Outdated Design Horror or Stylish Display?
I have never really been a fan of the plate on the wall look. I admit, I wrote it off as a little too kitsch and felt it was never a reflection of my design aesthetic. However, I’ve seen a few recent examples that have made me reconsider my design bias, which I entirely blame Gwyneth Paltrow for. As I will explain…
Now, I realise that Gwyneth can be certainly divisive. She is easy to mock - conscious uncoupling and vagina candles do spring to mind. Despite this, it is hard not to admire her talent, drive and of course, her style. She is a true embodiment of classic elegance. A recent Architectural Digest tour of her new home in Montecito in California USA, had some breath taking images…
For me, what particularly stood out was her family dining area in the kitchen, which featured a stunning display of over $10,000 worth of Hermes dinnerware. It is both eye catching artwork, and a practical display for the space. The display embodies the best of ‘Newstalgia’ where old and new designs blend seamlessly together to create a timeless, personal and elegant look. As Gwyneth herself states “I love plates on a wall. When you see plates with these beautiful patterns, you don’t want to hide them away, you just want to see them!”
Other stylish people have also effectively used this display method with great success.
If you wish to start your plate collection, the Hermes plates as featured in Gwyneth’s home are available.
And as always, if you need guidance in pulling it all together, I’m always happy to discuss a new project.