We live in a supercharged, electrified, and social-media-documented world. One response is to embrace the neon; another, to select a more restrained color theme. Cue desaturated pastels for the wall, floor, ceiling, or seat.
Marbelous Wood by Snedker Studio. Danish designer Pernille Snedker Hansen’s custom installations involve treating local Nordic wood with a marbling effect in toned-down hues. Courtesy of Snedker Studio.
Cubes Rug by Paul Smith for The Rug Company. Smith looked to stained glass windows for this abstract take on the ancient art. He also used a special looping method to create crisp edging. Courtesy of The Rug Company.
Saigon Lacquer low tables by Arian Brekveld for Imperfect Design. A meticulous 16 coats of lacquer are applied to several layers of wood beneath for this modern rendition of a traditional technique. Courtesy of Imperfect Design.
Faceture lamps by Phil Cuttance. Though the facets of the New Zealand designer’s pendant lights suggest machine tooling, each unique and handmade object is produced by casting a water-based resin into a mold. Courtesy of Phil Cuttance.
Old Yarn Bal Kilim by Loom. This particular collection, from an Australian rug company with an eye for subtle color variations and rich materials, uses yarn unraveled from vintage kilims. Courtesy of Loom.
Codex chair by Simon James for Resident. The fully upholstered side chair is an exercise in cantilevered forms. The designer wanted a seat that is as comfortable and stable as a recliner but trim enough for small spaces. Courtesy of Resident.
Degrado Amarillo wallpaper by Eijffinger. The Dutch company’s Ibiza collection saturates walls in degrees with a photorealistic paper that adds an of-the-moment gradient effect. Courtesy of Eijffinger.