Filigree and Fretwork
Maybe it's a continuation of the lace trend, but I'm seeing a lot of openwork in products and home design, especially with filigree and fretwork.
Both of these forms of design work have been around for millennia. Ancient Romans turned filigree - tiny beads and twisted wires all made of metal - into a fine art form. And Ancient Egyptians used fretwork to create decorative passages that allowed cooling breezes to pass through or provided privacy.
Modern designers are rediscovering these fabulous open patterns for today's lifestyles, with swirling loops of metal, or laser-cut geometric patterns.
The looks can be delicate and feminine like in the pendant above, or bold and beautiful like the screens below.
I love people who are taking these older crafts and using them in new ways, like designer Julie Bradshaw who added a stunning metal fret to the cabinet doors below.
And these sliding doors below from Summer Thornton are a brilliant way to hide or reveal the shelves in this room! Notice the classical details that speak to this trend's historical roots.
What do you think about filigree and fretwork? Let me know in the comments!