Esti Barnes has designed two new collections of runners that are typically boundary-pushing in their approach. Called Go-Go and Footloose the ranges are as lively as their names suggests, with asymmetrical designs that take advantage of the runners’ linear form, drawing the eye with flowing repeat patterns. Footloose runners are hand-tufted, and include the scallop-edged ‘Twist’ (pictured bottom). Creative inspiration for Go-Go includes a lacy dragonfly’s wing (‘Dragonfly’, pictured top), a tangled spider’s web, and painterly brushstrokes. Any of them would breathe new life into an older property, or add flair to a retail, hospitality, aviation or marine project.
Porta Romana’s ‘Urchin’ chandelier tells a tale of two birthdays. The lighting company has been in business for 30 years, and has commemorated the occasion by donating five of the chandeliers to the Royal Academy – which, a couple of centuries ahead, is 250 this year. The pieces, which are made from hand-painted folded steel, and are based on the organic form of a chestnut seed pod, now hang in the Shaw Staircase. ‘Urchin’ is also available in a silver or white finish, and forms part of Chronicle, an eclectic new collection that also includes sixties- and seventies-inspired silhouettes, reinterpretations of heritage pieces and unusual textures and materials such as plaster and flock.
‘Les Vues de Paris’ is a toile first designed in 1818 by the French neoclassical architect Hippolytes Le Bas. It features the city’s most notable monuments: the Pont Neuf; the Louvre; the Fountain of the Innocents; and the Pantheon. Historically, toiles were not just decorative but often served a didactic purpose and were even used for propaganda – in this case Le Bas sought to glorify the city via its elevated architecture. Marvic Textiles has reimagined this esteemed classic by recolouring the design, offering a bolder alternative to the existing sepia tones – pictured are Old Gold and Sky.
Japandi is a term coined to describe a hybrid between Japanese and Scandinavian influences: a little rustic, but also effortlessly elegant, without being too grand. Scion has named its latest collection after this fusion of styles, launching fabrics and wallpapers that are playful yet charismatic. They celebrate the Japanese wabi-sabi approach to having things ‘perfectly imperfect’, with accentuated brush marks, ikats and embroideries playing up to this sentiment. Pictured is ‘Akira’ fabric, based on an archive kimono, which has a diffused design of trailing flowers and leaves; and ‘Genki’ wallcovering, both available from Style Library.
“The happiest times of my life are associated with beautiful, familiar things and family,” said grande dame US decorator Sister Parish. Her signature style made her a favourite among some of the best-known names in America: Astors, Gettys, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts were among her clients, and she also worked on redecorating the White House during the presidency of the Kennedys. Her legend lives on via a fabric, wallpaper and accessories company run by three further generations of her family. This hand silk-screened ‘Appleton’ print in robin’s egg blue and paprika is a new arrival at Tissus d’Hélène.
Pierre Frey’s Galerie collection focuses on panoramic wallpapers, their larger format allowing for some highly statement-making walls that act as a window on to another world. Stylistically they are incredibly diverse, with the common thread of artistic expression – there are bold contemporary paint splashes in ‘Karma’ (pictured), Rococo exuberance in a reproduction of a Boucher painting from 1758, and trompe-l’oeil blue and white tiles in the manner of a traditional Portuguese interior.
Focus/18’s Colour Workshops, a new initiative for the show, aim to expand upon the show’s broader theme of colour – beyond its use in design, to its importance in psychology, history, fashion, food and healing. Together, they build up a rounded picture of how colour is an essential influence in every facet of our lives.
Interior design and broadcaster Sophie Robinson visited Style Library to explain how colour psychology informs her work, and demonstrate some harmonious palettes that support various personality types. Author Kassia St Clair (pictured bottom in the Tim Page Carpets showroom) put the subject into an historical and cultural context, weaving fascinating stories about individual colours – some of them with unusual connotations, such as the vivid but deadly arsenic green used in Victorian wallpaper. The crossover influences between fashion and interiors were explored by jeweller Sabine Getty, in conversation with Tatler‘s Olivia Bennett, while author and energy healer Georgia Coleridge brought a holistic approach to colour, explaining how it can heal and energise. The importance of colour in food and drink came under the spotlight, too, as Cawston Press’s head of taste Micah Carr-Hill talked through how to make the perfect colourful cocktail.