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June 18th, 2013

Punk in the home

If you haven’t heard already PUNK is back in a big way, from the recent MET ball to their spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, PUNK is back in fashion and on the pages of magazines worldwide… With such a global focus on this edgy, groundbreaking style in fashion I realized PUNK has also been making its way back into homes for sometime.  From skull light fixtures to edgy artwork and furnishings PUNK style focus on anarchy and edge. The new wave of PUNK style however is mixed with luxury and focuses more on classic UK style, artistic furniture all while pushing boundaries. So how do you get the PUNK look in your home? Well start with a bold colour palette, dark navy, red and white works and so does a deep purple mixed with plenty of black. Next incorporate some pattern, rich paisley, eclectic prints… anything that pushes boundaries. (Check out the London Toile at Sprinkle in furniture and accessories that have a distinct London in the 1970’s look (incorporating rustic metals, a union jack motif) or pieces that have distinct almost obscure edge (like this chair that is turning into a rhinoceros). The final outcome is pure PUNK and gives a space a very distinct flavour. I’ve pulled some images from my favourite punk-inspired interiors. For even more inspiration consider picking up a copy of “Punk Home: Interiors in Anarchy” photographed by Abby Banks edited by Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore.


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Janette  Ewen

Janette Ewen has been one of Canada’s leading décor and lifestyle experts for more than a decade, passing on her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers and television.

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