Silhouette Style

Silhouettes have been part of the design scene since the 1700’s when French artists began scissor-snipping profile portraits of everything in sight, from people and animals to objects and landscapes. Now this classic art form is back but with a modern twist. Colorful and witty, today’s silhouettes are turning heads of a whole new generation who are discovering the power of their charms.

Crafted from pear wood and steel, the Alessi toothpick holder features the graceful silhouette of a ballet dancer in motion.

Le Papier Studio specializes in printing personalized silhouettes on a variety of unexpected things like lucite trays, cell phone cases and cufflinks. Their Couple on Vespa melamine plate caught my eye as a fun gift idea for couples who like to travel.

Seletti’s Sending Animals accent table and sideboards add a touch of barnyard chic and are made in Italy of upcycled shipping crates.

SmokinTweed’s Corgi dog silhouette pillow cover is fashioned from highly textured fabric embellished with a silhouette that’s cut from wool felt.

After DIY’ers finish stitching Liberty of London’s Silhouettes needlepoint kit -an interesting mix of classic and contemporary silhouettes on a wallpaper style background- they can frame it as art or convert it into a posh decorative pillow or chair seat.

This Spring, silhouettes are on the cutting edge of design. Picture one in your home?