Color blocking may have existed before the 1920's, but thanks to Piet Mondrian and the De Stijl movement, big blocks of color will forever be linked to early Modernism.
Then, primary colors were often balanced or separated with white or black in a composition. Today, you're just as likely to see bold chunks of color nuzzled up to one another and playing off the energy of their neighbor.
Either way, designers continue to be inspired by classic compositions. Whether it's a new interpretation of primary favorites or a daring clash across the color chart, color blocking provides constant inspiration and opportunity for reinvention.
1. Bau Pendant by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt, Normann Copenhagen. Small $265, Big $320.
2. Color Balls, CB2. $4.95-$8.95.
3. Summer Coloured Striped Shelf, Martin Gallagher. Price on request.
4. Slice Chopping Board by David Weatherhead, Design Marketo. $108.
5. Eames Storage Unit – 4x2, Design Within Reach. $2999.
6. The Tate Mobile by Flensted Mobiles, Velocity. $64.50.
7. Paradise Tree Coat Stand, hive modern. $756.
8. Prima 18"x12" Pillow, Crate & Barrel. $21.95
9. Nelson Swag Leg Desk, Design Within Reach. $1849.
10. Blik Arc Wall Decals, Velocity. $40.