Design Crossover: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian is undeniably one of the great designers who’s work has crossed over into multiple disciplines of design, specifically his artwork Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow.

Mondrian believed that “…through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.”

Here’s just a few who also believed this to be true….

The amazing book Modern Art Desserts takes Mondrian’s, along with many other artist’s work, and turns them into beautifully delicious edible art. With the step-by-step assembly, you can step up your next birthday party cake to a work of art…

This cool space would just be another modern dining room without a little attention to detail. The Mondrian-inspired wall art takes this minimalist dining room from stylish to smart.

There’s no denying what the inspiration was for this swimsuit design by Sarah Schofield. There is clearly tension between these lines, which were believed to express different intensities of energy for Mondrian’s artwork.

Image: Simply Nailogical

While most of us don’t have the time to paint our nails like this, let alone have them done for us, they really do represent a work of art. I’m no stylist, but these nails would look best paired with a simple black dress to allow them to steal the show.

Inspired by Mondrian’s painting, designer Marcel Wanders has developed some new products for Dutch brand Moooi, one of them being this armchair. The cool, primary colored cushions can be switched out to create different interpretations of the artwork.

Who says art has no place in sports?! These Nikes tell a different story. With color blocking, inspired by Mondrian, these versatile kicks should be a staple in everyone’s closet.

Last but not least, the Case Study House by Charles and Ray Eames is a beautiful piece of artwork in its own right, but there’s no denying the color blocking, horizontal line and harmonious inspiration. The home, located in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, was originally designed as part of the Case Study House project but also became a place for the duo to live, work and entertain.

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Typical Thursday at the MFA. A man raises his glasses to his face to get a better look at Da Vinci’s “Old Man in Profile,” a woman kneels reverently in front of Monet’s “Argenteuil in Winter,” everything smells like fresh paint and extravagance.

I overheard a girl in a beret analyzing a bench with her friend: “You have to, like, step outside of yourself to really GET it. It’s not just wood, it’s a process.” My eyes rolled so hard I thought they might fall out onto the floor. Everything is too much. Even the benches are a work of art; even the doorway has a plaque next to it–calling it a “metaphor for the passage of time.” Some people get paid to stand in a corner and make sure no one touches the statues. Some people pay money for umbrellas printed with Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and playing cards with Mondrian’s “Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow” and children’s books called “Dreaming With Rousseau.” Everything is so frivolous, gunpowder on canvas.

I felt at home in the Hokusai exhibit, so many Waves, so many tales of women turned ghostly and obsessions manifested into serpents. In an homage to the 3/11 disaster, the wall is covered in photos found in the tsunami debris–photos of families and parties and days spent outside, damaged almost unrecognizably. The air feels thin all over.

In the gift shop, I started reading Thich Nhat Han’s How to Love.

If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. but if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink. the river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform. When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others. We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform. So the big question is: how do we help our hearts to grow? Each of us can learn the art of nourishing happiness and love. Everything needs food to live, even love. If we don’t know how to nourish our love, it withers. When we feed and support our own happiness, we are nourishing our ability to love. That’s why to love means to learn the art of nourishing our happiness.

I’m feeling sad in a way I never have before and it’s difficult to explain, but it’s exhausting and discouraging. Deep roots of loneliness sucking the life out of me like lemonade through a straw. On my walk home from the museum, I watched ten people walk by a brush fire not knowing what to do. That’s how I feel sometimes. I do everything I can to make things better, and they just never change, just keep smoking and spreading and blowing ash onto the sidewalk.

I guess it’s been a while since I’ve had a strange encounter, and the universe wanted to make up for it by having a homeless man with a shopping cart full of beer cans follow me home for twenty minutes no matter how many turns I took. I wish I wasn’t always so alone.

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