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New Trads 2019
The future of traditional design looks amazing—thanks to a fresh crop of rising-star designers shaping classical interiors for modern life. Meet our New Trad Class of 2019.
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When you grow up with Alessandra Branca as a close family friend, you’re bound to speak fluent classicism. Brittany does—in today’s fresh vernacular. The Chicago-born, Bedford, New York-based designer gets us. She knows we want a to-die-for traditional French bergère—covered in a performance bouclé wool that merely shrugs when wet bathing suits are headed its way.
We fell under the spell of this L.A. charmer when we set eyes on his über-luxe kitchen designs. (Yes, classic black and white look even better in the form of a goes-on-forever black marble backsplash.) Inspired by the high style of Dorothy Draper and Tony Duquette—and the rich patterns and colors of his Iranian heritage—Ryan reinterprets the glamour of Old Hollywood through a California modern lens. That vision? Definitely 20/20.
Dare we call her a bit of a cheeky monkey? This London designer learned the biz from irrepressible icon Nicky Haslam. Now she’s punching up traditional style with playful color and irreverent attitude—and we’re bananas about the look.
Architectural details are our love language, and this Chicago native and Iowa State grad (go, Cyclones!), speaks it fluently. The principal of PHX Architecture, Erik took our breath away with his ability to artfully nestle a new Phoenix home amid the saguaros and with his light, sophisticated reinvention of Tuscan style. The former Taliesin Associated Architects intern is building a career that would make Frank Lloyd Wright proud.
Margaret Naeve Parker
We became obsessed with Margaret’s style after visiting her chic shop, M Naeve, in Houston. Now we’re just as taken with her timeless interiors—made irresistible with rich texture, muted color, and, of course, the exceptional antiques she uncovers on her travels.
OK, we admit it. We have passport envy. This British-born, Washington, D.C.-based designer has traveled to more than 30 countries. It’s no surprise that global influences are a hallmark of her tailored, classic rooms. “Exploring a different culture opens my mind to new ways of approaching design,” the Jamie Drake/ Thomas Jayne protégeé says. What will inspiration from her latest trip, to Cuba, yield? We can’t wait to see.
Lindsey Coral Harper
“Get the scale and the furniture layout right, and you can pretty much do whatever you want colorwise,” Lindsey says. She’s made us believers. We’re crushing on the lush, saturated palettes this Southern-born, New York-based designer conjures to put an unexpected edge into refined traditional rooms. Teal and persimmon? Lavender and Prussian blue? Chartreuse and navy? Yes, yes, and yes, please!
Growing up in France and West Africa, this Birmingham, Alabama, designer contracted incurable wanderlust. His trips to Paris flea markets, Tokyo antique textile shops, and Cape Town art galleries inspire eclectic rooms that exude comfort. He loves “brown” furniture, plaster busts, and Palladian architecture. If there’s Tinder for interior design, we swipe right.
Starrett Hoyt Ringbom
Happy, colorful, and just plain fun. That sums up Starrett—and her rooms. This fashion plate, based in New York, practically grew up in her mom’s chic boutique, then honed her design skills under the eyes of Fernando Santangelo and Jonathan Adler. Now Starrett’s cultured, daring, always-grounded-in-traditional style is turning heads. Ours included.
Mallory Mathison Glenn
We love how Mallory is putting a fresh face on Southern style. The Atlantan respects classic scale, fabrics, and furniture. (Bring on the Chinese Chippendale in droves!) But she’s also adept at adding pop with color, pattern, and contemporary art. “I’d love to see a Rothko or Kandinsky hanging in Buckingham Palace,” she says. Now that’s New Trad.
2018 New Trad Dan Mazzarini Talks ColorThe New York designer shows us how he pairs neutrals with bold colors to create an amazing feeling in his rooms.
2018 New Trad Clary Bosbyshell Talks Color