September saw us scouring the annual launches for the best fabrics and products at Decorex at Syon Park & Focus at Chelsea Design Centre in London. While we are convinced of our “design alchemy” (what we ourselves create alongside our ingenuity in adapting and using the beautiful materials we source), we do love hunting down the pieces that keep our designs fresh, vibrant and – vitally – individual.
Here are some of our favourites – we hope you like them as much as we do!
Here are Carley and Susanne exercising their artistic talents – and with Anna looking for a bit of rest on the beautiful de Gournay stand after a long day!
Our “Best Collection” went to GP&J Baker’s Royal Gardens and Mulberry’s Festival. Baker’s collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, including The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, has provided a wealth of inspiration for this collection. Elements of their architecture, gardens and interiors create the dazzling designs in ‘Royal Gardens’, ‘Royal Weaves’ and ‘King’s Velvet’. Mulberry’s Festival inspires fabulous interiors. The designs can make the perfect statement or work in harmony with the other stunning fabrics in the collection as well as many other collections.
Patterned rugs and carpets are big news with some terrific designs from Alternative Flooring such as Qurky B Felix Raison Classic axminster carpet designed in conjunction with Liberty Prints (and beautifully modelled by ourselves!), and Tim Page Carpets whose extensive stock collection and one off custom designs provide an exciting range including some of these wonderfully colourful options that we saw. While Stark Carpets large scale designs (bottom right) were stunning.
There was also a distinct animal theme to many of the collections this year. From Thibaut’s zebra and leopard-inspired fabrics and Clarke & Clark’s Monkey Business wallpaper, to Vaughan’s elegant faux shagreen Capri table and the fantastically quirky Textile Taxidermy of Carola van Dyke.
In the showrooms away from the exhibition Ochre and William Yeoward continue to produce fabulously designed furniture. Ochre’s elegantly curved sofa was perfectly lit by their equally elegant Arctic Pear chandelier. Meanwhile William Yeoward’s almost signature chair designs looked as uplifting as ever in their vibrant yet classic upholstery. His new range of retro-inspired chests was a clear favourite with us.
If you are want to find out about anything we have featured, or even if it has triggered an interest in any element of interiors, just get in touch.
- GP & J Baker
- Mulberry Home
- Alternative Flooring
- Tim Page Carpets
- Stark Carpet
- Clarke & Clarke
- Carola van Dyke
- William Yeoward