Design Crossover: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian is undeniably one of the great designers who’s work has crossed over into multiple disciplines of design, specifically his artwork Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow.

Piet Mondriaan_Composition II

Mondrian believed that “…through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.”

Here’s just a few who also believed this to be true….

Modern Art Desserts

The amazing book Modern Art Desserts takes Mondrian’s, along with many other artist’s work, and turns them into beautifully delicious edible art. With the step-by-step assembly, you can step up your next birthday party cake to a work of art…

Color Block Wall

This cool space would just be another modern dining room without a little attention to detail. The Mondrian-inspired wall art from PIXERS takes this minimalist dining room from stylish to smart.

Color Block Swimsuit

There’s no denying what the inspiration was for this swimsuit design by Sarah Schofield. There is clearly tension between these lines, which were believed to express different intensities of energy for Mondrian’s artwork.

Image: Simply Nailogical

Image: Simply Nailogical

While most of us don’t have the time to paint our nails like this, let alone have them done for us, they really do represent a work of art. I’m no stylist, but these nails would look best paired with a simple black dress to allow them to steal the show.

Color Block Chair

Inspired by Mondrian’s painting, designer Marcel Wanders has developed some new products for Dutch brand Moooi, one of them being this armchair. The cool, primary colored cushions can be switched out to create different interpretations of the artwork.

Color Blcok Nike

Who says art has no place in sports?! These Nikes tell a different story. With color blocking, inspired by Mondrian, these versatile kicks should be a staple in everyone’s closet.

Case Study House

Last but not least, the Case Study House by Charles and Ray Eames is a beautiful piece of artwork in its own right, but there’s no denying the color blocking, horizontal line and harmonious inspiration. The home, located in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, was originally designed as part of the Case Study House project but also became a place for the duo to live, work and entertain.

Cori is a freelance Graphic Designer with a background in Interior Design, currently living in Los Angeles. She has paired her design and marketing knowledge to start a freelance career that combines both graphic design and interior design. When she's not working on an editorial layout, blog design, identity or illustration, she's contributing on design blogs or rambling on on her own.