The team at Fashion Snoops are calling for simplicity and a chance to unwind in our interiors. They’ve coined the term Domestic Daydream for the 1950s inspired looks they’ve seen in previews of Fall’s High Point Market. It includes items “that offer the comfort of routine and joyful opportunities to unwind.”
Behind the rose-lined, white picket fence of the iconic suburbs, we find inspiration in a range of retro looks. Bright pops of colour harmonize with feminine silhouettes to bring a bygone aesthetic into the modern world.
Harkening back to the emergence of a booming plastics industry, Domestic Daydream brings colourful plastics and a variety of other vibrant, synthetic materials into the home. This shift in gaze to suburban living inspires a new examination of the ideas of normalcy, pushing us to ponder the ways in which our values have changed and the ways in which they have stayed the same over the rapidly progressing decades.
Bring Domestic Daydream Home
How does Domestic Daydream transfer into furnishings and accents? “Design focuses on items that could pass for heirloom relics with mid-century shapes and all-American appeal. We find comfort in feeling transported to a time that reminds us of our mother’s home or grandparent’s summer destination—but with a modern twist.”
Armchair seating provides a retreat where one can relax, turn-off from what might be a monotonous everyday routine. The wooden angular legs stay true to a mid-century design aesthetic and create a juxtaposition with the plush velvet upholstery…
Continuing the notion of stripped-back basics, oversimplified stripes are brought into soft goods as well.
With so much symmetrical perfection seen throughout this trend, asymmetry and purposeful imperfections are created in throw pillows and soft goods… By mixing colours and materials, a unique and modernized take on retro geometrics is created. These textures build on the minimal look of other pieces and replicate a worn, well-loved vintage feel.
Lighting in candy-coated colours with American ceramic bases are another example of how this trend reinterprets past classics shapes in contemporary pieces. The bubblegum hue brings a lighthearted kitsch and vibrancy into the home.
When families gathered around the newly minted television in the 50’s, TV trays became a popular way to multitask. Fast-forward to now and these lacquer trays—designed to stack and accommodate difference size preferences—serve as a multi-purpose item for the home.
Plush shag rugs add texture to a space but also a practicality… Playful patterns similar to this symmetrical mod print add a dimensional element.
The slimline bed frame, lacking any ornamentation or detail, counterbalances the overwhelming stimulation one can feel this day and age.
The tufted swivel chair provides comfort and productivity with its ergonomic design… Its non-stationary design allows flexibility and reflects the constant movement of today’s society.
A modern interpretation of an important vintage must-have, the legless base sofa makes a strong statement in a living room. The rounded back-and-arm hybrid suggests inclusiveness for a multitude of people—a common theme in today’s culture.
Designed to move, modular accent tables offer design solutions to the indecisiveness that technology can influence… The bold curves make a powerful statement in a piece so physically small.
With the hexagon being an influential shape in this trend—and in the 1950’s—it appears in design variations including decorative objects. The classic silhouette is modernized with this oblong formation.