Botanical motifs are a decorating mainstay, but it’s the way they are interpreted that varies from season to season. This spring’s florals are bigger and bolder than ever. Lush, tropical-inspired prints are sticking around, but they’ve become more refined and grown up – think sophisticated swaying Hollywood palm trees with a hint of metallics. Graphic retro patterns also come to the fore, whether the inspiration comes from a country garden or a jungle.
Pictured (top to bottom) are: ‘Kelapa’ wallpaper by Harlequin, from Style Library; ‘Maquis’ fabric from Lelièvre Paris; ‘Tango’ wallpaper by Neisha Crosland, from Turnell & Gigon; ‘Daisy’ wallpaper by Galbraith & Paul, from Tissus d’Hélène; and ‘Alizarine’ wallpaper by Casamance, from Colony.
Style Library, First Floor, South Dome
Lelièvre Paris, First Floor, North & Centre Domes
Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome
Tissus d’Hélène, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East
Colony, Second Floor, Centre Dome
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.
Brian Yates, Ground Floor, South Dome
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.
Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
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.
Turnell & Gigon, Ground Floor, North Dome
Baker, First Floor, South Dome
Romo, First Floor, North Dome
Flexform, Ground Floor, South Dome
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.”
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.
Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East