painterly inspiration

Trends....they are a big part of the design world. They come and they go. Sometimes we take part and other times we just let them pass us by. Lately, I've been noticing a lot of painterly inspired things; everything from pillows to wallpaper to knobs. Most of the inspiration seems to be coming from artists who worked between 1950-1970. Artists like Mark Rothko,

Mark Rothko - Untitled (Blue Divided by Blue) 1966

and Jackson Pollock.

Jackson Pollock - Untitled (Green Silver) 1949

Fashion, always a precursor of what's to come in the world of design has shown a strong liking for all things paint splattered and brush stroked for awhile now.

Dries Van Noten's Spring 2011 menswear line showed randomly ink splashed shirts that were actually hand painted by a couture atelier in Lake Como.

Proenza Schouler's Fall 2010 line showed pants that looked like they were torn from a Jackson Pollock painting.

Earlier this year, design blogger and Top Design contestant Eddie Ross won the Bloomingdales Big Window challenge using a spatter printed wallpaper from Hinson and Company that was designed by Harry Hinson in 1974.

Artist Sterling Ruby took the idea one step further with his paint splattered Tokyo boutique for Raf Simons. Via Apartment Therapy.

Kelly Wearstler has also shown her love for bold graphic brush strokes with this hand painted wallpaper she chose for her own Hillcrest home. In an interview with Vogue magazine, she says,"People think my boys did it!"

If painting or wallpapering your walls is too much of a commitment there are always these small Composition Knobs (on the right) from Anthropologie. They remind me of Helen Frankenthaler's work Small Paradise (on the left).I think pillows are a great way to take advantage of this trend. West Elm has these roughly scrawled chevron pillows which would update any sofa.

They also have this abstract splash pillow which is more my style.

If you're looking for a great steal this colour field and painted tweed pillow from DwellStudio are on sale right now for the unbelievable price of $US 30.00 each.

Also available are these beautiful colour field table mats. A set of four is $US 57.60

What do you think? Is this a trend you could get into to? Do you feel this trend has been kicking around for awhile?

Personally, I have a hard time with the paint splattered look. I'm old enough to remember the neon paint splattered fashions of the 1980s. I don't know if it is a look I can get into! The colour block works, on the other hand with their bold brush strokes I find quite enjoyable. I might be able to find some room for those in The Marion House.