Babelbrun_ish: Striped Inspirations

Babelbrun_ish : Inspirations Zébrées
Last week on @babelbrun.ish, we focused on the geometric pattern. In fact, for the first time since the creation of our curation account, the palette we proposed was only composed of black and white.
For those who are more reluctant to use bright colors, integrating patterns into your interior and even into your wardrobe is an opportunity to bring a unique aesthetic to your style. In this article we will focus on the two pioneers of geometric patterns: the checkerboard and the stripe.


The Checkerboard 

Associated with car racing, chess boards, slip-on Vans (1977) or even retro tiles, checkerboard is one of the most iconic patterns in the fashion and furniture sectors. The regularity of the colors and shapes of the checkerboard is calming. 


In her kitchen, Romina (@toujourspaloma) chose to use checkerboard tiles. Accompanied by sober and contemporary furnishings, this retro tile gives a feeling of comfort to your room. 


Here the checkerboard is used twice, first as a vintage lampshade by Mattina Moderna (@mattinamoderna) then, by Moooi (@moooi) and Front design (@frontdesign) on a lacquered wooden chess table.

The checkerboard is popular with everyone due to its versatile nature. Indeed, we notice here that the pattern may be the same, but it appears differently on a flat, fixed surface and on a “sculpted” textile. 

Moreover, the transformations of the checkerboard are infinite. From color to scale to geometric deformation, the checkerboard, while retaining its title, adapts to all styles!



The stripe: 

Cousin of checkerboard, stripes are THE trend that has been going on for decades. Mini, Large, Two-tone, vertical or horizontal I would be willing to bet that not a day goes by without seeing stripes. But why not make a decision and dare to wear XXL stripes at home?


This is what the Halleroed studio (@halleroed) did in an interior design project lining a wall with large striped tiles accompanied by a vintage sink, mirror and faucet set by Andrée Putman from the 1930s. The seemingly classic stripes become totally psychedelic in the different reflections of the metal pieces. 



At From Jaipur with love (@fromjaipurwithlove) it is a completely unstitched stripe which is used on a stair carpet. This “zigzag” stripe creates a fairly unbalancing optical effect in addition to being applied to a staircase. So each point of view changes the pattern. 



The stripe is a fascinating subject to develop, and Michel Pastoureau, writer and researcher, has done so. So if this excites you as much as I do I advise you to read his book "Stripes: a cultural history".



In the meantime, on @babelbrun_ish stripes and checkers appear very regularly, providing inspiration for new projects!



See you soon ! 


Valentine, Designer textile chez Babel Brune