Mid Century Modern refers not just to the sleek, simple lines of an architectural style. It’s also about furniture and interiors that are cool and forward looking. Charyle Ross of Gannon Ross Designs answers a few questions on how Nelson on Foster channels this particular style, and shares her top design tips for incorporating it into your home.
What is your favourite interior feature at Nelson on Foster?
The kitchens are contemporary and different from what is seen in the market today.
How did the concept of paying tribute to George Nelson originate and how does it play out in the interior design of Nelson on Foster?
The common area of the building features terrazzo floor tiles and ceilings with teak veneer which pay tribute to mid-Century period design. Teak kitchen and bathroom cabinets reflect the Modern era of George Nelson.
Are there aspects of the design that connect to the larger West Coquitlam neighbourhood?
The project sits amongst an existing residential area but the architectural features of the building will blend in nicely in the community.
Do you or the design team have a favourite restaurant in the area?
We love the great patio at Joeys!
Nelson, of course, was known for his work with Henry Miller and their iconic chairs. Any suggestions for interior décor or furnishings?
We are always a fan of keeping it simple. If you can, purchase an iconic piece. This will definitely make a statement in the room. The rest of the space should then be kept simple, with added punches of colour in your accessories and artwork.
What are your top design tips for fall?
Cozy up with textures. Add throws to your bed and new toss cushions on your sofa. Create more space to include decorative elements like candles.
What trends are you seeing in interior design?
There are lots of fun new trends that we’re seeing in design. Warm materials such as terracotta tiles will replace currently popular cool and white tones. And, cork is making a comeback both in furniture and design accents! We’re seeing it being used in fun ways like for a full wall in a home office to pin notes to. Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues. Upholstered beds will replace the popular timber beds we are seeing, and we will start seeing more black accents and darker earthy tones. While pastel shades of pink and blue are currently popular, they will soon be overtaken by jewel tones inspired by metals. Copper, brass, and rose gold will continue to be popular. And finally, keep an eye out for earthy textures like timber, clay and wicker replacing colder materials like marble.
What are the best places to find Mid Century Modern furniture and accessories?
Fullhouse Modern – 1545 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
By Design Modern – 915 Cotton Dr, Vancouver
Banana Lab – 457 E Columbia St, New Westminster