Design Centre Stories

Passion for Pattern

If there’s one word that could describe interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber’s style, it’s confident. An amazing eye for mixing pattern, colour and objects, along with a sensitivity to historical detail, has put him at the forefront of the industry in his native US: he is on Architectural Digest‘s AD100 list and Elle Decor’s A-List, and his clients have included Anna Wintour and Elsa Peretti. He’s now brought that same confidence to a range of fabrics for California-based Le Gracieux, available at Tissus d’Hélène.

“It’s a very immersive collection – you can dive in,” he says of the eight fabrics, whose names all begin with a ‘B’ (pictured above are ‘Beekman’, Bennett’, ‘Burton’ and ‘Bromley’). Despite their different scales and patterns, from bold florals to grids and chevrons, they have been designed to work together: layering seemingly disparate patterns is one of the real skills of interior design, but here, Bilhuber has done all the work.

“I wanted to do a collection where the craftspeople and designers meet as equals,” says Bilhuber, and the hand-printing techniques for which Le Gracieux is known lend that indefinable soul and character to the fabrics. Bilhuber also remarks that he sees this collection as marking a sea-change in taste: “Design is moving into a much more three-dimensional world. You want humanity and a heart, and you want things which have a real narrative to them.”

Tissus d’Hélène, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East