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2017 New Trad Amy Berry

Get to know our New Trad Class of '17

Produced by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer

Amy Berry

Which “traditional” design rule(s) do you swear by? Don’t skimp on the curtains! There are plenty of ways to make a budget work, but don’t cut the wrong corners!

Which design rule(s) do you break? Probably all of them. Most often the idea that you have to marry a metal finish to a room. Brass, silver—they’re all beautiful together. I hate the idea that you have to pick a lane!

Do you have favorite “traditional” design elements? I am a traditionalist when it comes to upholstery. Fabric makes all the difference in the direction things ultimately go, but for upholstery I always gravitate toward timeless designs.

Which iconic interior designer(s) do you admire and feel are still relevant today? Furniture and/or product designer(s)? Everything Albert Hadley ever touched. He is (and always will be) such a huge inspiration. For furniture, I will never tire of all things Jansen or Giacometti.

What design eras inspire you? All of them! It’s too hard to pick just one. Malmaison stands out, though. It is impeccably designed, and so many of the details are still so relevant. I grew up totally enchanted by Josephine de Beauharnais—getting to visit Malmaison when I was in design school was a dream.

Which antiques or vintage designs do you think have held up over time and play well with today’s updated traditional interiors? Chinoiserie everything. I can’t get enough of it—panels, inlay furniture, the whole bit.

Give us a couple of examples of modern and traditional design elements that work well together. Modern light fixture over a traditional dining table. Minimalist artwork over a George Smith sofa. I think Bill Blass did it best. Curating spaces solely based on an item's integrity—nonspecific to period, style, or anything else. He set a seriously beautiful example of what refinement looks like.

What is a classic color combination that still feels fresh? Blue and green (always), red and blue.

Do you have a favorite go-to palette at the moment? Always blue! I stray from time to time back into neutrals, but outside of blue, right now, I am really loving yellow.

How would you define today’s “new traditional” design? Traditional, to me, is about creating something timeless. Something that withstands the trends, that you come back to 10 years later and still love just as much as you do right now.

How would you describe your personal design style? A mix! Traditional upholstery, more modern lighting, and then a few unexpected elements in between. I don’t ever want to create a space that can be “shopped." For a space to have any life, I think it takes a balance of things both old and new.