The design preferences of Hollywood’s elite are shifting

Industry insiders are moving away from mid-century, contemporary furnishings

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Hollywood is saying, “out with the old and in with the new.”

Celebrities are increasingly shifting from vintage, ubiquitous pieces to unique furnishings crafted by local designers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Celebrities including John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Michelle Monaghan, and Clark Duke are among some of the glitzy elites opting for one-of-a-kind, contemporary items. Organic shapes, a maximalist look rather than minimalist, and items that are handmade are a few of the qualities they seek.

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Gallery owners and designers are catching on too. Design powerhouse Ralph Pucci’s recently opened a 12,500-square-foot space at 1025 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, joining the ranks of other contemporary showrooms including Twentieths’s the New, Furth Yashar & __, Casa Perfect, Not So General and Paris L’Eclaireur.

“I don’t want a medium example of a great designer’s work,” Sean Yashar, co-founder of Furth Yashar & __, told the Hollywood Reporter. “I would rather look at what a young person is doing. You are supporting culture existing right now.”

The cost of vintage items is still rising (a Prouve table sold for $1.7 million in an auction three years ago), and Angelenos inside and outside Hollywood’s glam-squad are finding themselves turning to artisans to build items specific to their sprawling estates. With homes spanning 19,000 square feet and rising 30 feet in height, finding off-the-shelf items pieces that fit has become an increasingly daunting task. [HR]Natalie Hoberman