Athena Calderone's 2014 Trend Forecast

Photos: Chloe Crespi and Rawlins Calderone Design

Whether she's scouting the Brooklyn Flea for treasure, customizing found objects for a one-of-a-kind effect, or chronicling her latest culinary obsession on her addictive lifestyle blog EyeSwoon, Athena Calderone has a way of staying ahead of the curve. We asked the partner at Rawlins Calderone Design to give us a sneak preview of the 2014 decor landscape as she sees it.

1. Which interiors trend or trends will be big in 2014?
Brass is certainly having its metal moment! The continued use of brass adds a timeless elegance that can elevate a room, both in architectural applications and as an added finishing detail in furniture, lighting, or in decorative objects and accessories. Also, I'm seeing a resurgence of bold saturated color. Jewel-toned walls are a favorite of mine; pair them with rich textures like a luxe silk velvet in a bordeaux or a midnight-blue overdyed rug. 

Athena Calderone's Brooklyn living room

2. What trend would you like to see more of next year (even if you don't think it's going to catch on)? 
People taking risks with their spaces. I’m not big on following design rules and I think more and more people are embracing a no-rules approach too. 

3. If you could wave a magic wand to make a current interiors trend go away, which one would it be and why?

The blank and bland all-white overly modern interior. Don’t get me wrong, I love the use of white. But it needs to be offset in an interesting way.

Brooklyn Heights apartment by Rawlins Calderone Design

4. Which up-and-coming designer do you think will prove zeitgeisty next year?  
I am a massive fan of Anna Karlin's work, and her brass-finished oversized chess piece stools swooned me. I admire her approach to design, and her philosophy of embracing creativity in multi-faceted ways resonates with me.

Chess Stools by Anna Karlin

5. If you had a design-centric New Year's resolution what would it be? 
My New Year's resolution is to purge unnecessary items stowed away in my closets and to find an organization system that I will actually follow! But for EyeSwoon and for my design business, I hope to continue to inspire people by giving them chic yet approachable ideas that they can execute and filter though their own creativity. 


6. What is on your to-do list in 2014?
A visually stunning EyeSwoon entertaining book encompassing style, design, and food. And for Rawlins Calderone Design, I am currently working on the interiors for the Rebecca Minkoff flagship boutique in SoHo and a variety of residential projects in both the Hamptons and NYC.


Melissa Goldstein is a Lonny and StyleBistro contributing writer whose work has also appeared in ELLE, Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Observer, Spin, and Lucky Magazine.
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