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Decor inspired by contemporary art:

op art and kinetic art

The resurging interest in artistic movements is inspiring and influencing interior design, enhancing our interiors with new graphic forms and freestyle compositions.   


In the early 20th century, the futuristic artistic movement completely changed the art world. Setting itself up as a way of life, this European movement incorporated painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, film, photography, music, typography, cookery, set design and borrowed heavily from cubism, the art of juxtaposing shapes, rhythms, colour and light. In France, the artistic movement initiated by Marcel Duchamp, the inventor of readymades, signalled the end of this compartmentalisation. The artistic scene was on fire. It freed itself of all constraints while closely following developments in the field of decorative arts such as the Bauhaus school, which was breathing new life into architecture and design. Economic upheavals, chaos, provocation - art was seen as an infernal machine that would stop at nothing. The 1950s and 60s gave us pop art but also op art and kinetic art, which still influence interior design today.


Artistic movements in interior decoration


Let's focus on kinetic art, which has inspired many of the geometric designs used in interior decoration: squares, diamonds and trompe l'oeil effects. Optical illusions play with light, colour and movement whether used in flat or textured compositions. If you're interested in kinetic artwork, visit the Ombres Portées exhibition at 88 - Gallery, which is showing works (1969-1975) by Marc Cavell. Let's celebrate the work of architect Pol Femenías Ureña who won an Ascer Tile of Spain Award for his gigantic wall of ceramic tiles, the textured leather wall covering designed by interior architect Eric Gizard, and the Floating wallpaper designed by Les Graphiquants for the WallpaperLab competition and produced by Domestic and Habitat, and cubic storage units whose form, depth and colours allow for the creation of custom bookcases. A 3D effect guaranteed to provide new perspectives in terms of design.


GRESPANIA-Nexo 3D effect

Diamond design/ VIVES-Evia

Partition wall that plays with the repeated use of ceramic tiles. Design by Pol Femenias Ureña as part of the Riera de la Salut remodelling project.

Effet 3D / GRESPANIA-Nexo

Graphic mural design using leather tiles by interior designer Eric Gizard; creative director of Cuir. Photo: P. Delmas

Geometrical optical illusion in the style of Mondrian/NATUCER-Mondrian

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