With the rise of collective interest in font thanks to a deluge of designer memes via Pinterest, the growing universality of blogs and personal websites, and brilliant high-brow documentary films like Helvetica, typography has begun creeping its well-formed way into the homes of professional designers and pedestrian font geeks alike. It’s one of the simplest ways to express personality, values and in many cases, intentions for a particular space.
We’re creatures of habit who respond to direction; when we sit down at the dining room table with friends and the words “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” are emblazoned across the wall in beautiful script behind them, we’re probably more likely to do exactly as we’ve been instructed. To wit, Blue Ant Studios sets some house rules with its ever-popular “Be Nice Or Leave” throw pillows, shown above alongside some the studio’s other offerings.
Similarly, favorite quotes set the tone for a living space and can even illustrate something as complex as an entire belief structure or life perspective in just a few short words, like the removable wall art below from Wall Star Graphics, as well as the wooden “Here Comes the Sun” wall hanging from Oh Dier Living underneath it, perfect for a patio, breakfast nook or garden space:
For a more subtle, far less declarative effect, IKEA offers its Britten Nummer fabric, with numbers written out in casual cursive lower-case script; it’s ideal for adding an approachable yet still sophisticated air to a handmade set of curtains or pillows.
In a similar fashion, Marianne Demier uses Bodoni font to randomly but beautifully present letters and ampersands on her table covering:
And of course, there’s always room for humor. For those who are tired of dealing with technology fails at work, or who simply need to remind themselves to recharge when they get home and sink into the living room couch at the end of the day, Diffraction Fiber gives us its Ctrl+Alt+Delete pillows to encourage a daily restart.