When Amy Winehouse sung of returning back to black, she left her audience in no doubt about how she was feeling. For Winehouse, black was the colour she gave to the prospect of life without her lover, the dried out emotional well we call rock bottom. However, despite its sombre associations in life and literature, the return to monochrome interiors in 2020 has been anything but.
Egged on by the vogue of Crittal-style windows and the desire for a do-over at the dawn of a new decade, monochrome interiors have proven themselves to be rich, confident and uncomplicated — an enduring idea that can adapt to any context or setting.
No home demonstrates this quite as clearly as the Monochrome House in Maastricht — a lofty 13th century monastery that has been reimagined into a contemporary home by the creative souls at Studio Niels. With Black Friday underway, and our feeds awash with all things monochromatic, we couldn’t resist a quick tour.