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Mad About . . .

Mad About … Transparency

7th January 2013
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Transparency is one of the hot new trends predicted for 2013. It started, as these things so often do, on the catwalk,  with layers of sheer chiffon and feet teetering on clear perspex heels. So, as we know, where Calvin Klein and the catwalk leads the rest of us will surely follow.

How clear will you go? Image from Yoritaka Hayashi Architectsafasiaarq.blogspot.com

How clear will you go? Image from Yoritaka Hayashi Architects
afasiaarq.blogspot.com

I mentioned this briefly in my post on top five trend predictions at the start of the year and thought I would expand on it here. One of the other trends was Indigo, which many of you loved, so take a browse round this and see what you think.

image from designwagen.com

image from designwagen.com

Glass is an easy and obvious way to start with the transparent trend but perspex gives you the option of colour. And of course it’s lighter less dangerous if it breaks.

Gulliver modern italian designer glass console handmade and shown in transparent glass. from nellavetrina.com

Gulliver modern italian designer glass console handmade and shown in transparent glass.                              from nellavetrina.com

Look at how this basin appears to float on this glass shelf.

from houzz.com via pinterest

from houzz.com via pinterest

The other great advantage of clear furniture is that it instantly declutters the space and makes the room look bigger.  Imagine having this as a coffee or bedside table and filling it with beautiful objects that you could change as the mood takes you. A stack of magazines (interiors naturally) or your favourite books. A great hat and a pair of shoes.

from kikareichert.com.br via pinterest

from kikareichert.com.br via pinterest

Clear furniture fits into any environment; you don’t have to live in a modernist white cube for this look for work for you.

from desiretoinspire.net via pinterest

from desiretoinspire.net via pinterest

This box is made from lucite, a solid transparent plastic material, and costs from £678 for the small one. Which, I know, is earbleedingly expensive but hunt about for a cheaper one. Or take the idea and adapt it.

Anthropologie Illusion Bench made from Lucite

Anthropologie Illusion Bench made from Lucite

This wall hook costs £21

this acrylic wall hook is tougher than it looks

this acrylic wall hook is tougher than it looks

John Lewis has a really good range of clear acrylic furniture.

part of the John Lewis Ice range

part of the John Lewis Ice range

And let’s not forget the Kartell Ghost furniture, which has been around for a while now.

from design55online.co.uk around £165

Victoria Ghost from design55online.co.uk around £165

But remember you can always start small

Gulliver modern italian designer glass console handmade and shown in transparent glass from theholdingcompany.co.uk £11

Gulliver modern italian designer glass console handmade and shown in transparent glass from theholdingcompany.co.uk £11

But remember you can take a trend too far. This is a transparent house

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Built for Milan Design Week by Italian company Santambrogiomilano in 2009

 

Built for Milan Design Week in 2009 by Italian company Santambrogiomilano

People in glass houses and all that

So what do you think? Will you be bringing transparency into your homes this year?


 

 

 

 

 

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  • Joanna 10th January 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Very inspirational, I am just about to add a few transparent additions to my space. Great blog.

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