This post could well be all about bringing a touch of the 40s in your home, as this is the era behind Farrow & Ball's latest wallpaper collection, launched earlier this month.
Before we dive into the collection, let's reflect on that decade for a moment. WWII lasted between 1939 and 1945, so most of the 40s were spent without much thinking of design or innovation. It was all about survival and making do with what was already available - there was a general shortage in materials including colour after all. One colour that was in abundance, was military green! Most european designers had also fled to the US at the time, so pretty much everything was at a standstill.
After the War, the Modernist movement - which was all about purity of form - gained in popularity. But this was a design movement based on lack of ornaments and embellishments. All the above resulted in toning down interior decor and Farrow and Ball capture the sentiment in their latest collection.
Farrow & Ball
2016 Wallpaper Collection
The 40s are a pretty simplistic era, a complete opposite to the extravagance that the Art Deco movement introduced in the 20s and 30s. It also marks a return to traditional decorating which became popular as women wanted to create a homely atmosphere for their husbands returning from service.
Even so, Art Deco continues to influence much of the designs in this decade and ARCADE is reflecting this style in a toned down way.
Above: Arcade BP 5307 in Studio Green with metallic gold shadow on a background of Green Smoke.
Top row: ARCADE BP 5301, 5302, 5303; Middle: BP 5304, 5305, 5306; Bottom: BP 5307
After attending Farrow & Ball's launch for this collection last week, we were invited to a lampshade making workshop. Arcade was the design I chose for my lampshade and here are the results in Jr's room!