Fringe Benefits: Why Tassels and Trimmings Are Making an Interior Design Comeback

After mid-century modernism’s long reign, some drama is making its way back into interior design—like with the resurgence of statement ceilings and chintz, or the return of colors like green and ochre. At first look, fringe fits into this comeback category as well: this spring saw over a 300 percent search uptick for “fringe pillows” and “fringe furniture” on Pinterest—but 2018 fringe is oh-so-different from decades past.

While old-fashioned furniture fringe was, at its best, splendorous, at its worst it could be seen as stuffy. But this new wave, Jonathan Adler says, “is fabulous. It used to seem grandmotherly, but that era is over now—now it seems young, modern, and glamorous.”

Take Adler’s Topanga Tassel and Topanga Corded Pillows. If this was the fringe of olden days, it would have been placed neatly around the border. But, this fringe is wild, covering the entire surface of the cushion, or in case of the corded pillow, an asymmetrical section. “Almost everything is fair game to be festooned with fringe,” Adler says.