Brass, steel, bronze, and copper have all come and gone, according to Metropolis, the architecture and design-focused magazine. Designers are now employing gold on all kinds of creations, from table ornaments to full-size home furnishings. Whether in a matte or high-gloss finish, gold is gaining momentum and is poised to be one of 2018's principal design trends.
As if Knoll had predicted the nascent trend, this year's breadth of new products is replete with gold and rose gold. Beginning with the new Los Angeles Home Design Shop, iconic products have been reimagined with gold and rose-gold metallics, among a variety of other new and exuberant materials. Saarinen side and coffee tables boasts new gold tops, the Bertoia Side Chair gleams gold, and the Platner Collection comes in rose-gold and gold.
The lustrous finish has even influenced other product lines within the company. While not gold, Rockwell Unscripted has also received a splash of exuberance. In both Knoll Home Design Shops, the Creative Wall framework was finished in a brushed bronze, complementing the surrounding gold products. The glossy and exuberant finish seems to be here to stay, but as Avinash Rajagopal, editor in chief of Metropolis, notes, "the secret to good aureate design is proportion." Too much gold and it feels excessive, too little and it feels delicate.
However, as much as it may be this year's trend, gold finishes are not new to Knoll. See below for past spotlights on gold classics.