I couldn’t resist this new wallpaper collection from Mineheart when it popped up as I was scrolling through products for the weekly interior news page I compile for a newspaper. At a glance, this ‘Back To Nature‘ design by Australian illustrator Courtney Brims feels like a classic flowers and fauna design, but then hang on, is that a snake I see…?
If you’ve been following here for a while you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Farrow & Ball’s beautiful colour palette, and also, more recently, of their wallpaper collections. Last year, I featured the wallpaper collection for AW16, and I must admit that I’ve been hankering to use the gorgeously simple Art Deco-inspired Arcade print ever since, particularly in the 5307 colourway.
Farrow & Ball have recently launched the AW17 collection of wallpapers, and have taken inspiration from the current trends of texture, maximalism and a return to nature. The new collection features three contemporary floral wallpapers – think florals that are fluid and expressive, where each wallpaper has a tactile, almost three dimensional finish that’s been achieved by printing paint on paper.
“Geometric patterns can be bold and playful creating a fun update to a room that’s neither masculine or feminine,” Jenny Wingfield reflects. “But they can also be very restful; elegantly simple geometric forms and repeating lines have a rhythm that it is satisfying and soothing to the eye.”
Jenny is the Creative Director of Flock, a London-based design company that works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles – and now also wallcoverings – for interiors. When I came across Flock I was immediately drawn by the dynamic aesthetic of these designs and also by the ethos behind the company. As it says on the website: ‘Flock aims to create a unique pathway for new designers and represents some of the UK’s most exciting emerging British talent.’
You know when you happen across a website, start browsing, and half an hour later you’re still there, hooked, clicking through categories and making mental lists of things you’d like? Curious Egg is one of those sites as this online store is literally filled with unique objects from accessories, textiles and lighting to (incredible!) wallpapers and artworks.
Curious Egg was launched in 2015 by artist Lorraine Aaron and her husband Roddy, who live in Perth in Scotland – I have to admit this Scottish connection also caught my eye. Lorraine has worked as a sculptor, painter, public artist and gallery artist, and has also taught contemporary arts practice and run a successful art consultancy business. Intrigued by how this experience led her to launch Curious Egg and informs her selection of pieces and artists, designers and craftspeople, I caught up with Lorraine to ask about her background and her business.
I used to write for the weekly property pages in The Scotsman, and the sub-editor who worked on the section would tease me regularly about how often I managed to mention Farrow & Ball in the copy. He had a point – I was and am a fan, always have been, but also this reflected how many period properties I saw and wrote about that featured Farrow & Ball’s beautiful wall colours. I’ve always been particularly drawn to all those lovely whites that aren’t really white but are the most gorgeous and subtle hues, where even the pale tones have so much depth, like Cornforth White – a favourite of mine with a light grey tone. So yes, I’m sold on Farrow & Ball’s paint colours, but I’m also a fan of their wallpapers.
I feel that I should start this post with a confession: I’ve been a big fan of Bold & Noble’s prints since the first time I spotted one a few years ago during an interiors shoot. A few clicks on the website later and Trees Around Britain was winging its way to my home. That was the beginning, and now, as I write this sitting at my desk, the British Isles Type Map is propped on the shelving unit opposite – at eye level so I can look up and have something engaging to gaze at while searching for the right words. The sharply graphic Stronger print is similarly propped on the mantelpiece in my office – in the Monochrome colourway, although I love the Canary Yellow too. These are pieces that I simply never tire of looking at. Continue Reading…