Text prints and patterns

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Quick Brown Fox wallpaper by Identity Papers
Single-letter and initial prints, handwritten script designs, calligraphic letters as well as bold graphic fonts and statement slogans are increasingly applied to a variety of home interiors. From cushions, rugs and bedding to wallpaper, ceramics and lighting, modern or classical typographies are used as the basis for exciting prints and patterns.

Subscribers can see our full report on text patterns here.

Scribble wallpaper by Maison M

Wednesday, 23 July 2014



Parisian design store Maison M is launching a collection of colourful wallpapers by French interiors stylist Veronique Villaret. Each design is the blown up version of a simple scribble made with crayons. Spontaneous childlike squiggles are thus turned into contemporary wall art, to be hung as a one-off statement width of paper, or to cover entire walls with rainbow-like colours.

Beyond Smart: A Quest For The Humane by Arash Eskafi


Arash Eskafi - Beyond Smart from Konstfack on Vimeo.

For his graduation project, Konstfack Industrial Design student Arash Eskafi imagined a world in which 'smart' products have taken on human-like behaviours and tendencies: carpets wiggle when walked on and fruit bowls tilt towards their owner to offer them a snack when they get home.

Lifelike reactions are increasingly being built into technology and homewares. For more examples, Homebuildlife subscribers can see our graduate show trend report, Appliances & Electronics.

Unboxed by Made.com

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Interiors e-tailer Made.com has launched its very own social network, Unboxed. The online community enables users to connect with other Made.com customers in their area, and take a virtual house tour to see how they've styled the products purchased from the website.

Drawing tables by Tian Tiang

Monday, 21 July 2014

Come & Draw table by Tian Tiang

Chinese, Stockholm-based designer Tian Tiang creates versatile furniture for children. Her main motivation is to nurture their creativity and stimulate their imagination. She thus came up with two types of drawing tables, the Sketch coffee table and the Come & Draw table. Each comprises a stack of colourful sheets of paper, encouraging spontaneous games and wild brainstorming.

Summer 2014: the outdoor life by Seletti


The Seletti’s summer 2014 advertising campaign is entirely focused on a special way of outdoor life. It has been conceived to present the new Festival collection and a selection of old style products with a contemporary twist.

Flowering Transition by Marcin Rusak

Friday, 18 July 2014



For his graduation project, Royal College of Art student Marcin Rusak created an installation exploring flowers, including a vase made of petals and a series of scents comparing the strong smell of flowers from a garden to the weaker scents of those sold at a florist or a supermarket.

Alchemical jewellery by Sofie Boons



Jewellery and scent designer Sofie Boons has developed a collection of scent objects that disperse or preserve fragrance in innovative ways.

New stationery collection by Christian Lacroix Maison

Thursday, 17 July 2014


Christian Lacroix Maison continues its collaboration with stationery manufacturer Libretto, started in 2010, and has launched a new range of products in bold and colourful prints.

Jeff Koons retrospective: Whitney Museum, New York



A playful retrospective showcasing the full scope of artist Jeff Koons' work is currently on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Pigeon Toe 2014 collection

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Portland-based homewares brand Pigeon Toe has launched its 2014 collection, which is a 'celebration of life-long learning and traditional handcrafts' according to founder and designer Lisa Jones.

Fungi design: The Future of Plastic

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Italian designer Maurizio Montalti has created a series of objects made using fungal mycelia, which he proposes as a tangible alternative to plastic.