We’re very excited about the up-coming John Baldessari exhibition at the Tate Modern, London (13 October 09 – 10 January 2010). We’ve noticed a backlash to modern media exhibitions that use moving image, film and sound, and a rise in popularity of artists who collage, collect objects and use typography and text in their work. We think this will provide an abundance of inspiration for designers and impact trends in home interiors.
Hand-written elements, personal journeys, and using language and type are all typical characteristics of Baldessari’s work, and have influenced generations or artists from Tracey Emin to Cindy Sherman.
Tracey Emin uses text to explore and communicate emotions.
Peter Blake’s collages inspire print design in home furnishings.
Flocked wallpaper with poetic type, plates and dishes with witty messages and hand-rendered scribbles are key. Hopeful, inspiring messages are added to mugs, stationary and textiles. Images from top left: Wallpaper by Tracy Kendall, plates by Trixie Delicious, ironing board by Lisa Stickley, wooden cubes by Palomasnest, flasks by Andree Rouette.
Layering different fonts works well for textile prints, while wall stickers provide an opportunity to convey thoughts and make personal statements. We love these cool fire extinguishers with bold type designs. Images from top left: Wallpaper by Anri Moolman, wall decal by Single Stone Studios, fire extinguishers by Swiss Miss, cushion by Janske Megens.
Watch out for newsprint being used for soft furnishings, and digital references crossing over into hand-crafted items. Print by Carambattack, plate by Palomasnest, cushion by Fashion Bag, cushions by Bjorn Christian Aarum, table runner by Sem Design