The 1940’s was a time of change, the industrial revolution, when the most iconic design and architecture was produced. A time of great revolution and discovery….it was a time that designers look back onto with vigour and excitement, as the most iconic pieces of furniture were created and the most revolutionary architectural discoveries made. Charles and Ray Eames, the walnut stool bottom right hand image, the Barcelona Chase left hand image circa 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Curved glazed windows on buildings were technologically discovered without a corner mullion for support, so that un-interrupted minimalistic design could be seen. The engineering in these designs to hide every fixing detail tickles me pink. It makes me tick.
I have chosen the colour YELLOW to go with this revolutionary focus, as it is the 3rd chakra in yoga, the sacral chakra, the centre of willpower and seeker of pleasure and enjoyment and is the perception of who you are. Creativity has run through my veins since I was a child. However, I did not find out about the industrial revolution until much later due to my catholic art education. I was in awe and inspired by this period of design and couldn’t believe it was so significantly missed during my education. It was a time of change, experimentation, artesian hand making. Before the pice was manufactured for mass production for a wider public. Every detail and practicality was considered, while being aesthetically and magnificently represented by the genius creators. The simplicity of form, represented the simplicity of life and the simplicity of life at those times, of such a tragic time. Care in every detail was taken and we are still buying these iconic pieces NOW, 76 years on.
The turmeric image for me represents the simplicity of life, community and enjoyment. It’s inspiring to see people living with purpose and joy, celebrating the one vision, LIFE. In design it is all about what we love, enjoy and represents us or the company we want the clients to see, when they walk through the foyer doors. Who are we ? And what do we enjoy ?
For me it is design. Bringing a vision to life and pushing the boundaries of what the client is comfortable with, to reach greatness. To create a timeless design that serves the clients passion and vision and just that little bit more. Watching the design get built and the vision being seen by the client and the smile on their face of pure happiness and surprise as it unfolds before their eyes. Design is a journey, you need a brief, you need the time to develop a meaningful design and time for the design of construction to be realised for all the right parts to come together. You cannot rush a good recipe to reach greatness. The proof is in the pudding as they say.
THE HOW to re-create this in your own interior: Yellow and black are friends and a striking combination but the yellow needs to be a warm yellow, like the one in these image,s as it has a tinge of black in it’s base. Using the yellow sparingly in a non colour interior with black, white and grey with a touch of yellow or tan leather sets off the whole space and oozes sophistication and timelessness. Try using plywood for joinery with black accents as they have in the bottom right hand image with black and grey upholstered furniture.