We stumbled across an interesting art project that caught our attention due to the major effort invested in its development. Studio Hjortefar created these striking fabric padded portraits for Kvadrat’s “Hallingdal 65” exhibition, using no less than 6,728 colored cloth squares. The two portraits were entitled Bum and Nana. In total each piece contains 7200 pixels, measures six meters in height and has a width of three meters.
Each portrait is created using 60?×?60 pixels, each pixel being a 5?×?5?cm small padded foam piece on a base of MDF. The pieces have all been padded by inmates of Denmark’s Vridsløselille State Prison. If this project made you curious, we invite you to have a look at the movie below to see how the portraits were achieved. To us, the process looks fun and cheerful, just like the facial expressions of the two depicted characters.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.
We now turn to top design bloggers such as Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who has decorated her kitchen shelving with an array of pastel dishware. Don’t be afraid to mix function and style when it comes to your decorative shelves. Put useful items on display, but arrange them artfully. If the shelving is purely decorative, choose pieces carefully. Be selective, as this gives your shelves a curated, artful look, as shown by this DIY hoop shelf from A Beautiful Mess.