Mondrian Magic; Claire Hornby Looks at the Mondrian Movement Happening in the Interior Design World

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Mondrian Magic; Claire Hornby Looks at the Mondrian Movement Happening in the Interior Design World


Byline: Claire Hornby

THERE has been a bit of a Mondrian movement happening in the interior design world recently, with geometric prints and monochrome with brightly-coloured accessories making something of a comeback.

Named after Dutch artist Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondriaan, Mondrian is the term used to reflect his work in the 1910s when he experimented and honed his distinctive style while living in Paris, London and New York.

Mondrian design is a grid of black and white lines with occasional squares of colour and for Mondrian purists, the inserts must be of the three primary colours, red, blue and yellow. The Platinum rug is black with white and blue lines, giving a subtle nod to the trend.

But if you want to take the look a little further, the Ciara and Esta shelf units come in black and white cubes and rectangles and can be slotted together to form loose grids on your walls, play with different arrangements until you are happy with the unique look you've created.

As walls should be kept white for this look, flashes of primary colour are essential, so choose bold items on the walls such as the vintage red glass square clock with silver numbers by Karlsson.

Strategically placed accessories will also provide colour pops, so look for glass bottles and vases in primary colours and then subvert the norm by adding colourless flowers, think white roses or lilies in a yellow or blue vase.

Heavily influenced by Picasso's cubist movement, Mondrian himself would have loved the Optic cubes. …

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