I’m starting up a bunch of new series’ this week that will become regular posts! First up, I have “Six Things” showcasing a theme with six must-have items in home décor. Perhaps the white winter weather has me craving outrageous color because I can’t seem to get away from fuchsia right now. The perfect mix of hot pink and purple, fuchsia is becoming a more popular color choice in home accents. In my next post I’ll show you inspiration for how to decorate with fuchsia, a decorating choice not only for the bold and brave!
- Cameroon Headdress, Snob Stuff
- Task Lamp, Jilde
- Camera, Pentax
- Agate Coaster, Leif Shop
- Bowl, Urban Outfitters
- Bkr Glass Bottle in Betty
Six Things: Fuchsia
I love when all of the creative realms collide; fashion inspires decor, art inspires fashion, and so on. While perusing past collections of famous designers, I found a collision of art and fashion in Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian collection.
Piet Mondrian was a famous contemporary Dutch artist who settled in France in the 1920s where his creativity flourished. His most noted paintings consisted of a white background with black grid lines, filling in only a few of the sections with primary colors.
In 1965 Yves Saint Laurent showed a collection inspired by the Dutch artist, which later became known as the Mondrian Collection. These dresses made the cover of Vogue, and inspired many imitations.
Here are some great examples of Mondrian and Mondrian-inspired works:
Art inspiring Life: Piet Mondrian
As St. Patrick’s Day draws closer, shamrocks, shades of green and Celtic motifs proliferate in home décor. Though the style can often seem very seasonal, the holiday inspired us to discover new and different ways Celtic motifs are used in contemporary home design.
From the Studio: Celtic Carpets
This image from a radio rental store in Hamburg, Germany, has made the rounds as an inspiration
fueling the cult-love of Ghetto blasters.
Yesterday I discussed the retro electronics trend a bit, and over the next few posts, I’m going to discuss the works of artists who may be driving, or at least helping to facilitate, the trend.
Michael Johansson is a Swedish artist who uses thrifted dressers, file cabinets, office equipment, electronics, and other everyday items to fill a space, Tetris-style. I can’t stop staring at these installations; there’s so much detail and color packed into these perfectly fitted spaces, and the boxy 80’s office feel is in every installation. I’d do anything to have one of my doorways closed up this way! You can read the ideas behind Michael Johansson’s work right here.
Influences of the Retro Electro trend: Michael Johansson
I’ve noticed a growing popularity of a little trend this past year: retro electronics. Specifically, 80s/90s cassette tapes, video game motifs, clunky electronics, and neon lights are making their way to home décor. Today I’ll show you some of my favorite 80s inspired items and tomorrow, I’ll discuss the artists that may have jump-started the trend.
Source: flickr.com via Vecco Studio on Pinterest
- Aimee Wilder electronics wallpaper
- Be kind and Rewind print from Design Different
- Green Cassette pillow by Bluebutton Studio
- Multi-colored cassette pillow by Ayman Zedani
- Orange tape pillow by Dabones
- “Recolecting Koganecho” installation by Michael Johansson
- As Tune as Possible Bag
- Color Bars iPhone case
Stay tuned tomorrow as I feature two artists who have used retro electronics or electronic material to compose their work!
Emerging Trends: Retro Electronics