American style in interior design

“Life in the 21st century means taking the best of history and making it work for you.” - Miles Redd, New York designer

This phrase by Miles Redd largely determines the character of the modern American interior. It takes a lot not only from history and different eras, but also from different cultures, styles, gets its energy from outstanding forms of American architecture, design, furniture craft. English classics, colonial and federal styles, art deco, organic style, loft, eclecticism are the historical styles that had the greatest influence on the modern design of America.

English classics is in the heart of the pie called "American interior". It was brought by English colonists and adapted to the difficult conditions where they had to develop their colonies. This is how more pragmatic and simple American colonial style was born.

Steven Gambrel

Michael S. Smith

Federal style

Federal architecture and federal style in the interior came into being along with the formation of a young federal state in the late 18th century and the construction of government buildings. In fact, federal architecture has become a rebirth of Roman architecture and the embodiment of the ideals of the Roman Republic and Greek democracy. During this period, capitols in Richmond and Washington, the State Treasury in Washington, the University of Virginia and others were built. The federal period was also the bloom for the furniture industry. One of the brightest and most prolific of its representatives was Duncan Phyfe, the famous American furniture-cabinetmaker. He opened a furniture factory in New York. The city at that time was the center of furniture production and attracted craftsmen from all over the country. New York furniture was also exported to other states.

The New York federal style is often called the Phyfe School. The master until his death remained the trendsetter of furniture fashion and the largest furniture manufacturer in America. His products are light and elegant, with empire motifs: animal paws, acanthus leaves, and floral designs.

Duncan Phyfe furniture

Art Deco

At the beginning of the 20th century, the American interior was transformed along with the rise of Art Deco in Europe and the growing popularity of cinema. It had more gloss, sophistication and luxury. The Art Deco architectural jewel of that time was the One Wall Street skyscraper in Manhattan. It was created by architect Ralph Thomas Walker. The skyscraper is known for its magnificent interiors, including the Red Room and the panoramic room on the 49th floor. Muralist Hildreth Meière, who also worked on the Church of St. Bartholomew and the Radio City concert hall in New York, created magnificent mosaic walls and ceiling in scarlet tones with gold accents for the Red Room.

Red Room at One Wall Street

Radio City Music Hall

Organic architecture

Organic architecture left the bright trace in the American interior. Its father and follower Frank Lloyd Wright opposed the idea of the unity of architecture with the surrounding landscape and the unity of man with nature to functionalism. Wright was the first to use open space. This residential area in the Stanley Rosenbaum house (1939) in Florence (Alabama) demonstrates how relevant his approach to interior design is today.

Frank Lloyd Wright was not only an outstanding architect, but also an extraordinary interior designer. His famous Geometric Taliesin chair is still topical today, and in 2018 it was relaunched by Cassina in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright - E. Fay Jones (Juvan Fay Jones) focused on the aesthetics of natural materials. Johns managed to become famous for private houses and churches built of wood, among which the most famous is the Thorncrown Chapel.

Thorncrown Chapel / Buckley Residence by E. Fay Jones

New York Design

New York is a State within a State in American interior design. In fact, loft was born here. New Yorkers are committed to their local favourite designers and are sincerely proud of them. Their work and interior items can be found in every respectful place in New York. Some of the most famous names are Lindsey Adelman, Peter Marino, David Weeks, Jason Miller

Hanging Mobile by David Weeks for The Nolitan hotelI

Interior design Grzywinski + Pons

Custom Branching chandelier installation by Lindsey Adelman Design by Wonderwall

You may see and buy the work of representatives of the New York contemporary design in numerous galleries of the city. Must-see - Salon Gallery The Future Perfect is in Manhattan.

The Future Perfect showroom

Restaurants and cafes in New York are great objects for design pilgrimage. Some of the most iconic and popular places in the city are Oscar Wilde bar, The Bar at Temple Court, Guilt, La Mercerie, Frenchette, Legacy Records and many others. Many of them are featured by the stunning architecture of the buildings. So the main feature of The Bar Room at Temple Court is its nine-story Victorian era atrium. Here, sitting in a bar, you can look up and see the stunning stairwell, or look at the eclectic design of the place from one of its floors. The ground floor is decorated with heavy carpets and deep blue, orange and green armchairs.

The Bar Room at Temple Court

La Mercerie


Legacy Records

The Manhattan District of SoHo is a real loft kingdom. There it dominates all fashionable places, private apartments, offices. There are many buildings where plants and factories used to be. Huge ceilings, a large amount of air, brickwork, intact ventilation pipes, beams - all this is the real historical elements of industrial buildings in Manhattan, which have survived the transformation into living spaces.

Puck Penthouses, Soho, Jose L Ramirez AIA

Crosby Street Loft by DHD Architects

Alexandre de Betak's SoHo apartment styled by Michael Bargo.

Houssein Jarouche

Wood in American interior

Wood, stone, metal make the framework of the American interior. So, wood can be raised to the third power, because there is a lot of it everywhere - on the floor, walls, ceilings, furniture. The traditional wall decor in classic American style is wooden boiserie panels.

Windsor Smith

The type of wood trim as shiplap can also be traditionally called American. It is a groovedhorizontal smooth planks, painted, usually in white. Initially shiplap was used to finish the facades of houses, but then moved into the interior as a wall and ceiling decoration.

Shawn Henderson

You can more often find new-fashioned fancy wall panels made of solid wood and veneered panels in the interiors.

Stephen Sills

Custom Branching chandelier with porcelain shades by Lindsey Adelman Interior by Marmol Radziner

Jeff Andrews

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Steven Gambrel / Michael S. Smith