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The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

Storytelling first begins with something to tell. In the home, its stories about family, achievements, successes and romances.

Annie Leibovtiz, likely the most renowned photographer of the modern age uses the camera for her stories. Evoking raw emotions and popular responses to personalities from rock stars, actors, and even the queen of England [see the article].

In interior design, the stories we create in our homes and personal spaces are called, 'vignettes,' a collection of objects that, when combined, have a sense of meaning.

"In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects – think of it as a pocket-sized table arrangement that tells a story about you and your home." - Janet Dunn, Houzz

It is a perfect way to tell any story you set your heart on.

The console

Industrial M console in white

Image: Industrial M console in white

Used in hallways and entrances, the console is the perfect opportunity to set the scene of any home environment. It makes an elegant yet practical stage for your favourite artworks, potted plants and other personal effects. The drawer allows storage for keys, wallets, purses and a myriad of bits and pieces that normally get lost throughout the home.

White or Black - the Modern Sideboard

White or Black - the Modern Sideboard

White and black, black or white. Incredibly, these two colours (some would argue 'shades') are the most versatile of all colour possibilities. Take for example Coco Chanel who famously introduced women to "the absence of colour". Her entire colour palette consisted of only 5 colours: black, white, beige, gold and red [watch the video].

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” - Coco Chanel, Chanel

Industrial M Sideboard

Industrial M Sideboard

Image: Industrial M Sideboard in white

The above has been styled demonstrating the versatility of the apparent lack of colour. Softening black and whites into muted tones, introducing camel sheepskins and natural floor coverings.

Green plant-life 'pops' and the subtleties of the book binds draw your eye. This is where the perfect use of black and white set the stage for raw timber and other natural elements to shine.

In graphite

Industrial M sideboard in charcoal

Image: Industrial M Sideboard in graphite