T wo American designers, Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler, are well known for quirky cool. For fairness, I have chosen one designer from the West Coast and one from the East Coast. As any biased New Yorker will tell you, the middle of the United States is just fly-over country. And, that is SO not true. There’s lots of talent elsewhere but I wanted to keep this post short. For example, I adore Chicago-based Nate Berkus and was distraught when his television show got cancelled.
Interior designer, Kelly Wearstler, is the doyenne of West Coast chic with a modern, glamorous style. She started her interior design business with money she received from being a 1994 Playboy playmate of the month. In the intervening years, her star has just soared into the stratosphere with numerous homes, hotels, books and a TV show to her credit.
I’ve written about Jonathan Adler before when he launched his first UK collection with Kravet. Jonathan is the uncrowned prince of New York interiors with his chic modernism and eclectic style. He’s known for mixing good design with humour. My favourite of all the items below is the Carnaby Square nesting trays (number 11). The psychedelic pattern packs a punch even if there’s nothing on the tray.
And, of course, you can’t write idiosyncratic interiors without mentioning the brilliant American home store, Anthropologie, who also feature on the mood board.
Anthropologie opened its first store in 1992 in Pennsylvania and is headquartered in Philadelphia. As far as I can tell, having the very first Anthropologie store may be the trendiest thing Pennyslvania has ever done. Just kidding. I don’t want hate mail from Penn Staters. My family live there now. They love living there and can’t ever imagine moving back to New York.
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