Decor that’s perfectly imperfect

  • This undated photo provided by Reflin show's Refin's Voyager ceramic tile collection, which was inspired by the aged and rusted metal bridges of Genoa, and the architectural elements of Victorian buildings. (Reflin via AP)

  • This undated provided by Sant'Agostino shows Sant'Agostino's Blendart tile collection, which evokes the warm, worn look of vintage wooden floors. New technologies in digital printing and manufacturing allow makers to create ceramics that closely resemble other materials, like wood or textiles. (Sant'Agostino via AP)

Friday, February 23, 2018
Perfectly imperfect décor for homes

“Perfect imperfection” is a trend in furnishings.

“It’s a return to the artisanal and the crafted, with narrative and meaning to objects,” said Caroline Till, co-founder of the design studio FranklinTill. “Fingerprints of process and technique are part of the aesthetic appeal of the finished item.”

Her studio got together last year with trend researchers from across Europe and the United States to see what’s percolating in interior design, fashion and architecture. They displayed their findings at the recent international textile fair Heimtextil in Germany.

“Perfect imperfection” was one of the design directions they identified.

One pavilion at the fair featured artisans working on dyeing, weaving and other crafting methods. Barrels of inky blue dye stood next to wooden racks draped with cottons that had been given pattern or left to absorb the color naturally.

Associated Press