Trend: Through the wire

Thursday, 21 August 2014

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It started with hanging caged bulbs, hair pin table legs and who could forget the original Bertoia Chair but it seems this minimalist look has slowly influenced nearly every item of the home. This desirable 'outline' of homewares adds textural appeal and an almost flexible aesthetic but as ever, the grid formation of wire has evolved into more fragile design. Even within print, the simplistic appeal of the grid is present within fashion trends as well as decorative accessories for the home. I love the current grid range at Ferm Living, a simple way to add pattern to casual interiors.

Inspired by the science of subatomic particles, the legs of the Quantam table by Jason Phillips is an example of how this trend continues to develop; the supporting frame is a scribble of bended steel, creating fluid lines that are sturdy enough to support a lacquered orange Corian tabletop. Genius. This delicate approach is also apparent within word art for the wall, a statement feature that is similar to the handwritten quotes that we all love and know upon Instagram, and the like. Anthropologie hit the nail on the head, utilising wire with such a desirable, clean effect.

Although these wire replacements are the skeletons of the furnishings we are all accustomed to, they create new silhouettes within design, with cubic and geometric lines. The Kai stackable chair series by Daniel Lau incorporates chevron shapes into a framed style, while Urban Outfitters is one of many high street brands translating the popular wobbly wire candlestick design.

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