This spring's hottest interiors trend is inspired by thefree-flowing illustrations from the likes of artists like Picasso, Magritte, Miro and Matisse. There's no doubt about it, we’re experiencing a figurative boom thanks to the artworks of the 50s and 60s, with abstract facial components making waves across interiors.With online searches for ‘line drawings’ at an all-time high, the delicate style of art has seen a renaissance in modern homes.From vases with faces (opens in new tab) to pretty plates, patterned glassware and illustrated cushions and rugs, figurative art is finally stepping into homeware – and we love it. Here are a few pieces to help bring the look home.
What better way to tap into the figurative trend, than with an artwork to adorn your walls? The bigger the better, we say. Visit The Affordable Art Fair (opens in new tab) in Hampstead this May to pick up a unique find.
King of modern figurative art, Luke Edward Hall (opens in new tab)'s artworks are popping up everywhere. From 1st June you'll be able to find them at the Royal Academy of Arts Shop (opens in new tab) where his drawings will be gracing dinnerware, glassware coasters, and napkins.
From a gorgeous illustration of a plump cherub on the cocktail napkins to dinner plates and coasters featuring a subdued figure with a glass of wine, the range will be a talking point at any dinner table.
Our favourites are the elegant long-stemmed champagne flutes, which have also been graced with Hall's artwork.
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ThePicasso-esque statement Face Rug (opens in new tab) from Habitat’s new collection is art – but for your floors. Thelarge multi-coloured wool rug combines a Matisse-like quality and a beautiful palette with a smooth pile that's soft underfoot.
When Eduardo Chillida made his iconic drawing of the female form in1948, we doubt he would have imagined we'd be adorning our floors with it seventy years later. But in Go Modern's latest collaboration withSpanish rug designer Nani Marquina, Chillida's drawing has been hand-knotted into a 200cm x 293cm super soft rug, made from100% pure New Zealand wool.
With organic lines that give a handcrafted look, the striking illustration, not to mention those fabulous oversized blue handles,Sophie Alda's Blue Handles Vase (opens in new tab)lookslike it was snapped up at an art gallery. No one needs to know you actually bought it online...
Who says paintings should only live on the wall? Transform your space with statement-making Picasso drawings, embroidered onto cushions.Each colourful cushion, from the Seated Woman With Dress (opens in new tab) to the Woman In Green (opens in new tab) is specially licensed by the Picasso Foundation and features the iconic artist’s imagery, woven onto a jacquard loom.
Mix and match the designs for a colourful, eclectic look.
We love introducing art where you least expect it. Why should a cushion just be a cushion, when it can be as compelling as a canvas? Case in point, Made.com's Abstract Face cushion (opens in new tab).
The Hockney-inspired Boob Planter (opens in new tab) is a little tongue-in-cheek, with the plant pot taking on the female form and giving her a fun, patterned swimsuit to cover her modesty. The design comes in other patterns too, with a male equivalent available too – wearing a polka-dotted banana hammock.
Inspired by the iconic figure drawings of Henri Matisse, artistLeslie Weaver has createda vibrant collection of pretty plates for Anthropologie (opens in new tab).Celebrating the vibrancy of island life, and with the female figure as her muse, Weaver breathes life into the designs with bold choices via unexpected colour, shape, and pattern.
Update a tired table lamp or floor lamp with Daniel Croyle's quirky drum Ego lampshade (opens in new tab). It'll make a rather funaddition, don't you think?
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.