Last night I arrived home to find the 3rd last package for my sister’s extension stuffed awkwardly in my letterbox. With each order/parcel brings me equal part excitement and equal part nervousness as all the pieces tentatively come together. I constantly ponder whether what I have envisaged will actually arrive looking as good as it does in the online images? Its that fear that something has to give – whether that be cost, time or quality. Thankfully these sacrifices haven’t been to drastic.

The latest instalment to the materials palette is the part I really think captures my sister’s taste and approach to life. She loves colour, pattern and vibrancy. Red in particular is something that transitions  across her fashion, accessories and home decoration. When setting the brief for the project they decided, due to resale value, the palette should remain quite subdued and simple. Pattern and colour can be achieved through furnishings, accessories and lighting fixtures.

Hence here I am with a red and white zigzagged light cord ready to install into the 2nd hand light fitting I got here. It gives a modern and fun touch to an older style pendant light.

Before we look at the cord, however, I wanted to showcase how zigzags are being used in a variety of scales in contemporary design:

{above} Zig Zag house by Tham and Videgard Architects employs the zig zag in plan form. This creates the potential for capturing 2 different and unhindered views from adjorning rooms. It also opens up the decking to be both a series of enclosed private spaces or one continuous volume. This house has a really beautiful aesthetic and successfully achieves far less wasted space than other angled houses I’ve seen.

{below} The use of zigzags in interior design has cropped up a lot lately in a variety of forms. The first image is the loungeroom of my very clever cousin Kirsten. She has created a feature wall of epic proportions. Yet her colour choice and its ability to link in with all of her furnishings makes it neither daunting nor suprisingly over powering. What I love most about this wall is what it says about Kirsten and her artpractise. Kirsten’s house is her biggest canvas and it slots in neatly next to her enormous body of work (which you can check out here).

Other popular employments of this pattern is through temporary and permanent flooring techniques. Ive featured some below.

What is most relevant to my project is the more subtle insertions of colour and pattern. Cushions and knick knacks will be used predominately to bring my sisters personality to the design.


And finally a quick squiz at where the material palette is currently sitting. Charcoal, gloss white, oak, gold and glass will hopefully get injected with a few moments of fun and colour. Hopefully the zig zag can develop a complementary relationship with the angular hexagonal feature tiles, tying the ensuite together.

I will keep you updated during the final few weeks of constructions.

Image Credit Links:

{1} {2} {3,4,5} {6} {7} {8} {9} {10} {11} {12 – kitschcafe} {13-14 – Theolivecrow} {15- periwinklenuthatch} {16-washiwishes}



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