“Lacquer crosses over between very traditional and very modern,” says decorator Steven Gambrel, who is drawn to both old and new examples. “It conveys a sense of the rarified and refined.”
For designer Nina Freudenberger, the lustrous material needs a textural counterbalance, such as an upholstered bench, nearby. She also considers wear and tear. “Lacquer is sensitive, which is why it’s so glamorous,” she says. “It has a bit of untouchability.”
Gambrel agrees. “Slick modern furniture is less forgiving when it’s chipped.” But pieces that have more “spirit,” he says, will age beautifully, revealing their layers over time.
So, there’s some perfect lacquered sideboards to your living room set.