Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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1930’s to the 60’s: Hollywood Regency

With pattern, colour and texture at its core, the Hollywood Regency design style has been reimagined over the decades to still remain relevant today.

Synonymous with glitz and glamour, extravagance and luxury, the style pays homage to the 1930’s and 40’s Hollywood scene. William Haines and Dorothy Draper were pioneers to an interiors ideology that epitomises the ‘more is more’ aesthetic. Modern talents including Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler and Nate Berkus ensure the style is given modern context.

In the 40’s, Haines turned away from dark timber panelling and plasterwork within the popular Tudor style in Hollywood at the time. Favouring instead a brighter palette and a refined Neoclassical edge, his interiors were fused with modernism and a touch of Chinoiserie – the base of the Hollywood Regency style we have now come to know and love.

Since then, this interior design style has evolved, becoming bolder in colour, texture, and pattern. In the 1960’s Hollywood Regency experienced a strong comeback with metal accents and luxe vintage pieces in interior design.

Hollywood Regency is actually quite a simply style to emulate in the home. Think soft textured fabrics such as velvets, chenille, and suede with beautiful brass or silver accents. Statement lighting is important with works of art that create a strong focal point. Pairing vintage with the new works well in this style. As for colour, you can go down a more muted colour palette reminiscent of Haines’ early work, or take cues from modern designers such as Jonathan Adler with a mix of delightful brights.

Alexandra D

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