April 20, 2011
2011 looks set to see typography explode onto the interior décor scene. The trend for decorating walls with words is increasingly replacing the somewhat outdated tendency for covering interiors with traditional pictures.
The beauty of typographic décor is that it covers a variety of styles and can therefore generate a range of different looks, creating drama, glamour and uniqueness to a home. Clean-lined and bold text can be used to create a more modern look, whilst old correspondence imagery forms a more vintage style.
Although decorating with letters and numbers need not stop at walls, and typography is becoming an increasingly popular way of decorating items such as soft furnishings and dishware. Designer Christopher Jagmin’s artistic creation of numbers on crisp white ceramic plates, are causing a stir in the United States.
Enthusing about typography as a form of art, Christopher Jagmin stated:
“I love and appreciate the art of typography. We’re all surrounded by it every day. We type on computers, we’re aware of it on advertising, billboards, magazines and on television. I think that breaking down words to the simplicity of a letter or a number, we see the true beauty and art of a font, and its basic element.”
San Francisco-based designer Rae Dunn, who worked in graphics and fashion design before discovering clay, which has now been a passion of hers for more than 13 years, is another designer who utilizes the unique charms of typography. Ms Dunn often stamps her clay plaques and cups with the sparest of expressions, such as “C’est la vie”, “Tres Bien” and “Oui”, and the result is both charismatic and evocative.
The rise in popularity of typology and decorating with words and letters is epitomized through Berlin’s Museum of Letters, known to locals as Buchstabenmusuem. This unique museum is home to a huge collection of salvaged letters that once belonged to factory and store name signs. Since it opened in 2007, the Museum of Letters attracts a large crowd of visitors, all keen to see the preservation of old letters from the city of Berlin.