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Trend Alert: Perforation, Punctures, and Hole Punches


Trend Alert: Perforation, Punctures, and Hole Punches

April 30, 2024

Apertures, hole-punches, and punctures: We predict perforated architectural details will be everywhere before too long.

Below, 15 examples of punctuated design we admire:


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Above: In A Flexible Pied-à-Terre in London for a Jewelry Designer and Her Family: a blue perforated aluminum staircase by fine art fabricator Joseph Waller is inspired by “the iridescence of a butterfly wing; the soft, sculptural folds of Issey Miyake’s iconic clothing; and the mechanical design of motorbike engines,” according to London architect Eryk Ulanowski. Photograph by Michelle Young, courtesy of Studio Ulanowski.
Above: Spotted via designer Steven Volpe (@studiovolpe_sv): a perforated oak stairway in a London project.

Shutters and Doors

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Above: Spotted in a project by New York-based designer Matt McKay: hole-punched interior shutters, inspired by Jean Prouvé’s porthole doors. Photograph by Joshua McHugh. (See more in Design Sleuth: Light-Filtering Interior Shutters.)
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Above: Perforation on a tiny scale: Studio Dorion had custom interior shutters made by KLN Studio in Brooklyn. Photograph by Ethan Herrington.
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Above: In Resourcefulness as a Design Principle’: A One-of-a-Kind Remodel by Two Artists on a Budget, the perforated window screens, made by one of the homeowners, were inspired by similar versions spotted in Spitalfields. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
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Above: Hole-punched (and numbered) pantry doors in Kitchen of the Week: The Plain English Power in Numbers Kitchen. Photograph courtesy of Plain English.

Dividers and Details

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Above: In the Mexico City home of Laura Aviva (of L’Aviva Home), a custom perforated wooden screen sets the kitchen apart. Stay tuned next week for a full feature on Laura’s place. Photograph by Maureen M. Evans.
Above: A Le Corbusier-inspired space designed by Spain-based Estudio Reciente (@estudioreciente).
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Above: In A Small (but Growing) Apartment Inspired by a Favorite Novel, surfaces are extra interesting when punctuated. Photograph by Miguel de Guzman and Rocio Romero of Imagen Subliminal, courtesy of Mariana de Delás.
Above: Punched holes appear all over this efficient project by Francesca Perani Enterprise (@fpenterprise), including a slim divider.
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Above: Perforation put to use….as wine storage. Photograph courtesy of Neil Dusheiko Architects from Kitchen of the Week: An Architect’s Labor-of-Love Kitchen, Art Gallery Included.


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Above: New from Fort Standard: custom Strata storage, hole-punched edition. Design by Annie Leslau.
Above: A dresser from designer Gesa Hansen where the cutouts make the design.
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Above: And the Strata Desk, also on offer.
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Above: An indoor/outdoor offering from Hay: The Balcony Dining Table is punched through with holes (chairs too). The table is $795.

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