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You Won’t Believe Your Eyes After Seeing Alain Gilles Designs for YO2 Rugs

05.20.21 | By
You Won’t Believe Your Eyes After Seeing Alain Gilles Designs for YO2 Rugs
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If you enjoy tricks of the eye illusions, you’re going to absolutely love these rugs. Designed by Alain Gilles for YO² Rugs, the Hole, Mosaique and Stacked-Up collections are based on geometry, perspective and false impressions that will leave you questioning your own vision.

rug hanging on wall

Hole

A gateway to another world? The Hole collection gives the visual impression of an opening, a modern trompe l’oeil. The design works thanks to a hand drawn grid that represents the floor and a circle. Sketched in an almost cartoonish style, certain visual angles provide a the trick of the eye. The round version of the rug allows you to place your “porthole” anywhere in a space.

round rug detail

Hole

round rug, mirror, chair

Hole

rug and couch

Hole

round rug on floor

Mosaique

You’ll have to do a double take when you first lay eyes on the Mosaique collection. Inspired by small details found within a photo, Mosaique is all about playing with the perception of materials (example: faux marble). In this case, the rug’s design mimics tiles and leaves us questioning reality. By overlapping patterns, Gilles creates a sense of movement.

round rug on floor

Mosaique

round rugs

Mosaique

rug on wall

Mosaique

rug and couch

Mosaique

rug on floor

Mosaique

rug pattern

Stacked-Up

I have to admit, the Stacked-Up collection is the one that fooled me most. The illusion of cheap, stacked, corrugated metal sheets looks as though it has real three dimensional depth to it. The “shadows” that lie between stacked-up sheets are an important graphic element, especially in the version that features an off center composition.

rug detail

Stacked-Up

rug on floor

Stacked-Up

rug on floor

Stacked-Up

rug on wall

Stacked-Up

rug in interior room

Stacked-Up

To learn more about Alain Gilles for YO² Rugs, visit yoyo-designs.com.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.