Polka Dot Interiors: Product Round Up

Whether you decide to go all out or just want an accent of the polka-dot trend that graced runways for Fall 2011, I've rounded up fun interior products, from floor to ceiling and everything in between, to get the polka dot party started. Polka Music optional (and strongly discouraged).

Polka dots are a classic pattern that can work with any style; traditional, contemporary, or modern. Polka dots bring an interior to life by creating movement and adding a touch of whimsy. In subdued colors, polka dots can be soft. While contrasting colors pack a bold, graphic punch. Keep in mind dots on white backgrounds pop more than a dots on dark backgrounds.  And remember, polka dots aren't limited to pattern, it can also be a texture. When designing with polka dots, pay attention to scale and color. One false move and a sophisticated space becomes a child's room.

{L to R} Contemporary Woolen Rugs Design for Home Interior Decorative by Alessandra Design; Masland Contract Metal Mesh in Zinc; Mannington Commercial Create LVT (just used this on a project and can't wait to see it installed!); Masland Contract Translucent, also shown in Zinc.

{L to R} Mokum Textiles Foundation; Maharam Plural; Knoll Textiles Wide Angle; Mokum Stop; Knoll Ondo Drapery; Mokum Circulate; Maharam Repeat Dot; Mokum Staples (Check out a zoomed image of Staple, the negative space is created by tiny "staples")Maharam Layers Vineyard.

{L to R} Selina Rose Textile Surface Design Felt Acoustic Panel in Scale (take a look at Connect while you're on her site); Source One Wave Eclipse, Vives Porcelain Wall Tile in Senkel Negro; Knoll Pause, Flavor Paper Pleasure Dome, Hand Stenciled and Painted Wall.


{L to R} 3-Form Capiz resin panel; Modular Arts Interolocking Rock in Ohm; Bull Wall Panel by Skulpturfabriken; Interlam Sculpted Wall Panel POP005; 3-Form Groovy; 3-Form Mega Cirque.

{L to R} Pantone Hotel designed by Michel Penneman and Oliver Hannaert, Herman Miller Action Office Sliding Door Storage Unit with Debossed door; Bubbles mirror, Calligaris; Custom Polka Dot Credenza, Saarinen Tulip Stool, Knoll Studio; Martini Table, West Elm; Emmental hanging staircase by Biljana Jovanic.


{L to R} Lighting concept for ceiling by PSlab; Armstrong Soundscape shapes; Unknown

If you like Polka Dots, check out artist Yayoi Kusama's work!

Is this a trend you plan to embrace for your interior projects?  Share your thoughts & opinions!


Dotting the i's in Interior Design

From teeny, weeny, yellow bikinis to Minnie Mouse, polka dots are a classic pattern have been around for centuries, in fact, polka dots first graced it's presence on clothing in the late nineteenth century in Britain. And they are back big time, polka dots were sprinkled across Fall 2011 runway collections. From Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney, as well as Rodarte, Max Mara, and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Polka dot print on Fall 2011 runways Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney x2, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin

Follow the jump for examples of how this timeless, fun, and playful pattern can be translated seamlessly into modern architecture and interior design to bring an element of whimsy to your project. And come back for next week's post featuring polka dotted interior products.

Open House Chicago 10/15-10/16

If you are in Chicago next week, check out Open House Chicago, a free event 10/15-10/16!
While you are checking out the site, enter this contest for a chance to win a three day/two night trip for two people to attend Open House New York in October 2012. Trip includes two round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines within the continental U.S., two nights at The Standard, New York and $250 spending cash.

Over the weekend of October 15-16, 2011, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is proud to present openhousechicago 2011 (OHC), a free public event that gets you behind-the-scenes of many of the city’s greatest spaces and places and illuminates areas that are normally open “by invitation only”.Whether you are an architecture buff, history enthusiast, or cultural novice, OHC is a unique event that’s fun for all ages, locals and visitors, suburbanites and city dwellers. Participating in OHC is like getting a “backstage pass” to a wide range of Chicago ’s most important and interesting buildings located in many different neighborhoods.  Key themes for OHC are sustainability and community—how buildings demonstrate a commitment to energy efficiency and green technology, and how design connects people and places to create great communities.

Free AIA CEUs in Indianapolis

CE Academy, Inc. cordially invites you to attend a Continuing Education (CE) Seminar in Indianapolis .
Credits Earned: 3 AIA/CES LU/HSW Hours, 3 AIA/CES LU/HSW/SD Hours, 1 GBCI CE Hour for LEED Professionals &; 0.1 IDCEC CEU for Interior Designers. Complimentary lunch will be provided.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011
7:30am - 3:10pm
 Location: Hampton Inn Downtown
105 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis , IN 46225

This is a Free Event
Please Click Here to Register

For questions, please call Shannon Dewey at 800-248-6364
or email events@ceacademyinc.com

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