With its eclectic approach to design, Mulberry Home enjoys a reputation for craftsmanship and individuality. Modern Country sums up this ethos, with its sumptuous garden florals, printed velvets, embroideries and heavily textured stripes. Pictured are ‘Petersham’ linen (suspended in foreground and background) and ‘Kliver’ (on sofa upholstery), a faded abstract design; both have a bohemian elegance that illustrates the playful aesthetic that is in the ascent.
Creating a home has never been more important as a means to influence your own world in your own way. Many of us want to disconnect and recharge and it is hugely empowering to create rooms where we can reflect and retreat from a fast-paced life. The bathroom has moved on from being a purely functional space to being a place of relaxation, inspired by natural beauty and colour. Create a sanctuary that seamlessly offers a visual connection between the bedroom and the bathroom. This graceful ‘Aqua’ basin from Alape at West One Bathrooms (shown in deep blue) is inspired by the nuances of water. The high-gloss glaze gives it a visual depth and ensures that every one is unique. Or sink into a deep ‘Pescadero’ bath by Victoria + Albert Baths (shown here in RAL matt salmon orange). Inspired by the sea, it features a distinctive wave-shaped rim. Don’t skimp on comfort either in these newly-imagined spaces. Embrace soft materials like this tactile ‘Tricotage’ and ‘Tricotage Rayé’ fabrics from the new collection by Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli/Donghia or use ‘Lily Pad’ porcelain tiles by Artisan of Devizes that feel delightful underfoot (shown here in admiral).
West One Bathrooms, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Victoria + Albert Baths, Third Floor, North Dome
Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Artisans of Devizes, Third Floor, Design Centre East
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus art school – a landmark that many view as the true birth of modern design. Several brands are celebrating with collections that show how its influence still shines today. Arte’s ‘Odeon’ wallcovering (pictured top) has a bold pattern with blocks of circles that’s based on a functional and minimalist design from the Bauhaus period. With a similar robust, architectural feel to Arte’s wallcovering, ‘Abstract 1928’ fabric from Zoffany (pictured centre) is part of the new Icons collection that pays homage to the 1920s, including the Bauhaus; the printed linen is available from Style Library. Samuel Heath’s ‘Landmark’ taps (pictured bottom); shows the same sense of harmony between form and function that the Bauhaus masters strived for; it’s shown in an urban brass finish.
Exuberant archival patterns are omnipresent this season. Take Braquenié’s Comptoir d’Orient, which is described as “an ode to exoticism,” the 18th century mania tor design from the Ottoman Empire, India, Persia and China. The fabrics feature a riot of flowers across silks and embroideries, with the patterns replicated across wallcoverings as well: by mixing them up, playing with scale and introducing joyful colourways – perfect for the traditionally minded aesthete and the daring alike – an important heritage has been given new impetus. Pierre Frey, whose grandfather founded the business, says of the collection: “We wanted to show that Braquenié can be used in a modern or contemporary environment. Classic is back – but it’s classic with a twist.”
It’s all about colour at Rubelli this season. It’s debuting state-of-the-art weaves like this ‘Fiftyshades’ collection, which looks and feels sumptuous but is also high performing and very versatile, being usable for indoors and out, and for both residential and commercial projects.
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.
Chunky woven fabrics are on-trend, bringing back the feel-good factor to modern interiors. ‘Kielder’ at Wemyss fabrics is a chic bouclé that also contains FibreGuard technology, making it inherently stain repellent. It’s available in 20 colours, from strong shades such as hot pink and paprika to muted grey, mushroom and taupe. At Jason D’Souza, the Nordic collection (pictured) has a soft, tactile handle. The use of bamboo yarns makes it 100% natural, as well as durable and resistant.