2021’s Latest Home Decor Trend? The Domesticated Disco Ball
Wearstler is already using them in her residential and hospitality projects (she recently put one over a client’s fireplace in Austin). Why does she think people are drawn to dreamy, deflated disco sculptures for their home decor? “People are spending so much more time in their homes and having people over for parties,” she says. “This is definitely a party starter and a work of art.”
Mirrored balls have been around for over 100 years. They first popped up in the boozy, burlesque Berlin nightclubs of the Weimar Republic before becoming a cultural mainstay in the nightclubs of New York and Europe in the 1970s as the upbeat electro-beat music movement known as disco swept the world. Hence the term disco ball was born—and has been the beating, reflective heart of revelry for generations.
Until, well, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic caused nightlife, and transitively its ultimate symbol, to vanish across cities and continents overnight. So is it any wonder that when humans—the ultimate social animals—couldn’t dance under the disco ball, we domesticated it?
Wearstler herself placed one artfully on a vestibule. Model and actor Cara Delevingne enclosed a disco ball within a chandelier—and suspended it smack in the middle of her Los Angeles living room.
Meanwhile, Lalese Stamps, artist and founder of Lolly Lolly Ceramics, has been crafting her own disco ball for a few months. She ordered a 30-inch styrofoam ball—it had to arrive in two separate spheres—and has been adding the mirrored pieces bit by bit. “I’ve always wanted to have a disco ball in my house,” she tells Vogue. “People typically think of disco balls suspended from the ceiling, but I love the idea of one casually tucked away in the corner on the floor, maybe in a different spot every time guests are over.”
That’s the great thing about this new-age disco home decor trend—it doesn’t matter where you put it. Like Stamps says, the ball is being elevated to sculpture status, meant to be a conversation piece for at-home-affairs. “Anything reflective looks like a jewel within a space—they work in a family room, a living room, a kitchen, anywhere in a house,” says Wearstler. So why not put some dancing queen in your decor?
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