Take Habitat’s new Splatter cushions and throws bearing prints of flicked paint. Perhaps designers have caught the bug for let-it-all-hang out colour and line from the Royal Academy’s current exhibition on abstract expressionist art of the Forties and Fifties, exponents of which included Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.
The terrazzo revival is another strand of the trend. The technique was invented in the 15th century by Venetian builders who couldn’t afford to use solid marble, so they mixed discarded marble chips with clay, then polished it up to create a decorative, hardwearing surface.
SPOT THE SPECKLES
In the 20th century, terrazzo was appreciated more for its durability and relegated to ordinary public spaces — from municipal buildings to American diners — while today the rubber flooring of London’s Tube trains has a speckled terrazzo effect that goes almost unnoticed.
Handmade: this unit from the Ernö kitchen costs £15,000 and is