Big Bold Unabashed Color


Big Bold Color. It demands space to empower a room. These stunning examples of large splashes of pigment speak to simple gestures, not letting the space get too busy but rather placing sculptural, singular elements of focus in the room. So dramatic, and full of energy. Notice how the floors are used in this color scheme?  All planes (walls, ceiling and floor) play off each other to become part of the composition. These spaces work so well because the saturation of hues are balanced.




“Designed by Gisbert Pöppler, The Hansaviertel Project is a full renovation of a private apartment owned by a prominent writer for the popular German television show “Verliebt in Berlin”. The property is tucked in the corner of a large modern apartment building, designed by Walter Gropius for the 1957 Interntational Building Exhibition, “Interbau”. As if intentionally planned to coincide with this important milestone, the renovation was completed just in time to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of this now classic modernist BAUHAUS experiment in urban living.” architectonic

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Commune Linens

These Bauhaus-inspired table linens were designed by Commune Design for Heath Ceramics. Known for their collaborative design process, use of natural materials and handmade craft, they have worked with some of the most design focused brands in the industry. Folks like the Ace Hotel, the Standard, Barney’s New York, Heath Ceramics, and the list goes on.

These beautiful handcrafted textiles feature a ‘threaded ticking detail on the napkins, placemat and tablecloth, juxtaposed against a subtle backdrop complementing Heathware perfectly. The table napkins are generously sized. Commune linens are made from 100% washed and piece-dyed linen that gets softer and more beautiful with each use.’

A joy to use, enhancing the design experience of the meal.

Excerpts sourced at Commune Design.
Images sourced at Heath Ceramics

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Design As Art

Recently, I picked up a new addition of Design As Art, by Bruno Munari. First published in 1971, it is a design classic worthy of this reintroduction. Munari felt design had become the most significant visual art of his time. I find his way of thinking is still relevant in the critical design thinking process.

Munari shared the Bauhaus ideal that art and life should be fused back together. The designer’s job was to respond to the needs of the time and visual quality should be part of everyone’s ordinary experience. Only when the objects we use and the places we inhabit have become works of art will life be in balance.


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