Good design is good for centuries. Whether it’s a delicately carved eighteen-century day bed with scrolling arms or a boldly articulated twenty-first-century lighting fixture, something well designed not only endures as an object to live with, but pairs well with anything.
Home & Decoration sought to prove this point by assembling a room composed of decidedly old and new pieces. The very integrity of certain rooms depends on the healthy mix of furniture and accessories from different time periods and varying styles.
Something dynamic happens when a room in a home is composed of both. It’s as if the identity of each item stands out in full relief. No item feels dated or diminished, as each is enhanced. A ruinous portion of an ancient stone column assumes a proud and complete profile when positioned with midcentury modern cabinet or square-shaped pivoting leather chair.
Disparate elements of a room wind up playing off one another, making for something harmonious.