I'm completely enamored by the Modern Glamour movement...
The mix of all things striking, shimmering, sexy, and bold - I love the balance between classic glamour and the unexpected.
So, what is Modern Glamour?
Many would simply define it as a new take on an old idea, i.e., “modern” as in new, current, or fresh - “to modernize”. But my MIT-trained brain always views things differently. To me, modern glamour is merely the intersection of two contrasting styles: the sleek, clean, and edgy vs. the fanciful, decadent and exquisite. It is the delicate balance between the two that makes a space interesting and relevant.
In short, modern glamour is controlled eclecticism. It’s a style that allows designers to unexpectedly integrate, marry, and juxtapose the best elements of the design world, creating something wonderful in the process. But like all attempts at eclecticism, the task is tricky and can be downright daunting for many. Marian McEvoy may have put it best in her forward for “Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style”:
It’s easier for a decorator to assemble a room in which everything matches than to concoct a space in which nothing matches but everything makes beautiful sense all together.
While experts like Kelly Wearstler can mix and match using natural intuition, others may opt for a more structured approach. Metropolitan Home’s “Glamour: Making it Modern” boils things down to the essentials - concepts and objects. Concepts include scale, palette, luster, antiques, Asiana, and multiples. Objects are the commonly found elements in a glamorous space: staircases, fireplaces, drapery, chandeliers, mirrors, and daybeds.
Armed with this foundation and a passion for design, Sukio brings you the best of modern glamour along with other points of inspiration, industry news, and a look into my day-to-day life as a designer/proprietress. Please enjoy!
Desiré Greene, aka Ms. Modern Glam