From Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan to ICFF in New York, there was a common denominator we saw more and more of as we hit this spring’s trade shows, and it might be just the thing to mix up a staid style. Furniture, lighting and furnishings are embracing different ways to mix materials, blending textures and finishes for an especially dynamic aesthetic.
Mixing materials allows for the creation of dynamic forms drawing more attention to the details that a fixture or fitting made of one solid material. The trend spans the whole home from dining table to accessories.
A great find for adding some life to a drab dining room is the Extendable Air Table from Lago. This is a tour de force of mixing materials for a dynamic look. The breaking up of tabletop by the central lacquered section highlights the rich striations and texture of the wood leaves. All of this seeming floating over the floor on minimal tempered glass legs.
While mixing materials highlight textures and finishes that would not commonly be seen side by side, there is something to be said for a classic pairing. While metal and wood are often paired together for structural reasons they can also be combined for purely aesthetic reasons. The Maggese Dining Table by Miniforms is an master-class in furniture as sculpture. The flared legs are striking against the clean trim lines of tabletop and put one in the mind of a piece of abandon industrial equipment.
The ultimate combination of edgy meets organic, Urbias Fortis Console Table is one sturdy accept piece for the home. Its clever mix of solid chamcha wood and iron, with the wood siding making for a striking focal point next to its minimalist counter material.
Large scale pieces are not the only way to play with materials—going small is another great way to shake up a design. While paired in a most chic, way the blend of dark wood and light stone top plays with the eyes and mind giving the lighter wood a heft with the use of color as the lighter marble floats above. This is a much more subtle mix but effective none the less.
If you are not needing to replace furniture at the moment, there are even smaller ways to add touches of mixed materials to your space. The Haze Tray by Ferm Living balances heavy and light with the metal framed wired glass form. Perfect for adding interest on a coffee table, shelf or desk, it has a practical application as well, corralling all your necessities that pile up over the course of a day.
Mixing materials is also a great way to create something that just one material would not be able to accomplish. Nomon’s Aire Table Clock has heftier wood accents that the floating wire frame and clockworks wouldn’t be able to deliver on their own. The result is a design that is open, airy and substantial all at once.
For additional finds from this year’s introductions and some of our favorites, shop the mixed materials look at YLiving.
Cody Torgersrud is part of the sales team for YDesign Group, which works directly with customers who call and email in. When not remodeling his 1950s bungalow, Cody enjoys refinishing vintage and antique furniture as well as binging on British TV.