Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Versatile Stripe

Whether bold or subtle, vertical, horizontal, or even diagonal, stripes have been a part of our design vocabulary from its inception. Early Stripes evolved from the changing of either warp or weft threads in textiles, a simple act with a great graphic impact.

Woven striped textiles in the Otavalo Artisan Marketplace of the Andes Mountains

Woven striped textiles in the Otavalo Artisan Marketplace of the Andes Mountains

 

Today we are seeing a resurgence of this powerful geometry. Striped flat-weave runners bring direction and organization to both classic and modern interiors. This classic from Dash and Albert brings life to these stairs and invites you to explore by accentuating the perspective.

The powerful linear aspect of stripes needs to be considered when working with them. Mitred corners, end-bands, borders and other visual devices help to contain or re-direct the energy inherent in the pattern.

Key Stripe from the Adams Collection by Ramsay Gourd Home

Key Stripe from the Adams Collection by Ramsay Gourd Home

And stripes need not be purely geometric. Floral and pictoral stripes bring both the graphic impact and movement to a space with the added interest of texture and pattern.

An Organic Stripe from Farrow & Ball

An Organic Stripe from Farrow & Ball

Bold stripes in a classic design seen in Architectural Digest

Bold stripes in a classic design seen in Architectural Digest

Large, bold stripes are making an appearance in interiors throughout the globe. Their clean geometry offers a culturally broad appeal, and contributes to both classic and modern spaces.

Broad stripes bring vibrant energy to this updated interior by Ramsay Gourd Architects

Broad stripes bring vibrant energy to this updated interior by Ramsay Gourd Architects