Dark, sinister and a little bit twisted – not the plot a new TV series, but the latest interior design trend according to what was on show at recent exhibition Designersblock. The perfect antidote to anyone complaining that London Design Festival has become too corporate, this show was challenging and edgy. We bring you the best (and scariest) bits…
Our first pick is Queen of the skulls by Lauren Baker (pictured above). No animals are harmed in the making of her art – each skull comes from a creature that has died of natural causes and each artwork comes with the story of its demise. If you’re too squeamish to have the real thing in the house, opt for something a bit more subtle – faux skulls are popping up on everything from crockery to textiles.
Second is The New English. At Designersblock a series of artists were commissioned to customise a ceramic heart. The resulting artworks were displayed on a huge graffiti-style heart painted on the wall. There was even a “Pimp my Pot” workshop so you could create your own.
And ticking the box for twisted, if literally rather than metaphorically, was Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers’ Wild Bodged Chair – a beautifully wild and natural interpretation of what a chair can be.
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