Fashion designers have long understood the value of dramatic detailing on the back of a dress. There has always been something intrinsically sexy in the contrast between an elegant, even demure gown with a deeply revealing plunge back line. Just think of the most memorable Oscar gowns worn by some of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars to see just how Maestros like Valentino, Balenciaga and Oscar de la Renta can excite and thrill, through dramatic flourishes on the reverse of their creations.
And, as an interior designer, I know that very often details on the rear of our furniture designs can have an equally dramatic effect.
Many of our clients consider the dining table as a major investment piece but, quite frankly, it is often hidden behind a ring of chairs. Instead, it is the rear of the chairs which become the dominant feature… Luckily, adding detail or embellishment here is far less expensive to achieve and can have a greater impact on the room then splashing out on a designer table. But it is not just in the dining room that the backside of your furniture is key.
Consider your furniture layout. It is very often the rear of your furniture that is the first thing you see when you enter a room. Just as my personal trainer will not let me escape our sessions without a punishing regime of squats and lunges, I consider attention to my derriere, a crucial element in my designs.
Unexpected, detailing on the reverse of furniture imparts a subtle undercurrent of richness or can inject another layer of interest that can add spice to a room scheme without overpowering it.
And sometimes, the backside can be the most significant feature – so channel your inner J-Lo and flout your derriere!!!