Trend Alert: Modernist Bohemian Interiors
Modernists aren’t always beholden to straight lines and subdued colors; we do have our Bohemian sides. And that casual, breezy approach to creative living is emerging anew on the global interiors scene. Contemporary boutique hotels, once strictly buttoned up in the classically modernist vein—white linen, Mid Century chairs, and monochromes—are busy injecting patterns and vivid hues, ornamentation and soft edges into their fundamental regard for inventive decorating.
And with summer on the rise, modern nest builders are hardly averse to the lure of letting their guard down and surrendering to the countercultural call that defined the rebellious 1960s. These Bohemians aren’t wiling to give up their reverence for modernism’s elegance and judiciousness, of course. But, like Bohemians, modern design obsessives see the merits in marching to the beat of their own drummers—and the joys of letting their imaginations run wild.
Interior designer Tom Scheerer tackled the restoration of a 19th Century guest house on Harbour Island, Bahamas, all the while “being mindful of its historic and rustic (but atmospheric) qualities.” In the colorful, yet serene, bathroom, a white claw foot tub and crisp white linens are paired beautifully with time-worn vintage details and dreamy shades of tropical green.
Designer Jonathan Adler, whose modernist tendencies come infused with a touch of Baroque, has injected the Shelter Island, summer home he shares with partner Simon Doonan with the kind of joie de vivre for which he’s best known. The poolside pavilion, above, has a colorful hippie vibe, bright colors, sun sculpture, Solair Chairs, and all.
The brilliant imagination of the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, wasn’t limited to the written word alone. In Santiago, Chile, visitors to his eclectic home, chock-full of art and crockery and furniture from his travels, will be duly beguiled by the hand-painted cascade of birds and vines decorating the arched wood door of La Chascona.
The interiors of Halcyon House, a boutique hotel in the town of Cabarita Beach, Australia, were overseen by Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro. “We wanted a house full of idiosyncrasies and memory-making potential,” explains owner Elisha Bickle, who hired Spiro to imbue each room—no two rooms in the 21-room hotel are alike—with her signature style of globally sourced antiques and textiles, industrial touches and fanciful details—including entirely upholstered walls.
Not for the restrained of heart, this exuberant Mexican outdoor tableau pairs primitive furnishing and the patina of time with vibrant printed textiles and a ravishing bougainvillea-laden archway. Did someone say that less is more?
Maybe only Santorini could carry off both a minimalist’s restraint and a Bohemian’s decadence with this much panache. At the Greek island’s Perivolas Hotel, designer Costis Psychas keeps things simple with a generous dose of white, low-profile furnishings and causally draped linens that speak of sun-drenched mornings and the pleasures of lolling—artfully.
At the centrally located Barcelona luxury hotel, El Palauet Barcelona, an intoxicating mixture of carefully curated 20th and 21st Century furnishings—Art Deco, Mid Century Modern, contemporary—seamlessly complement the architectural opulence of the 1906 building. On the modest balcony, a dash of casual splendor, via mosaic built-in furniture and silk cushions.