Edison continues his occasional series on interior design, this time he looks at the inspiration and styling tips to be gleaned from window displays which you can be applied to your home.
You may have noticed that window displays are big business these days, particularly at established departments stores such as Selfridges and Harrods. These displays can often be flamboyant, whimsical, avant-garde or be created as an art installation in itself.
Many well-known artists and designers are invited to create these one-of- a-kind installations. Primarily to act as an enticement to passers-by, window displays are also meant to cause a reaction, be aspirational, create illusions and inspire creativity.
Many window displays access different disciplines which are often mixed together such as architecture and fashion, fashion and graphic design or interior design and engineering.
What is great about all of this is that you can take inspiration for free and apply them to yourself and your home. Take reference from forms, colour, scale and the placement of objects and explore these in your own time and space.
These two examples from fellow Chelsea Design Quarter member Guinevere Antiques, use their window displays to maximum effect. Bold patterns and forms, and a mix of classic modern vintage and antiques, grabs the attention and showcases what is achievable.
Our window display during LDF week was well received and not only tells a short story about the relationship between art, materials and colour but it also emphasises how we skillfully mix colours to create a carpet that will compliment your interior space.
In his occasional interiors series Edison creates mood boards based on two carpets reduced in our Summer Sale.
Now that we’re into our sale period I’ve just taken a look at two of the latest designs that have been added to our ex display sale list. I wonder who will buy these gorgeous pieces of art for the floor?
Being bang on trend and both having a timeless appeal, here are two mood boards which take inspiration from the DAWN and FOREST MOSAIC designs.
Mood boards are great tools to help co-ordinate a look, piece together elements of a design or simply help you focus on a colour, theme or mood.
DAWN MOOD BOARD
“FROM CHARTREUSE TO MUSTARD, BOTH COLOURS WORK WELL AGAINST SHADES OF GREY”
FOREST MOSAIC BOARD
“WITH ELEMENTS OF ART DECO, THINK STRUCTURED GREEN FORMS WITH A TOUCH OF LUXURY”.
Creative inspiration comes from myriad sources. Taking our lead from a recent article in Dezeen, we’re having an alternative look at inspiration on screen – exploring what music videos act as a creative spur to the Deirdre Dyson Kings Road team.
I love the resonance of Lana Del Ray’s voice and her unconventional beauty often mixed with an orchestral backdrop. It’s a style of music that makes you feel dead and alive at the same time, that is both distinctive and unique.
I find her video for the song “Young and Beautiful” so inspiring.
It is highly influenced by the ‘Toccata and Fuge in D Minor’ scene from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’. The overlap of colours, the silhouettes, shadows and the play on dark and light both in the foreground and background. It reminds me how important lighting is to any interior and how it can either make or break a space and ambience. Lighting is so often overlooked in interior design and remains such an important element in creating atmosphere and drama. I love the understated luxury elements of her make up, hair and jewellery and the grandiose styling, amplifying height, scale and space. It all works so beautifully in combination with her voice.
Deirdre’s LIGHT BETWEEN design evokes the style and mood of Lana’s video perfectly.
This video is really clever – it’s set in one room but contains a multitude of vignettes in a tiny space.
Of course this is a set but I’ve always been intrigued by the way houses in cities like London are carved up into interesting living spaces, bursting with character and how cleverly people craft these corners into individual homes.
The turn of this stairs hints to more and forms a crucial link in the story as well as making you to want to explore this spare little space as it transforms over the course of the song. The ‘illustrated’ version of the room is inspired.
I really love colour pops and think the way the colour blue threads through the spot is inspired, from the metallic indigo on the first shot of the guitar pick ups through to the the paint dripping from the stars to the minimalist canvas flooding with Yves Klein blue, a colour favoured by Deirdre and used in a recent version of UP AND OVER.
The gold costume of the character sitting on the sofa at the beginning remind me of the colourways in Deirdre’s original version of UP & OVER shot with bold, gold panels.
I just think the aesthetic is fabulous, dark to light, surreal and common place all in a little studio or flat anyone could own.
The background of the video incorporates over 550 printers and numerous pieces of paper that were recycled later.
The patterns and spectrum of coloured paper used were stunning.
Right from the beginning I was drawn in by the brilliant use of white paper which then changed to a symphony of so many different colour combinations. It was surprising to see the contrast of subtle colours at the end of the video.
The speed and rhythm of the moving paper with the fabulous choreography of the band members works so well with the music.
I also liked how the band members were dressed in white which was such a contrast to the vivid backgrounds. Dancing whilst suspended in the air made the video even more unique.
All in all I found this to be very inspirational on many design levels – I could watch it again and again.
We thought Deirdre’s CHEQUERED carpet, graded in wool with silk was reminiscent of the aesthetic created by the graded grid of paper in Nichola’s chosen spot.