Pop Art initially emerged in the 1950s and came into its prime in the 60s, initially both criticising on and celebrating society’s obsession with consumerism and mass produced objects. In many ways, modern day branding as we know it emerged hugely during this time! Iconic public figures, such as the Queen and Monroe as well as everyday branded products, such as Campbell’s soup and your typical banana, were given fame through an instantly recognisable artistic movement.
Now, nearly sixty years on, Pop Art is still as popular as ever many thanks to its kitschy, vibrant and punchy aesthetic, allowing you to add instant character to your home by subtly incorporating these accents! Whether you have a contemporary or traditional home, Pop Art can seamlessly integrate into any interior style and here’s how to start:
Make a grand, sweeping statement with wallpaper. Immediately, it will infuse the room will both colour and visual impact! Wallpaper can work wonders for a small space such as a hallway, entryway or downstairs powder room; as illustrated by the striking Marimekko Unikko Red Wallpaper.
Similarly, this Räsymatto multicoloured wallpaper is inspired by Finnish woven rugs and its bold, repetitive design creates a visual impact for this kitchen space. With the addition of strong, bright colours, and those images so indicative of the pop art style, an otherwise uninteresting space has been completely transformed.
An accent piece such as these Pop Art Chairs enables you to incorporate this fun, vibrant style more subtly. Dramatic, bold colours aren’t for everyone but a unique accent chair would look perfect for a hallway, or even add two of these to either end of your dining table for a conversation piece.
Even the smallest pop art-inspired item can make a difference, such as these three-dimensional Bow paintings by Spanish artist Mónica Ajenjo. Starting with a neutral colour palette, incorporate one of her gorgeous limited edition paintings to create a truly striking contrast in any space.
These limited edition collection of brightly coloured cushions come in a variety of lively colours and complimentary sizes. Inspired by the heyday of bohemian living, the geometric designs and soothing textures transport you to luxurious beach clubs of Miami and bring about laid back yet vivacious vibes from the shores of St Barts. Perfect if you are looking to reinvigorate a plain sofa with some colour reminiscent of the Pop Art era.
For a direct Pop Art reference, invest in an artwork from the period, such as Roy Lichtenstein’s print ‘As I Opened Fire.’ During the 60s, along with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, Lichtenstein became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as “not ‘American’ painting but actually industrial painting”.