Roundup: Gradients

Ever since ombre burst onto the scene last year we have experienced a renewed interest in the larger concept of gradients and their applications in the home environment. Designing a transition between two spaces is a familiar idea, but the notion that static objects can appear to exist in a constant state of transition — as if being acted upon by an unseen force — well, that's interesting...

The popular term these days is ombre, which is French for "shaded or graduated in tone," and implies a more subtle shift between two closely related colors. The products highlighted here deal with a similar but slightly different concept of gradient, which is defined as a "change in response with distance from the stimulus." In short, these objects don't just appear to be "shaded," they appear to be changing altogether — morphing from one color, material, or density to another — right in front of our eyes.

The lamp seems to be growing a new skin from within while the chair and rug appear to slip between different lights or temperatures. The mirror and tables capture an almost meteorological shift, as if the objects are about to be swallowed whole by steam, fog, or snow. The aesthetic may not be for everyone but we appreciate seeing products for the home that are capable of stimulating both our eyes and mind in new ways.

From Left to Right:
1 Keiko Table Lamp in Smoke with Platinum Shade, by Babette Holland
2 Fiction Mirrors, by Jean-Marie Massaud for Glas Italia
3 Gradient Chair, by Fangstudio for Kian
4 Amp Rug, by CB2
5 Blur Tables, by Big Game

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