EXQUISITE NEW COLLECTIONS
The new collections launching for London Design Week 2020 speak of a confident, thoughtful approach: exquisite materials, couture detailing and the dramatic use of colour, pattern and texture; all celebrating the importance of provenance, skill, craftsmanship and a move towards informed choices. Watch this space with more to come!
Nashville-based interior designer Ray Booth, Arteriors’ latest collaborator, has created a series of lighting, furniture and accessories that stay true to his perfectly proportioned aesthetic. Launching at London Design Week 2020, the collection blends antique styles with modern silhouettes, using materials such as steel, iron and ceramic. Pictured are the ‘Tuck’ bench, ‘Danseuse’ floor lamp and ‘XO’ table.
Outdoor living products continue to surprise, with their combination of high design aspirations and top–quality performance materials. Flexform is introducing two new sofas to its outdoor collections in time for London Design Week 2020, both created by giants of the Italian design scene: ‘Grandemare’ from Antonio Citterio (pictured) and ‘Alison’ from Carlo Colombo.
GP & J Baker
Bold and dramatic, this ‘Ikat Bokhara’ wallpaper from GP & J Baker is part of the new Signature Wallpapers II collection, which draws extensively on the company’s outstanding archives, tracing a line between the past and present. Many of the designs look east for inspiration, from the Silk Road destinations of Bokhara and Samarkand, known for their ikats, to antique Chinese textiles.
Art Rugs Gallery
This ‘Savonnerie’ rug by Thibault Van Renne at Art Rugs Gallery comes in delicate pink and purple shades that evoke a bruised sky. It is part of the appropriately named Elements collection, inspired by both the natural world and the interweaving of heritage and culture from around the world. See it up close to appreciate its hand–clipped finish and textural combination of hand-spun silk and wool.
This ‘Rua Sombrero’ performance fabric by C&C Milano is set to bring some of the textural trends seen in indoor textiles to sunny terraces, gardens and yacht-decks. It’s part of the Gallery collection, launching in time for London Design Week 2020, which includes smart stripes, chunky weaves and colourful plains suitable for outdoors, as well as indoor furnishing fabrics in extra-wide wool and a number of double-width linens.
Few brands do the natural look as well as Mark Alexander, and this spring’s Collage wallcoverings, available from Romo, explore some unusual raw materials with a hand-crafted look.
‘Panorama’, pictured, consists of a fine cotton gauze mounted on paper, broken up by slim horizontal lines of braided banana bark. Artfully crumpled Japanese paper and screenprinted grasscloth also feature in the collection.
New-York-based lighting designer Bec Brittain has turned her hand to rug design thanks to a collaboration with Edward Fields. The Taxonomy collection, available from Tai Ping, reflects Brittain’s love of scientific fields such as entomology and geology and features abstract motifs of lacy wings, mottled beetle-shells and layers of rock.
Pictured is ‘Lamella’, inspired by the delicate shape of an insect antenna, fanned out against a delicate pink ground.
Moooi and Arte will present Tokyo Blue at London Design Week 2020; a wallcovering collection that explores exciting new materials inspired by the extinct Indigo Macaque.
Designed by Studio SBGA and Blengini Ghirardelli for Turri, the Milano collection pays tribute to Milan; a city that has become a symbol of artisanal excellence. Craftsmanship, innovation and attention to detail are an integral part of Turri’s DNA.
“The overall idea was to emphasise lightness”, explained Giuseppe Blengini. “The structures are constructed so that every element is interconnected… and exquisite materials such as steel, tanned leather, glass and other metals have been used to create a rarefied elegance.”
Artistic expression writ large, this ‘Splash’ wallcovering features exuberant, freeform brushstrokes on a dramatic scale. Phillip Jeffries’ digital printing technique means that the design is incredibly detailed and shows every drip and splatter. It’s available in a variety of grounds, including vinyl and a Japanese paper weave, each adding a distinctive and subtle character to the overlying design.
Jean Paul Gaultier may have just retired from the catwalk, but his irrepressible style lives on in his home collections for Lelièvre Paris, which can be seen at London Design Week 2020.
The latest, Pop Rock, mixes fearless pattern, fairytale-like landscapes and subtler monochrome prints, and includes two outdoor fabrics for the first time. Pictured is the joyful ‘Grenada’, inspired by the Caribbean island of the same name.
The softly curving outlines of this ‘Antwerp’ set of coffee tables were inspired by the shape of pebbles: its overlapping heights make it particularly versatile.
Made from timber, iron and brass with a stone top, it’s one of many new pieces that Frato is launching in spring, all of which have a refined aesthetic and a strong sense of craftsmanship.