Words by Emma Kay
It could be the nostalgia of maths lessons spent daydreaming that has squares, triangles, rectangles, lines and angles lingering in the interiors air. But whether you are a protractor fan or not, it’s hard not to glance up and feel surrounded by the geometric shapes of the world as the prevailing trend of 2011.
Tel Aviv textile designer Mika Barr has released her first and very aptly named collection ‘Geo’ at Talents Design. With an ongoing fascination for structures and 3D formations, Barr’s origami-inspired, screen-printed cotton cushion cover echoes this obsession, available in white with contrasting thread in grey/black/red. Geo cushion cover, €65 each, www.talentsdesign.com
Erica Wakerly, RCA alumni and award-winning wallpaper/textile designer, frequently takes her cue from geometry. The monochromatic ‘Squares’ wallpaper is sure to put even the least studious of you in mind of yesteryear’s maths lessons. The wallpaper is manufactured using traditional techniques that are environmentally friendly and suitable for use in both residential and commercial projects. Squares wallpaper, £59 per 10-metre roll, www.ericawakerly.co.uk
Paperchase, the beloved UK high street stationer, is renowned for turning out quirky designs on tight budgets. The Neon Geo slim task list pad will brighten any stylistically dull desk. Neon Geo list pad, £2.75, www.paperchase.co.uk
Chicago-based furniture and object design brand T J O Keefe is a company with its roots planted firmly in geometry. The 3:1, an intersecting nest of steel powder-coated tables, finished in monochrome and neon yellow, forms a perfect square when nested together, while each piece takes on its own geometric form when parted. 3:1 tables, $2450, www.tjokeefe.com
Old-school German tile manufacturer Via produces ornate and functional tiles in concrete, cement and marble for architectural projects. If you want to inject some understated geometric glamour into your hallway, kitchen or bathroom, try these cement Standard Assortment tiles, available in black and white, red and white, or green and white. Standard Assortment tiles code 10460 200, £POA, www.zementmosaikplatten.de