Year of the Horse: A Contemporary Approach to Equestrian Design
Happy New Year! It may be a month into 2014, but Chinese New Year celebrations are just beginning. Of the many ways to mark the occasion (Lion dance, anyone?), perhaps a room redo is in order—one inspired by this year’s sign under the Chinese Zodiac. Welcome the Year of the Horse into your living space with these contemporary decorative accents.
Image: Jonathan Adler
For many, equestrian design is synonymous with grand English estates, rustic country homes, or Ralph Lauren ad campaigns. The style may lean traditional, but a few well-chosen pieces can add an equestrian flair to the most contemporary of homes. Take, for example, Jonathan Adler’s interpretation of the classic prancing horse sculpture: while it may reference motifs of the “Tang Dynasty or 19th-Century England,” this sculpture works well within a modern aesthetic.
Image: Atmosphere Interior Design
Another equine option is a gleaming white, horse head sculpture. Place it atop the coffee table or a pedestal for a striking addition to your living space.
Image: Lonny Magazine
If you’re more of a 2-D art lover, try a painting or print of this year’s sign. I love this horse photograph by Steven Klein, featured in the Paris home of Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier. The image’s scale, perspective, and method of display bring a contemporary sensibility to a 19th-century apartment.
Two more examples include artwork at Julia Buckingham’s showroom (above), and perhaps one of my favorite vignettes of all time, a stunning image of a horse’s mane set against the gray shades of a sophisticated bedroom.
Image: Douglas Friedman
Whether sculpture, artwork, modern or traditional, the Year of the Horse can inspire myriad decorating possibilities. Which is your favorite?