By Diana Mosher In Borrowing ideas from previous eras and distant places results in uniquely modern interiors A mantel with classical details gets a modern treatment in a space designed by Mikel Welch. (Image: John Bessler) i+D - November/December 2021 33 Mix the There are many ways to achieve a modern interior design composition. But clients seeking a contemporary aesthetic might be surprised to hear their designer is excited about incorporating some of their oldest possessions into the new space. When clients see the results, however, they realize that using period pieces -or influences from previous eras and from around the globe-doesn't have to feel formal, stuffy, or like a museum. We spoke with four designers whose special talent is layering diverse elements. Here's how they create thoroughly modern interiors with roots in the past that reflect the unique lifestyles of their clients.