New York-based interior designer Vicente Wolf recently discussed how he achieves timelessness in his projects on his blog. We found that he was able to give voice to a quality that's hard to achieve and almost impossible to describe... Wolf writes that a certain form of restrained eclectic-ness is his main strategy. "It’s not the look of the day, though there may be some elements incorporated into that." he says. "It is not a recreation of a particular period in time, though there may be elements of that period incorporated in there too, but there’s nothing really nailing it to any particular period or style."
He relies on his gut, and refines his visual experiences "through travel, museums, watching old movies, and being aware of what's around me."
His last tip? Put all your elements against relatively undecorated backgrounds that allow the materials to feel fresh. "Backgrounds are clean canvasses where all the elements play against," he writes.
We've said a lot of this here on Apartment Therapy before, but Wolf boils it down:
• Buy what you love
• Train your eye
• Use neutral palettes to make textures and materials stand out
• Don't be a slave to trends
More timeless vs. trendy style:
Furniture That Survives the Test of Time
Apartment Therapy Interview... Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Part Two
Dated Decor: What Trends Will Stand the Test of Time?
What's In, What's Out: Predictions for 2009
Design Bloggers Weigh In: Trends We Would Love to See the End of