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.
Villa Nova has launched Picturebook, its first children’s collection, thanks to the contribution of three leading illustrators: Frann Preston-Gannon, Christopher Corr and Yuval Zommer. This ‘Island Hopping’ design by Christopher Corr translates on to fabric the artist’s work in gouache on handmade paper, and reflects his love of vividly capturing his travels. All three illustrators’ collections also encompass wallcoverings, cushions, rugs, murals and wall stickers, allowing for the creation of a miniature world of fantasy for young ones. Find Villa Nova at Romo.
A new arrival to Design Centre East, Sacco Carpet is well-established in the US as the go-to for superior carpets. Its roster of collaborators includes Adam Tihany, David Rockwell and Yabu Pushelberg, while its extensive portfolio graces yachts, private jets and high-end residences – as well as many hospitality projects such as Nobu in New York (pictured). Now, the new showroom is weaving its magic in London.
The appetite for statement rugs is now finding expression in designs that are as ravishing as they are soft to the touch. Tufenkian Artisan Carpets has curated the Made for the Trade collection. This abstract ‘Aberdeen Aurora’ hand-knotted rug in wool and silk encapsulates its sophisticated aesthetic.
Marc Sacco from Sacco Carpet explains the international pull of Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour: “New York designers were happy to hear we were opening in London, because a lot of them are coming here to do their shopping.”
The affinity between a hand-made rug and a piece of art has been explored before, but seldom are the two as close as this. The ‘Delphine’ rug carefully replicates the flowing, bleeding lines of a watercolour, painting a technical feat requiring over 20 colours of yarn to be used. Topfloor by Esti’s founder, Esti Barnes, carefully translated the original artwork to a paper version to map out the colours, before the design was recreated in plush silk, ensuring that it stays as true as possible to the original. The rug is a collaboration with interior design firm Rebecca James Studio.
Tailoring doesn’t just belong in the fashion industry. A profusion of classic fabrics that could easily make the leap on to the pattern-cutter’s table have arrived, with textured weaves, dogtooth, herringbone and smart checks. The trend also goes beyond fabrics: seek out details that have a natural affinity with tailoring, such as herringbone patterns for tiles and flooring, and furniture inlays that are the joinery equivalent of a neat seam. The catwalk-ready products pictured top to bottom are ‘Genie’ fabric by Chase Erwin; chevron flooring, by Siberian Floors; ‘Carreux’ wallcovering by Flamant for Arte; ‘Dolomites’ fabric by Nobilis; and an ‘Olympia’ table, by Davidson.