Black & White & Borrowed

December 19, 2011

When it’s done right is a great look.  The combination of black and white can go bad quickly, were not far enough away from the 80’s to revisit it just yet.  I think Bijan! (remember that crazy guy?) and wide black and white stripes when I hear black and white, but it can be done with a modern and fresh perspective.  The spare cleanliness of this dining room and the sleek chairs help make this black and white room work and the antlers and grouping of black and white art also have a modern (rustic modern?) vibe.  I think the key to todays black and white is to not go to the glitzy.  Save the crystal chandeliers and gold rococo tables for the tonal and colorless room in your house and let the black and white room be humble and a bit more urban to keep it’s “cool”.

Speaking of keeping your cool.  Hey, it’s just my opinion but this jacket will get you through the holidays and right through the new year in style.  Available from JCrew, the Ludlow tuxedo jacket looks good with your favorite plaid trousers, grey flannels and of course your favorite pair of dark rinse skinny jeans.  An open collared white dress shirt will suffice for most occasions but you can mix it with a black dress shirt or a tartan plaid dress shirt if you dare.  A sleek black shoe will complete the look… wing-tip, loafer, slipper, what-have-you.

And from Dornob…

Moiré is at once a traditional French word for a wavy-patterned textile and a (related) modern word for a kind of interference pattern in physics that occurs when overlapping two elements – here, in black and white, both meanings work together.

The key is the coffee table, which turns a static, somewhat-abstracted school of fish and makes them swim when the viewer moves around it – its surface frames the carp like a tank would to complete the optical illusion.  And it’s not just a concept design – there is an actual prototype, though mass production, well, that might take some time yet (though hopefully a Red Dot Design award will give it a little push upstream).

“Mythologically, the carp symbolizes bravery and fortune.” And if you hadn’t guessed … Clarke Hopkins Clarke has this to say of the fanciful Carp Pet title: “Linguistically, the “carp” becomes a humorous extraction of the “carpet” that reveals this intriguing little conversational piece on the floor.


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