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Flora and fauna have long been ubiquitous in interiors, but it’s nature’s most spectacular and exotic creatures that are currently leaving the biggest footprint. Whether it’s big cats prowling through lush jungle foliage, monkeys perched in trees or parrots in flight, these animal-themed designs are about pure escapism, transporting us to far-flung places. Classic animal prints such as cheetah and zebra are showing no sign of fading out, either, bringing an additional layer of glamour to adventurous design schemes.

‘Lions D’Or’ wallcovering, Pierre Frey.

Cavallini hide in ‘Miami Leopard’, Edelman Leather.

‘Silk Road Garden’ wallcovering panel, Arte.

‘Woodvale Orchard’ wallcovering, Cole & Son.

‘Lamina’ fabric, Harlequin.

Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
Edelman Leather, Second Floor, Centre Dome
Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Cole & Son, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Harlequin, First Floor, South Dome

Renewed interest in heritage from a younger generation of decorators means that the past has never seemed so forward-looking. Inspired by a mix of innovation, tradition and British daring, interior designers are creating eclectic schemes that mix historical references with bold modernity – reflecting changing lifestyles but keeping one foot anchored in tradition.

All this is helping to invigorate those brands that have an admirable archive from which to take inspiration.Their past designs are being reworked for the future, whether by devising fresh new colourways, playing with scale or by harnessing digital technology to bring intricate, painstaking techniques to a wider audience.

Grand Masters collection, Gainsborough at McKinney & Co.

‘Birds of Paradise’ wallcovering, Watts of Westminster.

‘Baker Iris’ velvet, GP&J Baker

‘Perle’ chandelier, Bella Figura

Melsetter collection, Morris & Co

Gainsborough, Second Floor, South Dome
Watts of Westminster, Third Floor, Centre Dome
GP&J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Bella Figura, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Morris & Co, First Floor, South Dome

Embrace the bounty of the earth, from the rattan revival to wood, sisal and stone, to bring an authentic yet refined element to a space. Layer fabrics in cotton and linen for an informal yet chic look that is suitable for all seasons, and appreciate the crafted nature of hand-woven materials that add additional texture.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ‘Amasura’ wallcovering (N9021034005), oasis, No.9 Thompson at Jim Thompson. ‘Caracalla’ high-back sofa, Ceccotti Collezioni. Draped fabric: ‘Selenic Chartreuse’ fabric, topaz, (120845), Harlequin. ‘Seasons’ fabric (236826), Morris & Co. ‘Crystal Palace’ paint, Sanderson. Paint on frame: ‘Newby Green’ paint, Sanderson.

‘Tiffany’ dining table, Julian Chichester.

‘Navajo-Churro’ sheepskin, Edelman Leather.

‘Ortigia’ chair and ottoman, Flexform.

The Nala collection by Threads at GP&J Baker.

‘Volta’ mirror, Arteriors.

Jim Thompson, Second Floor, North Dome
Ceccotti Collezioni, First Floor, Centre Dome
Harlequin, First Floor, South Dome
Sanderson, First Floor, South Dome
Edelman Leather, Second Floor, Centre Dome
Julian Chichester, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Flexform, Ground Floor, South Dome
GP&J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East

 

 

One colour dominates this season’s palette. Watch as shades of green – from leaf and olive to teal and jade – take root, offering a deeper connection with the world around us.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ‘Fontaine et Animaux Baibouillage’ wallcovering (FP568003), Pierre Frey. ‘Landmark Pure’ exposed thermostatic shower set, Samuel Heath. Paint on frame: ‘Poison’, Zoffany. ‘Satara’ rug, emerald, Jacaranda Carpets & Rugs. ‘Verona’ outdoor chair, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd. Draped fabric: ‘Blazer’ fabric (T109001 /022), Dedar. ‘Bone Black’ paint, Zoffany. ‘Malachite’ wallcovering, green, Tania Vartan at Miles x Bookshop

‘Uma’ side table, Arteriors

‘Palm Botanical’ wallcovering, Thibaut, from Jacaranda Carpets & Rugs

‘Icarus’ chair and ottoman, Baker

‘Elliptic’ wallcovering, Harlequin

‘Malachite’ fabric, Tania Vartan at Miles x Bookshop.

Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
Samuel Heath, First Floor, North Dome
Zoffany, First Floor, South Dome
Jacaranda Carpets & Rugs, Second Floor, South Dome
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Ground Floor, Centre Dome and Second Floor, South Dome
Dedar, Ground Floor, Design Centre East

Arteriors, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Jacaranda Carpets & Rugs, Second Floor, South Dome
Baker, First Floor, South Dome
Harlequin, First Floor, South Dome
Miles X Bookshop, Ground Floor, North Dome (outside)

 

 

This year, it’s all about a sophisticated cosmopolitan charm, with some eclectic touchpoints when it comes to inspiration. Layers of vibrant colour and rich materials speak of history, travel and craftsmanship.

‘Captain’s Chair’ upholstered in (94-557) fabric and ‘Irish’ stool upholstered in (94-561) fabric, Baker. ‘Artisan Cushion’ (2786-02), Sahco. ‘Honoré’ dining table, Oficina Inglesa Furniture. ‘Blob’ lamp, evergreen, with ‘BGL’ ‘Bongo’ shade, Porta Romana. ‘Mad Floral’ rug, Tim Page Carpets. Fabric in frames from left: ‘Runway’ (4228 0430), Casamance at Colony. ‘Ndebeles’ (FP546001), argile, Pierre Frey. ‘Uluru Tirelle’ (10788.27/T1), Nobilis. Fabric in background: ‘Palazzo’ (10791.70), Nobilis. Fabric on carpet bag ‘Zimbabwe’ (F3356001), Pierre Frey; Handles: ‘Cyclus’ tie backs (P076-04) and (P076-05), Sahco. Trim: ‘Chevallerie’ scalloped tassel fringe (TF-58300), Bordeaux and ‘Chevallerie’ braid, (GB-58296), Bordeaux, Samuel & Sons. Wallcovering on main wall: ‘rich multi (114/13025), rich multi, Cole & Sons. Wallcovering on right wall: ‘Cord Wall’ (50060 518), Zimmer + Rohde. Wallcovering on trunk: ‘Pretoria’, (FP542), indigo, Pierre Frey. Wall panelling: ‘Georgian Panels’, Lincrusta; painted in: ‘Harbour Blue’, Sanderson at Style Library. Paint on left wall: ‘Poison’, Zoffany at Style Library. Paint on door frames: ‘Wild Plum Light’, Sanderson at Style Library. Paint on left frame: ‘Lazuli’, Zoffany at Style Library. Paint on back wall: ‘Koi Carp’, Zoffany at Style Library. Flooring: ‘Chequerboard’, royal mink and limestone, Artisans de Devizes

Background: ‘Solstice’ fabric (10789.70), Nobilis. From left to right: ‘Chiselled’ fabric, merlot, Knoll Textiles at StudioTex. (DK-9504-225) door knob, SA Baxter Architectural Hardware. ‘Steppe’ carpet, peridot and ‘Quantum 14’ carpet, fuchsia, both Wool Classics. ‘Chevallerie’ scalloped tassel fringe’ (TF-58300), Bordeaux, Samuel & Sons. ‘Paint Box’ fabric (FD313.T20) teal/spice, Mulberry Home. ‘Lazuli’ paint, Zoffany and ‘Wild Plum Light’ paint, Sanderson, both at Style Library. ‘Swank’ fabric (K2221/4), jasper, Knoll Luxe at StudioTex. ‘Brick’ fabric (10790.51) magenta, Nobilis. ‘Nouvelles Vagues’ fabric (T18011/005), malachite, Dedar. ‘Canfield Stripe’ fabric (1711-02), aubergine, Blithfield at Lewis & Wood. ‘Winoy Bronze’ finish, Espresso Design. ‘Koi Carp’ and ‘Poison’ paints, Zoffany at Style Library. ‘Vancouver’ leather (VAN429), oceanic and ‘Bilbao’leather (BLB233), Bordeaux, Whistler Leather

Design takes an escapist turn this season. This global outlook is long and languid, saturated in golden-hued warmth and exotic influences that evoke journeys to far-flung locations.

From left to right: ‘Hub’ dining table, Christophe Delcourt at GMR Interiors. Vintage silver-plated table lamp and 19th century chaise with wicker, both Birgit Israel. ‘Peggy G’ sofa, Ceccotti Collezioni, upholstered in ‘Taxus’ fabric (L915409), Larsen at Colefax and Fowler. Cushion: ‘Urban Jungle’ (1478802), Elitis at Abbott & Boyd. ‘X’ occasional table, J. Robert Scott. Coffee table, stylist’s own. ‘Yama’ rug, Tai Ping. Fabric in frames from left: ‘Samburu’ (SBU37), midnight, Peter Fasano at Tissus d’Hélène. ‘Kasai’ (10806/714), Zimmer + Rohde. ‘Yasar’ (10789/185), Zimmer + Rohde. Wallcovering on main wall: ‘Wild’ (DGWIL1021, DGWIL1022 and DGWIL1023), Brian Yates. Wallcovering on background pillar: ‘Hanawa’ (W921-02), Black Edition at Romo. Wall panelling: ‘Tropical Leaf’, Lincrusta; painted in ‘Oxney Olive’, Sanderson at Style Library. Paint on left wall: ‘Carbon’, Sanderson at Style Library. Paint on door frames: ‘Tigers Eye’, Zoffany at Style Library. Paint on frames: ‘Oxney Olive’, Sanderson at Style Library. Flooring: ‘Chequerboard’, royal mink and limestone, Artisans of Devizes

Right to left: ‘Mut Robini’ tile, Via Arkadia (Tiles); ‘Grande Bretagne’ fabric, Pierre Frey; ‘Lumineuse’ fabric, Casamance at Colony; ‘Nest’ carpet, Wool Classics; ‘Tatami’ fabric, Zimmer + Rohde; ‘Mandurah fabric’, StudioTex; ‘Solstice’, Nobilis; ‘Promenade’, Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets; ‘Livorno’ hide and ‘Biarritz’ hide; both Whistler Leather; ‘Talaia’ fabric, Camengo at Colony; ‘Tigers Eye’ and ‘Carbon’ paint, Zoffany; ‘Oxney Olive’ paint, Sanderson; all Style Library; ‘Sikkim’ carpet, Jacaranda Carpets; pale-gold finial, Nada Designs; ‘Amiens Jasmin’ bullion, Watts of Westminster. Background: ‘Drift’ wallcovering, Arte

This season takes a dive beneath the waves, bringing attention to the colour, life and beauty of the blue planet. With mesmerising sea creatures and spectacular ecosystems that exist underwater, it has never been easier to take the plunge.

Above, left to right: ‘Nova’ table lamp and ‘Asian Turtle Shell’, both Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd. ‘Leda’ armchair in ‘Estelle’, Mood by Flexform. ‘Buckingham’ double wall light, Nada Designs. ‘Ascanio’ table, Flexform. ‘Sophie’ chair and ‘Mathieu’ desk, Poliform. Fabric on chair: ‘Minako’, Harlequin at Style Library. Fabrics in frames: ‘Paradou’, Casamance at Colony. ‘Leon’, Raoul Textiles at Turnell & Gigon. Main wallcovering: ‘D-Ocean Still Life’, Iksel – Decorative Arts. Background left wallcovering: ‘Metamorphic’, Anthology at Style Library. Wallcovering in background on right: ‘Minako’, Harlequin at Style Library. Wallcovering on trunk: ‘Perlite’, Anthology at Style Library. Wallcovering on hatbox: ‘Helium’, Brian Yates. Paint: ‘Crimson’, ‘Koi Carp’, Poison; all Zoffany; ‘Artichoke’, ‘High Sea’, ‘Harbour Blue’, all Sanderson, all at Style Library. Flooring: ‘Chequerboard’ tiles, royal mink and limestone, Artisans of Devizes

Background: ‘Apupa’ wallcovering, Casamance at Colony. From left to right: ‘Tempestine’ fabric, C & C Milano. ‘Tomoko Velvet’ wallcovering, Black Editions at Romo. ‘Heavy Velvet’ carpet, Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Travis’ fabric, Weitzner at Altfi eld. Embroidered tape, Texture at StudioTex. ‘Tozer’ fabric, Etamine at Zimmer + Rohde. ‘Vitruvius’ wallcovering, Anthology at Style Library. ‘Taluk Sisal’ wallcovering, Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Quantum 10’ carpet, Wool Classics. ‘Manta’ and ‘Syracuse’ leathers, Whistler Leather. ‘Victoire’ fabric, Casamance at Colony. ‘Facted’ door knob, Turnstyle Designs. ‘Lucida’ fabric, Altfi eld. Paints: ‘Newby Green’, ‘Artichoke’ and ‘Harbour Blue’ Sanderson and ‘Crimson’, Zoffany, all at Style Library