The exhibit explores how designers reconcile the handmade versus the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and still preserve its bespoke nature. The AD feature caught my eye because it pairs up some of the creations on exhibit with counterparts in building architecture. I immediately started puzzling over how to connect the design features of each with interiors, and here’s what I came up with—seven trends that span the larger design spectrum.
1. Layers of bright color
|Nicholas Alan Cope via The Met/Victoria Murillo via Getty|
Like in this space…
A good match, yes?
2. Nature-inspired bursts
|George Pimentel via Getty/Getty|
|Source unknow/Harry Bertoia/Lauren Santo Domingo via Vogue|
...and dust. They catch a lot of dust too.
3. Organic matrix or web
|George Pimentel via Getty/Dan Mullan via Getty|
A 3D printer produced the web-like flourishes on these dresses by Noa Raviv, yet they share a matrix—or webbed—structure with the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, designed by Zaha Hadid.
|Contemporary Tiles/Miguel de Guzman via Imagen Subliminal|
4. Fish scales
|The Met/Romana Lilic via Getty|
5. Laser lace
|Slaven Vlasic via Getty/Fush + Partners Architects|
Laser-cut metal and wood installations are also finding their ways onto the outsides of residential buildings. Check out this home in Long Island, NY, designed by aamodt/plumb architects for a spectacular example of laser lace in home décor that connects outside and inside…
This house is blessed with water views on both the north and south sides, but east and west sides face neighbors. The architect used laser-cut screens to provide privacy for the house’s glass walls:
|aamodt/plumb architects via Houzz|
- (A) You barely see the screen from this view, but it’s installed perpendicular to the front door.
- (B) This is a close-up of the screen near the entryway. The floral-like pattern adds an art nouveau flourish to the home’s modern, minimalist exterior.
- (C) When the sun is in the east, patterns saturate the entry space.
- (D) The most dramatic effect is created inside the home when the sunlight hits the screens and paints the same floral patterns in light on interior wood surfaces.
- (E) The house's floor plan is basically a square with a narrow rectangular light well cut into the center. Screens also cover the ends of the light well, allowing the dappled light to refract through the glass walls and, in this view, the stair's glass guardrails.
- (F) This final view looks into the light well from in front of a screen. With their location on east and west facades, the screens act like a sundial, tracking the sun in its arc across the sky.
Take a closer look at this home on Houzz.
Laser-cut home décor accessories are popular for the same reasons, although on a scale smaller still. The two laser-cut chandeliers shown here cast interesting patterns when illuminated, while other home accessories, like the clock, play with shadow and reflected light from other light sources in a room. Items like these are fabricated from materials such as wood, metal, and plastics.
6. Origami folds
Iris van Herpen's first 3D-printed garment, with its accordion layered top, resembles the striated white sides of the Soho Complex in Beijing, designed by Zaha Hadid. Both suggest a skeletal structure, rib cages to be precise. And I can also see in the top of the dress a human skull—or maybe it’s one of the aliens captured near Roswell. I can’t tell which. ANYWAY, bones and body parts are big in home décor these days, too.
From the human skulls that aren’t just for Halloween anymore—I defy you to find a chic Manhattan loft without at least one in white or gold ceramic—to…
More about the exhibit that inspired this post...
Manus x Machina is scheduled to close Aug. 14, so if you’re going to be in the NYC area this summer, you won’t want to miss it. Follow the link for more information, including videos that bring portions of the exhibit to life for those who can’t attend.
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