Friday, 28 December 2012

Cast in Concrete: brutalism at home

If I were into brutalism, I would find a concrete cave to live in.
I would cast all my furniture in concrete and pave the path with cement.
I would scratch my name in the cement. It would say 'Charles-Édouard Jeanneret lives here'.
Then passers-by would wonder if Le Corbusier designed my home.

1. Israeli designer Shmuel Linski created this cool kitchen appliance ‘Espresso Solo’ sheathed in concrete; via linskidesign.com
2. ‘Heavy’ is a collection of thin-walled, cast concrete lights by Benjamin Hubert available as a pendant, desk or wall light; via benjaminhubert.co.uk
3. & below. The Concrete Collection is designed by photographer Tom Haga whose images of concrete walls across Norway are transformed into wallpaper; via concretewall.no
4. A concrete staircase in Liss Springthorpe House in Cape Town, via antoniozaninovic.com
5. This chair from the Stitching Concrete collection is designed by Florian Schmid; via florian-schmid.com
6. This 4th dimension clock is designed by Sean Yu and Yi-ting Cheng; via 22designstudio.com.tw
7. ‘Crowd Candlesticks’ by David Taylor; via superdave.se
8. Triangular firepit; via hard-goods.com

Yes, it's not over yet with concrete as a new breed of designers and architects explore novel ways to incorporate the art brut material into our home designs, interiors and even homewares. But don't be fooled by what you see above: it's concrete as wallpaper (4), and there is also concrete as rubber (2), and concrete as wool (5).

Friday, 21 December 2012

Emerald: Pantone colour of 2013

If I could be Dorothy, I would stay in the Emerald Palace forever and never go back to Kansas.
I would eat spinach and beetroot salad every day and drink midori cocktails.
I would find new best friends and we would all dress in green satin.
I would send Toto back home and buy a pet iguana.

1. Decadent drapes; via veranda.com
2. Cristina Albuerne Northern light basecamp; via extremewavetheory.blogspot.com.au 
3. Emerald green satin evening dress and shoes
4. Antony Todd interior designer; via anthonytodd.com; shot by Costas Picadas; via cpistudios.com
5. Renée Finberg design via reneefinberg.blogspot.com.au
6. Chair covered in malachite print fabric; via amandanisbetdesign.com
7. World Of Interiors photo by michael eastman carribean interiors; via eastmanimages.com


Friday, 14 December 2012

Spot On

If I could hide anywhere in the world, I would hide in Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room.
I would be 12 years old and I would wear a red and white spotty leotard so that I could blend in to my surroundngs.
I would leave my face exposed and paint my lips green, just in case I got lost. Then my dad could find me.
I would not take my minx cat with me. He would burst all those balloons with his sharp claws.

1. Modern black and white spot concepts building in Bangkok, via architectkidd.com
2. Spotted lanterns; via myslowdesign.com
3. Susanna and Jussi Vento’s apartment in Helsinki, Finland, is pretty tiny at just three rooms but it is cramped full of bold black and white pattern; via susannavento.fi
4. Yayoi Kusama’s dot designs are part of a 2012 campaign for Louis Vuitton. The project included two limited edition clothing and accessory lines for LV, museum exhibition, site-specific installations, interactive website, and mobile application.  Here her designs cover the New York City 5th Avenue store; via louisvuitton.com
5. Yayoi Kusama, Self-Obliteration by Dots (detail), 1968, performance, documented with black-and-white photographs by Hal Reif; via artslant.com
6. The Appaloosa is a horse breed best known for its colorful leopard-spotted coat pattern.
7. Stylist Susanna Vento decorated her all-white apartment exclusively in black and white pattern with spots featuring on rugs and walls; via susannavento.fi


































Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field (Floor Show) (1965)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Deck The Walls: Cool Christmas Trees

It's the first week of December and time to put up the Christmas tree – if you haven't already done so. There are two moodboards this week showing cool ideas for alternative christmas trees for those with limited space or for those who love a craft project. The Style Index has an entry, too!

Some new designs from UK wallpaper designer Deborah Bowness capture in full life-sized colour yet another great idea for stylish space-saving Christmas trees. 



1. Fabric painted tree from Canadian House & Home magazine, photograph by Angus Fergusson; via houseandhome.com
2. Wall collection Christmas tree; via alltheluckintheworld.nl 
3. Tree by ingrid jansen; via woodwoolstool.blogspot.com.au
4. The style index’s own attempt, using zippers, large sequins and gift tags; via thestyleindex.com.au
5. Chalkboard tree; via blog.cb2.com
6. The seven-foot Jubiltree is crafted in Maine from American hardwood; via jubiltree.com


2. Shelf tree; via swiss-miss.com
3. Tree branch tree from Sarah Hogan; via delightbydesign.blogspot.ru; via sarahhoganphoto.com
4. Christmas card tree by Lara Hutton, photo Sam McAdam; via homelife.com.au
5. Removable wall tape; via hiperoriginal.com.br
6. Christmas tree calendar, photo Jorma Marstio; via susannavento.fi
7. DIY Christmas tree; via curbly.com

The Wallpaper Christmas Tree by Deborah Bowness. With two designs to choose from, both in Deborah's signature trompe l'oeil with a twist style, these Tree panels measure 84cm wide and 200cm high. They can be decorated with real baubles and removed and packed away for next year; via deborahbowness.com



Monday, 26 November 2012

Chrysanthemum Colour

Mamechiyo is a kimono label designed by the Japanese artist Mamechiyo. As a little girl, she dreamt about being a geisha. When she grew up she fell in love with the beauty of vintage kimono cloth and is now encouraging young girls' interest in wearing kimono with several books on 'how to' as well as a contemporary range of kimono. 

I love the way she applies Japanese kitsch logos to some of her designs, such as rocket ship appliqué, rabbit pins, and mobile phone charms, as well as her use of a modern western palette.

The deep pinks and intense blues of Japan's imperial bloom, the 
chrysanthemum or kiku, is inspiration in one of Mamechiyo's recent floral designs, seen here on a western model. They are colours that are also popping up in floral-fixated interior design and furniture. 



1. Canevas Collection by Charlotte Lancelot for GAN at the Milan Design Week 2012; via charlottelancelot.com
2. The imperial seal of Japan or kiku flower seal is an abstracted design of the chrysanthemum.
3. Console Ibiza Fantasia, handpainted wooden wall table; via kare-design.com
4. Kimono collection from Mamechiyo and styled by Mieko Ueda, photos by Ayumi Hase; via mamechiyo.wix.com; mamechiyo.jp
5. Chrysanthemum pillow; via jossandmain.com
6. Jo Meesters floral carpets are made from blankets; via jomeesters.nl
7. Colorful glass bud vases, image by Irene, via Flickr; rosendalstradgard.se


Mamechiyo in Tokyo; her kimono and geta below.

 

GUCCI Spring Summer 2013;
via gucci.com




Monday, 12 November 2012

Structured Furniture and Interiors Show Some Spine

Just like fashion likes to dabble with the concept of underwear as outerwear, architects and furniture designers are showing off clever construction techniques.

From flat-packed furniture that slots together to amazing framework forms in chairs and tables, structural aesthetics in furniture and interior design is a winning trend.

Just last Friday, March Studio was nominated the stand-out winner of the retail category at the Australian Interior Design Excellence Awards 2012 for the design of the sinuous and skeletal interior of the bakery store Baker D Chirico in Carlton, Melbourne. Plywood joinery never looked so high brow.

1. Architect Amanda Levete of AL_A produced a three-storey high Timber Wave sculpture, which was installed outside the V&A museum in London for the London Design Festival 2011; via amandalevetearchitects.com
2.Vederlicht lamp from Studio Daniel 2012, via danielhulsbergen.com
3. D23 Skeleton chair by Berlin-based designer Gustav Duesing is assembled from birch ply; via gustav-duesing.com
4. Jack's Table is an early piece from Sydney-based studio Fereday; via tomfereday.com
5. March Studio won the IDEA 2012 retail category award with this bakery in Carlton, Melbourne; Photographer: Peter Bennetts; via marchstudio.com.au
6. Rental space at Droog; via droog.com
7. This Sofa XXXX is another concertinaed form by-yuya-ushida; yuyavsdesign.com
The designer says: "Whenever I see it the beauty of the simple geometrical structure and its repetition always fascinates me."



LAVA’s design for the Martian Embassy is for The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Redfern, Sydney; via l-a-v-a.net
The assemble yourself 2-3 JUNIOR CHAIR from CK Goff and Yellow Diva.
Yellow Diva is a Melbourne-based design practice which entered this chair in the Object category of the Australian Interior design Excellence Awards 2012; via idea-awards.com.au and yellowdiva.com
Swedish designer Pål Rodenius has come up with a novel idea of pre-printed plywood patterns which when cut out create a whole suite of furniture. It's appropriately named Saw and Assemble; via rodenius.se

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Pinstripe Dandy

Biba girls and dandies love a pinstripe. So, too, does Italian design duo Laura Fiaschi and Gabriele Pardi from Gumdesign(4). Finding new ways to apply the sartorial pinstripe is not a new concept but surely it's a trend just waiting in the wings for a big revival.



1. Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki exhibition, to 14 April 2013 
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery via brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk
2. Exhibited at the recent London Design Festival 2012, the Tria chair is designed by Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz for Colé via lorenz-kaz.com
3. Grey pinstripe eye mask via otisbatterbee.com
4. Gumdesign Isola collection of chairs/sofas via gumdesign.it
5. Handmade iphone 5 covers; order from facebook.com/pomellamac 
6. Pinstripe basin by Joule Flow DesignUK via jouleflowdesign.com
7. The Pinstripe House, Nashville, USA, by Building Studio via buildingstudio.net
8. Rocketdog stylist women's pinstripe heels via rocketdog.com
9. New Zealand made one-off design using Warwick fabric, via neutradesign.co.nz


The Fjord pinstripe sofa insitu; via hjellegjerde.com








































Reupholstered antique chair;housetohome.com.uk
Wallpaper;osborneandlittle.com


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Chair Couture

All the fashionable chairs of today have wardrobes of their own. Which couture covering appeals to you? Soft or spongy, pleated or petaled, fuzzy or feathery?




1. Chairwear by Dutch studio Bernotat & Co at Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2012, via bernotat.eu
2. Selvedge by Raw Edges Design studio creatives Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay, via raw-edges.com
3. Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton was inspired by her AW 2012 collection when she produced this Hand Massaged Petal chair for Jamie Oliver's Big Chair Project auction for his charity The Better Food Foundation, via jamieoliver.com/thebigchairproject

4. Chairwear by Dutch studio Bernotat & Co at Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2012, via bernotat.eu
5. Mutation Sofa by Maarten de Ceulaer was exhibited at Milan Design Week 2012, via maartendeceulaer.com
6. Blush lounge chair by Sofie-Brunner, via sofiebrunner.com
7. Ondule armchair By Mattis Esnault, via mattisesnault.wix.com


Three red beauties.
Kimono Chair is covered by a flat piece of material by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, via tokujin.com
Mitak Chair by Christian Astuguevieille, via hollyhunt.com 
Viennese design studio kabiljo inc. has developed 'occupy! chair, via kabiljo.com

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Fluro-a-go-go


A little bit faded now but still good to go-go.





































1. Neon Green Chair via modhomeec.com
2. Make a paper-cut lampshade via blog.makezine.com
3. Wind andWillow Home neon pink salad bowls via etsy.com
4. PhotoImage by Jamie Malys via modhomeec.com
5. Takin' Shapes handprinted cushions via clairoliviawayman.com
6. DIY painted pots via theproperpinwheel.com
7. Neon jacket

The results of a basket weaving workshop @ the school via harrietgoodall.com

Niklas Alm's stills photography for the swedish interior magazine Nya Rum via niklasalm.se

Friday, 19 October 2012

Line of Sight

Some of the furniture that previewed at this year's London Design Week was made of steel wire. It's a favourite material of designers and shows up regularly in new permutations. Beijing-based architect Sarah Bernardi's new studio collection (1) is so ethereal, it looks like a line drawing.


1. Sara Bernardi's collection of steel rod furniture called Con-Tradition by MICROmacro, via micromacrolab.it
2. Donna Walker's recycled chandeliers exhibited at The Residence Gallery, via donnawalker.org
3. V4 vases by Seoul-based designer Seung-Yong-Sung, via seungyongsong.com
4. Solid Shell steel and concrete chairs by Voon Wong and Benson Saw, via vwbs.co.uk
5 & 6. Czech designer Jan Plechac revisits the great icons of chair design in his Icons collection, via janandhenry.com
7. Quantum table by Jason Phillips, via jasonphillipsdesign.com
8. Japanese design powerhouse Nendo's cage lamps, via nendo.co.jp

Lines of colour; via gilbertbretterbauer.net

Nendo's 2011 solo show Thin Black Lines And Dancing Squares in Taiwan.

When is a line drawing a chair? When it's Nendo's Thin Black Lines wire frame chair of course, via nendo.co.jp

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Silver Linings


From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon beholders. 
BASHO

A scene from the movie Cloud Atlas.
A magnificent book by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, is now a major film released this month starring Tom Hanks with a huge cast and budget to match. 

The book details an epic tale that spans generations and dimensions.It tells how the actions and consequences of our lives impact on others throughout history.

According to wikipedia, a cloud atlas is a pictorial key to the nomenclature of clouds. Early cloud atlases were an important element in the training of meteorologists and in weather forecasting.


Clouds are inspiration for many designs, too, from the cute to the conceptual. 
Here are some of the best. 


1. Belgium fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck's Collection for S/S2012 is fittingly called Cloud #9, via waltervanbeirendonck.com
2. Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds float inside the vast space of Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall, via miesiit.wordpress.com
3. Cloud Stool by Joon & Jung, a product design studio based in the Netherlands and run by two designers from South Korea, via joonjung.com
4. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are the designers behind DIY wall art Cloud, via LATbouroullec.com; kvadratclouds.com
5. Shanghai’s Shang Xia boutique by Kengo Kuma & Associates, via kkaa.co.jp 
6. Cloud paper sofa designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, via tokujin.com
7. Neon clouds in child's bathroom. Interior design by Ghislaine Vinas, via gvinteriors.com

Cloud-like installation by Tara Donovan at ace gallery, via acegallery.net

Pixel cloud in New York, via danielarsham.com

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Laws of Attraction


via rawcolor.nl


What suddenly makes a colour like mint green so need-it-now?

It seems that all it takes is one person’s ‘way of seeing’ a certain tint of green afresh (or any colour, shape or pattern for that matter) for that view to gain authority and influence others.

Seemingly overnight mint is elevated in status as the colour of the moment, and we are unexpectedly stirred when we see it, as if we had never really noticed its incredible freshness before.

The first person to declare mint green cool is generally an innovator, but not necessarily well-known. It's only when other creative types and early adopters start to share this view, that the idea that mint is a sharp and edgy colour for today… and not at all the mumsy and nice colour of yesterday… begins to infect and morph and transform and sophisticate into a collective swathe of ideas that pop up in all manner of design and decoration concepts from sources far and wide.

Here at The Style Index you’ll find edits of those ideas. Some are mere possibilities, some have already started to coagulate between like-minded creative souls, some are just starting to morph, while others are in full bloom and ready to expire …

We hope you enjoy using this index of style fragments and visual ideas to find inspiration.