Décor Dictionary: Hollywood Regency Style

As this bold and glamorous décor style is one of her favourites, we asked Capetonian Interior Decorator, Kim Stephen of In A State Of Luxe to define the trending Hollywood Regency Style for us…

Hollywood Regency Style: originated in what was considered the golden age of Hollywood – the 1930s. The film sets at that time were created with highly theatrical accents which were often brightly coloured. One of the movie stars of the time, William Haines, later became the interior designer in Hollywood. His experience on these elaborate film sets combined with his use of Neo Classical elements, modernism and Chinoiserie was the foundation for a new interiors style. Dorothy Draper, considered the first real interior decorator, was simultaneously decorating over scaled and brightly coloured interiors. Both of these designers created the foundation for Hollywood Regency style which has since had various revivals.

The current resurgence of Hollywood Regency (this is its third incarnation since the 1930s) was spearheaded by a new wave of bold American decorators fronted by Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler.

The Hollywood Regency of today (which in a nutshell is all about high-gloss glamour) is characterized by:

  • Bold Colour – fuchsia pink, bright green, turquoise and yellow…all often tempered with black and white
  • Luxe – fringing, velvet, crystal-dangled chandeliers, shiny silvery finishes and silks
  • Bright and Shiny – plenty of lacquered furniture in black, white or any bright colour as well as the abundant use of mirrors both on furniture and walls
  • Geometric Shapes and Chinois Influences – geometrically patterned carpets and plenty of faux bamboo along with other Chinoiserie (and other references alluding to the idea of travel and far-away lands)

Check out Kim’s website: here and her awesome blog: here

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Box Living

By Marica

Box Living recently introduced their latest furniture range in anticipation of spring. The range, appropriately called The Bloom Collection, incorporates organic swirls and spirals, also plant, shell, and horn motifs. Some pieces even incorporate a little 60’s inspiration with several “flower power” patterns.

A view designs from the Bloom Collection. Image via Visi

Headed by Tristan Voss and his brother-in-law Dale Rautenbach, Box Living was born a couple of years ago when they stumbled upon a small furniture collection in Indonesia designed by architects Marcel Opstal and Maya Basroel.

From the Snap Collection catalogue. Image via Box Living

There is something truly unique about Box Living’s furniture ranges and designs. Even though most of the pieces are orient-inspired, it has rare global trend relevance. Highly detailed with a strong eclectic-mix, each piece is a feature item – a bold statement to any interior.

More of the Snap Collection. I find it so bold and brooding. Image via Box Living

I particularly love the mirrors – big, oversized and ornate, they are fated to be the focal point of the room they inhabit.

They have a small but gorgeous selection of rugs too. Image via Box Living

Although the furniture is of oriental origin, the designs are timeless & elegant – this is no cheap mass-produced shipment that fell off a Chinese boat.

I love the breathtaking geometric mirror detail in the pieces featured above. It forms part of the Nipis Collection. Image via Box Living

With its bold chinoiserie and strong geometric patterns, most Box Living pieces are destined for an opulent Hollywood Recency styled room or will deliver a bit of eastern fusion to any contemporary interior.

Part of the gorgeous outdoor range. Image via Box Living

Some of their other ranges include Snap, a prêt-a-porter collection of their most sought-after furniture and décor pieces; a stylish and natural weather-resistant outdoor range and the Nipis Collection with features intricate weaving and exceptional detailing.

Beautiful! – also part of the Nipis Collection. Image via Box Living

So what do you think? Do you also find it beautifully brooding and strangely emotive?

I had such difficulty deciding with images to use for their post – all of the feature such gorgeous items. Be sure to check out the complete catalogues on Box Living’s website: here.