Hex-quisite Design. Design Hex and the City. Interiors Hex-traordinary. Please, someone stop me. The bad puns just keep popping into my head. In addition to geometrics generally, it seems the interiors world has gone crazy for hexagons, specifically.
One of my favourite mid-century modern designer, Isamu Noguchi, created a design classic with the Prismatic side table in 1957. The three-legged table is a beautiful, simple, geometric shape made entirely of folded aluminium. Inspired by origami (the Japanese art of paper folding) the Prismatic table was also the last piece of furniture Noguchi designed.
The hexagon side table comes in many iterations. Not only are most of them easy to configure in multiples and move about as needed, they look great too. Here are six of my favourites.
Interestingly, the Hay table like Noguchi’s table was influenced by origami and is named after the slit that is formed when the metal frame is folded underneath the table top. The B&B Italia Hive Collection was inspired by the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. This natural phenomenon of 40,000+ polygonal basalt columns is a UNESCO Heritage site. The resemblance is really striking isn’t it?
The patterns you can make with hexagons work really well on the wall too. Check out this simple shelving idea which makes a big impact. The blog, Nestful of Love, has directions on how to make your own hexagon shelving. Alternatively, you can buy hexagonal shelves as a set of three at Next Home.
Hexagonal mirrors also look great on a wall. I can see these mirrored tiles creating an interesting honeycomb configuration in a hallway. From Graham & Green, the mirrored tiles come in sets of 18.
In addition to mirrors, many more tiles are now available in hexagon shapes. Here are examples created by Spanish designer, Patricia Urquiola from the Dechirer range which blend contemporary large-format tiles with an artisanal cement heritage.
For you commitment-phones, there are lots of hexagonal accessories which won’t require you either to spend so much or to make a long-term design decision. I think a group of this hexagon boxes on a table is a really cool way to clear clutter.
Although contemporary Danish design brand, Hay have had their Kaleido tray system for some time, they are now available in new colours of chocolate, jade and blue. You can use them individually or mix and match for a fun modular look. This season they have added these sweet trio of hexagon-shaped notebooks. Yes, they are notebooks! They are almost too pretty to disturb never mind use.
On the British design side, Tom Dixon has added to his hexagon tea light holders this year with this new etched wood design on steel, brass or copper. I also loved the hand-hammered hexagonal bowl in still-trendy copper.
What do you think? Would you consider hexagonal side tables, shelves hex-cetera in your home?