The Return of Chinoiserie

chinoiserie wallpapers

Authentic fine art replicas from Allyson McDermott’s archive.


The concept of ‘Chinese’ wallpapers originally came not from the East but from 18th Century Europe, with its passion for all things Oriental. Whether printed or hand painted, they brought an explosion of jewel-rich colour and naturalistic design to the smartest 18th Century walls. Chinoiserie hit yet another fashion peak in the 19th Century, inspired by The Royal Pavilion in Brighton and some of most opulent wall decorations ever seen.

Allyson McDermott has restored many important examples of 18th and 19th Century hand painted Chinoiserie papers in locations including The Royal Pavilion and Belvoir Castle… Inspired by these, she has now launched her own collection of authentic fine art replicas, recreated from her studio archive.

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The Kings Suite, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire / Tim Stephen



Printed to order in Allyson’s Gloucestershire studio, they use water based pigment inks and the highest quality acid free ‘Kozo’, a specialist traditional oriental paper. Capturing all the charm and subtlety of the hand painted originals, her Chinoiserie wallpapers and panels are individually produced to order, in bespoke sizes and colours. The finish too is bespoke, ranging from ‘as new’ to gently faded and distressed, giving an authentically antique look.

Allyson has restored many important examples of 18th and 19th Century hand painted Chinoiserie papers in locations including The Royal Pavilion and Belvoir Castle, etc.  Inspired by these, she has now launched her own collection of authentic fine art replicas, recreated from her studio archive. Gingko Garden available to order.

Gingko Garden

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Chinese Garden – Available to Order



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Clashing Prints

Forget colour blocking, now it’s all about the pattern blocking!

Why choose one print when you can have two? Kitri Studio have combined bold naive florals with statement polka dots to bring a fresh take on this season’s hottest trend: patchwork prints!

Rixo collection mixing florals and polka dots. Weather it’s a dress or styled with a skirt and top the trend for ‘pre-clashing clothes’ and pattern blocking is building up force.


Mixing Polka dots and florals from high end designers to high street. Above are some examples from ASOS and Richard Quinn.                                             

On the A/W 2018 catwalk the half and half print was popular with Marni and in their Spring/Summer 2019 collection Sacai combined different clashing prints within garments.

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Richard Quinn Spring 2019 Ready To Wear on

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Wanting to bring some energy into your interior spaces?

Well, here are some trend-led Print suggestions from SUBLITEX.

pursue play

‘In an era of uncertainty, political instability and environmental problems, we satisfy our need for optimism, escapism and creativity with playful activities. Playing helps us find meaning in the midst of chaos’

escape reality

‘People escape everyday life by creating futuristic worlds.  They engage with a technology that enables them to have deeper, more sustainable experiences in daily life.  The result is digital tactility’

Trend report from Paris

Having visited both PV Paris and Texworld, I have put together a selection of looks that I thought were interesting and new. We will cover flowers in a separate post and concentrate here on the other areas. These were notably mark making and geometric prints to carry colour and the most prevalent looks based around a strong tropical trend.

Pleated diagonal stripes

Splodge and random colour carrying prints on fabrics with surface interest, some with shots of lurex.

Pleated ombres in pastels to brights in harmonious colours.

Retro geometrics.

Beautiful tropicals with exotic birds.

Wild animals in the jungle around every corner.

Surprising skins that are not as they seem.

Elegant Tropicals in soft vintage colours.

Deep lush Forest with interesting leaves.

Constellation: Seeing Stars

Astrological motifs and space inspired references.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture S/S19. Inspired by constellations and the Cosmos.

Schiaparelli The Pleiades2

The above dress is named “The Pleiades” also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, are an open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. Images:

Schiaparelli Harmonia Macrocosmica2

The above  is named “Harmonia Macrocosmica”. The Harmonia Macrocosmica is a star atlas written by Andreas Cellarius and published in 1660 by Johannes Janssonius. The images below are taken from the star atlas.



Designers taking inspiration from the sky and astrology include Tory Burch, Saint Laurent and Preen.

Tory Burch constellation print dress and jumper.

Macgraw constellation Jumper and Saint Laurent Dress.

Moschino, Miu Miu and Preen.

Dries Van Noten X Verner Panton

Dries Van Noten : 2019 menswear collection.

Prints inspired by Verner Panton.


Verner Panton is considered one of Denmark’s most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colours. Now his amazing colour prints have been the inspiration for Dries Van Notens’ 2019 Menswear collection.

Vitra Panton chair –

The wave rug –


Below are some original prints by architect and designer Verner Panton.



For the prints Dries wanted to pay homage to the influential work of architect and designer Verner Panton. He got permission from the Verner Panton estate to visit the archives and to use the original designs from Verner Panton for this collection. The estate also granted him permission to rescale some designs and to develop them in different colours. <>





Panton’s retro, 60s prints coloured in a range of bright colours including blues, oranges and reds are used to create shirts, trousers, shorts and coats.

“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Verner Panton’s prints,” said Dries Van Noten. “We greatly enjoyed the confidence and freedom offered us in adapting and rescaling some of his works for garments.” <>

Head over to Dezeen or Vogue to see the full collection. Below is a small selection of the prints in tonal colours, varying scales and interesting placements.

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Only men can wear menswear? Beyonce would beg to differ here she is styling the menswear collection on her instagram account. Amazing colour and print showcasing a fun, exciting and vibrant collection.

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Dior Tie Dyes

Lightness, fluidity and femininity – the story for Dior’s most recent collection. Muted tones bleeding into more saturated hues, the collection of beautifully executed tie dye prints has really put Dior back on the map as a leading  originator of print trend.1

Photos: Courtesy of Dior


Sublitex have an extensive library of tie dye prints that they have coloured to reflect the colour trend exploited by Dior.