Get on the Grid: 10 Picks that Rethink the Classic Pattern

published Jun 9, 2016
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Gridded designs have been making a comeback for a while now—showing up on pillows, chairs, wrapping paper, and everything in between. But the latest versions play with the traditionally rigid pattern, revealing its fun side. Look for fresh colors and wonky, waving lines that are drawn or hand-painted. These new loosened-up takes on the grid might just make you reconsider the pattern’s potential.

Above: The gridlines on this wheel-thrown mug give a glimpse of the raw speckled clay beneath. Each handle is dipped in rubber, giving it a sunny yellow (and no-slip!) grip. Grid mug, by Recreation Center, $35.

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A few bands of color wake up a neutral network of horizontal and vertical lines. Grid pillow, by LoveJoyCreate, $38.

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Stuff these hand-painted paper storage bins with laundry, linens, or soft toys. Thin grid paper bag, by THAT WAY, from $4.50 each.

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The hand-drawn look of this pattern creates a grid that’s playful, fun, and anything but straight-laced. Wonky grid shower curtain, from Urban Outfitters, $39.

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The charming blue lines on these decoupaged coasters give the grid a carefree vibe, making it a welcome guest at summer get-togethers. Blue grid coasters, by Tilissimo, $29 for a set of 4.

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Loosen up—the web of wobbly lines on these dish towels is proof of the beauty in imperfection. Minimalist tea towel, by River Oak Studio, $15.

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This adorable network of hand-drawn red lines will have us watching the clock even more than usual. Maths grid wall clock, by Becca Allen on Society6, $30.

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Inspired by architect and designer Alexander Girard’s bright textiles, these paper napkins take some artistic liberties with the traditional grid. Alexander Girard dinner napkins, from the MoMA Store, $7.

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The pattern on this washi tape is reminiscent of lined penmanship paper. Use it to add an old-school style to notebooks or desk accessories. Grid washi tape, by Whimsical Craftss, $3.

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Handmade notebooks in gridded and geometric designs—because your desk could use a double-dose of pattern. Geometric pattern notebook, by Sarah Burns Prints, $6.