The New Design Trend That’s Making Us Nostalgic for Our Childhoods
Neotenic furnishings and accessories add a youthful air to interiors.
By Carly Scholl
Popping up in boutiques and galleries across the country is a new trend that feels nostalgically familiar. While, scientifically, neoteny describes the lag in physical development of humans and animals, resulting in childlike features, the term is being used in the design world to categorize furnishings, decor, art and accessories that have juvenile qualities: rounded edges, thick, curving appendages, simple forms and even animal-like attributes. These cute creations are a soft, playful contrast to more sophisticated design styles and add a note of unaffected charisma anywhere they’re used.