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Decorating With Modern Masterpieces: Transverse Line by Kandinsky

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Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter and art theorist, and a pioneer of the abstract painting movement. He taught at the Bauhaus school of art in Munich from 1922 to 1933 and completed Transverse Line during that period. This Bauhaus period was very much a departure from his earlier works, and focused on experimentation with colours, lines, and shapes in a way that was new for the time.

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When taking inspiration from this modern masterpiece for your home decor it’s important to first remember the ethos of the Bauhaus School – that form should follow function. Furniture and accessories should be useful and well designed, as well as pleasing to the eye. Your design should reinforce the message you’re trying to create with your decor, rather than the other way around.

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Colour and shape rule in Kandinsky’s Transverse Lines, and this should also be the case in a Kandinsky-influenced home. For a larger space start with a primarily black and white canvas before adding primary colours in large geometric blocks. A smaller, cosier room would benefit from using the creams found in the painting as a base colour before including primary colours. Kandinsky believed colour and shape should complement one another, so use his work as your guide.

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The clean lines and chrome construction of the iconic Wassily Chair (designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-1926) is the perfect illustration of Kandinsky’s commitment to reducing art to its simplest form. It also highlights the interest in metallic textures that grew from this art movement and his art in particular. Stay true to this simplistic approach by including such features in your own home design.

For more Kandinsky-inspired interiors, check out our Pinterest board.

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