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


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. 

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.