Kings, queens and festivals
Last month I took a break from my now bi-annual dip into what’s new in the world of Interior Design to talk about the colour pink, and its influence on interiors over the last forty years or so. This was of course to tie up with the massively important Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So, now let’s have a final taster of this autumn’s new arrivals in the shape of 2 of my very favourite design houses – G.P & J Baker and Mulberry Home.
Back in 2008 Designers Guild launched their first Royal Collection. It was a splendid affair, and I was lucky enough to be one of the few designers invited to Buck House for the inaugural “bit of a do”. Unfortunately I blotted my copybook a little by causing a poor waiter to drop a whole tray of full champagne glasses onto Her Maj’s carpet, but that’s another story.
Well, now G.P & J. Baker have joined the party, and launched their own Historic Palaces collection – and very beautiful it is too !!!! They’ve teamed up with Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity that looks after a number of the Royal residences, helping everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
Elements of the spectacular gardens, architecture and interiors of the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace have been brought together to create a dazzling assembly of rich and diverse designs. The romantic blooms of the gardens at Hampton Court Palace, painted on to the ceiling of the King’s Little Bedchamber are the starting point for the beautifully evocative Royal Gardens book. Ranging from this gorgeous array of English garden flowers printed onto a lush velvet, to the exquisite embroideries of the Queen’s Sampler and Audley (a dramatic stylised floral), Royal Gardens also contains magnificent velvet and chenille damasks. Queen Victoria’s Scottish plaid shawls and the exquisite designs of a courtier’s waistcoat and a debutante’s couture dress also make an appearance.
A fabulous group of silks, inspired by the architectural features of the palaces, adds a glamorous and contemporary facet with its seven embellished and textured iridescent fabrics presented in glowing metallic shades. Matching the splendour of these decorative designs is the superb King’s Velvet, with an exceptional palette of eighteen colours reflecting the glittering grandeur of the Crown Jewels. Partly based on the amazingly intricate brickwork of Hampton Court Palace’s Tudor chimneys Royal Weaves, with their rich textures and relaxed colour palette, provide the perfect backdrop to all of these appealing designs.
Not to be out-done, Mulberry Home’s autumn release is a fabulously eclectic collection called Festival. Renowned for its exciting and adventurous approach to design, Festival is an exuberant celebration of the Mulberry Home philosophy. Created to inspire, these unique designs can make the perfect singular statement or work in harmony with the other stunning fabrics in the collection as well as those from Mulberry’s other unique collections. Painterly prints (some on soft and supple velvet, others on pure linen), colourful embroideries and appliques evoking folkloric culture, combine with wonderfully stylish woven stripes and beautiful wools to make this collection a gorgeous fusion of colour, texture and pattern.
There are also 2 companion books to accompany the Festival collection. The epitome of country chic, Festival Stripes also includes perfectly scaled broad, narrow and multi striped designs in a versatile and contemporary colour palette. The other new book is a second Mulberry Wools collection. Mull and Nevis, two dashing pure wool plaids which are both equally at home in town or country, are woven in Scotland and encapsulate the soft natural colours of the romantic highlands. Bute, a smart and stylish window pane check also in pure wool, and Leith, an extremely versatile small scale tweedy herringbone, have been produced in a wide range of understated and appealing colourways to complete the package.
So, who fancies a new room for Christmas ????
John Biddell, John Charles Interiors
Live 24 7 magazine editorial - November 2016