Design Trends

Design Trends: Techno vs. Retro

Homes are embracing the newest technology or digital’s nostalgic counterpoint.

    Vinyl’s Victorious Rebirth  Call it a digital backlash: more of us experiencing pangs of nostalgia and turning back to the way things used to be. Case in point: Hooker’s new Studio 7H Record Cabinet with turntable that delivers the beloved crackles and pops of vinyl records. The younger generation is leading the revolution, with 20- and 30-somethings contributing to more than 8 million disks sold in 2014. The walnut console’s vintage style recalls 1960s and ’70s design and also accommodates a 50-inch TV and gaming devices. $1,499 and available at Alison Craig Home Furnishings, Naples.   Nature’s Muse The longing for simpler times has resulted in new furniture introductions focused on organic and natural forms like Jardin de Ville’s Forest dining chair. Designed for alfresco use and cushion-less ergonomics, the chair is accented with willowy trees. Its molded cast aluminum structure stands up to the (natural) elements. Available in four finishes, with arms or without. $770 as shown in white, Jardin de Ville at Miromar Design Center, Estero.     We’ll Always Have Paris  Watermark Designs’ Paris collection revisits the beginnings of the Art Deco area with its 1920s-inspired faucet collection. Solid brass, a 7.25-inch spout, and clearly labeled hot and cold handles recall another era. Available in porcelain or Swarovski cut crystal handles and 40 finishes. Priced from $676 and
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