Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) , the Dutch artist, is the most renowned artist to propagate the art form of De Stijl, commonly known as Neo-Plasticism, an artistic movement which proposed ultimate simplicity and abstraction, both in architecture and painting, by using only straight horizontal and vertical lines and rectangular forms. Their formal vocabulary was limited mostly to the primary colours, red, yellow, and blue, and to a grid of black vertical and horizontal lines on a white ground. The works avoided symmetry and attained aesthetic balance by the use of opposition. See below how influential its tenets and visuals have been and still are even today

Post-script – 11/04/13. Did you see the article in the Homes & Property section of the Evening Standard on 10/04/13  showing a Mondrian-esque inspired and designed kids’ bedroom? Just saying…


Hermès has come up trumps again by giving a renaissance to the art of marquetry. This time the world-class French fashion house, whose first fabric collection was launched in 2011 through a partnership with Dedar, decided to reinterpret the straw marquetry of the signature furniture collection by the 1930s French designer Jean-Michel Frank and created Marqueterie de Paille a jacquard fabric of silk and cotton that comes in five different colourways.

As the name Ambiance of the collection suggests,


PAD Paris 2013


It’s that time of the year when my favourite fair is about to take place. Since its inception in 1997, PAD, the Pavilion of Art and Design, has become the crème de la crème when it comes to showcasing 20th and 21st Century works of decorative art and design. It is now synonymous with

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