What Comes After the Hipster Apartment


This week Refinery29 posted a fun feature illustrating 32 signs that you’re living in a hipster apartment. From decorative antlers to terrariums, they pretty much hit the nail on the hipster-as-we-know-it’s head, but it got us to thinking. As we know all too well, a hipster shuns the mainstream. Counterculture, independent thinking, and creativity inspire their collective anthem. Ironic then that the hipster home has become so cliché, no? Mass-marketed individuality might just be this decade’s greatest contribution to the world of retail, but we’re calling an end to mainstream mismatched decor. In the same way that over-the-top retro futurism emerged after a decade of mid-century milieu, we see a whole new, much more colorful aesthetic on the horizon, and it’s a far cry from the subdued hodgepodge of perfectly imperfect flea finds combined with practical IKEA staples and select Danish design splurges that have become par for the subculture course.

Today we proclaim the official end of an era: the Edison bulb-lit DIY terrariums displayed on spindle-legged side tables from Williamsburg to Silverlake are officially played out. What’s next you ask? Well, here’s a few trends we’re starting to notice on creative Pinterest pinboards the world over. From the re-birth of the wall hanging to a revolt against the earthy tones of hipsterdom past, click through to check out what we think will make up a seriously cool apartment of the future.

Unusual baskets

Doug Johnston handmade vessels, $30-400; Whimsical wastebasket by Cordula Kehrer, $65

Wall hangings

Brook&Lyn wall hanging, $750-800; Justine Ashbee hand-woven wall tapestry, $435; Spirit Small Wall Hanging, $570; DIY Stick Wall Hanging, almost free

Modern macramé

Stampel macramé hanger and popping pot, $90


Ceramics for Plastics by Roos Gomperts, price upon request; “Rock on it” salt and pepper set, $55, Stampel surf spray fasett wooden vase, $45; ‘My’ teapot, $64


Kim Baise, $90; L’Atelier d’Exercices, $40

Hanging planters

Bridget Bodenham hanging planter pots, $55; Peaches + Keen woven bead planters, $120

Geometric objects made out of cardboard that are useful in a clever way

Recycled cardboard basket, $17 ; The Tri-Angles, $50 for 8


5 piece flatware set, $23; Brass hexagonal side table, $385; Cole Stool, Madegoods; Frame Lights, Julian Mayor

Iridescent designs inspired by rainbows

Anntian small square pillow, $190; Random 8 Chair, $3,045 ; Diamond Pendant Lamp, $1,800; Solar-powered rainbow maker, $40

Indoor swings

DIY inspiration via Freunde von Freunden and Fancy