We know what you’re thinking: What?! Tie-dye is that iconic print of the ’70s, so often paired with lava lamps, shag rugs and polyester textiles. The once hippie fave that had another major moment in the ’90s—think tees and high-tops splashed with what looked like a rainbow’s vomit. Hold up. We’re not saying this particular form of tie-dye is making a comeback, but we are welcoming different versions back into our homes for a second chance.
The trend’s re-emergence started on spring 2019 runways. At R13, It Girl Kaia Gerber wore a tie-dyed tee and matching linen blazer that looked so wrong, yet felt so right. Collina Strada, Proenza Schouler, and Eckhaus Latta also played with the print. But Prada really kicked it up a notch. Who would have thought tie-dye would look so good on satin shorts, feminine skirts, and designer bags?
But before you start trolling eBay for tie-dye relics of the past, we should say that this new wave of the trend received a much needed update, especially when it comes to home decor. Brands like Superpoly and Fredrik Paulsen have put their own touch on the pattern, with an aesthetic more pastel and dreamy than blaring and bright.
Superpoly’s ethereal coffee table, available on 1stdibs, has a down-to-earth makeup of steel and wood.
Our first tie-dye decor love, the Easy Chair by Frederik Paulsen. It’s sold by Etage Projects on 1stdibs, if you’ve in the mood to splurge
“I started to experiment with staining wood in tie-dye,” says Fredrik. “One night at a party, there were these multicolored garlands that had fallen down on a wet table, dropping pigment and leaving beautiful stains. That’s when I started buying loads of garlands and tissue paper to put on wood before soaking it in water.” Far out, man. If you’re also finding yourself hooked on the trend, here are a couple things in our carts: