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Graphic Content Ahead: This Year’s New Pattern Takeover

by Maxwell Tielman

Design*Sponge | A look at this year's graphic trend

I know that every year, design writers herald the return of Bold! Graphic! Patterns!, so much so that it now seems like a bit of a joke when such claims are made over and over again. Although 2014 seems to be yet another good year for the patternistas out there, this year’s fresh crop of graphic prints is markedly different from those of recent years. Gone, it seems, are the fuchsia chevrons and muddy ikats of yesteryear, replaced instead by designs that are no less impactful, but of a decidedly more minimal nature. Gracing not just the pages of this spring’s fashion magazines, but new interiors and design catalogues are oversized polka dots, bold grids and striking stripes—most of which are found in the oh-so-au-courant black and white palette of today. Although these loud patterns can be a bit cacophonous when paired together, as individual pieces they function as bold, beautiful statements—both on the body and in the home. Check out more of our favorite new graphic looks after the jump! —Max

Above images: 1. A shelf for records and images framed with black creates a graphic look —via Da Daa blog. | 2. Black and Yellow Cushion Cover | 3. Isabel Marant Check Shirt | 4. Marimekko Räsymatto Bowl | 5. Kate Spade Saturday Teapot

Design*Sponge | A look at this year's graphic trend

1. IKEA Duvet Cover | 2. Black and White Storage Basket | 3. Kate Spade Saturday Drinking Glasses | 4. Embossed Black & White Boxes

Pattern Society Union Rug, Via Design*Sponge

Above: Pattern Society’s Union Rug

Ferm Living's Grid Wallpaper, via Design*Sponge

Above: Ferm Living’s Grid Wallpaper

Design*Sponge | A look at this year's graphic trend

1. Equipment Dot Shirt | 2. SugarPaper Thank You Cards | 3. Nyhavn Vase | 4. Color-Dipped Mug | 5. Hay Zip-It pencil cases | 6. IKEA Placemat

Design*Sponge | Stacy Anne Longenecker's dining room

Above: A black and white rug adds a graphic punch to Stacy Anne Longenecker’s dining room.

Design*Sponge | Taylor Anne's bedroom

Above: Taylor Anne’s bedroom gets an eye-catching lift with polkadot bedding.

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