The Big Blue
With a 5,000 year-old history, indigo is one of the oldest-known dyes, and while we now use synthetic equivalents instead of plants to create it, it has lost none of its allure. One of those highly adaptable colours that seems to have a place in every scheme, it can feel raw and industrial, like a riveted pair of classic jeans, or have a breezy informality, like a tablecloth draped over a table set for an al fresco lunch in the Med.
It’s also a favourite of interior designer Paolo Moschino, who has launched a new range of five different weights of indigo fabric (above) for Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd, in pure linen or a linen-cotton mix. Accessorising it with blue and white porcelain – another signature look of the brand – gives it the look of a timeless classic.
Moooi has used denim as the backdrop for its Tokyo Blue collection for Arte, including this ‘Shoji Blossom’ wallcovering. Typical of of Arte’s tactile and innovative approach, it features a design of cherry blossom in a lightly padded texture.
Indigo is also a staple of de Le Cuona’s collections, but this time the textures are far more nuanced. Known for its top-quality linen, its new accessories collection (above) includes cushions with suede trim and throws with hand-woven leather detailing.
This ‘Turner’ sofa by Arteriors shows indigo’s sophisticated side. Shown in a deep blue velvet with a walnut plinth, its curvaceous silhouette channels art deco glamour, with low tapering arms that are perfect for conversation-friendly seating arrangements.
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