In the mid-2010s, the dawn of Pinterest interior design boards and advent of cheap online homewares contributed to the beginnings of a millennial aesthetic. Familiar to anyone who has ever scrolled through Airbnb listings, the look included lots of string lights, boob-printed flower pots, exposed wood, slogan art and a soft, millennial pink.
But that was 10 years ago. Now, gen Z is made up of the country’s youngest renters and homeowners, left to design their first apartments. They have their own interior inspiration: pastel wall art, squiggle mirrors, LED lights and mushroom decor are all hallmarks of the aesthetic.
Véronique Hyland, the fashion features director at Elle magazine who coined the term “millennial pink”, says social media has sped up the pace of interior design revolution.
“The life cycle of a trend is definitely much shorter now due to TikTok – practically mayfly-length,” Hyland said. “We used to have a season or two to sit with a trend, and now the various ‘-cores’ come and go and things feel visually played out faster when we’ve seen them everywhere.”
Here are the current pieces essential to the gen Z aesthetic:
The Italian architect Ettore Sottsass created the bulbous, undulating Ultrafragola mirror in 1970, but this piece really grew legs in the 2020s. You can find it in the homes (and selfies) of people like Bella Hadid, Lena Dunham and Frank Ocean. Vintage versions of the real thing can cost up to $25,000 on sites like 1st Dibbs, so dupes