Pixelated Designs: Hip to Be Square

Pixelated Designs: Hip to Be Square

Chad Schroer
Apr 12, 2012

Pixels.jpgA dizzying array of designers have set their sights on this pixel-inspired trend. From furniture and lighting to tiles and textiles, items are getting cubed, bitmapped and scattered. What do you think of this style — off the grid, or just plain square?

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  • The Pixel Chair by Vivian Chiu Designs is made from 1/2" x 1/2" solid maple cubes that are laminated together in a slightly skewed brick formation. Pricing and options available on request from the designer.

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  • 8 Bit Drawers by Bakery Design was inspired by the company's metaphysical take on the simple drawer — each drawer is an individual entity, that once combined with other drawers, forms a new whole.

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  • The Do-Lo-Rez rug by Ron Arad connects handmade square wool piles of similar shades into free-form, space invaderesque shapes; about $3000.

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  • Parisian designer Guillaume Delvigne crafts the porcelain 72dpi_144dpi_300dpi lamps in three different pixel sizes — from tiny, almost smooth cubes to larger, igloo-like blocks; additional information upon request from the designer.
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  • Ixxi is a modular hanging system that joins an unlimited number of 20 x 20 cm square cards together to create unique wall art. The Dutch company lets you enlarge a single image, create a collage, or design an abstract pixelated piece of your choice. The selected image is enlarged, divided and printed onto their high quality matte paper cards, which are joined together with their trademark x's and i's to produce a wall piece or room divider. Their "Girl with a Pearl Earring" design is shown in the gallery, and above are a few more options: Patchwork Deer, Van Gogh, and Patchwork Bird; starting around $40.
  • The Pixel Lamp by Kundalini can be used on both walls and ceilings and placed as a single light source or combined to form custom patterns; $475 each.

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  • The Lisbona Throw by Missoni Home is a wool-blend blanket that's perfect if you just can't choose the right color; $980.98.

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  • Elements by cc-tapis is a luxurious wool area rug which captures the bluest of skies in an abstract, cobblestone pattern; price on request from the maufacturer. Above is the Caribe Hilton, which swaps out the cool blue and white colorway for rich browns.

  • The Fire pillow by Kvadrat is a simple pixelated design that's available in multiple sizes and hues, or you can even request custom color combinations to suit your interior; about $100.

(Images: as credited above)

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