Resin and Plaster: A White-Hot Trend
Why you need to reach for resin or plaster pieces — now.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer winter white or summer white, because any time of the year works for the hot look of white resin or plaster.
Texture is part of the appeal, say interior designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke with Madcap Cottage, based in High Point, N.C. Since we spend most of our time touching and swiping across smooth surfaces (think smartphones and other digital devices), Loecke says resin and plaster deliver a different dimension that people want in interiors today.
For a dressed-up powder room in the 2017 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse in Atlanta, designer Clary Bosbyshell of Margaux Interiors Limited used custom plaster sconces by Julie Neill Designs on whimsical “Swan Lake’ wallpaper by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little. The sconces breathe “fresh life into the space,” she says.
Whimsical Powder Room with Wallpaper, Pink Accents, White Plaster Sconces and Marble
A powder room in the 2017 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse bathroom space was inspired by the “Swan Lake” wallpaper by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little. Designer Clary Bosbyshell said she wanted to pull out the hot pink colors as seen in the towels and flowers. The white plaster sconces are custom made by Julie Neill Designs.
In the open breakfast room of the 2017 Home for the Holidays, Meredith McBrearty Interiors installed a custom-designed plaster light by Julie Neill Designs out of New Orleans.
"I wanted something beautiful and architectural, since the breakfast room did not have any walls, and I thought plaster was a perfect fit for a breakfast room since it is not a formal space," McBrearty says.
Contemporary Holiday Breakfast Room with Tulip Table and White Christmas Trees
White plaster Christmas trees are featured in the breakfast room designed by Meredith McBrearty Interiors for the 2017 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. The trees are on an iconic white Knoll Saarinen tulip table.
The fixture centers the white Knoll Saarinen Tulip Table, whose holiday accessories include a series of white trees that McBrearty made by hand, using chicken wire, paper mache and several coats of plaster-of-Paris.
A Willy Guhl handkerchief planter — recast in resin — served as the coffee table centerpiece on a porch designed by Huff Harrington for the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse.
Owners Ann Huff and Meg Harrington spotted plaster pieces while sourcing items in France, such as white plaster mirrors that add sophisticated interest.
White resin and plaster is moving more into lighting, furniture and mirrors, says designer Tami Ramsay with Cloth & Kind, which has offices in Georgia and Michigan.
For example, the new sophisticated and transitional pieces by designers Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger with Oly include a white antler wreath and the round Ari side table with a hoof detail.
Oly’s Beck dining table uses resin in two ways: a textured base and a glass top.
Regina Andrew Design’s resin offerings include a geometric star and table lamp.
White coral accessories cast in resin were used for a table vignette by design firm Meraki in a residence in Devonshire, England.
Faux bois brings additional texture to resin, such as Bernhardt’s Arbor canopy bed and bedside table in a chalky finish.
What’s next? Look out for white resin and plaster pieces mixed with shiny metal.
“It’s about craftsmanship,” says Nixon.