From geometric shapes to bursts of vibrant colour with a hint of hippie modernism. The blocked pattern has exploded over the design world under a host of different guises.
Paving the way for geometric abstract art by putting an entirely new emphasis on the unity between the depicted scene in a picture. Cubism, one of the most influential visual art styles of the early twentieth century revolutionised painting and drew inspiration from related movements to the artistic world such as music, architecture and literature.
The movement pioneered by renowned artists such as Picasso and Braque began relying on depicted shapes and forms to represent objects, in order to explore the use of foreign objects as abstract signs. (Momo, 2015)
Piet Mondrian | 1872-1944 Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue
Developing the signature style dubbed “Neo-Plasticism”, pioneer Dutch artist Piet Mondrian carved a unique niche for himself by bringing his simplified abstract style to life. Originally restricting his work to three primary colours and adopting a grid of black vertical and horizontal lines on a white ground. The Dutch artist refined the subjects of his paintings down to the most basic elements, in order to reveal the essence of the mystical energy in the balance of forces that governed nature and the universe.
Influenced by movements such as Luminism, Impressionism, and most importantly Cubism, Mondrian simplified the subjects of his paintings down to the most organic elements, striving to reveal an essence of mystical energy.
In addition to being a celebrated artist, and founder of different art groups and reforms, Mondrian’s singular vision for modern art is clearly demonstrated through the methodical progression of his artistic style, from traditional representation to complete abstraction. (Piet Mondiran, 2015)
Liberating this signature style from the bonds of revolutionary painting, Blinky Palermo suites of abstract paintings on aluminium panels update the aesthetics of modern idealists.
The swaths of one-colour commercial fabric mounted upon stretchers are dubbed the famous “Cloth Painting,” illustrate exquisite colour combinations—brick red and manila, blue and aqua, three dusky greens—impart gravitas.(Art In America, 2016).
Edeline Lee Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection | Celine 2015
Tracing back to the cubism movement of the early 1900’s when blocks of bright colours were represented in one-dimensional shape to create forms and artistic effects. The signature design pattern has gravitated from the world of art to design. Once hailed the staple style of the swinging 60s, the colour block was treasured through the height of the pop art movement made popular by Andy Warhol.(In Style, 2013)
With a narrative of modernist playful designs, Corrie Williamson’s array of Bauhaus-esque geometric shapes resemble artful jigsaws. Coated with a bold colour block patterned finish, each design is enriched with alluring radiant character.
Uninterested in adhering to the traditional fashion seasons, Williamson shares her output in an on-going series of small batches and one-off pieces.
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Embracing the cubism movement, London-based husband and wife duo Emma and Rob Orchardson draw on their backgrounds in fine art and design to create bold statement pieces. Their revolutionary designs encompass contemporary style with a dignified hint of vibrant beauty.
Sugamo Shinkin Bank | Emmanuelle Moureaux
Joining the architectural domain, the exoticism of the colour block has embedded its signature print into the world of concrete installations.
Sugamo Shinkin Bank | Emmanuelle Moureaux
Adding a dash of colour to northern Tokyo, French designer Emmanuelle Moureaux applied her signature colour spectrum to the facade of the Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Nakaaoki. The rainbow-coloured cubes adorn the facade of the bank, whilst the pixellated composition of walls, windows and planting boxes add a three-dimensional twist. ( De Zeen Magazine, 2015)
While the colour block has been heavily embraced over the past century, the staple pattern continues to influence the world of fashion, design and architecture. Driving inspiration of the conceptual kind, numerous artisans continue to unleash their cross-cutting colour block patterns interlocked with an industrial aesthetic. Commenting on the emotions that drive the distinctive technique, the original author of colour block style claims;
“The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore, the object must be eliminated from the picture.”Piet Mondrian
Art In America (2016) Bliky Palermo [Online] Available at http://Http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/blinky-palermo/ [Accessed 2014]
De Zeen Magazine (2015) Coloured boxes and plants cover the latest
Sugamo Shinkin Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux [Online] Available at http://Http://www.dezeen.com/2015/01/07/sugamo-shinkin-bank-emmanuelle-moureaux-tokyo-japan-coloured-boxes-plants-facade/ [Accessed 2016]
Piet Mondiran (2015) Piet Mondrian [Online] Available at http://Http://www.piet-mondrian.org/ [Accessed 2016]
Tate (2015) Piet Mondrian [Online] Available at http://Http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/piet-mondrian-1651 [Accessed 2016]