was held in New York in October, and Hampton saw pieces she said could be incorporated into a contemporary space. A bold, Grecian, gold-and-black amphora, for instance, caught her eye; although it’s an ornate piece, it could play up the drama in a small space, particularly atop a modern table.
San Francisco interior stylist Jessica Sutton suggests using a neutral color palette and incorporating a mix of rustic, contemporary, even industrial pieces to bring the New Traditional look home.
“Keep the style fresh by incorporating classic patterns like florals in modern ways — an abstract rug, or an upholstered pillow,” she said.
Retailers are featuring the look this season.
French designer Bina Baitel has used the classic moldings of Paris’ Haussmann architecture as inspiration for cabinet doors, but tilted the motifs to create the visually striking Astragale armoire and console. (www.roche-bobois.com )
Bernhardt’s Salon collection includes a traditional etagere given an alabaster finish, and a curvy nightstand clad in silver leaf. The Haven collection pares down traditional English classics like wingchairs and dining tables to their essential forms. (www.bernhardt. com )
British designer Andrew Martin has a collection of wingback chairs upholstered in combinations of leather and ticking, or leather with a pieced metal frame. A lounge chair pairs a distressed leather seat with a kilim-clad frame. Mixing materials brings the traditional chair shapes fashionforward. (www.houseology. com )
Audrey Sterk, a designer on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, presents a fresh take on early American quilt florals and 19th century silkscreen patterns in her wallpaper and fabrics, editing the motifs to their essential elements and using a contemporary color palette. (www.audreysterk.com )
At Candelabra, the classic silhouette of a Louis XVI chair is cast in silver- or goldtoned stainless steel and given elongated legs, creating a sleek barstool. Curvy, polished silver legs and an especially long — 72-inch — sliver of marble make for a showstopper of a console. (www. shopcandelabra.com )