Design Trends: 6 Essential Style and Interior Upgrades

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s blog Luxury Defined


Alot like art, you know a good design trend when you see it. And, thankfully for those accessories, appliances, and home goods we all need, top designers are embracing the trend to give some of those basics a high-style update. Read on for their takes on the classics.


By Your Side

Lato bag by Tsatsas
The Lato from Tsatsas is a relaxed, lightweight tote bag made entirely of super-soft lamb napa leather that drapes softly over the shoulder. Image: Gerhardt Kellermann
Established by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas in 2012, the Tsatsas label operates from the same atelier in Offenbach am Main, Germany, where Dimitrios’s father has produced fine leather goods for more than 30 years. The pair now combine this traditional knowledge with contemporary design to make their sleek bags.

Their latest creation is the Lato: so named because in Italian, lato means “the side” or “on the side,” which is how you access the contents of this slouchy bag. Rather than having a top opening, the Lato has inserts on either side of the handle. The lightweight bag is handcrafted from 100 percent lamb napa leather, and each one is individualized with a serial number.


Equal Footing 

Shoes by Ops & Ops 
Inspired by the work of legendary photographer Guy Bourdin, Ops & Ops’ playful designs have a lightly cushioned sole for round-the-clock wearability.
“I love flat shoes, more so than heels,&rdquod the model Twiggy in her 1960s heyday. Had Ops & Ops been around back then, the Londoner might just have namechecked them. Created by American/Brit duo Teri Olins and Steph Jones, the shoes are inspired by designs from the Swinging Sixties and came about when they couldn’t find a flat that worked as well in the office as it did in the after-work restaurant or dancefloor. Handmade in Portugal, the shoes come in a range of colors and finishes, from high-gloss crimson and avocado patent to metallic blue and mint.


Armchair Hero

Band collection of chairs by Kettal
Kettal’s Band collection of chairs, made in association with Patricia Urquiola, are formed from repetitive angular shapes that put the raw materials center stage.

Barcelona-based furniture brand Kettal works with renowned designers to create pieces as stylish as they are relaxing. A regular collaborator is the Spanish-born, Milan-based artist Patricia Urquiola, creator of the Band collection. Intended to challenge the classic lines of furniture design, the range comprises a dining chair and a club armchair. Both are available in aluminum or teak, complete with sumptuous fabrics including Mediterranean pastels, earthy terracotta hues, and timeless neutrals. Each piece is made with eco-friendly lacquers, while the wood is sourced from certified cultivators.;


Starting Point

Color Box Bar by Henrybuilt
Combining color, toughness, craft, and proportion, the Color Box Bar from Henrybuilt’s Primary Objects Collection comes with wine racks, leather pouches, and a utility bar.


Henrybuilt has made its name designing and installing kitchens and wardrobes for design-conscious clients across the United States. The company has now created its first range of standalone shelving, armoires, vanities, and consoles, as well as tables and seating.


The Primary Objects collection comprises the uncomplicated and functional essentials around which any room is created. For the kitchen, there’s the customizable Shadow Box—a tall, larder-style cupboard with six panes of tinted glass in its doors—while bathroom essentials include the Puddle Jumper double vanity, and the Icicle, “a floating sliver of a medicine cabinet.” All 50 pieces are crafted to the same exacting standards of Henrybuilt’s “fitted architectural products.”


All a Flutter

Wink light by Masquespacio

Masquespacio’s three-legged Wink is—depending on your viewpoint—a chair, a dancing eye, or even a planet wearing a flapper dress, says its makers.


Who says interior design has to be a serious business? Certainly not the team at Masquespacio in Valencia, Spain, which—working with sister brand Houtique—have created the Wink chair. Resembling a coquettish, generously lashed eye, it features a back made from bent and welded iron tubing. The joints are sanded smooth before being treated to achieve a shiny chrome or gold finish, and the synthetic velvet seat and back come in a range of colors.


Power of Three

Triple Discus Light by Blackbird Bespoke

The Triple Discus light by London’s Blackbird Bespoke features double-sided metal discs that can be tilted and is available in old gold, antique silver, or bronze finishes.


Using skills honed over three generations, Blackbird Bespoke takes commissions for one-off handcrafted metal furniture pieces, as well making its own lighting, mirrors, tables, and seating. A recent addition to its offering is this Triple Discus table light—so called because the circular steel components resemble the ancient metal discus. It is part of a collection that was designed to be both distinctive and dramatic, and to fit equally well into modern or period interiors.