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Feb 10, 2012


All of us lead a digital lifestyle. Computers, LED TVs, iPhones, iPads. Tell me which day this past week have you not touched or used at least one of those?

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.

The master bed maker, 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.

In a display of the versatility of the pixel-patterned textile to be used in a wide variety of products, Cristian Zuzunaga's fabric was used for Cristophe Delcourt's 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.

In 2010, under the brand name Tufted, the Portuguese handmade rug maker Piodão Group showcased some of its latest creations at the Zona Tortona during the year’s Milan Design Week. The pixels on the carpets just scream for attention - is there any way one can miss them? This vision is equally shared by Nanimarquina, which produced several handsome pixelated rugs too.

In an interior space, walls are often the first element that catch your attention. So who's leaving that out of this pixelation craze? Amirkhan Abdurakhmanov (aka Amirko) has also come up with a simple but dynamic wall decor idea - based on pixelation - for transforming an ordinary surface into a stunning wall canvas. His design brings one's favorite rooms to life with colorful pixelated wall displays, hence that wall feature is completely changeable according to your mood.

If Amirko's displays prove overbearing, take a look at the more subtle 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?


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3 comments: on "GONE ALL PIXELATED"

addictedtodesign said...

The bed looks very unique. I like the colors. Real nice!

giselle said...

Those colors might make you dizzy, at least this is my opinion. I like simple walls.

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