Inspiration: Op Art

I’ve found myself drawn to op art for as long as I can remember. It was interesting putting together images for this post, because I realized just how many times op art was included in inspiration photos i’ve saved over the years. 

I mentioned it before, but one of the main design challenges i've struggled with for our house is how to stay true to my love for pattern, geometrics and color while remaining focused on both budget and resale. 

Enter op art. 

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Inspiration: Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti's body of work is vast and eclectic. I've read that curators have struggled to put together exhibitions because summing up his broad range of styles and experimentation is extremely tricky. 

I relate in a sense, I hate trying to describe my style-- whether it pertains to interior design, clothing or general aesthetic preferences-- despite the fact that I would definitely characterize myself as someone with very particular taste. I don't fit into a specific box, and as soon as I think I've sorted it out, something completely unrelated blows me away. 

The two components that do flow consistently through the designs I'm drawn to, however, are color and geometric patterns. With this in mind, my love for Gio Ponti is a no brainer. I find Ponti's use of color and pattern endlessly inspiring.

I am in love with this muted pallete. 

I am in love with this muted pallete. 

Ponti also liked to design the furniture, lighting and accessories of his spaces, like these incredible plates. 

Ceramic tile is almost nauseatingly trendy at this point, but looking at Ponti's design renews my interest. The geometric shapes seem more thoughtful and the color choices refreshing. 

You can see more of my favorites here. - Em O

None of these images belong to us, sources are linked on click through. 

Inspiration: Breeze Blocks

Emily V. can attest that from the moment we began discussing fixing up a house together, I have been rambling about the possibility of incorporating breeze blocks. There is just something about them-- maybe its the geometric lines, or that they are so versatile, or that, when used thoughtfully, they continue to feel unique and special despite their recent resurgence in popularity.

I don't shy away from design elements simply because they are trendy. However, I do try my best to understand the root of the trend with the intention of incorporating it in an organic way that will hopefully have some staying power. 

Breeze blocks were all the rage in the 50's and 60's in both residential and commercial design. As with most trends, the tide turned and suddenly they were considered completely out dated and out of style. More recently, the obsession with postwar design has included the return of appreciation for breeze blocks for both the aesthetic ornamentation, as well as their functionality. 

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In trying to navigate the squiggly line of passing trend vs. solid design, what helps shifts the dial for me is the functional versatility of the material. When combined, breeze blocks can create a screen that provides privacy, shade, ventilation and shelter from weather. They allow you to create walls with whatever degree of solidity or openness that you desire-- to a degree that isn't found in other materials. I should also mention that I just truly find them to be really beautiful.

I haven't figured out if or how we can incorporate breeze blocks into the exterior of our home just yet. I do know that we don't necessarily want to block any of the front facing windows of the house, which limits our options. Right now i've been tossing around the idea of creating screens to support either side of the front porch. Or perhaps a screen to cover the electrical boxes. Or maybe used as a lower fence around the front flower bed. Welcome to the hamster wheel in my head. We will sort it out, but for now, I hope you find some of these beautiful uses of breeze blocks as inspiring as I do. 

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xo,Emily O

Sources: The Return of the Breeze Block, Fourth image is mine, the sources of the other images are linked on click through.

Inspiration: Daria Zinovatnaya

I recently came across Daria Zinovatnaya's designs and they have been on my mind ever since. I haven't been able to find out much information about her other than that she is a Ukrainian architect and interior designer. Her mixture of color, texture & pattern makes my heart rate rapid. Her kitchen and bath spaces are particularly refreshing at a time when whites and grays are still dominating the design landscape. Check out some of my favorites below - Em O. 

Not only a variety of chairs, but a variety of table supports as well! 

Not only a variety of chairs, but a variety of table supports as well! 


The curtain is genius. 

The curtain is genius. 

No division of spaces, yet clearly defined spaces. 

No division of spaces, yet clearly defined spaces. 

These countertops are the best. Is that carpet on the wall? 

These countertops are the best. Is that carpet on the wall? 

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those cabinets! the tile!

those cabinets! the tile!

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Never knew I needed a glass enclosed cactus wall until now. I'll also take those chairs & the floor. 

Never knew I needed a glass enclosed cactus wall until now. I'll also take those chairs & the floor. 

 

**all images belong to Daria Zinovatnaya