Nate Berkus Says This Furniture Looks Good With Everything

Plus the vintage find he dreams of scoring.
Nate Berkus in black sweater
Photography by Heather Talbert

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Today’s Guest Editor: Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus is an interior designer and HGTV star with a penchant for neutrals, good vintage, and everything being in its place (he’s a triple Virgo!).

Current Mood

What I’m loving right now: Raw Swedish furniture from the 1930s, specifically the work of Axel Einar Hjorth, an important Swedish designer who was the chief designer and architect for the department store Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm from 1927 to 1938. I love the simple materials like oak, rosewood, and birch; the deeply architectural lines; and how easily they blend with contemporary paintings and furniture from different eras, such as French 1950s pieces.

I’d recommend it to someone who also likes…mid-century European furniture, American design from the ’60s and ’70s, and the work of George Nakashima and Charlotte Perriand.

Collection of raw wood furniture from Sweden
Modernity gallery’s Axel-Einar Hjorth collection.

Photography by Åsa Liffner

Swedish wood table at Winter Show in NYC
Maison Gerard at The Winter Show 2024, Installation View.

Courtesy of Maison Gerard; Photography by Michael Mundy

Where I’ve spotted it in the wild: 

Two real-life ways I’d try it:

  1. The pieces are so strong, so I prefer to mix them with the work of other designers, such as Jean-Michel Frank, Jacques Adnet, and Maria Pergay.
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