Pulling Off the Power of a Dramatic Vintage Modern Mix

Pulling Off the Power of a Dramatic Vintage Modern Mix

Janel Laban
Sep 20, 2010

Well designed, quirky commercial spaces can be so inspiring! Often when putting together a plan for a creative business, such as a hair salon (as shown in this example), a designer can get a little more dramatic and push an idea a bit further than they might if working on a residence, which makes for great inspiration spaces.

The photos above show the power of mixing vintage and modern to create a design mashup that is both visually and intellectually interesting. Taken at the newly redesigned Salon Nemetz (in Munich), the space includes elements that are utilitarian, clean-edged and spare along with those that are purely decorative, rough hewn and totally unexpected. Even the architecture follows suit - the cool white boxy walls and flat black ceiling is super streamlined and contrasts beautifully with the warm, worn, patterned wood floors.

The lesson here? Don't fear the mix! If you live in a super simple boxy (usually newly built) space, adding some older vintage or antique elements is a good idea - their quirky sense of history will work. It's all in how you feature them.

Here are a few tips for pulling off the look:

Less is More - highlighting a few featured items helps promote the antique or vintage items as art objects - the goal for this look is to somewhat formally highlight the juxtaposition of old and new - and a little "old" goes a long way.

Be Fearless - embrace the differences when choosing the vintage or antique items to put in a more modern setting. The more varied the textures, materials and patinas, the more interesting the display.

Go Gallery Style - Think of how great objects look when highlighted sparingly in an all white art gallery and use those ideas. Hang unexpected objects on the wall, place them on a stand, light them dramatically.

Salon Nemetz was designed by designliga - more info: designliga

Images: designliga

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