By Megan Slack
Disco balls are not usually synonymous with sophistication, but they should be, according to those in the know. This party season, individuals are bringing the retro staple to the forefront of homes on both sides of the Atlantic – from Kelly Wearstler in SoCal to Somerset. It’s the modern decorating idea our homes deserve as we dance into party season.
However, aside from their timeliness, why are disco balls trending now? And how can they revive our spaces? In their discussion of this unconventional interior design trend, the experts reveal all.
Why are disco balls trending?
‘Designers are always looking for that element of shock and awe when someone enters a space, and a disco ball definitely captures that moment,’ explains Californian Interior Designer, Jennifer Beckley Sides of JB Sides + Co. ‘The mere fact that we are discussing disco balls tells me that they are on the cusp of having a moment,’ she adds.
Plus, if anybody has the power to make a trend, it is Kelly Wearstler. The celebrated designer who has just collaborated with Netherlands-based art collective Rotganzen to design Quelle Fête – a collection of five disco balls that are inspired by the glitz of Los Angeles. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Quelle Fêteis currently one of the most coveted collector’s series around. Because of course, everybody wants to party.
‘Rotganzen’s Quelle Fête series embodies a beautiful tension of joy and sorrow and blurs the lines between design objects and art, so they are the perfect first partner for this new venture,’ Kelly explains in the discussion of her disco balls. ‘The five pieces we are introducing, inspired by my hometown of LA, have such a playful humor about them – I know they are going to be a major hit!’
Plus, when looking for Christmas decorating ideas with an ever-so-fun twist, we’re looking to fashion designer Alice Temperley’s home (below) – where these trendy pieces are used in abundance.
While Kelly already taught us that the disco balls don’t need to live on the ceiling – Alice has reinforced this by bringing her pieces to the floor – and dressing her hallway for the festive season in the process. Or, for a further unconventional modern home idea, Jennifer recommends using a disco ball instead of a Sputnik chandelier.
‘I would definitely try to find the right space – like any daring designer would undoubtedly try to do as well,’ she adds.
When it comes to this season, it’s time to have fun – and disco balls are setting the trend.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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