Trends: Art attack

Something painterly is happening on pots, placemats, tables and vessels. Not the clean, smooth sort of painting we tend to want on our walls. This is more irregular brush strokes, free-hand colour-blocking or watercolours bleeding together in pleasing abstract patterns. As imperfect as this sounds, the results are quite lovely.
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These textured ceramic vessels are by Barry Stedman, whose work is influenced by his sketches and paintings of nature. Ever the way, they look especially lovely in a group. Similarly, hand-painted table textiles by Naomi Clark include enough place mats to provide a different one for every guest at a large dinner party. Perfect for the whole mis-matched dining chairs look we’ve come to accept as a fairly ordinary thing.

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Above is a lovely standalone piece of glassware by Adam Aaronson for your sideboard, alongside Melting Pot table by Dirk van der Kooij, which is a clever piece of repurposing – the designer  uses melted-down waste from his production of other chairs and tables to form this striking new piece.

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 Whatever the material, if it looks as though it’s met a paint brush then it’s on trend.



Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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