Radiant Marigolds, acid-green stripes of dragonflies, the blue brilliance of a sunlit Kingfisher flashing past, neon in nature is hard to beat. But today’s luminous trainers are trying hard.
While I watched in awe as some of the fastest people on earth ran past me at a blistering pace in the marathon on Sunday, I caught beams of fantastic neon feet. A little neon goes a long way.
Neon works best in small flashes of brilliance in the home too. Lettering and signs can look cool indoors and out. The modern neon installation by artist Matthew Creed looks great on the rustic stone walls of Hauser & Wirth’s s farmhouse.
Revolutionary floor couture designer Michaela Schleypen uses neon threads in her award-winning rugs. Cielo captures a luminous clear sky on a summer’s night using neon thread or lustre cotton to enhance the cosmic effect. Modular is another hand-tufted rug with neon threads. Through the combination of the relief surface and geometric pattern, the end result is a stunning optical effect.
Margo Selby has explored neon yarns and colours in her experimental approach to woven patterned textiles to create designs that tie in with the current trend for statement flashes of colour in the home. Inspired by some of her best selling hand woven deflected double cloths a selection of her cushions, rugs and throws have been re-interpreted in bright tones and vibrant fluoros.
The ‘Dogstar’ fabric (shortlisted for the Elle Decoration ‘Best British Pattern’ award) is woven on a striped warp in a double cloth structure which creates an interesting geometric 3D surface effect in bright neon shades of pink, orange, turquoise and lime.
Add a spot of neon and these weaves really light up interiors.