Design Council: Janno McLaughlin

ART EDIT’S PANEL OF DESIGN EXPERTS ARE BURSTING WITH IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO HANG AND STYLE THIS ARTWORK IN YOUR HOME.

Brett Mickan

Brett Mickan Interior Design, Sydney

Suzanne Gorman

Suzanne Gorman

Kathryn Robson

Janno Mclaughlin, Cocoon, 2018. Acrylic and oil on canvas, muslin, 183 x 183cm.

BRETT MICKAN

Brett Mickan Interior Design, Sydney

The fragility of the layered muslin applied over this bold and graphic work is the perfect juxtaposition to illustrate the metamorphosis of a butterfly. The scale of this work would suit a large, open-plan living space. I would reflect the lightness of the muslin with white-slip-covered upholstery in a room with white walls. Add the neutral warmth of natural oak floors layered with a large green-and-blue cut-pile carpet. I’d keep the furniture palette simple with oak side tables, adding depth and whimsy with hand-blocked linen throw cushions in pinks, reds and tans.

SUZANNE GORMAN

Studio Gorman Interior Design, Sydney

Appearing abstract on first glance, this piece is enchanting and captivating. Mclaughlin’s Cocoon speaks of hope and comfort, its whimsically layered story completed with a fine veil that draws the observer in to explore the layers beyond. The enormous size of this painting – almost two metres squared – needs its very own wall. Make it soft, chalky white in colour and hand-painted to show brush strokes; hang it directly across from the front door so there is no mistaking a sense of welcome and comfort. On warm smoked oak timber floors, throw a Moroccan kilim in hues of crimson, eggplant and sienna, with hints of golden mustard for contrast. If the rug is a little worn and loved, all the better. That’s it: a simple white space with a rug and a painting, unless you dare to paint your front door in muted yellow ochre to hint at the sunshine beyond.

KATHRYN ROBSON

Robson Rak Architecture & Interiors, Melbourne

At first glance this image appears playful and vibrant, but the viewer is soon drawn into its many layers. Like peeking through a keyhole, a vibrant world of colour and intrigue unfolds. Figures and landscapes appear within the scenes behind the veil, and the depth of field in this painting ignites the imagination. This painting would work well hung in many spaces, but I can see it in a child’s bedroom or playroom where it can encourage artistic intrigue in a child’s developing mind. It could be hung in a room where colour is embraced, such as with green carpet, white walls, and colourful patterned curtains.

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