Paris 2019 – There’s a bunch of illustrious architectural anniversaries this year, from Leonardo da Vinci to Bauhaus. Is that why architectural patterns are so recurrent at Maison Objet and Paris Deco Off? We selected 6 inspirational designs including Renaissance-inspired carpets, post-modern vases and whimsical urban wallpapers.M
Renaissance-inspired rug collection
CC-Tapis presented a geometric wool and silk rugs collection by Studio Klass which is informed by Italian Renaissance paintings. Titled Cinquecento, meaning 500 in Italian, the jewel-hued series celebrates the introduction of perspective in art. Paintings by 16th century artists such as Sandro Botticelli and Giovanni Bellini “inspired geometric patterns reducing the artworks to their essential components while retaining the illusion of perspective“.
Piero Fornasetti’s imaginary urbanscape
Classical façades are among the motifs in the latest Fornasetti collection for British wallpaper brand Cole & Son. The whole collection comprises 19 designs including also patterns with lemons, oranges and walking sticks, all of them “capturing the wit, the originality and the boundless universe of Piero Fornasetti’s visual language” explain at Fornasetti.
Textile architectural opulence
DIMOREMILANO expands its collection of indoor fabrics in satin, cotton and silk which are designed to offer wonderful three-dimensional effects. Dusty and saturated colors are inspired by urban settings where architectural elements transform into original decorative details. The collection is part of Progetto Tessuti, the studio’s constantly growing indoor and outdoor fabrics collection.
Postmodern architecture for flowers
Inspired by postmodern buildings, such as the work of Michael Graves or Aldo Rossi, Romina Gris creates architectural sets of porcelain vases. Patterns of an architect’s computer program wrap the latest collection, CAD series, which features 5-pieces vases allowing you to play with different compositions.
3D marbled paper
Tom Dixon launches SWIRL, a mysterious new material that resembles 3D marbled paper yet has the weight of stone. The innovative process involves recycling the powdered residue from the marble industry, mixed with pigment and resin to create blocks of material that can then be sawn, sliced and turned on a lathe. “Substantial in weight, smooth in texture and bold in pattern, SWIRL injects a fresh pop sensibility into any setting” explain at Tom Dixon.
Light-shifting aluminium textile
Molo explores the poetics of light through a landscape of sculpted paper walls which have been micro-coated with aluminum. The result is an architectural effect allowing a depth of brilliance and shadow to play out across its pleated surface. Though appearing soft grey from afar, its diffuse reflective quality allows the aluminum textile subtly echoes the tones of the room, or the shifting colour of sunlight through the seasons.