Get Ready to See This Classic Pattern Everywhere

When I first realize early on that something is a trend, it always happens the same way: I notice myself liking something new — and usually out of character — and when I stop to question why, all I come up with is an instinct that it suddenly just feels right. In the case of checkerboard, that moment happened when I was at a thrift store in Columbus, Ohio, last fall: I found a vintage leather bag with a black-and-white harlequin checker pattern, and despite it not being my style at all, I knew I haaaaaaad to have it. Fast forward six months, and Jill and I have amassed a folder full of images that grows bigger by the week, as we see checkerboard patterns flying by on the Instagram accounts of fashion brands, interior designers, and shops. Below is a roundup of our favorite examples of the trend, but prepare yourself for a lot more — despite faint echoes of bad ’80s interiors and ska bands, trust us, it’s coming.Montauk_House_Guest_Room_1_004A private residence designed by Robert McKinleyDusenDusen-Home-BFerry-20190522-43Bedding and pillow by Dusen Dusen HomeMariaLenskjold_MrLarkinGeometric Mother Vase by Maria Lenskjold for Mr. LarkinMoooi_CheckerTableChess Table by Front for MoooiVeresnovsky_Apt_2Historical Apartment by Veresnovsky Studio1stdibs_CCTapisDamier rug by CC Tapis1stdibs_MiloBaughmanCheckerboard coffee table by Milo Baughman for Thayer CogginCryingCloverCandles

Candles by Crying Cloverno6_dora_mule_blue_checkerboard_3Dora Mule in blue checkerboard by No. 6Baggu_Checkerboard Baggu_Checkerboard2Standard Baggu and 3-D Zip Set by BagguMaddaChair_CheckerCheckered Madda Chair by Michael Felix (email the designer to inquire)BlocStudios_EyeThe Eye by Bloc Studiosmaharam_bag maharam_fabricCinch Bag and Alexander Girard Checker fabric by Maharam
Aelfie_MatsCheckerboard Wabi-Sabi rugs by Home UnionWorkof_Aelfie_CheckmateCheckmate Shag Rug by AelfieWorkof_CheckerThrowChecker Throws by 5th26JonathanAdler_Pillow JonathanAdler_ThrowPop Checkerboard Pillow and Baby Alpaca Throw by Jonathan AdlerDSC_7635

Los Angeles residence by Etc.etera