Fringe Revival

By Oliver Burns

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December 8, 2018|Trends

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  • o longer the domain of opulent, stuffy interiors, the fringe is back and it’s better than ever.    Adorning catwalks and interiors this season and beyond, we explore why fringing is set to become the new classic, adding instant glamour to whatever it touches.

Moodboard via Oliver Burns

Love it or hate it (and we can’t help but love it,) passementerie is enjoying a fashion revival.  Whether bullion, skirt or tassel fringing, this season’s shows are awash with this glamorous embellishment on all our favourite objects, from bags at Bottega Veneta and dresses at Chloé through to lighting by House of Hackney and chairs at Munna.  Read on to find out how to work the trend in a contemporary way, giving your interiors the fringe treatment.


Image via Munna

The key to using fringe in interiors is to use it sparingly; striking the right balance will deliver a contemporary pared-back take on art deco flair rather than an overdone, old – fashioned space.




Layering and texture are key to crafting any interior, but they’re even more critical to a monochromatic scheme.  The fringing on this sofa plays a prevalent role in creating movement and drama, enhancing the interplay between light and shadow, bringing these similar colours to life.

A statement piece with fringe detail is a great way of adding texture to a sleek or minimal interior. This vintage velvet love seat creates an unexpected focal point that provides contrast and visual weight, making sure it’s the star of the room.

Colourful fringed accents are a great way to enliven a neutral palette

Colourful fringed accents are a great way to enliven a neutral palette.  We absolutely love these eccentric luxe cushions from Gucci.

Image via Masquespacio

Set against a neutral backdrop, these Wink pendants created by Masquespacio for Houtique act like works of art, demanding your attention. Combined with brass, pink fringes that resemble eyelashes add a touch of humorous chic.

Image via Ben and Aja Blanc

Fringing can act as a quirky and fun way of infusing your space with exuberance.  This natural fringing on the Half Moon Mirror by Ben and Aja Blanc is an unexpected twist on the modern mirror.

Image via The Times

Finally – if you are a fan of a maximalist approach, you can use all of the above;- colour, pattern, texture – all the trimmings.  This bold approach isn’t for the faint-hearted minimalist, but executed in the right way can create a very unique space full of vibrancy and character like Barnaba Fornasetti’s home above.

Image via Elitis

Whether adding a contrast border to a chair, or edging a huge mirror in a quirky way, fringing is set to become the new classic, utilising innovative new techniques and unusual materials to elevate the most modern of interiors as well as more opulent spaces.

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