchen in a much more unique and modern direction.  The result is a kitchen with a fresh identity, a lot of function, and tons of style.
Have a great December and we'll see you again next year!
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SLD End of Year Newsletter 2021

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