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Street Art and Style In Interiors

Inspired by our recent World of Interiors feature, Edison explores the links between street art and style and interiors.

It’s evident by our latest feature in the World of Interiors rug promotion (featuring FLIGHT and HARLEQUIN below) that the cross over from street art and style into fashion and interiors is ever increasing.

Street influences can offer exciting and graphically enhanced motifs, patterns, colour and form that would otherwise have only been applied to the walls of a derelict building or any accessible public surface on which to paint.

Artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and skateboard artist Shepard Fairey have recently had their creations applied to Modernica’s ‘Case Study’ chairs, originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames, giving these timeless, modern-classics an alternative way of life.

Thanks to Banksy, the street style has become widely accepted for its creative contributions and output. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to see the urban ‘out’ creeping ‘in’ by way of graffiti inspired feature walls, whether for the home or the office.

Back in 2015 Ray-Ban collaborated with collectable street artist ‘Mr Brainwash’ applying his distinctive splattering of paint to their iconic frames.

But street style doesn’t have to mean complicated, political or overworked.

These modern creations by French artist ‘Remi Rough’ (below) and Portuguese Street artist Vhils (bottom) use clean lines and textures to form their sublime creations. Both artists sell through galleries internationally and have had their work commissioned for architectural projects worldwide.


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A ‘Graceful’ Home

In his occasional series on Interior Design, Company Manager Edison creates interiors inspired by Jean-Paul Goude’s images of his muse Grace Jones, who’s documentary film ‘Bloodline and Bami‘ is released this month.

A few weeks ago, at a work meeting, I ended up referring to one of my greatest source of inspiration; the work of Jean-Paul Goude. Through an extensive catalogue of iconic images and film, Goude mixes disciplines as graphic designer, photographer, film director and illustrator, exploring complex themes with passion and high-octane creativity.

I’ve taken inspiration from three of his images, featuring his one-time partner, the unforgettable Ms. Grace Jones and turned these into room inspiration mood boards. Once you’ve found your source, it’s amazing what you can draw from it.

Grace Jones ‘Maternity’

Think postmodernism and sharp contrasts. Like a contemporary version of Mondrian ‘with an edge’, it’s about having fun.

Focusing on the colours used more sparingly in the image, I’ve used the red and pink to dominate as a feature. Don’t be afraid to use bright colours on walls and mix together for added drama. It’s all about creating that wow factor as well as symmetry, balance and a play on angles. Think punchy accent colours, such as yellow and electric blue and don’t be afraid to throw in some pattern too.

CLOCKWISE: Chair Dick Spierenburg, Interior Ghislaine Vinas Interiors, Mora Cushion Nuria, Lorna Cushion Made.com, Shelving unit Ettore Sottsass, Kaleido trays reallywellmade.co.uk

 

Grace Jones ‘Island Life’

Probably the most famous of all images and certainly emphasising the ‘less is more’ motto.

The palette here is dusty and light. Delicate pastels with stronger tones here and there.

Think urban cool with a feminine touch. Chocolate brown statement sofa paired with some dusty pink cocktail chairs perhaps? Or alternatively, stick to rich velvet upholstery. Team with white and gold accents and introduce splashes of turquoise and green through plants and accessories such as green glass vases. “Slave to the Rhythm” and complete the look with our RHYTHMS carpet.

TOP: Pendant Tom Dixon, RHYTHMS carpet, Vintage cocktail chair, Vintage sofa.

 

Grace Jones ‘Night Clubbing’.

The slickest of the three images, it’s so highly charged, you don’t need to add much to your interior to achieve the same effect.

Offering a pared down approach, the emphasis is on sleek, smooth finishes and forms. It’s all about the darker silhouette with a strong edge, like Grace herself.

Palettes of cool grey as the backdrop to heavier, darker pieces. Be bold and mix matt and gloss such as these ageless Tolix chairs that work well when paired with a concrete top dining table. Think cool metal against natural wood elements. Soft, pale fabrics and thicker textured knits against flat surfaces adds contrast, shade and variety.

To warm things up a little, aubergines and plum colours work best; not too overpowering but statement enough. The perfect balance.

Chairs Tolix, Wall Light Conran Shop, Arc Table Foster & Partners.

 

 

 

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