When Interior Meets Fashion – The Iridescence Trend

I have been writing a trend post for hardwood flooring company BOEN (You should check them out! They have the most dreamy wooden floors.), and since I believe the topic is really interesting, I’d like to share the content with you on the blog too.

When Interior Meets Fashion is a series I started when coming back from the IMM15 show in January being aware on how much fashion has been influencing in the interior world for the past few years.

Head-to-toe sparkle lit up some of the catwalks in AW14/15 and S/S15. The allure of shimmering fabrics just never fades, and a rainbow of iridescent shades casts a space-age lustre and hops now over to the interior design world.

Iridescent glass is emerging as a major micro trend providing a subtle sheen to furniture and lighting design.

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If you want to get a wider overall look, please see the post of the COSMIC trend since it all started there.

Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has created this iridescent coated glass shelve for Glas Italia called Shimmer (left), with geometric panels of glass that create spectacular layers of prismatic color.

I really like the design on the right! Eastpack has teamed up with Swiss designer Sabine Marcelis who got a free hand creating a limited edition backpack with a very similar effect. I believe, transparency is key and looks just beautiful. I would probably have an extra fabric bag in there not wanting to show all my belongings though:) You?

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The iridescent bed side table named Jet Lag (left) forms part of Lena Hemm’s first furniture collection, and the shiny dress on the right belongs to Chanel’s Spring 2014 Haute Couture show (right). I think it looks really cool with the sneakers!

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The Hamburg-based design studio Besau-Marguerre (left) has created the Iridescent Copper mirror inspired by history and the fact that mirrors are as ancient as our human need to embellish ourselves. Back then, mirrors were orginally made from polished metals and copper.

Markus Lupfer (right) is known for his innovative and often surreal use of print, embroidery and graphic embellishment. He has been blended in some metallic-effects in his new S/S15 collection.

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How about the glass pedant? Named Iris, this handblown crystal lamp with an iridescent coating (left) won German designer Sebastian Scherer a Lexus Design Award in 2014, whereas Marco de Vincenzo on the right, suprised with a collection where coats and dresses were paired with a most dazzling effect.

Iridescence is certainly well known in pearl oysters or soap bubbles and due to the intense colors often perceived as fascinating. But coming back to the fashion and interior world, let’s see now if the end consumer is brave enough to integrate the glowing trend!Are you? G, x

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Soft bedroom color palette

If you search for interior design inspiration for your bedroom, and moreover a color palette, powdery colors are just perfect for a calm and elegant atmosphere. I really like the combination in this bedroom with a muted blue (which changes according to day light), blush, a clear terracotta shade and the use of velvet and linen.

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I am not that much a fan of the bed side table lamps (the Dyad Sconce would have been my choice) but the color palette really speaks to me.

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Located in South Kensington, London, this contemporary single family residence was designed by Dyer Grimers Architecture. Swiss clients Andrew and Frederike loved their period mansion flat so much that they bought the one above and the one below challenging the architects to join the three floors together. I tend to show images of the entire home but this time I’ll just stick to the bedroom suite which I like best. But you can have a glimpse at the entire project here. G, x

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3 steps on how I start creating a mood board

I love to show you today how to create a mood board or give you some insights on my workflow with a few mood board examples I did for a client earlier this year. BOEN is a Norwegian based company specialized in wooden flooring with the most amazing variety of colors and styles in their product catalog.

They have decided together with style expert Helle Tjaberg to address their products to four different client profiles, and I have been asked to create a corresponding mood board that reflects that style. These boards were then presented to their clients through different workshops I gave on a trade show.

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In my experience, the creation of a mood board is an excellent creative method to help anyone visualize and communicate ideas so when working on a new board,

1// I  ask for a briefing to understand the main concept of the message to reflect.

2// I decide on the rational and emotional keywords (with an underscore in the texts below) I’d like to stress on, and

3// search for the corresponding images repeating that process on all four boards.

All picked keywords will be translated into images and materials. I use to work with a mind-mapping program that makes it very easy. These 3 steps are fundamental for all my creative mood board processes.

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The one above belongs to the Pure Nordic style. Since this Nordic style finds much inspiration in nature and landscape I chose an image to reflect that savage unfussy nature style and added a few dried plants. Pure Nordic embraces colors that are light and clear providing a more minimal look. As a paint translation of this trend, the palette points towards neutral colour nuances of off-white, ivory, linen and light slate gray. Cotton and wool are fabric samples that match just perfect and a ceramics gris relates to the love for handcrafts.

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The next style is named Modern Rustic and rooted in a rather laid-back and cosy style. Rustic charm has been reloaded in a more countryside environment where past and present are celebrating being reunited. Modern Rustic floors are recognized by their ‘lived-in’ appearance or used-look, lively patterns and individual character reflected by the three chosen wood examples.

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This style is constantly evolving and though having a rustic appeal, a flirt with industrial and ethnic elements makes it temporary and inviting to discover an own personality. Concrete elements, as you can see on the image above combined with decorative objects are often displayed as a still life. Being authentic where masculine and feminine elements merge, is one another keyword to observe.

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Urban Contrast talks about finding a very own expression where different styles can be blended, all serving the idea of living with authenticity and personality.

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Contrasting on occasion bold design with more classic pieces, combined with colorful accents and sometimes graphical elements; these are some of the most common features of Urban Contrast. There is a feeling of a rather urban asphalt and very contemporary look. Vintage letters, posters or cardboard letters are a few popular interior design elements that can help you feel at home within its definition. The floors of this style have been designed to adapt to a modern habitat shaped by concrete, brick and stone.

Finishing up for all who are interested in this creative technique: it is essential to translate your gathered keywords into images, colors and different tactile materials in a way the overall look&feel will be consistent and harmonious. Images are powerful and easy to retain, however, tactile materials make your mood board so much more interesting and always invite to touch and discuss.  G, x

PD: If you want to see another former commissioned mood board, Scanned! has been developed for a German online magazine and published a few days ago.


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Burnt sienna – A color pigment process with Laura Daza Studio

Everything related to arts&crafts fascinates me; and even more when I get a nice behind the scenes peek.

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One if the nicest projects I got to see when in Milan this year, deserves a post by itself. There was much going on with raw material research, certain areas of Ventura Lambrate had this extraordinary lab feel. And that’s was just one of the many reasons why it’s so worth visiting that event.

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Laura Daza had been experimenting with the yellow ochre pigment or formerly know by ‘raw sienna‘, taking the name of the city of Siena (Italy) where it was widely produced during the Renaissance.

By heating up at several temperature she obtains a series of shades from yellow, red and reddish brown. She applies then the different color pigments to contemporary objects such as textiles and vessels converting handmade pieces in a very refined artisan work.

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Laura Daza is a passionate Colombian designer with a solid education at the renown Central Saint Martins College of Design (London), artist, maker and color. You can see more of her works here.

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Trending color combinations for your home with Studio Pepe

It must be the season because you know, I’m not the brightest person when it comes to display color on my blog. Except for publishing posts about Italian designers. Studio Pepe is one of my favorite ladies duos out there (is there any other??), I have written about them several times already just because they way they work with color combinations in retail, editorial shots and interior design is just something to learn from, and you get great interior design ideas from them. I have the feeling they just treat color differently in Italy. See some of the random images below from their portfolio.

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Decorating with acqua and mustard is quite a thing lately, and it gets even more interesting when adding bold coral pops to it. Now, imagine for a moment you take them out…and then you probably have again a color scheme you might feel more confortable with for your home.

Talking about boldness, to my surprise, there was quite some neon color at the Salone del Mobile again but pretty much reduced to this reddish-coral shade. I mean, really? Again? I rather prefer a nice statement Klein-Blue.

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Here we have another pretty straight to the point example of how much Memphis Design influences on any creative discipline. Did you see the examples from the Salone review? It’s one of the most fun trends lately, and I am really excited to see how the different design disciplines are going to get inspired.

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And then there is the Californian vibe which is really trending now, perfectly translated on the image above with the main features such as turquoise watercolor, palm and botanical leaves, blue sky and some pink details. I am so ready for the summer. Are you? G, x

PD: Talking color, have you subscribed to the newsletter to receive Kristine’s super well curated 3 Pattern Trend post that is on spot (and super pretty!) and went out this morning? If not, drop me a line and I’ll still forward it!


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