Feb. 2nd, 2010

Bordello Chic: Trendy Design in Los Angeles

Los Angeles News: Blame it on the latest vampire resurgence and a fascination for all things old, but the latest trend in Los Angeles has been dubbed “Bordello Chic” and can be seen in businesses and clubs across the city. It’ll probably be leaking into private homes shortly.

David A. Keeps, a style scout who named the new design trend, described the look to the Los Angeles Times as:

"The look incorporates the glamorous vintage furniture popularized by Hollywood Regency decorating and modern interpretations of ornate rococo furniture, then takes it all to a darker, more dangerous place. It's steeped in old-world classicism, but it plays into the sexually provocative culture at the heart of nightlife and fashion."

Comfort, as well as style has swept through the city’s most popular clubs like the Edison in downtown LA. Once a functioning power plant, the space has been transformed into an Old World gentleman’s club, complete with photographic nudes from the early 20th century, tufted leather benches and canopy chairs.

The furnishings at Voyeur by designer Ted Nemeth are made to look like Victorian antiques, but with an edge, like the “Restraint” chair, complete with leather straps and harnesses more typical of fetish club.

The look that has spread through the city like a Southern California wildfire is beginning to make appearances at home too, with wing chairs and bronze lamps accenting rooms. A new Beverly Hills store from London designer Christopher Guy is sure to fan the fire. Carrying on the updated Victorian look, the store offers such luxe pieces as a high-backed gilded parlor chair, $2,540 and a button-tufted ottoman with a white-lacquered neo-rococo base that sells for $3,758, according to the LA Times story by Keeps.

For JustLuxe Carly Zinderman
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