BRIANA: Kelly Wearstler gave her walls a graffiti treatment, Keith Haring now comes in decal form and people are scribbling all over home accessories. So, what do you think of graffiti-inspired style? En vogue art or design vandalism? [Ed. Note: Check out Kelly also rocking two trends we've debated in the past in the pic below: Hand chairs and animal print! What a design daredevil.]
LILI: I think some graffiti can be really beautiful.
FARIMA: I know I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but I prefer to see graffiti on public buildings. The whole beauty of it is seeing it in an unexpected public place. So to me, graffiti-inspired style defeats the whole purpose of it.
LANA KATASAROS: I enjoy the street art that coats the NYC building I pass daily, but I wouldn’t want it on my walls at home. On the other hand, I think a gentle pop here and there can be fun, or even a single statement piece.
For the “White Room Challenge” in my season of Design Star, we celebrated 5 Pointz and the artists that created it. I think graffiti absolutely has a place in the art world and in interiors. I tried to use that free spirit and free thinking in my White Room. Some artists work in oil paint, others work in spray paint, there’s no difference. I’m a fan of using it in any capacity I can!
BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: 1.) Graffiti success is in juxtaposition. If a huge graffiti wall is done in a gritty, brick urban loft, big whoop, so what/who cares? It’s kind of supposed to be there. 2.) Used out of context or ironically, it can be genius. A white Chippendale linen sofa sprayed with graffiti by a true tag artist can be stunning. Same with a graffiti ceiling in the entrance of a pristine, formal house. 3.) Color is key. Primary colors with black, white and saturated hues like turquoise are well-balanced. Throw fluorescents into the mix and the results can be stab-inducing. The end. Now I am going to watch Honey Boo Boo at the gym [the gym located on my sofa, next to the candy pumpkins and ghost cookies].*
JESSICA: I side with the popular vote: graffiti rocks!
ABBI: I love the graphic, graffiti-like treatment on the ceiling at the Flip Burger restaurants in Atlanta and Birmingham. I love how the rest of the restaurant is so sleek — totally white and clean with modern looking fixtures and furniture — and then you look up and it looks totally punk rocker cool.
We’ve tagged up the blog with our opinions about graffiti-inspired design, now tell us yours: