Minimalist interior styling for the Grade II listed Barbican Estate
Two of our geometric screen print designs were picked by London practise Emulsion Architecture earlier this year for a stunning triplex apartment in Ben Jonson House, a terrace block in the iconic Barbican Estate. Emulsion were commissioned for the redesign and interior styling of the apartment, which uses a colour scheme inspired by the pioneering modernist architect Le Corbusier.
The interior architects were asked to update the interior whilst retaining the original features of the Grade II listed building. The postwar complex was designed in the 1950s and is one of the UK’s biggest examples of Brutalist architecture.
Emulsion wanted the apartment to fit with the iconic colour palettes of Le Corbusier, who invented his famous colour systems in the 1920s. He believed that colour significantly alters the experience of a house and affects the feeling of a room and the people in it. Different colours had different functions and he grouped them together according to their psychological effects, how they are perceived and how much depth they had.
Our screen prints certainly conform to this theory of colour and often use only one or two colours with geometric black lines on white. Emulsion used white, black, yellow, grey, blue and teal in this apartment, which match a lot of the colours that we use in our screen printing.
The mustard yellow ‘Soriano 1951’ screen print hangs in the living room and compliments the grey and yellow soft furnishings and furniture.
‘Sardines - Rose Pink & Grey Blue’ hangs next to the FOUNDiiD staircase, off setting the bold colour blocking of the bright teal wall behind it. The Sardines print looks so good above the midcentury unit and vintage vases.
The furniture is truly mid century modern in style, from design classics such as Eames, Vitra and Artek. See if you can spot the bright yellow Eames chairs against the teal wall!