As in fashion, so to the home – again! This time all things lacy for 2013 and a trend which has been on stylists’ radars for some time now had definitely found it’s way into the gift and homeware world as I saw on Monday at Pulse London 2013: on cards, lighting, cushions, jewellery and sometimes simply dressing stands.
Seeing this trend ‘in the flesh’ reminded my of a very ethereal collage of images I’d seen on Patternbank back in March:
Here are some super cool uses of lace in interior design:
The concrete tiles with embossed lace facing below were designed by Jethro Macey (now at Decode) in 2006, which does go to show that either 1) some ‘trends’ take longer to catch on or 2) some ‘trends’ aren’t actually trends, but rather are timeless designs which come around every so often as ‘fashionable’. I prefer the latter theory myself.
On that note and stepping away from the whole obsession with trends, it’s really just about development in design and technique isn’t it? Advances in technology have allowed such intricate laser cutting to all sorts of materials – concrete, metal, timber – that this love of lace and it’s effect was almost inevitable. You only have to look at the image below of iron lace work in New Orleans to see a hands-on, labour intensive and ‘dirty’ but beautiful skill which is now, sadly, widely lost but is becoming in the design world superseded by ‘clean’ laser cutting.
You can’t get really much cleaner than a digitally printed metal lace effect, definitely no mucky metal work involved here:
There is, of course, absolutely no reason to stick to monochrome… why not try a little neon lace in your life
Liking the lace look, or loathing it?