Everybody's talking about Adele's Oh My God video, but none more so than Bobby Berk, who has brought it into the interior design world.
While the world takes note of Adele's lyrics and outfit choices, The Queer Eye star focuses on something less conventional: her wooden chairs.
In the music video, the singer is surrounded by a mix of classic dining chairs that span across various design eras and exhibit different styles. The mismatched chairs are used as props until they catch fire near the end of the video; however, their influence was not lost in the flames.
Instead, Bobby Berk has revealed that these mismatched wooden chairs have set one of the most unconventional interior design trends of the year (so far).
Bobby Berk's mismatched wooden chair trend
'A collection of different chairs isn't just for a music video. It's also an ideal way to add character and an eclectic mix to your dining room table too,' Bobby shares in his blog (opens in new tab). The designer explains that as long as the shapes complement each other (curves or straight lines paired with similar hues), 'you can mix in different styles and periods.'
However, Bobby is not alone in his admiration for this eclectic trend. Instead, Sarah Stemp from Sascal Studio (opens in new tab) explains how using mismatched is a way of making your space feel considered – with a 'very interesting dynamic.'
'Using different wooden antique chairs around a wooden table allows for continuity in terms of material but also makes the space feel eclectic and considered,' Sarah says. She adds that 'perfect' antique wooden chairs are often found as singles or pairs – so mixing periods creates a unique aesthetic in the most social room of your home.
Sharing his dining room ideas, designer Edward Collinson (opens in new tab) also celebrates the trend. He explains that using different chairs offers an 'opportunity to celebrate how many incredible designs there are through history,' but he too warns that you should style carefully.
How should you style mismatched wooden chairs?
'Mismatching is only going to work if the chairs are all of the same family anyway, you wouldn't put a Honey Apple Chair around the same table; it would look super awkward,' Edwards says. 'Personally, I'd have a couple of different Thonets, The Chair by Wegner, The original Stacking Chair by Ercol, W Katavolos T Chair.'
Sarah similarly highlights that it is important to ensure your chairs are similar sizes – 'so one doesn't jar the space and diners aren't sat at different heights.' Now, this is a design idea we can all get behind.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA.
Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.
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