Shabby-Chic Gets a Long Overdue Makeover
By Susie Perelman
At Mosaic, we love to find innovative ways to create original works that inspire great design beyond the tabletop, transporting guests to a place where they can experience something memorable. Recently, we explored an unexpected combination of trends to create an Industrial Boho photo shoot that I share with you here.
Drawing inspiration from still-trending shabby chic looks, we wanted to push the concept of pairings to an unexpected and new level.
In doing so, we created what we call “Industrial-Boho.”
We were all immediately drawn to one of our newest and most original fabrics, Vagabond, as a departure point for the shoot. This fabric is made from a patchwork of antique Indian saris hand-stitched together so that no two cloths are the same. So yes, this cloth is fabulous!
Taking the look into an unexpected direction, we paired it with contemporary china, glass, silver and chairs, as well as floral design that was both modern and minimal. We juxtaposed this with undercloths and napkin accents of Mosaic’s fancy sequins, satins and rosettes.
The Space and One More Vignette
During our walk through of the site, we stumbled upon a framed-in space, complete with partially primed drywall. With a communal gasp, we all recognized an opportunity to use this backdrop to further explore the Industrial-Boho trend.
No question, we wanted to contrast the rawness of the unfinished wall with something soft and whimsical. We also wanted to show how the Industrial-Boho trend is not restricted to just “hippy-inspired” fabrics set in cold metal spaces.
As a result, we did a fresh take on romance, using a small sweetheart table anchored with Warwick chairs. A cascading natural garland made of succulents and greens added just the right Boho effect we were striving to achieve.
In the end, contemporary fabrics set at odd angles grounded the elements and acted as the glue for these disparate elements.
While Industrial-Boho may not be quite the style you are contemplating for your next event, the principles behind this fun photo shoot are applicable for many types of design.
Just as any architect knows, visual design is about pushing the boundaries and adding room for creativity that will delight and surprise both you and your clients!