In our daily lives of information overload, design can help us escape. There is a cosmopolitan charm to design this season with a shift from the subdued to more expressive patterns that have a playful, visual language and a strong narrative. Design houses have long been inspired by different cultures and far-flung locations. For spring, many have looked east. Pictured from top to bottom: Inspiration from Japanese kimonos include the ‘Scaramouche’ jacquard featuring stylised dragons by Dedar and ‘Les Cerisiers Sauvages’, a panoramic wallcovering by Elitis at Abbott & Boyd with exuberant cherry blossom. In Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, James Tufenkian’s collection of silk kimonos was the starting point for the new Rebel Silk rug collection. Romo has recently worked with Japanese artist Katsutoshi Yuasa, exploring time-honoured printmaking practises for the Mizumi collection by Black Edition.