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2011-12: Tilton Fenwick | Chedva | September 6, 2011

Personally, I still find it hard to believe it’s September already, but all the design happenings around the globe (LDF in London, Maison et Objet in Paris and so on) leave no doubt: for design connoisseurs, 2012 is almost here. So I decided to hit off Trend Season with Rooms and Words’ own series, where I’ll be interviewing designers from all over the world about their thoughts on 2011 trends and their hopes and predictions for 2012. First up: Tilton Fenwick.

Suysel DePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster are Tilton Fenwick. Photography: Carol Dronsfield

Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel DePedro Cunningham are the two outstanding designers behind Tilton Fenwick, which they named after their college dorms. Just like in naming their firm, the dynamic design duo display original, out-of-the-box thought in everything they do. This has also caught the eye of the masterminds of Lonny and Traditional Home, whom included them in TradHome‘s 20 New Traditionals list. In addition to working their magic on interiors, Anne and Suysel manage to have an impressive social media presence, as well as a great blog. Continue reading to see photos of their work and read our interview>>

Tilton Fenwick. Photography: Patrick Cline and Michael Rodenbush

Rooms and Words: What is your opinion on design trends- are they necessary or useless?

Tilton Fenwick: Trends are inevitable as part of past, present and future of design.  We often peruse old design books and are inspired by styles and trends of past decades.  We just recently re-imagined the famous Billy Baldwin style poufs in our room at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

RW: Which design trend do you think will always make you go “that is SO 2011”?

TF: Chevron is hot right now – in fabric, wallpaper, rugs, and even tiles!

RW: Which current design trend do you love, and will you continue using it after the hype is over?

TF: We love the trend towards “green” in the design world. We are hopeful that it is not just a passing trend but it becomes industry standard across the board in the future.

RW: And which trend are you fed up with?

TF: Overly used geometrics without the mix of other patterns and prints to soften the look.

RW: Do you have any predictions or hopes for design and decor in 2012?

TF: We see a return to coziness! Oversized homes with little regard to human scale are becoming a thing of the past (or so we are hoping!).


Thank you, Suysel and Anne! What about you, readers? What are your favorite trends? Do you use any at your own home?

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