Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

THE PIXEL PARTY; Once a Product of Bad Digital Images, the Lowly Pixel Has Been Transformed by the Design World into Fabulous Fabrics and Artwork

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

THE PIXEL PARTY; Once a Product of Bad Digital Images, the Lowly Pixel Has Been Transformed by the Design World into Fabulous Fabrics and Artwork

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PIXELLATED is a dirty word in photography -- those ugly blurry little squares you get on enlarged low-res images taken, say, on a cheap phone, or downloaded from the internet. You see them in newspapers -- or even on TV -- in "citizen reports" from mobiles. Of course all digital images are pixellated -- it's just the size of the squares, minute in high-res images, that's so crucial.

But London designers are redeeming pixels to use as the square root of cool design. Shoreditch artist Cristian Zuzunaga, originally from Spain, sees pixels as "truly modern abstraction". His pixel patterns are a mass assembly of squares in literally thousands of colours -- printed digitally, of course. Pixels can perk up a chair as a cushion cover, or frame a face in the shape of a silk scarf. These designs have a phenomenally long pattern repeat -- up to eight metres -- so no two items are exactly alike. French manufacturer Ligne Roset has put the full Monty on one of its chairs, and WovenGround on the King's Road has a pixellated rug also designed by Zuzunaga for the Spanish company Nani Marquina.

Each ceramic pixel vase by RCA new-grad Julian Bond is also unique. This young designer has invented a pixellated mould with a complex arrangement of 1,300 moving rods which he adjusts for each vase. Meanwhile, Rosita Missoni has abandoned zigzags to pop pixels big time. First it was cushions and throws, now there are new fabrics being unveiled at Maison & Objet, the big spring fair in Paris this week. They will arrive in London shortly.

"Pixels are the perfect geometric partner for my florals," says Missoni. Hang her voile at your window to pixellate your London view, or stretch a Lycra pixel print over furniture or across a wall.

Meanwhile, Pixel-It are blindingly simple DIY wall patterns by Goldsmiths' graduate Oliver Bishop-Young. Inspired by cross-stitch and using a computer, he has reduced motifs such as flowers down to a basic grid that you can copy for free from the website redesigndesign. …

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