From interior design to fashion, architecture, graphic and web design – even branding – chevron is everywhere. It’s bold, easy pattern creates a clean look that has a life of it’s own, especially when paired with this year’s crisp pastels and organic textures.
Despite its fresh contemporary style, chevron dates back to ancient Greek times. It was discovered on pottery, rock carvings and other archeological finds from Crete circa 1800BC. The V-shaped line or stripe has featured throughout history as an architectural fret as well as adorning coats of arms and registering rank on military uniforms (love a man in… ;).
In the 1920s and 30s, the design made a resurgence in the symmetrical, geometric forms of the Art Deco period. But ultimately it was the fashion label Missoni that jettisoned chevron into the forefront of modern fashion and interior design.
Founded in 1953 by husband and wife team Rosita and Tai, Missoni reached the height of its influence within the fashion world in the early seventies. It was renown for the kaleidoscopic colours and geometric patterns of its knitwear. (Nice!) This pattern became Missoni’s unofficial signature print.
In 2011, Missoni released a range with Target and chevron was exposed to the wider population. Now, printed or woven, this stylish motif features on bedspreads and rugs, dresses, invitations, floorcoverings even tiles.
Paint a feature wall in your living or bedroom with these easy DIY tips, or add creative accents to the undersides of your stairs, the back of your bookshelf and more. Update your interiors with a high-voltage cushion or a retro lampshade.
Mixing and matching patterns and prints creates interest in your space. Pair a zig-zag rug with a tribal-inspired cushion or throw to mix it up. Knit your own cushion or let someone else do the hard work and reap the benefits. Ikat, narrow or tone-on-tone chevron offer chic variations from the basic pattern, while herringbone seems like a more sophisticated print.
Whether you use it sparingly or with wild abandon, chevron is a fantastic tool to brighten up your home.
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