Just 1% of the world's linen is organic – and organic textiles are not widely available for the interiors industry. So de Le Cuona's new Pure collection, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), is a rarity, and a very welcome one.
A Family Affair
Head to a new showroom in Design Centre East, Christian Lee, to see the work of US fabric giant Fabricut, including its new Collective Threads collection, which touches on both traditional design and a more bohemian aesthetic.
La Belle Vie
Paris's jewel of a hotel, Le Meurice, reopened in September, and with it came the opportunity to enjoy one of the city's best suites. The seventh-floor La Belle Etoile suite by Lally & Berger incorporates fabrics by Holland & Sherry, Dedar and Rubelli, among others.
From terrazzo tiles to confetti-like patterns, there's a kind of speckle-mania happening in interiors. Are these small-scale graphic prints a reaction against big, bold maximalism, or an expression of how the 1980s and postmodern design are experiencing a revival?
Zoffany has revived Palladio's mid-century wallpaper books, infusing Festival of Britain era design with a new life – and added an equally vibrant design of its own.
A 21st-Century Jacquard
Heritage weaving company Gainsborough (available at McKinney & Co) has brought the art of jacquard weaving up to date with a collaboration with young Singaporean maker Tiffany Loy. The Weaverly Way is an installation at CitizenM Bankside, with a further version on show in McKinney & Co's showroom window at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Fine lines can be traced across autumn's new launches, creating a look that manages to be both strong and visually light.
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New to Design Centre East, Sonya Brown Textiles grew out of founder Sonya Ryman’s Hampstead curtain and blind shop. Ryman began to devise her own collections in 2018, responding to the taste of her clients and filling in the gaps where she couldn’t find the right product. Setting up a dedicated textile showroom was the logical next step, where her …
Glint & Glow
There's a certain lustre permeating autumn's new launches. Subtly reflective surfaces create dynamic design schemes, glinting when the perspective changes, or taking on entirely different qualities when lit with daylight or electric light.
Italian design house Agena is a new brand to be discovered at Jason d'Souza. Its current portfolio includes several designs influenced by art history, from 1980s pop-art legend Keith Haring to Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
Charmed by Nature
Charme is Spanish brand's Pepe Peñalver's homage to French rural style. Available from Lizzo, the collection features pretty florals and versatile plains, with jacquards, light embroidery and small-smale prints.
Villa Copenhagen, a new hotel in the Danish capital, is a place to stay that also wants to win the hearts of locals, and a place where guests can do more than scratch the surface of history and culture. As designer Jo Littlefair puts it: “Travellers now want to experience life under the skin of a place.”
Bold florals are experiencing a revival. The big, blousy, overscaled designs made famous by brands such as Sanderson in the first half of the 20th century seem just as vital today, whether they're used with a reverence for traditional country-house style or a in a way that seeks to bring the look up to date for a more contemporary setting.
Hermès called on the talents of French illustrator and architect Thibaut Rassat for its latest fabric and wallpaper collections, available from Dedar, and his fantastical, repetitive structures and cityscapes have been given a distinctive Hermès spin.
The Design the Rainbow installation is currently brightening the Design Avenue with its pop-up spaces for all seven colours of the rainbow. Reflecting the rule-breaking, expressive interiors of the seventies, the orange scheme also conveys the sense of escapism that many of us are craving, with orange's exotic associations with tropical fruit and spices from far-flung lands.
Dominating the east London skyline, the Atlas Building cements 'tech city' – the area surrounding Old Street roundabout – as a property hotspot as well as a business hub. Replacing a 1980s office building, the 152m tower has 302 apartments, including this eye-catching penthouse designed by Angel O'Donnell.
As we hit high summer, the wide plains, sun-bleached colours and wild beauty of the savannah are being channelled in interiors. And while the palette may be neutral, an abundance of texture stimulates both the eye and the hand, with intricate details that demand to be touched.
Pantelleria's rocky volcanic landscape, impossibly blue thermal springs and traditional stone dwellings are a rich seam to mine when it comes to design inspiration, as Zinc Textile has found for its latest collection, named after the tiny Italian island.
An Understated Accent
De Le Cuona has launched a range of accessories, creating ready-made products from its sought-after fabrics as well as introducing vases and bowls, occasional furniture, oversized decorative beads and Belgian linen towels.
The Balearic island of Ibiza provides the design inspiration for Harlequin's Mirador collection, which reflects the White Isle's layered cultural history as well as its natural beauty.
Chunky shapes and curvy outlines have replaced hard angles in upholstered furniture. These soft silhouettes express our deep need for comfort right now: a chair that literally wraps around the sitter has a calming, cocooning effect.
Set among 500 acres of Cotswolds farmland, Anthology Farm is the escape to the country that many locked-down city-dwellers are yearning for. These two listed barns were recently transformed by interior design studio Run for the Hills into a nine-bedroom holiday let with a laid-back feel.
Inspired by a stroll through a Moroccan bazaar, 'Massura' is the winning entry in a competition by Vero Fabrics and Holland & Sherry to discover a new fabric design.
Open by Appointment
As restrictions ease, many showrooms are now operating on an appointment-only basis. The picture is changing all the time, but here are the showrooms that have stated they will be open by appointment for the week commencing 1 June.
Nicky Dobree is best known as the influential interior designer who gave the luxury ski chalet market a much-needed pivot away from a rather dated design rut. Although she has also worked on many prestigious private homes she had never worked on a commercial project before – until Plaza 18, a boutique hotel in Andalucia, came along.
The Big Blue
One of those highly adaptable colours that seems to have a place in every scheme, indigo 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.
A Cleaner Future
Post Covid-19, one design development we're likely to see in commercial projects is the increased use of textiles that can be disinfected. Jane Kennedy, director of StudioTex, says that she expects to see a much greater uptake of these fabrics, not just in healthcare environments but in places such as hotel rooms, too.
An Adventure in Art
Interior designer Kelly Wearstler's spaces are effortlessly glamorous yet retain a laid-back Californian cool. Her latest collection of fabrics and wallpapers for Lee Jofa, available from GP & J Baker, has just been released, and includes reinterpretations of existing creations as well as brand-new designs, many of which were inspired by artistic movements.
Cautious easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK and across Europe means that factories and workshops are coming back to life, while adapting to new safety measures.
Fabrics and wallcoverings featuring highly detailed landscapes and courtly scenes are having a moment. Here are a few of recent offerings that will induce a sweet sense of escapism.