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Edison’s musings on the iconic Fashion Photographer Guy Bourdin

As winter draws ever closer, it’s crazy to think how quickly the time has passed and that Maison 2020 is just around the corner.

It only seems like yesterday that we were on location at some fabulous properties, taking lifestyle images for Deirdre’s successful ‘Plumage Rug Collection’ styled by Louisa Grey.

In fact, that was a year ago and looking back at some of the wonderful photography by Michael Sinclair, I noticed a Guy Bourdin photograph pictured on one of the walls next to Deirdre’s QUILLS carpet.

How fitting, seeing that London Fashion Week is currently in full swing.

Considered as one of the important founders of contemporary photography, Bourdin’s images are highly charged and highly provocative; full of sensual and mysterious narrative but remaining colourful and often playful.

His advertising campaigns became synonymous with haute-couture whilst the product always came secondary to the image.

Even Madonna paid homage to Guy Bourdin in her 2003 ‘Hollywood’ music video, drawing direct inspiration from his most iconic images.


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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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