We tend to think of Europe as the incubator of design trends and interesting buildings, but there's a rich architectural history to be found in the United States that's worth reflecting upon, too. Alongside the cherished heritage buildings, there's often a buzzing design community in their home cities that offers new ideas in home decor that influence the way we view our own spaces and live within them. Let's take a look at some of these inspirational stateside centers.
Pasadena is a city north east of downtown Los Angeles, California lush with a variety of beautiful residences. Pasadena homes are a mix of contemporary architecture, the iconic low-slung Rancho style house popular throughout southern California, and bungalows of which the greatest examples can be found in Bungalow Heaven, a neighborhood that boasts more than 800 small craftsman homes built from 1900 to 1930.
NY Now is one of the most popular events in the home design calendar, and this year with more than 2,400 companies presenting their visions for the coming year, we have some new trends to watch. Nomadic Chic was a style presented that incorporated everyday items, inspired by travel to stylish destinations around the world. Ceramics also featured heavily, particularly in the form of decorative bowls. New York is also one of the major cities at the center of the smart home revolution with more homes connected than anywhere else in the States. Properties in the city range from the projects of Harlem to the luxury homes of Upper Manhattan. Between these extremes, New York encompasses a range of architecture, new and old, contributing to the city's iconic landscape.
Seattle is a hub of design and innovation and one of the greatest cultural centres in the US. This year, Seattle thinks it’s time to get back to nature, taking inspiration from the traditional North West design principle of bringing the outside in and blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor space. We can look at our own homes for ways to live with more natural elements and fresh air.
Texas may not be the first place that comes to mind when we think of standout architecture, but the state is rich with historical and contemporary beauties and makes a fantastic road trip destination for design lovers. It offers everything from early European buildings including Spanish missions, the influence of its southern Mexican neighbours, and several Pritzker Prize winning architects have left their mark throughout the state, namely Frank Lloyd Wright, Isamu Noguchi and Mies van der Rohe.