Insulation Inspiration

Insulation Inspiration

>> Another short trip notched up in New York meant another trip to Paintbox, not with palm trees, pineapples or other emoji-esque motifs that are so de rigueur of summer manicures.  Instead, pastel speckled foam came to mind – sometimes called compressed or recycled foam – and normally used as furniture stuffing or flooring underlay.  Its haphazard colour qualities and reconstituted material composition mean that anything from powder blue to slate grey to lemon yellow could be in the mix.

It’s the slightly wonky and awkward cousin to its more luxurious cousin marble – another texture giant that has ensconced itself across the fields of fashion, interiors and graphic design.  And slowly but surely, that speckled foam texture has seeped its way into certain collections (mostly of the graduate sort because it’s so a) a cheap material to buy and b) good for sculpting exaggerated silhouettes), into art installations and creative still life shots, and now, in a swirl of pastel orange, blue and grey, onto my nails for the next month or so.





kenjikd2013 CSM MA graduate Kenji Kawusami‘s collection


roos gompertsRoos Gompert




valeskajc4University of Westminster 2014 graduate Valeska Jasso Collado 

sofa foam


Roksanda_Ilincic_020_1366.1366x2048Roksanda resort 2015


Katja-Windau-Schauma-2011-13Katja Windau-Schauma




desireel2Current CSM BA student Desiree Laidler’s final school project “Comfort”


LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08:  The Brutalist Playground is the latest work by Turner Prize nominees Assemble with artist Simon Terrill at the RIBA on June 8, 2015 in London, England.  The installation is open free to the public from 10 June to 16 August at the Architecture Gallery, RIBA, London.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for The Royal Institue Of British Architects (RIBA))

brutalistplayground3‘The Brutalist Playground’ by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill currently installed at RIBA until August 14th


alexmullins1Alex Mullins S/S 16 presentation from Idol Mag

20140212_181238Sideview of Proenza Schouler A/W 14-5 invitation

proenza schouler cutting classBreakdown of Proenza Schouler A/W 14-5 from The Cutting Class

foam cover psA Magazine foam cover craft by Proenza Schouler

20140215_160040J.W. Anderson seating for A/W 14-5 womenswear show




1granary_csm_central_saint_martins_xinyuan_xu99CSM 2015 MA graduate Xinyuan Xu‘s collection


BODYBUILD-crop-3-webAnna Lomax set design


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  1. Jokevalerie

    2015-06-26 at 7:04 PM

    This is really inspiring- I’ve noticed that the speckled texture is trending again and I’m loving it! I especially love the nails 🙂

  2. Manuela

    2015-06-26 at 7:56 PM

    Impressive how inspirations can come from everything that I would never even imagine…
    Nice post!


  3. Hilary Nirvana

    2015-06-27 at 5:53 AM

    Love your style<3 thanks for sharing you nails looks so cool<3
    follow for follow?:)


  4. Fatima Rajpoot

    2015-06-27 at 7:58 AM

    Really stylish blog and all of these fashion collection images are beautiful, now I am confused who is the best for me. Well author your ideas are awesome, excellent work & keep it up. Thanks

  5. Emmanuelle

    2015-06-27 at 3:23 PM

    Inspiring indeed. I love Roos Gompert’s work. The light colors look so good together, love this psot !

  6. Danny & Alex

    2015-06-27 at 4:07 PM

    Love this inspiration, so many beautiful colors!
    The Twinne Twins

  7. Ellie Ramsay

    2015-06-28 at 3:01 PM

    Wow the creativity from this designer is like something I’ve never seen before!x

  8. Alice

    2015-06-29 at 11:25 AM

    Totally into the speckled texture! Loved the invitation at Proenza Schouler!

  9. Teo

    2015-06-29 at 3:42 PM

    Amazing color mix! Love it!

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