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
2. ‘Heavy’ is a collection of thin-walled, cast concrete lights by Benjamin Hubert available as a pendant, desk or wall light; via
3. & below. The Concrete Collection is designed by photographer Tom Haga whose images of concrete walls across Norway are transformed into wallpaper; via
4. A concrete staircase in Liss Springthorpe House in Cape Town, via
5. This chair from the Stitching Concrete collection is designed by Florian Schmid; via
6. This 4th dimension clock is designed by Sean Yu and Yi-ting Cheng; via
7. ‘Crowd Candlesticks’ by David Taylor; via
8. Triangular firepit; via

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
2. Cristina Albuerne Northern light basecamp; via 
3. Emerald green satin evening dress and shoes
4. Antony Todd interior designer; via; shot by Costas Picadas; via
5. Renée Finberg design via
6. Chair covered in malachite print fabric; via
7. World Of Interiors photo by michael eastman carribean interiors; via

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
2. Spotted lanterns; via
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
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
5. Yayoi Kusama, Self-Obliteration by Dots (detail), 1968, performance, documented with black-and-white photographs by Hal Reif; via
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

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
2. Wall collection Christmas tree; via 
3. Tree by ingrid jansen; via
4. The style index’s own attempt, using zippers, large sequins and gift tags; via
5. Chalkboard tree; via
6. The seven-foot Jubiltree is crafted in Maine from American hardwood; via

2. Shelf tree; via
3. Tree branch tree from Sarah Hogan; via; via
4. Christmas card tree by Lara Hutton, photo Sam McAdam; via
5. Removable wall tape; via
6. Christmas tree calendar, photo Jorma Marstio; via
7. DIY Christmas tree; via

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

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
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
4. Kimono collection from Mamechiyo and styled by Mieko Ueda, photos by Ayumi Hase; via;
5. Chrysanthemum pillow; via
6. Jo Meesters floral carpets are made from blankets; via
7. Colorful glass bud vases, image by Irene, via Flickr;

Mamechiyo in Tokyo; her kimono and geta below.


GUCCI Spring Summer 2013;

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
2.Vederlicht lamp from Studio Daniel 2012, via
3. D23 Skeleton chair by Berlin-based designer Gustav Duesing is assembled from birch ply; via
4. Jack's Table is an early piece from Sydney-based studio Fereday; via
5. March Studio won the IDEA 2012 retail category award with this bakery in Carlton, Melbourne; Photographer: Peter Bennetts; via
6. Rental space at Droog; via
7. This Sofa XXXX is another concertinaed form by-yuya-ushida;
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
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 and
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

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
2. Exhibited at the recent London Design Festival 2012, the Tria chair is designed by Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz for Colé via
3. Grey pinstripe eye mask via
4. Gumdesign Isola collection of chairs/sofas via
5. Handmade iphone 5 covers; order from 
6. Pinstripe basin by Joule Flow DesignUK via
7. The Pinstripe House, Nashville, USA, by Building Studio via
8. Rocketdog stylist women's pinstripe heels via
9. New Zealand made one-off design using Warwick fabric, via

The Fjord pinstripe sofa insitu; via

Reupholstered antique chair;

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
2. Selvedge by Raw Edges Design studio creatives Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay, via
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

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

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

Thursday, 25 October 2012


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

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

The results of a basket weaving workshop @ the school via

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

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
2. Donna Walker's recycled chandeliers exhibited at The Residence Gallery, via
3. V4 vases by Seoul-based designer Seung-Yong-Sung, via
4. Solid Shell steel and concrete chairs by Voon Wong and Benson Saw, via
5 & 6. Czech designer Jan Plechac revisits the great icons of chair design in his Icons collection, via
7. Quantum table by Jason Phillips, via
8. Japanese design powerhouse Nendo's cage lamps, via

Lines of colour; via

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

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Silver Linings

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

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
2. Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds float inside the vast space of Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall, via
3. Cloud Stool by Joon & Jung, a product design studio based in the Netherlands and run by two designers from South Korea, via
4. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are the designers behind DIY wall art Cloud, via;
5. Shanghai’s Shang Xia boutique by Kengo Kuma & Associates, via 
6. Cloud paper sofa designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, via
7. Neon clouds in child's bathroom. Interior design by Ghislaine Vinas, via

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

Pixel cloud in New York, via

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Laws of Attraction


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.