Interior Design’s All-Black Mood Posted August 19, 2014 by Daniel Ostroff

“Reissued in the shadiest shade, iconic chairs, lamps and more are gaining a chic new gravitas.”

Image from The Wall Street Journal


A recent article by James Gaddy in 
The Wall Street Journal examines why some classic designs have a new, all-black look.  Check out the excerpt below:

Long the domain of fashionistas and angsty teenagers, head-to-toe black has become the answer for design companies looking to resolve a recurring quandary: How to make classic pieces feel new again. Three years ago, American furniture manufacturer Herman Miller . . . dipped a toe in the anti-color’s inky waters and released a tiny run of all-black chairs. They sold out almost immediately, so earlier this year, the company began offering many of its old-school favorites in a custom, blacked-out option.

“While the monotone palette emphasizes already iconic profiles—like that of the Eames lounge chair—it gives the pieces an urbane update. Encased in ebony veneer instead of its trademark walnut, ‘[the Eames is] still a showstopper, but it fits well with more contemporary things,’ said Casey Bond, a product manager at Herman Miller.”

The article continues by exploring some of the edgy names for “this shadowy new look.”  Learn more by reading the full story in The Wall Street Journal.