Recently while in at the Design Center I saw another designer with her client flipping through the newly introduced fabrics. I heard the client say, “EWW… that is hideous, who on earth would want that in their house”? I was obviously curious what fabric had repulsed her so as soon as they left I went to check it out. It’s either a love it or hate it fabric pattern but I am seeing more and more of it so I am declaring it an official trend. It is street art or graffiti printed fabric.
I laughed to myself because about five years ago I had plans to create this exact same thing. I spent a week in Barcelona and was fascinated by all the graffiti in the city. Truth be told, I became obsessed with it (we don’t have much graffiti in Boston). In my eyes some of it was masterful works of art. The colors and patterns were amazing. Once back home I sent off some of my graffiti images to custom fabric printer Spoonflower and had a few samples made. I had planned to make pillows but life got busy and I dropped the ball and never went forward. Plus, there was a question of copyright issues with the street artists and it began to become complicated.
So to see “my idea” a reality was somewhat thrilling. High end fabric house Pierre Frey has partnered with world renown graffiti artist Toxic to design their street art fabrics.
Romo fabrics has partnered with another artist named Kirby. They had a pillow on display in the showroom.
Kirby’s designs are much less “gritty” than Toxic’s with the use of bright happy colors.
Duralee has introduced their version and although it is a bit less graffiti like it has that random paint spatter feeling.
This one below is actually paint splatters.
This trend is not just seen on fabrics. Walls are also showing up sporting large coverings of graffiti as well.
Even fashion is embracing the street art look.
So before you dismiss this trend, keep an open mind and let me share where I think this street art look would look fabulous, and where I think it would be hideous.
A hip loft with either a graffiti accent wall or drapery..fabulous!
A graffiti pillow or two in a teen’s room or a young child’s room depending on the pattern…fabulous!
A graffiti wall papered powder room…fabulous!
A play room or basement with an accent wall… fabulous!
A wallpapered ceiling in the right room…fabulous!
A “statement” chair…fabulous!
All four walls covered (unless it’s a small powder room)…way too much!
A country home..the look is much too urban
A traditional suburban home…same as country home
Leggings (unless you are under twenty and adorable).
SO…I would love to hear from you…fabulous or hideous?
Oh, and just in case you are curious, here are a few of my graffiti images from five years ago in Barcelona.
Some would obviously transfer better to fabric than others but the dream is still out there. Too bad someone beat me to it!