The A-Z of Interior Design - V is for…

Vitra.
The iconic Swiss company has been designing and producing classics since 1950, using the creative minds of designers around the world.

Vitra state their goal is "to create interiors, furniture and accessories that are functional and inspiring".  The company manufacture Eames originals, being the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames products for Europe and the Middle East.

On Charles Eames Street, Well am Rhein, the VitraHaus, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is a striking building on the Vitra campus.  Five storeys stack one above the other with their charcoal stucco exterior.  Winding, organic, spiral staircases connect the cross-sections offering interesting viewpoints to the interior and exterior.


VitraHaus by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron
Inside, the bright interiors contrast and offer far-reaching views.  Light pours in through the high pitched ceilings and the Vitra design classics are displayed in their element.  Walls are painted in white throughout to allow the classic, mid-century modern furniture to stand out.



On the Vitra Campus, the Design Museum's collection commemorates design greats such as Charles and Ray EamesGeorge NelsonVerner Panton and Alexander Girard with a rich programme of events, guided tours, and workshops.

Charles and Ray Eames: Vitra website
One hundred masterpieces of interior design illustrates the history of design and how it relates to art, architecture and interiors.

Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Str. 2, D-79576 Weil am Rhein,  +49.7621.702.3200, info@design-museum.de
For those who don't happen to be in, or visiting, Germany, the Vitra website is also a useful resource for those interested in the history of interior design.

The A-Z of Interior Design - U is for...

Unique.

An overwhelming trend in interior design is that people want their homes to be unique and special to them.  The 21st century has gone through a range of interior design phases, with coveted styles, fads and fashions making way to this need to belong and create a safe haven, away from the rest of the world.

It may be 2015, but 1970s avocado-coloured bathroom suites are still being ripped out and replaced with pristine white - the perfect backdrop for adding personal accessories.  Neutrals are still as popular as they were in the early noughties, but today they have become much more interesting, with individuality and character paramount.

Walls of photos are hugely popular, with the emphasis on keeping it personal with a touch of creativity...


A bespoke space with unique art drawn directly onto the black walls...


Art is a brilliant way to keep a space individual…
Above: The art of Steven Graber.
A child's bedroom is given personal charm with brightly-coloured walls and original artwork…


An artist's home - full of originality…


Artist: Sue Williams A'Court





The A-Z of Interior Design - T is for...

 Texture can create striking effects and focal points to add a tactile layer to an interior design.   Use texture on walls to give a space depth, style and character.  Contrast varying textures to achieve the maximum effect.  For example, a smooth, shiny surface beside a heavily textured stone wall.

Even the ceiling brings interest and texture in this contemporary room, coordinating with the glass, fabrics and wood, brought together with a natural palette.

Aupiais House by Site Interior Design
Consider the texture all through the design process. Think about how different materials feel as well as how they look.

Flooring and carpets offer great opportunities for the designer to add texture and comfort underfoot.


Who can resist the touch of plush fabrics and the comfort of wool throws or cushions?