In fact, no more walls at all, thanks… not how we currently know them at least.
It really is the end of those narrow corridors, identical desks and chairs in their hundreds in dull, uninspiring spaces with low ceilings and lights that turn you into a zombie by midday. Goodbye to those rigid, so called ‘formal’ meeting rooms, tiny kitchens and limited social spaces.
As Steve pointed out in his blog Blood, sweat and gears, we are a bunch of amateur cyclists. When I think about myself, I’d like to refine the term ‘amateur’ a little. I’m someone who cycled up and down the gravelled road near my home on my treasured* golden Raleigh Chopper bike in the 80’s. That’s about it, not much cycling since.
Yesterday I popped next door to have a nose around the Clerkenwell Design Week exhibition in the Farmiloe Building. Playfulness in furniture, object design and interior accessories has been a trend for some time, but this year tops it all. A chair is no longer just a chair to sit on, a cable organiser isn’t just doing it’s job and who said that a table top has to be flat?! Objects no longer simply serve a purpose, they are here to entertain and they are full of attitude. They surround us and reflect our personalities. Some try a little too hard but others just get it right. The rule is that there isn’t one. Anything goes really. A mix of different materials and finishes, flat colours, gradients, patterns etc. All very tactile and sensory and a joy to behold.
We had lots of fun implementing the decor I’ve designed for our daughter’s nursery. I’ve always adored handcrafted things that are made with care and I want Frida to appreciate them too when she grows up. Each piece is hand-sawn plywood, treated with bio oil and hung a few centimeters away from the wall that creates a nice depth with the shadows… (more…)