So successful that I would consider it practically a contemporary classic of interior design. With a vast range of applicable possibilities, from light doses of colour, materials & shapes, all the way to substantial thrilling texturizing. Where can we begin? The awfully cold, simply functional & greatly unimaginative black & white (B&W) minimalism to the generous & rich; black, white & gold (BWG). Indeed, it is impressive how a touch of gold can spark great sense of style (when properly done) with some fabulous geometric shapes & lavish textures that result in a refined eccentric interior. Furniture, lighting & finishes here proposed have been selected to develop & achieve BWG interior.
We will begin by referring to each singular colour as a starting point with the ambition to appeal to all sorts of tastes; as each person may be more inclined to either colour, yet in each case black, white & gold are always in a subtle manner back together. The purpose it to see how is possible to begin from any point then adjust the elements & measure how these palette is best suitable for your interior.
Basically you can choose the intensity of personality for each space. For this it is expected to conclude in some specific examples of interiors that start with a soft BWG approach & others full-on spacial texturazing where every single surface, is alive & kicking!
- Serie Up 2000: Upholstered seat incl. footrest. L120xD130xH103cm Design by Gaetano Pesce 1969 remake B&B Italia 2000
- Branching Bubble BB.08.03: Chandelier made of glass & metals. MTM Design by Lindsey Adelman
- Grid Wood: Wall covering made of veneer. MTO by Alpi
- Half Moon 1 & 2: Metal tables in various sizes Design by ROOMS 2017
Chaplins: Leather patchwork carpet. W240xD24.5cm Design by Gio Ponte for MOLTENI
Adam: Upholstered sofa with wooden structure, marble & leather details. Modular Design by Carlo Colombo for GIORGETTI 2018
Bilou Bilou: Uphostered chair. Various sizes Design by Promemoria
Intarsiato: Vynil wall covering. DEDAR
Tube Chandelier: Suspende lamp in glass & metal. W32.6xH100cm Design by Michael Anastessiades 2006
Op-art: Chest of drawers. Design by Herve Langlais
B L A C K
Life in black & white has a great range of greys but in this case we will be playing with proportion of colour for different taste & characters. So let's take off from our potential 'dark side', the deep controversial yet forever-elegant black.
We through ourselves in from the highest extreme of eccentric interior design beginning with the magnificent entrance of this cottage by Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler, a clear extravagant project where BWG may be the most sober choice here explored by her. Pure Black painted wall wrap the stone patterned floor which is impressive, craftsmanship of a true texture lover & the way this humbly mirrors on the painted ceiling obtains beautiful & absolutely remarkable space. Gold shinning from the handrail & suspended light, a glimpse of glow in the darkness.
What if the only light in the room was a full wall-size window where light is gently bouncing inside a pure black painted box. Extreme black scenario for this 1969 icon, Up seat designed by Gaetano Pesce appears here almost blending in the room yet standing out as it is even darker than the room itself.
I believe that this interior could have been complemented by suspended lamp by Lindsey Adelman, definitely in black glass next to a wall covered on Aldi's geometric shaped wood veneered wall covering to bring a depth to the space conserving its blackness & finally to wrap up the room the splendid Half Moon tables which are immensely rich in technique, texture & design. Chaplins carpet by MOLTENI could be a easy approach to begin with.
W H I T E
Purity, serenity & light, that is what white stands for. In all of its subtle shades unravels an infinite canvas for every & any project. In this fabulous Texan apartment Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler has proposed a light doses of BWG (with a more deep blue kind of black yet), possibly the best example on how to achieve a gently vibrant interior departing from various shades of white textiles & materials together with details like deco cushions in ethnic B&W textiles & touches of gold on side lamps, coffee & side tables. All very approachable with such finesse, that could be your living room!
Here are suggestions for those section looking for a light interior. A comfortable & well designed generous sofa can be the heart of this room, an off-white Adam by Carlo Colombo is a great proposal by GIORGETTI this year, somehow fragile & wonderful. Bilou Bilou is one of my favourite chairs by Promemoria, it is delicate in its design yet so versatile depending of the colour & upholstering textile chosen, being then ideal in ivory suede to place in front of a the texture & volume given by the sophisticated metallic inlays of DEDAR's Intarsiato wall covering. These geometry could be also accompanied by Michael Anastessiades Tube chandelier which would stretch this calm space ever so softly, creating the perfect atmosphere & caring a golden touch. Once you add the decorative touches to this room & you have a bright BWG interior.
G O L D
Being so powerful this extra to the B&W duo is to be taken care of. For sure you got to dare if gold you will use in your interior but once again amounts can make the difference. Gold can be literally everywhere in little doses of detail; like joints between materials, decorative objects like trays or other ornaments, handles off all sorts, in lamp details & furniture finishes, all in all this presents an array of ways to spice up the duo. Like is happening all over at the Austin Residence project were Miss Wearstler is constantly playing with BWG culminating in this sweet little corner at the dining room. This cabinet does a fabulous job which can be the case with this fabulous chess of drawers by Hervé Langlais, with all the potential to enhance any room.
Also celebrating gold at its best is this desk at this Parisian apartment by Interior Designer Jean Louis Deniot where rather that a twist of gold is a room wrapping around its finger. Home office that contains every element of epic BWG interior in colour, textures & proportions.
Now you have seen selected elements for that black, white & gold interior you desire. As shown above there are several ways to apply this palette to all sorts of rooms regardless of what is the base colour you are starting from or that you prefer. Further more here are a few examples of soft BWG which can be easily obtained & is got character but won't blind you, could also be first step.
At last my favourite full-on spacial texturazing! this means over do it, do it, do it! Do not even blink, these are interiors where extensive detailing & texturazing take place, with highly crafted furniture, stimulating surface coverings, plenty of deco & endless use of the space to exhaust texture wherever thinkable: on the ceiling, walls & flooring where every surface must be contemplated.
Hope you found something to hold on to, until next week. Remember from next week you can also get further inputs, picture, advances & more over Instagram @galvan.cedillo !!! See you there.
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