Blue notes

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Design - By Jes­sica Doyle

ADD a shot of cobalt blue to your home decor this spring and en­joy a cock­tail of elec­tri­fy­ing colour — it’s a key shade for the sea­son.

Yves Klein, who in 1960 de­vel­oped In­ter­na­tional Klein Blue is one of five artists syn­ony­mous with the strik­ing shade that in­spired Screen­shot, a new project from fab­ric house Dedar. By de­signer Martino Gam­per and artist Brigitte Nie­der­mair, it com­prises large fab­ric wall pan­els printed with blocks of colour that re­pro­duce what you see while wait­ing for images to load af­ter typ­ing each artist’s name into a search en­gine.

Habi­tat’s new SS17 col­lec­tion of bold blue fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles and table­ware also takes in­spi­ra­tion from Klein, from the work of Matisse and from Yves Saint Lau­rent’s vi­brant villa/mu­seum, the Jardin Ma­jorelle in Mar­rakesh, where you can buy chalky cobalt paint in the shop.

Cobalt’s jewel-like qual­ity makes it a pa­tri­otic choice for 2017, the Queen’s Sap­phire Ju­bilee year, but this is also the cen­te­nary of Fin­land’s in­de­pen­dence, and Fin­nish favourites Iit­tala and Marimekko —both avail­able in Lon­don through Skandium — are mark­ing the oc­ca­sion with new col­lec­tions in lu­mi­nous cobalt, the for­mer in glass table­ware and ac­ces­sories, the lat­ter in its trade­mark splashy tex­tiles.

HOW TO USE IT

Cobalt pairs well with sev­eral other on-trend colours, in­clud­ing blush pink, mus­tard and ter­ra­cotta, and ma­te­ri­als such as cop­per and light wood. Wall­pa­pers from Christo­pher Farr, Rock­ett St Ge­orge and Art­house make a strik­ing back­drop, or go all out with walls in FTT-018 Cobalt Blue paint from the new Film, Tele­vi­sion and The­atre col­lec­tion by My­lands. De­sign­ers Guild has a wealth of cobalt-hued pat­terns to mix and match, while state­ment fur­ni­ture in­cludes so­fas from Sofa.com and Con­tent by Terence Con­ran, chairs from Skandium and a sur­re­al­istin­spired side table from Mono­logue in Shored­itch.

EX­PERT TIPS

Start an im­pact col­lec­tion of cobalt ce­ram­ics, art and ob­jects, says Ed Go­drich, creative di­rec­tor of Go­drich In­te­ri­ors.

With jewel tones deeply in­fil­trat­ing in­te­ri­ors, cobalt is per­fect for adding a lux­u­ri­ous feel, espe­cially with metallics, says Louise Wick­steed, creative di­rec­tor at 1508 Lon­don.

“I of­ten pair cobalt with shades of green be­cause they are the colours of land and sky, the most nat­u­ral com­bi­na­tion,” says in­te­rior de­signer Natalia Mi­yar.

Cobalt is a ver­sa­tile choice for big items such as so­fas, says Vanessa Hur­ley-Per­era of sofa.com. “Layer ac­ces­sories in com­ple­men­tary pas­tel shades for a softer look.”

Sweet and low: Wind cof­fee table, right, by Matière Grise, £329 from madein­de­sign. co.uk Far right: Arabesque Cobalt wall­pa­per, £195 per roll; Lino Mod­ules sofa in Ret­i­cello Cobalt fab­ric, £4,845; cush­ions from £66 (de­sign­ers guild.com)

Sur­real steps: de­signed by Un­con­trol­lable Urge, this side table with an an­odised alu­minium top and ny­lon base, W50cm x D49.5cm x H40.4cm, is made to or­der. Priced £1,860 from mono­logue. com

True blue bliss: El­lis sofa, from £2,195 in deep blue fab­ric (con­tent­byter­ence­con­ran.com); Ru­utu-Unikko cush­ion cov­ers by Marimekko, £39.50 each from Skandium (skandium.com)

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