Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor.
For those who feel that the whole bold, geometric-pattern thing is nearing overexposure, faceted furniture and prints make sense, New York designer Elaine Griffin says.
“Purer and streamlined, the faceted silhouette is the stylistic descendent of geometrics — think geometrics deconstructed,” she says.
The style, says Griffin, can be modern (the faceted Hearst Tower in New York City oozes architectural chic), primitive (think Grand Canyon) and vintage (art deco and the cubists).
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“Faceted shapes are intrinsically more visually appealing because, whether they’re mirrored or not, they reflect more light,” she says.
“A faceted element in a piece adds a stylish, decorative layer of dimension and surface interest without crossing over into the fussy, frilly or overdone.”
The “gemstone” shape is especially attractive in reflective materials — mirror, glass, shiny metallics — where light plays off the planes. The look is clean, contemporary and luxe.
Yet in ceramic, wood or fabric, the polyhedron shape looks appealingly organic, as in honeycombs and cellular structures.
Wayfair has faceted décor from several sources. Stacked, smoky, etched-glass facets make a smart-looking Borghese table. Imax’s lemon-yellow ceramic Chantal vase has a chic modern look.
Three simple, faceted crystal blocks anchor Safavieh’s Cube fixture, creating a simple yet elegant table lamp. Arteriors’ antiqued-brass faceted table lamp on an iron base has presence and personality.
At Z Gallerie, cowhide is crafted into a faceted Odyssey rug in tones of gray and black. Here, too, are a glamorous faceted mirrored table and the Portico mirror.
Faceted candlesticks from Godinger stack like crystal jewelry and would dress up a dining table.
At Target, a faceted cotton lampshade is available in sea blue, black and white. A silvery, faceted-glass column anchors a table lamp in the Xhilaration collection.
Designer Jason Phillips takes the motif into a different material, carving acacia wood into 3-D faceted wall art at Crate & Barrel.
Lacquered aluminum provides the medium for a cool light fixture from Netherlands-based studio Sander Mulder. Its Carat lamp, available in graphite, jade, chrome or gold, features 36 facets sculpted into a pendant.
Capiz shells are hand-cut into facets and fitted into a wire frame to create a drum pendant lampshade available from West Elm. An angular side table is layered with antiqued mirror, making a useful little piece that could suit a formal or rustic space.
Israeli designer Mika Barr’s Ori table lamp is a cloud of faceted cotton lighting perched on a paper clip style metal base. There’s a fluidity to the fixture’s shape, and you can machine-wash the cotton shade.
Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has created a line of unusual faceted tiles for Bisazza. Named “Frozen Garden,” the glossy black or white ceramics are available with a whimsical daisy motif, if desired.
Wanders’ Stone stool for Kartell has a faceted hourglass shape, and comes in red, black, smoke, blue, amber or clear polycarbonate. Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has designed a chunky, faceted acrylic vase, also for Kartell. Available in several soft hues, the Jelly vase could also hold a flameless candle. Both can be found at AllModern.com.
And German designer Elisa Strozyk crafts wood facets onto fabrics to create “wooden textiles,” with a unique texture. The fabrics can be used as throws, drapery, coverlets or upholstery.