The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.
March – by Hannah
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. This made him a perfect fit for inclusion in the Salt Design Modern Masters 2018 Calendar!
As a founder of the De Stijl movement, Mondrian’s artistic vocabulary was created through simple geometric elements using blocks of primary colours and black grid lines. To this day, his style is instantly recognised and emulated by many modern artists and designers.
Mondrian certainly caught my eye when learning art history at school. I loved applying his style to screen-printing, using simple block colours to create bold, bright art pieces. His oil canvas, Broadway Boogie-Woogie, was one of my favourite pieces. The abstract composition evokes energy and rhythm, depicting the pace of life in the bustling metropolis that is New York City – a city I always dreamed of visiting (doesn’t everyone!?).
In 2007, I fulfilled this dream by visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC. It was a fantastic opportunity to view artworks by masters of their era, including Mondrian.
At university, one of my first design projects was to create patterns within a square, using grids and combinations of varying shapes and block colours. It reminded me of Mondrian’s work. Whilst a load of fun, it also taught me how the underlying principles of form and function are at the core of good design. To this day, I use these principles as a strong foundation and approach for beginning any design concept!
In the recent years, I have followed the working career of Camille Walala. I was so fortunate and excited to see Camille’s presentation at The Design Conference 2017. I love her use of brighter colours to create boundless energy in commercial spaces and textiles. To me, her work is a fresh, modern take on Mondrian’s style.
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Images via: 1. Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent shown with a Mondrian painting in 1966. 2.Richard Meier’s city hall in the Hague transformed into the ‘world’s largest Mondrian’. 3. Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930. 4. Piet Mondrian. 5. Broadway Boogie Woogie (Taken at the MoMA). 6. De stijl chair. 7. MoMa Exhibition (taken in 2007). 8. Camille Walala – Rooftop NYC, WALALA X BETTER BANKSIDE LDF 2016 and The Design Conference 2017.