The rise and rise of loud luxury
RIP stealth wealth. Attention-seeking home decor is making (a LOT of) noise
If loud luxury gets her way (and she usually does), 2023 marks the end of stealth wealth, in interiors circles at least, in favour of the fun and the fabulous.
Whereas stealth wealth is the act of being well off without having to show it off, loud luxury is the term given to unashamedly bold, sumptuous, shouty, envy-inducing, extravagant styles – that come with compliments (and curiosity) as standard.
The cherry on your decor cake, these future icons will make a room, regardless of how bargainous, sensible or subdued the rest of your space. Start your collection with…
The ‘cooee’ coffee table
Crafted from American walnut veneers and rubberwood, this quality-rich, deliciously dark and decadent coffee table is the perfect centrepiece thanks to its turned tripod legs and fabulous floating shelf.
The attention seeker(s)
Undoubtedly the fairest of them all, wiggle mirrors have become the favourite feature for interiors experts, stylists and, well, everyone really. Why? Hung vertically or horizontally, nothing will transform your space quite like a shapely, statement-making mirror.
As part of a set designed to lure guests in, or a standout style placed – just so – to maketh your space, these iconic seats were built to last. From Eames’ iconic mid-century lounger to sumptuous ’70s Sienna velvets (straight out of a Parisian bistro) to Philippe Starck’s 100% recycled 3-in-1 ‘fusion’ chair, sit back and wait for the compliments to roll in.
This show-stopping ceiling light both nods to mid-century modern (so hot right now) while having a touch of the (shouty) chandeliers about it. Eighteen brass arms and opal glass globes give a modern luxury feel.
The loud lamp
Looking for instant loud lux-ification, without breaking the bank? Lamps are an easy, (more) affordable way to spruce up your space. Take the Squash Ribbed Ceramic Table Lamp as case en pointe, or go full showstopper with Seletti or bubble glass bulbs. Lamps are a quick way to add character to modern or tradish homes alike.
The (treasure) table
Tables are the linchpin of most living spaces and yet rectangular tables can feel imposing – restrictive in small spaces and borderline boxy in open plan.
Meet 2023’s most talked about feature table, the Trestle. Created to improve circulation (interiors speak for how easily people can walk about a room without obstruction), it even boasts slatted details – ‘to let light pass through, so it doesn’t create a pool of shadow in the corner of the room’, explains designer Daniel Rawlings.
If I blow (more than) a month’s salary on a sofa, by jove it needs to be a shouty one. Thank goodness then for the ‘all eyes on me’ Lozenge lounger – an undeniably decadent, timeless and quality-rich five-seater in twisted boucle. The perfect place for posing and/or lounging.