The instantly recognisable textiles of Italian brand Missoni have been translated into vinyl wallcoverings, newly available at Brian Yates. Alongside the famous Missoni zig-zags, the collection includes a subtle mini chevron and plenty of florals, including ‘Anemones’ (pictured, top); some cleverly mimic an embroidered finish. The Brian Yates showroom launched the collection with a collaged moodboard that took up a whole wall; visitors were invited to inspect the detail on the wallcoverings via a series of hanging magnifying glasses – a playful touch that reflects the irreverent patterns themselves.
Arte has launched an exciting collaboration with New York’s Flavor Paper. Known for its subversive, pop-art-inspired and generally out-there patterns, Flavor Paper’s capsule collection includes ‘Snake Bit’ (pictured), which updates the traditional horse-bit pattern with a tangle of venomous beasts; ‘Sharp Descent’, a rain of highly dangerous objects such as scissors and broken bottles; and ‘City Park’, a damask featuring fire hydrants, pigeons and parking meters. With these designs, it’s definitely a case of the more you look, the more you see,
Arte’s Design Centre East showroom received the stamp of approval from Elle Decoration; the interiors style bible gave accolades to several other showrooms, including Dedar, Romo, Julian Chichester and Samuel & Sons.
Queen of the colour wheel, pink symbolises hope and empowerment – but it’s also offering lessons in versatility when it comes to interiors. From calm, muted tones that segue into lilac to bubblegum shades that revel in an exuberant colour-clash with other brights, pink has lost its association with girlish prettiness and is embracing a new-found sophistication. Pictured from top to bottom are Raoul Textiles’ ‘Rosette’ fabric, available from Turnell & Gigon; a ‘Magritte’ table lamp by Barbara Barry for Baker; Kirkby Design’s ‘Spot on Waves’ wallcovering, available from Romo; and Flexform’s ‘Adda’ chair.
The creative director of David Collins Studio is launching a collection of fabrics and wallcoverings for Baker, and says that “Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is something that I have always aspired to be a part of.”
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.
Asking a designer where that first spark of inspiration came from often elicits a fascinating reply. Boussac’s new Cartoon collection from Pierre Frey – winner of The World of Interiors‘ Award at Focus/17 – gives a nod to the 80s. The playfulness and strong geometrics favoured by the Memphis Group are evoked in ‘Nestor’, a large reversible check in wool mohair and alpaca (pictured), and the collection also includes ‘Puzzle’, a padded velvet with a jigsaw-puzzle pattern, ‘Astro’, a vivid wool chevron in a carnival of colours and ‘Mongolia’, a faux Mongolian lambskin.
The World of Interiors’ editor Rupert Thomas handed out the award during Focus/17, along with several Highly Commended awards, which were given to Oscar de La Renta’s fabric collection for Lee Jofa, from GP & J Baker; Alfonso Marina’s secretaire, from Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd; Davidson’s ‘Aspen’ table; and the Bloom & Berries collection by Raoul Textiles, from Turnell & Gigon.
George Spencer Designs has a pedigree stretching back nearly 80 years, but what it didn’t have was an overly generous space to present its collections of fabric and wallpaper. A recent move from Chelsea into the redeveloped third floor of Design Centre East has changed that. “We thought our old showroom was a bit overwhelming, and we wanted to increase what we were showing and create a feeling of space,” says managing director Tim Walters. “We’re trying to offer is something a little bit more eclectic – interesting design and colour, and not necessarily all one look.” From its own collections of traditional block-printed wallpaper to unexpected gems such as Australian brand Quercus & Co, there’s now extra pleasure to be had in sourcing beautiful products, thanks to the new space. Pictured is ‘Sea Cloud’ wallpaper, designed for George Spencer Designs by Neisha Crosland.