Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Artsy Wednesday: Designer-inspired - Joris Laarman

I hope you're doing great today?  I'm so excited to bring you todays nails. 

The weather's finally broken, and after 3 weeks of non stop dry and sunny weather, we've had storms for the last few days.  I don't mind that though, I think that one of the good things about living in the UK is that the weather seldom stays stable long enough to get bored of it.  What on earth would we make small talk about otherwise?

This weeks Artsy Wednesday theme is "designer inspired".  Of course it's not that long since I did my Louis Vuitton nails (link) so if I was really lazy, I could always repost them!  But I'm not really lazy (most of the time), so I came up with something else.

Rather than going down the fashion designer route, I took my inspiration from other quarters.  As well as nail art design, I also love interior design, particularly anything that's beautiful to look at as well as functional.  Form and function together really floats my boat :-)

There is a dutch design house started by a man called Joris Laarman who are really creating some inspirational and innovative designs.  One of my favourite creations is their furniture range called "Bone".

Here's the nail design I did based around one of their chairs:
grey nailart
I'm really happy with this design.  It came out even better than I planned.  The base polish is OPI Skull and Glossbones,  and then I mixed up black and white acrylic paints until I came up with a grey I was happy with.  In real life Skull and Glossbones is a taupe/grey and that really makes a difference.

Then I used my new BFF bargain nailart brush, the Daler Rowney spotter 10/0 brush from my blog post at the weekend (link) to paint on the design.

Here's a screenshot from the Joris Laarman website (link) to show you what I'm talking about:
How beautiful is this?  It's so elegant whilst managing to be Art Nouveaux yet modern.  I love it.

I picked small sections of the picture of the chair, and painted those on my nails.  Here's another pic:joris laarman nail art
I like that this design is abstract.  It's attracted alot of positive comments, and people have seen many different things in it, from trees to veins haha.

I even managed to do my other hand, although not quite so nicely of course:
abstract nailart
I've definitely found this an addictive design.  I can't stop looking at it!  I love that it reminds me of that beautiful, beautiful, chair, without actually being a chair on my nails.

I'll be so sad when it chips and I have to take it off, but I suppose that just makes room for more designs :-)

The other girls in the Artsy Wednesday group will have done their nails too!  Here's their links:

Catrine at Unnaked Nails (link)
Michelle at Labmuffin (link)
Maria at Maria's Nail Polish Blog (link)
Melanie at Nail and Polish (link)
Jessica at Beauty Gnome (link)
Emily at An Accent Nail (link)
Ameerah at Valiantly Varnished (link)
Anna & Haylee at Makeup and Masala (link)
Rosemarie at Every Little Polish (link)

What do you think?  Do you like abstract designs?

Until next time...



  1. This is so well interpretated - and OMG I want that chair LOL

    1. Thankyou! And, I know right? Sooo beautiful x x x

  2. I love that you used a furniture design as your inspiration. Your nails match it really well.

    1. Thank you so much! I was really pleased with them :-)

  3. You did a brilliant job! I love how you can get inspiration from anything.

    1. Thankyou! It's funny what inspires us sometimes, isn't it? x x x

  4. holy moly that piece of furniture is so freaking cool!! And your nails represent it very nicely :):)

    1. It's awesome isn't it? Thankyou x x x

  5. This is seriously such a cool mani! Your inspiration chair is pretty awesome too. But those nails are sooooo droolworthy.

    1. Thankyou! I really enjoyed that mani, more than any I've done for a while x x x

  6. Great post! I'm your new follower! :)
    I hope to see you in my blog sometimes. Thanks!
    Kisses from VV!!

    1. Pleased to meet you! I'll be sure to check out your blog

  7. Oh wow, this is such a cool interpretation!

  8. I like that you did this based on furniture! :)

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    1. Thanks Swish, I loved them too! :-)

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    1. Super cool interpretation of the theme! :)


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