There are many ways to add a touch of whimsy to your décor, and my favorite is when a classic, baroque design is reinterpreted in an unexpected style, proportion or with a modern twist. At the Mondrian South Beach, designer Marcel Wanders has done just this by reimagining the scale of every object and piece of furniture to make you feel like a tiny visitor in Sleeping Beauty's ultra-chic dollhouse.
To bring this type of frivolous whimsy into your home, only one or two key pieces are all you need to liven things up. Here are my top picks:Jaime Hayon as the brand's Artistic Advisor, and in 2008 The Fantasy Collection was released, showcasing his over-the-top reinterpretations of classics. This piece, "Lover II," can be purchased at the Lladro online boutique for $850. The Future Perfect are patterned after antique originals but with unexpected pops of neon; currently reduced and starting at $140. Louis XV Goes to Sparta armchair designed by Maurizio Galante appears as a honed marble classic at first glance. But on closer inspection, it's soft polyurethane foam core and photographic print silk cover are a comforting surprise. Available for TBD price in the Spring. modern styles. Remember Timorous Beastie's London toile wallpaper that replaced quaint countryside scenes with renderings of dangerous inner city life? Timorous designs several papers that reveal unexpected images upon closer inspection, such as Devil Damask; appearing as subtle, refined damask on first glance; but keep looking and it's devilish side appears. $250 per roll. White Bookshelf and Chesterfield patterns. Check out Mineheart's website for additional clever designs and to submit pricing requests. YLiving; $280. Unica Home. Alice in Wonderland edition. They even offer a charger tucked into the Steve Jobs biography. Yep, they went there. Prices start at $42. Smoke Chandelier pendant combines the beauty of an ornately carved chandelier with the unexpected character of burnt wood and a few missing pieces; $1204. Hive Modern; $1715 and up. Robert Austin Gonzalez's Grace collection of furniture is composed of unique pieces, made one at a time from the wood of fallen trees. I love the turned, mismatched legs on this table. Coffee tables begin around $5000.
(Images: Mondrian South Beach and My Brother's Frame: Chad Schroer; others as linked above.)