21 December, 2011

Larger Than Life

by Ally Evander, Allied Member, ASID

One of the best loved paintings at the Chicago Institute of Art is George Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte. This iconic painting is 10 feet wide! The large size of the painting, coupled with the fact that it is made up of millions individual dots of paint make it incredibly engaging.
As the viewer, seeing the scene in this scale makes it highly memorable. In design, we often play with scale to achieve a desired effect. It causes the viewer to notice something ordinary that becomes extraordinary because of its unusual size.
Fabrics that feature large scale patterns are a particular love of mine. Here are some cool fabrics I saw while in Chicago by Christopher Farr Cloth.

 

Another large scale Christopher Farr fabric on a sofa.

 

We used this funky fabric by Edit as window treatments. A photo of old fashioned jewelry is blown up to a larger than life scale and printed on fabric.

 

 

We at LiLu love a good plaid! And this one from Designers Guild is fantastic- its much larger than your everyday plaid.

 

Just for fun.... Giant pizza signs I passed in Chicago designed to catch your attention and make you hungry!