INTERIOR DESIGN WEEK! NEO-BAROQUE GOTHIC FURNITURE, WALLPAPER, CHANDELIERS.

Zen Minimalist Loft, interior design high ceilings, meditation cushions, Verner Panton chair.

My architect father’s birthday is coming up, so let’s give him a little present. Last May, we celebrated Rococo Week. Now, I proclaim that this shall be Interior Design Week!

I grew up on my dad’s photo books about modern home design. When I moved into my first real place (above), I turned it into a Zen Minimalist Loft. (Yup, that’s a Verner Panton chair and meditation cushions.) These days, I lean more towards modern Marie Antoinette decor, or Neo Gothic Rococo…

Gothic baroque furniture and wallpaper, Goth skulls interior design by Meg Matthews, Oasis wife.

…as epitomized above. Reader Elizabeth sent me these delightful visuals of Meg Matthews’ old bedroom (she’s the ex-wife of Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher). Meg’s got the dark royal aesthetic down to the black stand-alone clawfoot bathtub. Elizabeth writes: “Oh how I wish I could find all of the elements to create a room like hers…”

Ah, that’s what Interior Design Week is all about! Elizabeth starts us off with a link to Meg Matthew’s “Rock and Skull” limited wallpaper design< by Wonder Walls. Be still, my beating heart... The interlocking skulls (bottom right) come in a variety of colours and shades, but hopefully your walls aren't too high: each square meter will put you back £75.

Dom by Christian Koban, Berlin German Goth furniture, fashion and design store.

Let me point you in a more economical but equally Gothic direction. When I visited Berlin last year, I flipped for a furniture/fashion/design store called DOM. Designer Christian Koban’s vision can be described as “mod meets Edward Gorey”; I bought a spired black umbrella and promptly lost it. DOM has several German locations, as well as stores in Paris and Amsterdam. Too bad the website doesn’t have better images of his home furnishings.

Baroque furniture, Plastic Fantastic chairs Gothic rococo design. Horchow lacquered mirror, coat of arms picture frame growing veip, barocco headboard bed.

A number of modern interior design companies have taken inspiration from the Baroque. Horchow’s mirrors (A, B, C above) feature deep carved patterns and ornate scrolls cast in resin and hand-finished in glossy lacquer. (Available online for $400.) Maisons du Monde’s hand-carved Barocco headboard is upholstered with button-tufted velvet (500 euros online). Even the tightest budget can accommodate Growing Veip’s Baroque Coat of Arms picture frame, a wicked pink delight that sells for $26.

I love 18th century design but I have a phobia of antique furniture (don’t judge! Billy Bob Thorton suffers from the same affliction.) That’s why I’m always glad to see Baroque forms re-cast in modern materials. Holland-based Studio JSPR sources unique antique pieces, restores them, and then seals them with a rubber-based coating. (Reminds me of Maarten Baas’ burnt furniture, which I wrote about). The Plastic Fantastic range is designed to resist all weather conditions, and can even be used as garden furniture; most pieces are over a thousand dollars.
Atelier Abigailahern neo-Baroque chandelier, Anastacha Lamp by Terzani modern gothic rococo furniture and home decor.

Finally, let’s brighten up our morbid lairs with these stunning Neo-Baroque chandeliers. The Anastacha Lamp by Terzani (left) is designed around a brushed nickel bulb flanked by black or white plexiglass diffusers. Unica Home, one of my favorite modern design retail sites, sells it as a suspended lamp or wall sconce ($1200-5000). Atelier Abigailahern’s ghostly chandelier (right) casts a flickering low light and holds either taper candles or t-lights (£1,300 online).

What would you put in your dream house? Wait til you see the Neo-Rococo furniture pieces that I’ll post tomorrow!

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  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Whoa – I looked up Billy Bob's phobias and found that we share another one: a fear of eating with plastic cutlery! It's mild and I'm sort of joking… but sort of not. I'd probably choose not to eat (if it's polite to do so) than dig in with a plastic fork.

  • http://lacarmina.com Kasandra

    All those pieces are really beautiful. I took an interior design class at my school a few years ago, and I've always loved the black and white with a little bit of color styles. I am more for 1800's victorian furtniture but I still really enjoy the gothic styles too!

  • Mmy

    Oh, how funny! I've spent the afternoon mulling over gothic bedroom sets!

    I adore the Meg Matthews bedroom! My tastes run a bit “cleaner”/more modern than the intricate baroque carvings — mostly because I hate dusting. ;9 I admit to shopping at IKEA rather much. I have the Meldal daybed and have been debating a queen with the Manger headboard. I'd really love to get the Hemnes canopy frame, paint it black, and then make some black linen hangings for it with black embroidery. (Or a real wrought iron canopy bedframe, if we're indulging in complete lustful fantasy.)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Awesome! I love looking in modern furniture store and fairs… ahh just can't get enough.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    hahah the dust that settles in the crevices is truly the root of my phobia… *squirms*

    I like your canopy bed idea – you should do it. Maybe mix up the black linen hangings with some fishnet or sheer spiderweb ones?

  • Mmy

    I have the phobia of antique furniture! Well, not so much a phobia as an aversion to crashing through a Victorian chaise. Again.

    I LOVE period designs re-done; there is much less guilt or fear in actually using it. Perhaps that's why I like wrought iron so much — almost impossible to harm!

  • Mmy

    Yes! I like to be able to WIPE DOWN surfaces. All the surfaces.

    I was thinking it'd be nice to have mix and match sets: maybe something thick and lush for winter, and lace for summer… I actually have about 20 yards of black spiderweb lace I found on sale right now. Hooks + dowels = faux canopy… hmm…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Whoa – I looked up Billy Bob’s phobias and found that we share another one: a fear of eating with plastic cutlery! It’s mild and I’m sort of joking… but sort of not. I’d probably choose not to eat (if it’s polite to do so) than dig in with a plastic fork.

  • http://candy-scrapbook.blogspot.com/ CS

    I can't wait to have my own place to decorate (unfortunately my next move will be to live in uncomfortable student accomedation) minimalism will be banished and every inch an aesthetic binge.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Love it, love it. When I lived in a student dorm, I held a competition for best decorated room… but only one other person made any effort at decor, bah!

  • http://lacarmina.com Kasandra

    All those pieces are really beautiful. I took an interior design class at my school a few years ago, and I’ve always loved the black and white with a little bit of color styles. I am more for 1800′s victorian furtniture but I still really enjoy the gothic styles too!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Awesome! I love looking in modern furniture store and fairs… ahh just can’t get enough.

  • Mmy

    Oh, how funny! I’ve spent the afternoon mulling over gothic bedroom sets!

    I adore the Meg Matthews bedroom! My tastes run a bit “cleaner”/more modern than the intricate baroque carvings — mostly because I hate dusting. ;9 I admit to shopping at IKEA rather much. I have the Meldal daybed and have been debating a queen with the Manger headboard. I’d really love to get the Hemnes canopy frame, paint it black, and then make some black linen hangings for it with black embroidery. (Or a real wrought iron canopy bedframe, if we’re indulging in complete lustful fantasy.)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      hahah the dust that settles in the crevices is truly the root of my phobia… *squirms*

      I like your canopy bed idea – you should do it. Maybe mix up the black linen hangings with some fishnet or sheer spiderweb ones?

      • Mmy

        Yes! I like to be able to WIPE DOWN surfaces. All the surfaces.

        I was thinking it’d be nice to have mix and match sets: maybe something thick and lush for winter, and lace for summer… I actually have about 20 yards of black spiderweb lace I found on sale right now. Hooks + dowels = faux canopy… hmm…

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          I do the same thing – I stock up on sale fabrics and eventually turn them into a project. I have some gorgeous blue/black Indian lace that I’ve yet to use.

          • Mmy

            Stockpiling fabric is a dangerous but wonderful habit… I’ll be sure to send you pics if it turns out! (You’ve inspired me to go for it, but I need to finish painting in there, first. ;)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I do the same thing – I stock up on sale fabrics and eventually turn them into a project. I have some gorgeous blue/black Indian lace that I've yet to use.

  • Mmy

    I have the phobia of antique furniture! Well, not so much a phobia as an aversion to crashing through a Victorian chaise. Again.

    I LOVE period designs re-done; there is much less guilt or fear in actually using it. Perhaps that’s why I like wrought iron so much — almost impossible to harm!

  • http://candy-scrapbook.blogspot.com/ CS

    I can’t wait to have my own place to decorate (unfortunately my next move will be to live in uncomfortable student accomedation) minimalism will be banished and every inch an aesthetic binge.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Love it, love it. When I lived in a student dorm, I held a competition for best decorated room… but only one other person made any effort at decor, bah!

  • http://lacarmina.com liesbeth

    That's delicious!! What a love nest

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Omigosh – Billy Bob Thorton is also afraid of CLOWNS! That's one of my age-old phobias. Antique furniture, clowns, and bowls full of dirty old coins. *trembles*

  • Mmy

    Stockpiling fabric is a dangerous but wonderful habit… I'll be sure to send you pics if it turns out! (You've inspired me to go for it, but I need to finish painting in there, first. ;)

  • http://lacarmina.com liesbeth

    That’s delicious!! What a love nest

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Omigosh – Billy Bob Thorton is also afraid of CLOWNS! That’s one of my age-old phobias. Antique furniture, clowns, and bowls full of dirty old coins. *trembles*

  • http://lacarmina.com Gary

    I hope you get lotsa readers! :)

  • http://lacarmina.com Gary

    I hope you get lotsa readers! :)

  • http://kagitsune.deviantart.com kagitsune

    I love Miss Matthew's room. Such dense patterns and unified theme… I <3 it.

    btw, Carmina, do they have Ikea furniture stores in Canada? I know that they sell a *lot* of things similar to designer styles, but for loads cheaper. :3

  • http://kagitsune.deviantart.com kagitsune

    I love Miss Matthew’s room. Such dense patterns and unified theme… I <3 it.

    btw, Carmina, do they have Ikea furniture stores in Canada? I know that they sell a *lot* of things similar to designer styles, but for loads cheaper. :3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Yes, Ikea has taken over the whole world! But when you grow up with an architect dad, you develop disdain for fiberboard furniture and reverence for Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair…

      ahah I jest. The frame posted by Avantgauche is fantastic. I just try to look elsewhere for furniture (and there are some moderately-priced pieces online) before turning to the old staple of Ikea.

  • avantgauche

    I'm redecorating at the moment and I'm using classic lolita, georgian neo-classicism and rococco as my influences. I found this frame in Ikea http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/0009… and I'm using three of them sprayed white using two as notice boards and one a mirror.

    I'm going to use wall decal vinyl to create silhouettes of rococo style furniture where my bed and chest of draws are going. I also plan to brighten up old or plain furniture with shop brought decals their are some great ones around including some of chandeliers and birdcages.

  • Jennifer

    Wow I really love the dark room. It's stunning. I'm planning on redecorating my room with a lolita/Rococo feel do you have any suggestions where I can get more inspiration?

  • Anonymous

    I’m redecorating at the moment and I’m using classic lolita, georgian neo-classicism and rococco as my influences. I found this frame in Ikea http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00091967 and I’m using three of them sprayed white using two as notice boards and one a mirror.

    I’m going to use wall decal vinyl to create silhouettes of rococo style furniture where my bed and chest of draws are going. I also plan to brighten up old or plain furniture with shop brought decals their are some great ones around including some of chandeliers and birdcages.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I really like the idea of decals (reminds me of the GL Bible room with the bats and graveyard cut-outs on the wall). Your idea of Rococo forms, modern execution… can’t get better than that.

  • Jennifer

    Wow I really love the dark room. It’s stunning. I’m planning on redecorating my room with a lolita/Rococo feel do you have any suggestions where I can get more inspiration?

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I’ll be doing design posts all week! Keep checking this site…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I'll be doing design posts all week! Keep checking this site…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Yes, Ikea has taken over the whole world! But when you grow up with an architect dad, you develop disdain for fiberboard furniture and reverence for Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Chair…

    ahah I jest. The frame posted by Avantgauche is fantastic. I just try to look elsewhere for furniture (and there are some moderately-priced pieces online) before turning to the old staple of Ikea.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I really like the idea of decals (reminds me of the GL Bible room with the bats and graveyard cut-outs on the wall). Your idea of Rococo forms, modern execution… can't get better than that.

  • http://lacarmina.com Rogan

    My mum is an interior decorator and I alway find awesome stff in her books as well. There was an awesome Baroque inspired chair covered in tiger print and painted pink. Not too gothic but awesome none the less.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Whoa – I'd sit in that and refuse to get up!

  • http://lacarmina.com Rogan

    My mum is an interior decorator and I alway find awesome stff in her books as well. There was an awesome Baroque inspired chair covered in tiger print and painted pink. Not too gothic but awesome none the less.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Whoa – I’d sit in that and refuse to get up!

  • http://lacarmina.com Anne

    Aaaarg! I miss the DOM store in Hamburg….
    ;__; the next store in Berlin is 300 km away…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I know… I still mourn the loss of that umbrella!

  • http://lacarmina.com Anne

    Aaaarg! I miss the DOM store in Hamburg….
    ;__; the next store in Berlin is 300 km away…

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I know… I still mourn the loss of that umbrella!

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    I want to have those furniture. They are very beautiful..

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