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.
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.
Birds, beasts and botanicals pop out from their dark backgrounds in these three new wallcoverings. Their moody palette brings drama and glamour to an interiors scheme, creating a sense of fantasy that’s straight out of a fairytale. Arte has worked with Dutch design company Moooi to create a collection called Extinct Animals: each animal is featured in its own dedicated wallcovering, but there’s also one design, ‘Menagerie of Extinct Animals’ (pictured top) that brings all ten of them together, with dodos, bearded leopards and blushing sloths all inhabiting a single lush, leafy space. Christian Fischbacher has its own vision of a darkly beautiful paradise in ‘Kotori’ (pictured centre), a wallcovering that combines Asian and European influences, including kimono prints from Japan, and features exotic birds and oversized flowers that sing out against their dark blue background. In Cole & Son’s Botanical~Botanica~ collection, ‘Forest’ (pictured bottom) feels mysterious and otherwordly, its tree motifs in blue and greens looking almost neon-bright.
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.
As the late Postmodern architect Robert Venturi once said: “less is a bore”. These days, highly individual interiors keep adding, layer on layer: artfully clashing patterns, unusual surface finishes from flocking to foil, and an abundance of finishing touches such as trimmings, lamps and decorative objects all contribute to a feast for the senses. Create an environment that surprises and stands out from the crowd with (pictured from top): bespoke rug (The Breakers, Adam Tihany) for Sacco Carpet; ‘Grace’ sideboard buffet, Oficina Inglesa Furniture; ‘Quadrate’ lamp base with ‘Bongo’ shade, Porta Romana; and ‘Rio Madera’ wallcovering by Casamance, from Colony.
From coral, blush and emerald to sherbet lemon, burnt orange and cerulean blue, colour palettes are joyful, sophisticated and unexpected this season. For inspiration, look to French design house Le Manach, now owned by Pierre Frey, which has had a confident approach to colour ever since its founding in 1829. This spectacular ‘Taraz’ wallcovering is based on a fabric from Le Manach’s archive, and has all the vivacity and energy of the original ikat.
Part of the same artistic circle as Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Enid Marx, painter and designer Peggy Angus has a distinctive style that has been rediscovered in recent years. Her role as a teacher also made her an influential force in 20th-century design, beyond her own work. Blithfield has added to its wallcoverings and fabrics featuring her lino-print designs, as part of its Spencer collection: ‘Circles’, ‘Circles & Squares’ (pictured top) and ‘Small Medallion’. The collection is complemented with further fabrics in the spirit of Angus’s work, including ‘Kirby’ (pictured bottom), which can be viewed in all its green glory upholstering the banquettes at Focus/18’s Third Floor Food Market. All the designs are printed on 100% Irish linen and come in an array of vibrant colours; they’re available from Lewis & Wood.