GONE ALL PIXELATED
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Would it even come as any surprise that a computer graphic effect like pixelation has made its way quietly into many a designers' minds and our home decor? Though patchwork has been around for a long time, pixelated prints have a modern vibe to it, and have sprouted up on many contemporary-styled furniture, walls and home accessories. Used as an interior design element, pixels are undeniably chic, fun and add a pop of color to your decor.
Lest it hasn't strike you yet that almost every item at home can be 'digitized', these following examples will prove why going pixelated is hot these days.
Hästens, collaborated with designer Cristian Zuzunaga to create a bespoke bed, combining traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary and eye-catching pixel design. A textile and graphic designer by trade, Zuzunaga is recognized for his brightly multi-coloured and distinctive pixelated textile prints in a checked pattern. A natural partnership was formed with the designer due to the similarity of Hästens’ iconic and instantly recognisable blue and white checked upholstery.
furniture at Les carnets du design. The designer has dressed a range of sofas and chair with the pixelated fabric obtained from the deformation and expansion of the picture of an urban landscape in Shanghai. And as if he's not quite done yet, Zuzunaga went on to design some amazing throw cushions in his signature style.
Clearly Zuzunaga isn't alone. Just 4 years back, during the 50th anniversary of Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair, artist Tal R created 50 unique patchwork designs for Fritz Hansen to commemorate the iconic chair too. Each individual pattern gives every one of the chairs a very distinctive flavor and look.
Elsewhere in Milan, in an 18th-century building spanning 1,800 square feet over two floors on Via Santo Spirito, the ground floor of this Stella McCartney Store store has been covered in oak parquet arranged in a multicolored pattern by Israeli designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay. No doubt the pattern is not full out pixelated, but the overall effect comes pretty close.
Alkalay & Mer have drawn on the same inspiration earlier to design an innovative installation at Design Miami/Basel 2009. The duo have developed the traditional finish by staining the individual oak herringbone parquet bricks from a palette of 15 different colours. By taking an everyday product and giving it a twist, they developed a very impressive mosaic design.
Pixelnotes, a wallpaper consisting of four layers of varying gray tones, with each layer perforated in a grid format and backed with an adhesive similar to post-it notes. Write a message on the wall, peel a square off, and reveal the gray beneath it. The wall will eventually form a pixelated image depending on how you use it.
In Brooklyn, with 25,000 ping pong balls, occupant Daniel Arsham created an unique visual effect on the walls. The pixelated look creates a certain feeling of movement and totally satisfied Arsham, who was looking for a creative ways to decorate the walls.
Now, who still needs white walls?