Renewed interest in heritage from a younger generation of decorators means that the past has never seemed so forward-looking. Inspired by a mix of innovation, tradition and British daring, interior designers are creating eclectic schemes that mix historical references with bold modernity – reflecting changing lifestyles but keeping one foot anchored in tradition.
All this is helping to invigorate those brands that have an admirable archive from which to take inspiration.Their past designs are being reworked for the future, whether by devising fresh new colourways, playing with scale or by harnessing digital technology to bring intricate, painstaking techniques to a wider audience.
Grand Masters collection, Gainsborough at McKinney & Co.
‘Birds of Paradise’ wallcovering, Watts of Westminster.
‘Baker Iris’ velvet, GP&J Baker
‘Perle’ chandelier, Bella Figura
Melsetter collection, Morris & Co
Gainsborough, Second Floor, South Dome
Watts of Westminster, Third Floor, Centre Dome
GP&J Baker, Ground Floor, Design Centre East
Bella Figura, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Morris & Co, First Floor, South Dome