Design revisits the bold and bright Sixties, with nods to Lichtenstein and Warhol. Rock the pop art look on floors, walls and furniture – let your imagination lead the way
1. Serious edge
Sleek Sixties-style black lines are back and work really well in contemporary spaces. Think metal tube furniture, sharply defined picture frames and geometric and abstract rugs. Simple, uncompromising shapes, such as circles, crosses and rectangles, stand out best. Repetition of forms and lines is key. Reflective surfaces, such as mirrors and glass table tops, are also bang on trend.
Milano Black Madrid wood and glass side tables, £150 each, Next Home. Latva metal coat stand, £345, Mikko Laakkonen for Aria Selection at Aria. Angulus wool rug, £2,617, V&A Collection at Deidre Dyson. Stilts mirror, £395, La Mamba at Heal’s; and leather handbag, £125, When I Am Rich
2. Primary colours
This combo of orangey red chairs with a bold blue table top above a yellowy brass base pops against the monochrome dining room scheme. We love how the curves of the elegant table and domed chair seats contrast with the period wooden panelling, while the muted geometric patterned rug grounds the space. The black and white print of Debbie Harry completes the homage to New York’s Factory scene. Campbell’s soup for starters anyone?
Drum enamel table top, £2,150; and Drum brass table base, £1,705, Julian Chichester. Mary Q velvet chairs, £1,349 each, Munna at Harrods. Hand-knotted Persian wool rug in Brown, £8,995, Luke Irwin for The Conran Shop. Debbie Harry of Blondie framed print, £625, Couture Lab at 55MAX
3. Spot the potential
Work the Lichtenstein approach to art – combining bright comic-book colours with spots and dots. The colourful bed and cartoon-style bed linen hit just the right note of cheerfulness, while the O-shaped brass bookcase repeats the theme in a more subtle way. Talk about a dynamic, energetic space…
Jonah viscose-mix bed in Dandelion Yellow, £649 (mattress not included), James Harrison for Made.com. Copollo steel and brass bookcase, £3,255, The Sofa & Chair Company. Wearstler Plaid cotton throw, £132, Eichholtz at Occa-Home. Stenklöver double duvet cover, £30 (including four pillowcases), Ikea. Flat double linen sheets in Pumpkin, £109 each, Merci. Round KISShion cushions, from £65 each, Room39. Spot (square) cushion, £120; and Dot (round) cushion, £120, Wendt Design at Rume
4. Get playful
Op art gives you ample opportunity to have fun with design. Some of the concepts may be high minded, but you can keep the mood light, with a witty curation like this – a fusion of different colours, shapes and graphic patterns, put together in a trippy, mind-bending way. The bright blue credenza is a shop-stopping piece, while the rug and ottoman combo reminds us of the trippy scenes from the arty Sixties movie The
Thomas Crown Affair. Fab furniture whichever way you look at it.
Rocky stainless-steel credenza, £2,450, Charles Kalpakian for La Chance at Monologue. Colour Wheel Hopsak ottoman, £1,124.40, Alexander Girard at Vitra. Tessellate metal wall light in Gold, £275, Habitat. Dito cowhide rug, £899, BoConcept
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5. Iconic accessory
It’s not often you own something that’s truly iconic, but pop art definitely is… If you don’t fancy decorating your whole place in the style, give a nod with just one thing – it may be a stunning console table or a really cool lamp. Or even just an accessory, such as an artwork or one of these aeroplanes inspired by Lichtenstein’s Whaam!
bone-inlay wood console table, £595, Atkin and Thyme. Evo metal desk
lamp, £157, Calligaris. Kiss V by Roy Lichtenstein framed print, £47.10,
Easyart; and Pop framed print, £75, Vintage by Hemmingway for East End
Prints at Selfridges