Geometrics: A Timeless Trend

By Oliver Burns

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November 27, 2013|Luxury Design

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  • hen we think of geometrics in interiors, it often conjures up images of bold bright patterns, however geometrics don’t solely present themselves through print. Natural geometry is all around us and can be found in furniture design, architecture and materials too, meaning you don’t need to completely redesign your home to add a touch of this seasons trend into your interior. It is also not just a contemporary trend; it is one that has endured throughout history. The Ancient Greeks and Moroccans both used bold geometric patterns as part of their architectural and interior design and throughout the 1900’s angular structures and patterns were presented in different forms as the design styles adapted and changed. Below I have explored how geometrics have evolved and how bold geometry can fit into your interior scheme, whatever your design style.
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Traditional period homes can easily adapt striking prints into interiors through the use of traditional geometrics such as keystones. The Florence Broadhurst Turnabouts Rug in the Georgian home above creates a bold statement in this hallway whilst remaining in keeping with the period style due to the choice of rudimentary lines and symmetry.

Image sourced via Sanderson

If your home favours art deco, it’s likely that a polished parquet floor already exists. Pick up on these straight lines and highlight them with patterns of the same era such as zigzags and chevrons. Fretwork was popular at this time so choosing a table or piece of furniture with a geometric pattern can be a nod towards the trend whilst remaining in keeping with your design style.

Images sourced via Elle (left) and Ranrah (right)

However, if you really want to wow, a checkerboard is the ultimate bold mid-century pattern, particularly in black and white with designers like Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel taking inspiration from this monochrome palette on their catwalks earlier this year.

Image sourced via At Luxe

Last season we saw geometrics take on a 1980’s vibe, initially starting with the 80’s revival on the catwalks. Inspired by the computer graphics that were new at the time, digital 3D geometrics were popular in vibrant neon colours. This look works perfectly in contemporary interiors to add a splash of colour and a futuristic pattern. The Lobos range from Missoni is a great example of this with a pattern depicting pixel graphics.

Image sourced via Dering Hall

This season, the prints and colours are pared back with metallic finishes taking prominence and furniture and accessories featuring angular shapes in order to form a geometric inspired design. TheZoid Console by Meier Ferrer demonstrates this look perfectly. The asymmetry of the piece creates a pure and minimal design that would not only work in the most modern of schemes, but partnered with antiques, this item would also look great in a traditional hallway too.

Images sourced via Neiman Marcus (left) and West Elm (right)

The Neiman Marcus Aluminium Drop Table or the West Elm Faceted Mirror Side Table above also offer a more subtle hint at this trend that can easily be integrated into any interior.

The reason geometric pattern has managed to last throughout the ages is due to its versatility and boldness. It’s not limited to a certain design style, therefore investing in key pieces is an ideal way to bring this timeless trend into your home, to be passed down through generations as the style evolves. Geometrics can still work without the use of loud prints all over; as I have shown, subtle hints hidden in furniture and fabrics can also make a strong impression.

Written by LO


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