As we step into a new year, it's fascinating to witness the resurgence of old trends, now taking on new dimensions. The midcentury modern aesthetic has made a powerful comeback, embracing a cozy and earthy appeal for contemporary interiors.
Originating as a post-war "denial strategy" in the 1940s, characterized by bold and joyful colors, this style has evolved into one of the most versatile and creative ways to decorate, offering a unique opportunity to reconnect with our planet from the comfort of our own homes.
If you find yourself captivated by this contemporary retro style, delve into the artful approach of Garrett Hunter on how to expertly blend neutral, warm, and cold hues to welcome the new beginning of 2024.
Garrett Hunter's Style
Launched in 2009, Garrett Hunter Studio quickly gained international recognition for its layered, original, and personal environments.
Garrett Hunter, known for his refusal to settle for a particular aesthetic, works across interiors, architecture, furniture, lighting, and product design to achieve truly unique looks. His clientele includes private individuals, such as art collectors, tech titans, and even a few celebrities. Notably, his recent project involved a three-bedroom house in the Hollywood Hills—a family affair for his parents, Rhonda and David Hunter.
Styling the Hollywood Nest
Nestled amidst the towering trees and vibrant cityscape of Los Angeles, the Hunter family's California gem became a canvas for Garrett to capture the essence of midcentury modern design. Charged with seamlessly blending a palette of earthy tones, natural materials, and modern accents, Garrett and his team were instructed to create a "casual" style that goes beyond the textbook definition of modernism.
Situated near Runyon Canyon, the house was described as "familiar, albeit with a distinct Los Angeles vibe," perfectly positioned to embrace both nature and city views. Rhonda Hunter particularly emphasized the feeling of living "up in the trees," creating a nest-like sensation.
This project required minimal architectural adjustments since the 1960s design by Josef Van der Kar retained its original midcentury charm. Decoration became the pivotal exercise to infuse the interiors with earthy cozy tones.
Stepping into this nest-like abode, one is immediately transported into a realm of warmth and comfort. The living room, the heart of the home, exudes an inviting aura of a rich brown hue – the mother of all earth tones.
The vintage leather sofa and chairs, arranged around a steel cocktail table, further enhance the grounding presence. Retro charm is injected by the yellow resin and fiberglass Ginkgo chair, Marni's floor lamp, and an exquisite artwork by Robert De Niro Sr., harmonizing perfectly with the room's overall aesthetic.
Venturing into the primary bedroom, the color palette shifts to a calming mossy green—a clever choice that softens the overall boldness and moodiness of the space.
Bold strategies were employed in the dining room styling. Intensifying warm colors and geometrical shapes achieved a balance between modern and edgy design, infusing warmth and homeliness.
Reds, yellows, and oranges adorn the Jeffrey Cheung pendant and Poltronova sofa, creating a dynamic interplay with the olive green and browns of the Ettore Sottsass dining table, Afra & Tobia Scarpa chairs, and Nadine Schemmann's artwork.
Móveis Marantes' Earthy Response
This nest-like Midcentury Modern California home effortlessly blends classic design elements with modern accents, creating a space that's both stylish and inviting. Garrett Hunter's deft touch is evident in every detail, from the selection of natural materials to the placement of artwork. The result is a haven of earthy serenity, a place where one can connect with nature and find solace in the embrace of contemporary charm.
Móveis Marantes invites you to embrace the essence of midcentury modern design by exploring our Signature Pieces. Our customizable furniture allows you to create a space that reflects your unique style and personality, just like Garrett Hunter's masterpiece. Let us help you transform your project into a sanctuary of warmth, comfort, and earthy serenity.