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2017 New Trad Cameron Schwabenton

Get to know our New Trad Class of '17

Produced by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer

Cameron Schwabenton

Which “traditional” design rule(s) do you swear by? Proportion and scale, balance, sense of place, and attention to detail

Which design rule(s) do you break? Nothing too perfect. Similar to how the French dress, it’s often a totally unexpected or mismatched element that makes them look amazing.

Do you have favorite “traditional” design elements? Bump interlined curtains, historic and contemporary wallpapers, antique rugs, busts, and oil portraits

Which iconic interior designer(s) do you admire and feel are still relevant today? Furniture and/or product designer(s)? So many! I am in awe of interiors by Jacques Garcia and Dimore Studio. Furniture and product designers: Gio Ponti, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, chairs by Pierre Cardin, mirrors by Andre Hayat, lighting by Robert Long

What design eras inspire you? With a master's in historic preservation, I am endlessly enamored with the past and the evolution of historic structures. The strong and graceful elements of Early American Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival architecture and their synchronistic furniture periods are especially interesting. Inspired by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922, I find the Egyptian motifs of Art Deco and the dynamism of the style fascinating. The playfulness of midcentury also has a fun appeal.

Which antiques or vintage designs do you think have held up over time and play well with today’s updated traditional interiors? Understated 18th- and 19th-century American vernacular antiques for their simplicity and craftsmanship. Midcentury parchment-covered tables and casegoods. Murano glass fixtures from various eras. Ingo Maurer Uchiwa fan lights.

Give us a couple of examples of modern and traditional design elements that work well together.  Polished metals alongside historic building fabric, such as patinaed plaster walls. Dufour wallpaper setting the stage for a smoke glass Sciolari chandelier.

What is a classic color combination that still feels fresh? A strong cadmium yellow and moody green

Do you have a favorite go-to palette at the moment?​ Shades of rosé, blush, coral, and tangerine

How would you define today’s “new traditional” design? Ageless, bright in personality, and a blend of various styles that don’t take themselves too seriously

How would you describe your personal design style? Ever-evolving and expanding. I love being inspired by something new every day. I am consistently drawn to marrying glamour and authenticity, comfort, and a unique synthesis of both the masculine and feminine.