2011-12: Kimberly Lewis |
October 25, 2011
I’ve spent the past few weeks celebrating the Jewish new year, and now that it’s back to work I can’t believe how close is 2012! So let’s talk some trends, shall we? Our next guest is someone whose work I admire… See more after the jump!
Kimberly Lewis is an upcoming wallpaper designer from Brooklyn, New York. I love Kimberly’s young and vibrant yet somewhat geometric style, and apparently I’m not alone! Kimberly’s designs have participated in ICFF, and Grace Bonney (of Design*Sponge) is a longtime fan, whom has written about her a few times already.
Rooms and Words: What is your opinion on design trends- are they necessary or useless?
Kimberly Lewis: I think that just like in fashion, interior design trends should be interwoven with the classics and pieces that you love. You wouldn’t necessarily dress head to toe in the latest fashion trends so don’t decorate your living space either! Pick elements that resonate with you, for me it is about mixing and matching. I might use a a pair of side chairs that were passed down from my grandmother in a space but mix it up with a pillow in the color of the moment to create my own personal style.
RW: Which design trend do you think will always make you go “that is SO 2011″?
KW: Juxtaposing raw wood in furniture with colorful metal bases. When I exhibited at ICFF in NYC in May there were a plethora of designers exhibiting pieces that fell into this description. I am not opposed to the trend but seeing booth after booth it got a bit tiresome.
RW: Which current design trend do you love, and will you continue using it after the hype is over?
KW: Bright pops of color! I love chroma in my colors and the use of vibrant and intense colors in fashion, furniture and interiors this year really tickled my fancy.
RW: And which trend are you fed up with?
KW: I am all for repurposing and breathing life into old pieces but I am done with seeing unfinished wooden shipping pallets being used as bedframes and coffee tables. It seems a bit unfinished and industrial for my taste.
RW: Do you have any predictions or hopes for design and decor in 2012?
KW: Orange seemed to be dominating on the runways during NY Fashion week. I personally love orange and would love it to be 2012s pink! Orange is often seen as an unconventional color but I can see it really making a splash in the world of interiors and home décor products. I say bring on the orange!
Thank you so much, Kimberly! Readers, check out Kimberly’s blog to get a behind-the-scenes peek at her work (and her gorgeous apartment). And comment to let me know if you too would like to see less raw wood and more orange.