Colour Stories: Monochrome Twist

Echoing the style of the Sixties, today’s black and white furniture and acessories have a playful, op-art vibe.

Simple graphics take on an extra dimension when used on a shade – these lines and squares seem to shimmer and move when the light is switched on. Lava lamps are so last century…

No swinging London pad was complete without a select edit of vintage curios. Contemporary collectables take their cue from both the past and the future.

Plain bookshelf, £1,600, Lema at The Conran Shop. Two Tone vases, from £13 each, Designers Guild. Anisha table light, £259, Foscarini at Chaplins. Monsieur and Madame heads, £178 each, Jonathan Adler. La Stanza Dello Scirocco wall clock, £99, Alessi. Branch&Leaves artwork, £240; and Black and White Dots framed print, £360, Gallotti&Radice.  Cactus bowl, £41, Alessi at Aria.

Add some radical chic to the mix with a mirror emblazoned with an iconic print. To keep things further off the straight and narrow, a little psychedelic swirl on the floor wouldn’t go amiss.

Make a stand against the man and throw out the uniform look – shake up an all-white setting with a shot of black…

Lau dining table in White Ash, from £1,655; and Laclasica chairs in White Ash, £335 each, all Stua at Heal’s. Bai Lu black-lacquered chair, £1,055, Lema. Geronimo dining chairs, £290 for two, Loaf. Brera Lino cushion, £55; and curtain made in Brera Lino F1723/01 linen in Alabaster, £65 per m, Designers Guild. Sjanti bowls, from £65, Serax at The Conran Shop. Reclining Glass vases, £8.50 each; and mini bowls, £7.50 for three, all Nordic House. Tre Visi diffusing sphere, £295, Fornasetti at United Perfumes. Clava pendant, left, approx £78; and Clava Dine pendant, right, approx £132, VITA Copenhagen.

The early-Sixties youth cult was obsessed with quality tailoring. No surprise, then, that this sleek seating is described as ‘Scandi-mod’. Boost the tactile mood with lashings of faux fur and luxe wool underfoot.

Ingmar chair, £2,250; and Uncle Sam hand, £495, Jonathan Adler. Quaderna bench, as before. Sheppy beanbag, £695, Habitat. Nilaruna Silver Birch rug, £1,495, Designers Guild. Sjanti bowl, as before. Rope Trick floor lamp, £389, Wrong for Hay. Marc Bolan, 1965 by David Wedgbury framed print, £225, King & McGaw.

Be inspired by the space age fashions of André Courrèges and hang your wardrobe out on display. That curvaceous teardrop mirror could be straight out of sci-fi fantasy Barbarella

Bridget Riley’s op-art prints blazed a trail for shifting, illusionary shapes. This handsome bed is just the spot to take in sculptural statement furniture, Warhol-like motifs and Fornasetti classics. The eyes have it…

Wardley four-poster bed, £1,550; and Barrington mattress, £1,750, Neptune. Astor bed linen, from £25 for a pillowcase; and Chenevard quilt, £375, Designers Guild. Mère pillow, £165, Jonathan Adler. Hanging Monkey lamps, £205 each, Graham and Green. Hanging display tray, £120, Nordic House. Fornasetti candles, from £115 each. Jätteviktig candle holders, £12 for two, Ikea. Eye pillow, on wall, £98, Jonathan Adler. Cato dressing table, £150, Habitat. Flamingo coat stand, from £1,399, Porada. Angel Wings coat hanger, £3, Tiger. Grid Dot rug, from £299, West Elm. Ghibli side table, from £1,980, Reflex. Porcini desk lamp, £80, Habitat. Jean Shrimpton in Quant by John French framed print, £231, King & McGaw.

Photography: Simon Bevan

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