Modern interior design is an ever-evolving practice. Design from the 1960s differs immensely from today’s interpretation, meaning that notions surrounding what’s ‘in’ is almost as fleeting as time tself.
There are, however, particular features that resonate strongly with an ultra-modern or even futuristic design aesthetic that have remained relatively constant throughout the latter half of the past century.
These design features – often referred to as ‘space age’ or ‘futuristic’ – are often minimalist in nature, relying on a muted, often metallic colour palette. Unfortunately for some designers, these spaces sometimes lend themselves to being cold, or even hostile, spaces.
According to fashion designer Derek Lam, who created the now-iconic Audi green room for this year’s Emmy Awards in the US, the concept of modernity does not have to equate to coldness.
“I strive to create pieces that are modern but never cold and always use exceptional fabrics and pay attention to great details,” he says. “Many of these features are reflected in the design of the space.”
There is often crossover between the interior design and fashion genres with each drawing inspiration from the other. With this in mind, it seems fitting that Lam would take such a prominent role in designing such a trend-focused space.
As with all things design, balance is key and the devil is in the details.
Lam included ‘cutting edge’ LED lighting displays that highlight the use of silver metallic materials, which frame the rooms. Instead of taking this futuristic feature and running with it, the designer furnished the room with a collection of vintage pieces designed and constructed throughout the entire 21st century, giving the room an ambience of timeless glamour.
While the furnishings generally maintain an element of austerity in their rigidity, this is softened by the inclusion of softer textured pieces, such as suede couches and features that offer added texture to the room.
While completing a design vision is often only deemed a success if the designer has stayed true to the design integrity of an era or genre, making these particular styles work is a testament to balance. Modern design elements can and often do cool down a space, but by balancing these harsh elements with softer, more ‘wearable’ features, the space can achieve both design greatness and liveability.