ON FLEEK / The Shape of Design to Come

I love that manufacturers of interior design and home décor products are pushing the geometric envelope beyond simple rectangles and circles.

I recently treated myself to a few such trinkets to refresh my living room occasional tables—a pentagonal tealight, two polyhedral shaped tealights sculpted in wire, and two other wire polyhedral sculptures, which were actually ornaments I stripped of their hanging loops. These simple pieces add an extra bit of dimensionality and energy to my living room (you’ll see later in the post).

I also like seeing more design that uses geometric shapes to create the illusion of dimension on an otherwise flat surface. Optical illusion is a long-time trick of the interior design trade.

Consider curtains hung near the ceiling to make it seem higher, clear acrylic “ghost” chairs or tables to make a space seem less crowded, or colors paired so that one tones down or ramps up the other. Geometrics used to create optical illusion is just one more trick to pull out when circumstances call for it.

Remember when your grade school art teacher introduced the concept of drawing in perspective? Remember how it changed your way of seeing? Well, that’s what this trend is all about.

LEFT: Design by PYO Arquitectos, photo by Miguel De Guzman/Imagen Subliminal via Home Design. RIGHT: Photo by Polouektov Vladimir via Home Designing.

These two photos are extreme examples. Note the polyhedral walls (above left), and the wall mosaic of wood rhombi on the right. Pretty dramatic, huh? And pricey, too, I bet. But you don’t have to spend a fortune (or remodel) to incorporate the dynamism of geometrics.

The home store look-books are awash with accesory products styled on a much smaller scale. You can just work some of the many rugs, pillows, candles, sculpture, mirrors, wallpaper, furniture pieces and lights out there into your existing décor.

Let’s take a closer look…

New at Anthropologie| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

New at West Elm| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

New at CB2 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

New at Susan’s house

  1. Black/copper ceramic bowl, bowl filler, Madera vase, hammered copper tray, sculpture
  2. CB2 Wave Christmas ornaments in gold and copper, no longer available
  3. CB2 sculptural Christmas ornaments in gold and silver, no longer available
  4. Black/copper ceramic planter, copper votive holder
  5. Display box
  6. Pentagonal rose gold tealight, square rose gold succulent pot
  7. Copper wire votive holder

I often change around my coffee and end tables to satisfy my love for beautiful things and the latest trends. Unfortunately, many of the items shown are no longer available (to you) because to pay for my love of beautiful things and the latest trends, I shop closeout websites and clearance sales. For these vignettes, I wanted to incorporate geometric shapes and introduce copper into the metal mix. I love how its rosiness warms up the room.

The succulents are all faux, but it’s amazing to me how real they look. They even fooled my husband. Both of us have severe environmental allergies so we can’t have plants inside. He questioned why I violated our household “rule” because even the faux dirt in the little pots looks real!! How fun is that?

When I can find sunflowers (real ones!), I substitute those in the geodesic vase on top of the books, to go with the top book, The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece. They are the perfect little pop of yellow to cheer me on a gray day.

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