The most noticeable interior elements in recent years are the simple line drawing motifs. The posters of Matisse and Picasso come to mind first. Matisse's work drawn with simple lines but one can feel the lively facial expression from it, and Picasso’s modernistic drawings of concise lines are so well suited to modern minimalist spaces that one would not believe they are a kind of classic artworks.
However, I am personally more interested in the uniqueness of contemporary artists rather than widely known artworks. The face motif paintings of Danish artist Christiane Spangsberg, hung in the Paddington Inn, seem to be drawn with fast and natural hand motions. The space itself is simple, but the artwork gives life to the room.
Depending on the thickness and flow of the line, the impression of the black line and the light background color varies. You can also find various line drawing prints in one of my favorite print shops, 'The Poster Club'. There are the humorous faces by Loulou Avenue and Nicoline A.Milton as well as the feeble and detailed sketchy work by Ekaterina Koroleva. Especially, Loulou Avenue's print, which gives a minimalistic and humorous feeling, is a work that I would want to put on the wall of my new redecorated kitchen.
Line drawings on plates, mugs, and accessories often used in everyday life, can be brought to a room. I recently bought a small plate from H&M Home for my office to put memory cards or clips in it, and it seems to be a good item to give trendy elements to space at a reasonable price.
Diego Cabezas's metal line drawings in three-dimensional sculpture are also worthy of notice. It is attractive to see how the thin lines are in harmony with space but show the background without visual clogging.
The trend of line drawing is easily found in fashion as well. Every time I see j-v.reid t-shirts that are collaborated with various artists, it is hard to get rid of the desire to purchase them. There were t-shirts in collaboration with Christiane Spangsberg who did artworks for the Paddington Inn, but it is unfortunate that you cannot buy them anymore.
I would like to introduce the impressive work of Seoul Young Lee, a Korean artist who draws line drawings on furniture that I discovered by chance a few years ago. The finishing of white furniture with black border line creates a graphic and fairytale-like atmosphere.
Applying line drawing to the room designed by Nicolas Schuybroek is minimal yet classic. The bookshelf edges in the pure white space are sharply contrasted with neat black lines, giving it a clear highlight of the room. In this symmetrical space, the line drawing makes that part stand out more, leaving a strong impression.
Grande Masque by Matisse
Dove of Peace by Picasso
One Soul by Loulou Avenue
One Hand Cup
J.V. Reid T-shirt