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