The revenge of an oldieBlack is back having never been away. Over in the world of fashion, black has evolved from a simple, inexpensive colour for everyday into a stylish and sexy statement, and it has Coco Chanel’s little black dress (1926) to thank for it. And with the ultimate coronation by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, black ceased to be a mourning colour and transformed into something more sophisticated for any situation.
The interior world has since embraced it lovingly. At first there was reluctance, just a few small accessories, but as the 2000s progressed, it started to feature with red in garish combinations. For a couple of years now, it has evolved, taking on a softness, dimness and matt quality, and it’s hard to imagine an interior magazine or catalogue without matt black kitchen and bathroom utensils. After all, matt black whether as an accessory or an overall concept, instantaneously plunges a room into an edgy, contemporary yet accessible atmosphere.