New Classical Interiors
New Classical Interiors embrace Classical design which is a language of details. That is just one of the reasons classical style is my personal favorite. I plan on doing a separate post just on details. This post is all about the classical style as a design choice that is relevant today.
Let’s explore some examples of interiors influenced by classical details/elements. This Rome interior skillfully incorporates columns, ceiling beams and arches.
Classic painted ceiling design and large simple crown moulding.
Talented Designer Celerie Kemble
Ceiling Layout with Crown Moulding. The walls have gotten special attention with the red lacquer finish.
Classic Frieze and Marble Fireplace. Another lovely wall treatment using dusty pink suede.
Very simple wall panels.
Imagine adding decorative corners to these panels. Like the Classical Style corners which come with 16′ of moulding in wall panel kits from Beaux-Arts. Just $199 and they come in 14 finishes. The C-curve compliments the headboard. The room would be even prettier.
This New Classical Design incorporates a fabulous ceiling design with crown moulding, wall panels and parquet flooring.
Wall Panels create the perfect frame for unframed contemporary artwork and large mirrors in this New Classic Design.
More Wall Panels define this classical design.
Haynes Roberts London Mansion has it all columns, door headers, ornamentation and crown moulding.
Another winner – Rose Uniake London Home. Her design philosophy, “Interiors matter: They change the way we think and feel. They change the things we say and the way we say them. They change the things we do and the way we do them.”
Wall Panels, Large scale ornamentation, Crown moulding, coffered ceiling and frieze.
Large Wall Panels, Frieze, Chair Rail and columns. Rose is also a dealer in antique, modern and contemporary furniture, she specialises in pieces of real quality with the power, however subtly, to balance, complete or transform an interior.
Source unknown, but a great example of a coffered ceiling and door header.
Another great new classical design with a coffered ceiling and (very thin) columns.
The phase referred to as neoclassical design (1773-1779) was inaugurated by Robert and James Adam. Their intention was to simplify the rococo and baroque styles which had been fashionable in the preceding decades. They wanted to create a lighter and more elegant feel to Georgian Houses. A combination of simple forms along with ornamentation enrichments was adopted by a majority of contemporary British architects and designers.
Neoclassicism was an international movement. In France the first phase of neoclassicism (1762-1768) is the Louis XVI style. The second phase is called Directoire and Empire. In the United States in the late 18th and early 19th century Robert Adam’s neoclassical manner was adapted and called Federal architecture.
The Baltimore Basilica, Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s masterpiece, He is considered the father of American Architecture.
The last manifestation of neoclassicism was in Beaux-Arts architecture. Its very last large projects included the Lincoln Memorial and the National Gallery (1937).
I am so fortunate to live in the DC Metropolitan area, home to my favorite Beaux-Arts building; The National Gallery of Art. The interiors feel so amazing and combine the classical interior with great works of art as Rose Uniake states so beautifully ‘they change the way you think and feel’.
Today, there is a small revival of Classical Architecture as evidenced by the presence of The Institute of Classical Architecture and The School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, which teaches a fully Classical curriculum.
In new construction, today’s Georgian home interior has some of the basic classical design elements such as columns, crown moulding and wall panels. Isn’t it fun to take that backdrop and embellish and enhance. Particularly with today’s amazing products that are the result of technology and the wisdom of the past. The soul of The New Classical style is what is being designed today. I will focus on those products in upcoming posts. If you have a product that you discovered and love please let me know so I can include it with other product sources.
I have just ordered a wonderful new book: Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary by Elizabeth Meredith Dowling. It is the authoritative survey of the best of classical design. Here is an impressive list of Portfolios of contemporary projects including the award-winning work of Juan Pablo Molyneux, Studio Peregalli, Quinlan & Francis Terry, Fairfax & Sammons, Gil Schafer, Historical Concepts, Ferguson & Shamamian, Allan Greenberg, Robert A. M. Stern, and many others. It has received 5 star reviews. Check them out.