Farrow & Ball Curated by Liberty

A fabulous new collaboration uniting two iconic British brands, Farrow & Ball and Liberty present an original edit of richly pigmented paint colours paired with beautiful furnishing prints – hand-picked combinations for the next generation of interiors. Curated by Farrow & Ball and Liberty experts, this edit is home to 15 irresistible hand-picked combinations of colour and print.

Images from http://www.farrow-ball.com/liberty and http://www.libertylondon.com

Our Top Picks S/S 2022

Our favourite prints from the runway; Spring Summer 2022. Bold and bright colours, striking tonal florals and large scale blooms. For more of the new sublitex collection and designs from the extensive archive contact us at the below email address.

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

Iris Apfel x H&M

There is very exciting news regarding a new H and M collaboration with the stylish and iconic businesswoman Iris Apfel, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. The collection, which launches at the beginning of 2022, consists of an assortment of eclectic dresses, sets and extensive accessories.

Iris was born in 1921 in the concrete jungle of New York. She studied art and fashion at prominent universities in the US, and her career is as inspirational as her style. She is a self-made businesswoman, style icon, fashion designer, and interior decorator, including a contract with the White House that spanned nine presidencies.

She has always succeeded on her different career paths with her oh-so-famous “why be boring?” attitude. If you happen to visit the Big Apple, you will quickly recognize “the Big Apfel.” Her esthetic of bright clothing, layers and layers of fun accessories, and thick, round, oversized glasses are just Iris dressing for herself and herself only. This has inspired people worldwide to create and celebrate their own style that they feel good in.

“Style is not about spending a lot of money. It’s not about what or who you wear, but how you feel when wearing something. Style is about self-expression and, above all, attitude,” says Iris.

In retirement, she drew acclaim for a 2005 show at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; featuring her collection of costume jewelry and styled with clothes on mannequins as she would wear it. She has become a fashion icon, she signed to IMG in 2019 as a model at age 97 and featured in a 2014 documentary called Iris by Albert Maysles.

The collection launches at the beginning of 2022.

Images from https://www.instagram.com/iris.apfel/

Ikea KARISMATISK collection

Your home is an expression of who you are, filled with things that make you happy. Few understand the joy of self-expression better than British fashion icon Zandra Rhodes.

Ikea have teamed up with Zandra on KARISMATISK, a limited collection that’s all about showing your personality through your space with some fabulous home furnishings. It is interesting to see how Zandra’s world of bols patterns and vivid colours can be designed in a home context.

There are 26 statement making pieces in the collection; available at IKEA stores globally from September 2021.

Boasting Zandra’s playful prints and cheerful colour palette this collection is bold, bright, fun and not to be missed!

About Zandra Rhodes
Zandra Rhodes was one of the new waves of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. Her designs are considered clear, creative statements; dramatic but graceful; audacious but feminine. Rhodes’ inspiration has been from organic material and nature. Her unconventional and colourful prints were often inspired by travel; chevron stripes from the Ukraine and the symbols of the North American Indian, Japanese flowers, calligraphy and shell.

Shop the full fabulous and fun collection at https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/new/karismatisk-limited-collection . All images from IKEA website.

Blooming Big Florals

It has been a while since we have seen such a demand for classical blooming big florals, in fact 25 years. Yet fashion is always based on contrasts and contradictions so we should have seen this coming. During lock down simplicity in print design has ruled with non print prints, mark making and simple small florals. Now we want to break free and show off with big bold displays of femininity. 

There was a time in the mid 1990s when we recoloured every floral curtain print we had to feed the insatiable demand for the booming “New Look” store for big florals. These were for button through loose dresses to over printed fitted jacquard jackets. How will you wear your blooming big florals in 2020s?









Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

VAN GOGH

A redundant church in Leicester is one of only two UK venues to host an international exhibition inspired by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.

More than 200 animated paintings are projected on to the walls, floors and ceilings of All Saints Church, in Highcross Street. A real immersive experience; the exhibition has been designed to allow visitors to “step inside” the artist’s work.

It was such an interesting and engaging exhibition, while finding out about Van Gogh’s life you felt transported into his paintings, getting a deeper understanding of how his art reflected his life and how he actually saw the world differently.

“The installation has been designed to fit All Saints’ Church exactly,” creative director Mario Iocampo said.

The church was such a fabulous setting for this exhibition with its grandeur and it silence. You were totally focused on the imagery around you.

The main part of the exhibition is a 35-minute projection – named Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition. It tells the story of the Dutch 19th Century post-impressionist artist and his pieces, as a 360 degree projection in the centre of the church.

At the end of the exhibition, the VR Experience takes you even deeper into the life of the artist in Arles. As you travel through 8 works and their sources of inspiration: Vincent’s room, the meadows, the forest, the village and ending with Starry Night over the Rhone River…

Find out more at vangoghexpo.co.uk/leicester and visit if you can, its well worth a trip.

London Basin Company

If i said the work bathroom sink to you I don’t think you would imagine what I have to show you. while doing some home improvement research and rather innocent scrolling on Instagram; I happened to stumble across this beautiful brand – The London Basin Company takes Basins to another level!

‘With a shared passion for interior design and a love of being surrounded by stunning things, mother and daughter duo, Anna and Nathalie Callis founded The London Basin Company to create striking countertop basins designed to transform bathrooms and cloakrooms into luxurious works of art.’

The handmade Marnie basin features an intricate floral pattern of pinks, blues and greens set against a daring dandelion yellow backdrop.

Oriental in inspiration, this richly decorated and coloured handcrafted porcelain basin is where boho chic meets contemporary bathroom style.

A highly decorative porcelain basin inspired by traditional chinoiserie. The hand painted basin features an elegant floral design depicted in lemon yellows, greens and soft pinks intertwined with butterflies against a rich dark blue background.

This handcrafted porcelain basin is a stylish modern take on traditional Moorish designs.

A handcrafted multi-coloured porcelain basin displaying a striking rich design on a soft white background. A bold modern interpretation of traditional Asian patterns, Melody is vibrant and intriguing, with golden accents to add sparkle.

Decorated inside and out with a delicate all-over royal blue floral pattern, this handcrafted porcelain basin brings a breath of country charm to contemporary bathrooms.

Inspired by middle eastern decorative porcelain the Lorelei incorporates a pattern of fish and lotus blossom, traditional symbols for abundance and wealth, adding a touch of eastern good fortune to your bathroom or cloakroom. This basin is available with or without the fish detail.

With the look of a lacquer jewel-box, this hand crafted porcelain basin is a high-gloss black porcelain basin, richly decorated with traditional Chinese scenes in lustrous maroons, greens and blues. It’s a strong design statement, intended to bring real drama to the bathroom or cloakroom.

A handcrafted countertop porcelain basin decorated with multi-coloured butterfly pattern inside and out. The flower-shaped basin has a gloss finish complemented by the sparkly rose gold accents. A glamorous feminine basin with a hint of Arabic charm.

To discover more from this fabulous brand head over to the website; http://www.londonbasincompany.com

All images are from londonbasincompany.com

Chintz prints

Inspired by our blog post the other week on the fabulous exhibition at the fashion and textile museum we thought we’d treat you to some fabulous new designs from Sublitex.

All the below chintz designs are available in multiple colourways. Do not hesitate to contact us to see more from the vast library we have at Sublitex. All contact information at the bottom of this post.

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07985 467997

Alice: Curiouser and curiouser

If you want some out of this world inspiration look no further than the V and A exhibition in Wonderland. Alices’ wonderland is an immersive exhibition, exploring the origins, adaptations and artistic reinventions of ‘Alice’s Adventures’ across time and media.

Discover how Lewis Carroll’s stories have inspired the most creative minds over the last 150 years.

The ‘Infinity’ dress is a collaborative work designed by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen and American sculptor Anthony Howe. Howe designed the spherical ‘Omniverse’ sculpture, which Iris van Herpen collaborated on as a central feature in her Hypnosis collection runway show in 2019.

Experience a mind-bending virtual trip into Wonderland…

Curious Alice invites audiences to tumble down the rabbit hole and embark on a mind-bending trip into Wonderland through the playful dimension of virtual reality (VR).

Images are all from. Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – Exhibition at South Kensington · V&A (vam.ac.uk)

Visit the website to book tickets.