The House Of Wallpaper by Graham & Brown

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From the 18th September to 4th October, 2017 Graham & Brown, the UK’s largest wallpaper design and manufacturer, held the exhibition The House of Wallpaper for the London Design Festival where visitors were taken on an immersive journey to look at the history of wallpaper and discover what the future holds for the walls that surround us.

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Visitors are able to experience wallpaper in a futuristic way

Immersive kaleidoscope experience has been created in The Cube with a stunning, visual trompe l’oeil paper effect.

For over seventy years, Graham & Brown has inspired the nation to think differently about their walls, from creating its first embossed wallpaper to today’s contemporary prints. Founded in 1946 by Harold Graham and Henry Brown, the business is still family-run to this day in Blackburn, Lancashire, and has become the UK’s leading wallpaper designer and manufacturer.

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Display of diiferent ideas for wallpaper designs

Thriving on continuous innovation and creativity through design and craftsmanship, Graham & Brown creates trend-setting wallpaper collections for the home, complemented by a unique paint collection, wall art and home accessories. These are sold internationally to 75 countries through its divisions in North America, France, Holland, Russia, China and Australia.

Left to Right – Samples of next seasons prints, Screens showing the printing process of wallpaper

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‘Pick and Play’ installation created with Microsoft Surface

“As one of the few British wallpaper manufactures remaining, we are so excited to be able to host and create such a multi-layered creative space for people to take a journey that tells the story of design, craft and materiality for walls. This is a rare chance to have a close-up look at the level of craft, artistry and scale of processes that goes into the making of over 16 million rolls per year.”

Explains Andrew Graham, MBE, CEO of Graham & Brown.

The exhibition draws you in with beautiful peony’s and roses decorating the entrance and leads you all the way through to the reception area. We fell in love with the car parked outside printed in the stunning ‘ Pierre’ design.

Outside the exhibition on Greek Street, Soho

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Visitors are taken through the design process on the first floor of the townhouse and are able to see the initial drawings of some of the wallpaper designs.

Here is a look at some of the Graham & Brown current wallpaper designs:

Left to right – Botanical Powder Wallpaper, Chinoiserie Canary Wallpaper

Left to right – Ubud Mayhem Wallpaper, Stroma Origami Wallpaper

Watch the video below to see the exhibition come to life:

With thanks to the press team at Graham & Brown, All images courtesy of Graham & Brown.

https://www.grahambrown.com/uk/

Versace SS18

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Marking 20 years since the brutal murder of Gianni Versace, his sister Donatella Versace orchestrated a collection celebrating his most iconic looks. Drawing focus to his life and not his tragic death, the collection is bright, vibrant and everything and more of what you could expect from a Versace show.

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Gianni and Donatella Versace in New York in the 1990s: ‘Gianni was all about joy, and so full of life’. Photograph: Rose Hartman/Getty Images

The collection saw old prints revived from the Versace archive from the years of 1991-95. His most iconic and visually inspiring collections were born in this period including : Vogue, Warhol, My Friend Elton, Icons, Baroque, Animalia, Native Americans, Tresor de la Mer, Metal Mesh, and Butterflies.

Versace SS18 ready to wear collection. Vogue.com

“Gianni was joy, he was happiness, full of life; and these prints were a big part of his personality,” Donatella Versace

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Versace SS18 ready to wear collection. Vogue.com

Reinterpreting old prints into different silhouettes and fabrics gave the collection a futuristic feel. The combination of his statement baroque prints with thigh high boots and coordinating jackets plummets this collection forward into the 21st centaury and bang on trend aside all of the other fashion week collections.

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Versace SS18 ready to wear collection. Vogue.com

“In one show you can’t really touch on everything Gianni did.” Donatella Versace

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Versace SS18 ready to wear collection. Vogue.com8

Vogue, April 1995; Versace Spring 2018. Photos: Steven Meisel; Indigital.tv

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Left to Right: Versace March 1992; Versace Spring 2018. Photos: Patrick Demarchelier; Indigital.tv

Cindy Crawford & Linda Evangelista backstage at Versace S/S 1992

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Versace S/S1995

The beautiful homage to his work was concluded with a few friends from Versace’s most definitive era, adorned in gold lame floor length gowns. Supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen strolled down the catwalk hand in hand to the anthem ‘Freedom’ by the late George Michael, which seemed like a perfect way to mark 20 years since her brothers death and a way to celebrate such an iconic era for fashion.11

Finale to the Versace SS18 ready to wear collection. Donatella Versace in center. Vogue.com

Sublitex’s hommage to Gianni Versace:

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Watch the full collection here:

https://dp8hsntg6do36.cloudfront.net/59c5671e148bb00f1d000019/1822e689-83d9-4ce1-aded-4e5ee3fa0464manifest-ios.m3u8?requester=oo

https://www.vogue.com/article/milan-fashion-week-spring-2017-gianni-versace-donatella-versace-tribute-supermodels-from-the-archives

https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2018-ready-to-wear/versacewww.Versace.com

 

Anthropologie meets Liberty of London

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Anthropologie, a brand eclectic in style and brave with trends, is well known for its exciting artist collaborations. However, this has to be one of the most exciting that the brand has ever seen. Experts in print, Liberty of London, have teamed up with Anthropologie to create a beautifully decorative home and furniture collection covered in delicate paisleys and fun florals.

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Strawberry Theif Sofa and chair

This is a step in a really different direction for Liberty. We see the prints that we love and know so well on modern furniture shapes creating a really interesting juxtaposition of styles.

Left to Right – Tamsin Dining Table, Feather Fan Angelina Chair

The collection showcases 18 prints designed by Liberty of London. All of the designs have a nod to oriental and ethnic styles but are translated in a vibrant, commercial way, something Liberty continues to do so well.

Left to Right – Wiltshire Garden Dinner Set, Abstract Meadow Tea Towel

All of the designs have come from Liberty’s vast print archive. Some prints are more recent, designed by their in house team (Mabelle, 2007) and others hark back to 1883, designed by William Morris (Strawberry Thief). The mélange of contemporary and timeless classics make this collection a really exciting move on for both brands. The collection is both recognisable as a Liberty of London collection, stalwart of the British design, but also fresh and new for the Anthropologie customer.

Left to Right – ‘Mabelle’ print on porcelain set, ‘Strawberry Theif’ print on a velvet pillowcase

Embroidered Feather Bloom Duvet

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Feather Bloom Edlyn Sofa

“Liberty is familiar yet artistic, homely yet special — it’s the ultimate print brand and one I’ve admired for many years,” – Andrew Carnie, President of Home and Garden at Anthropologie

http://blog.anthropologie.com/a-partnership-of-patterns-the-liberty-fall-collection/

https://www.anthropologie.com/en-gb/liberty-for-anthropologie?cm_sp=EXPLORE_FEATURES-_-SUB_CATEGORY-_-liberty-for-anthropologie&optin_cookies=true

London Fashion Week

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Overall the print direction for SS2018 is most definitely still floral. The fabrics range from diaphanous sheers to crisp sateen. Colour palettes are contrasting from the gentlest muted pastels to bold statements in yellow, cobalt, red, orange and magenta. The mix and match of these two get really exciting when a pastel ground is super imposed with bright blooms or a muted toned patchwork has a shocking vibrant splash of colour breathing life into the piece.

All images thanks to Vogue.co.uk

Roberta Einer

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Roberta Einer was selected as an “emerging designer” in 2016 and has been a vibrant and exciting name on the catwalk ever since. We love her collection and the whole way it has been styled with a lots of mark making and beautiful muted tones.

 

Richard Quinn

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This is strong collection for print from RQ. The show itself was held in Liberty and Richard collaborated with Anna Buruma, head of Liberty archives, to use and adapt their prints for this collection. He blew up ditsies to be really large scale and manipulated them so that they are almost unrecognizable.

 

Mary Katranzou

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“I’m an 80’s Baby “ was the inspiration behind this collection. She feels that the darker times get in the world, the brighter and happier her collections become. We are wooed by the mixing of bold florals with colour blocking and polka dots

 

Peter Pilotto

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A move towards clean pastels with a retro feel is prevalent on the catwalks from NY and London – Peter Pilotto’s collection really embodies this trend and the bold inserts of colour really liven up the pastel palette.

 

Christopher Kane

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The muse for his collection was “the domestic goddess” pretty floral bouquets complimented by a ruffle or two make this terribly feminine. Prints are mixed and cut about with the juxtaposition of colour giving a new feel to these vintage florals.

 

Emelia Wickstead

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A very experimental collection with volume, scale and contrasting prairie like prints reminiscent of antique wallpaper. These florals and decorative stripes are freshly feminine yet slightly demure.

 

Natasha Zinko

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Zinko’s puts explosive botanicals in vibrant saturated colours on soft pastel grounds. This contrast gives really clean prints to this collection which is fresh, young and exciting.

 

Alice Archer

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Archer seems to travel globally with a vintage feel of Little House on the Prairie, on to Sicily, Mid European folkloric to the Steppes on Asia. From soft past shades to bold dark ground statements this is an eclectic range.

 

Erdem

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Inspired by a young Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s the Erdem prints have long elegant forms with demure necklines and kick out hems. As ever, very floral often with a pop of red to call upon one’s attention.

 

Shrimp

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Now for something completely different from Shrimp. A graphic collection of prints that amuse yet are very wearable complete with fluffy slippers, Bravo.

WALALA X PLAY

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Sophie Wade – designandcolour@gmail.com

Camille Walala, Now Gallery

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An Instagram-able labyrinth of colour and pattern has taken over the NOW Gallery in Greenwich London, and as a lover of all things colourful and patterned, I went along to see what all of the fuss was about.

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Digital print designer, Camille Walala, who describes herself as ‘a purveyor of powerfully positive digital print’, studied Textile Design at the University of Brighton and went on to establish her namesake brand in East London in 2009. She continues to work under this name in the form of installations, prints, furniture and many other exciting projects worldwide.

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Camille Walala sat on one of her vibrant designs in the form of a ping pong table

It is impossible not to feel happy when you first enter the maze. Saturated colours and bold pattern combined with mirrors on every corner make the exhibition so easy to loose yourself in.

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Installation from above, Sophie Wade

“With walls of different heights, passageways of different widths, enclosed spaces and curved and zigzag paths, the installation foregrounds the idea of human scale, giving visitors both a lasting visual impression and an extraordinary physical experience as they pass through it.” NOW Gallery

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Photography by Charles Emmerson

Photographs Sophie Wade

Walala X Play takes print from a 2D form into a three dimensional space which invites visitors to experience pattern in a completely different way.

Along side the success of the exhibition at NOW, Camille is building the key landmark for the London Design Festival which will be running across the city from the 16th to 24th September. ‘Villa Walala’ is the festival’s largest installation and will be built in Broadgate, a rather grey, sterile office block area of the city. The stark contrast of Camille’s vibrant style with its surroundings makes this installation so exciting.

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The London Design Festival is one of the largest design events in the world and will host over 400 events across the capital.

Watch below to see Camille talk about exhibition

http://camillewalala.com/tagged/work

http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play/

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/05/18/london-design-festival-announce-installations-2017-camille-walala-events-news/

Silken Favours

Sophie Wade - Design and Colour

Sophie Wade – designandcolour@gmail.com

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Twitter is buzzing with comments on Channel 4’s take over of “The Great British Bake off ” and the two new presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding. Much has been about Noel’s “Raving Ravens” shirt from Silken Favours, a design company that we were wooed by and contacted earlier this summer to learn more about.

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I managed to catch up with the talented designer Vicki Murdock about her vibrant fun design company Silken Favours.

Her products are dotted around the finest shops in London, Italy, America and China. These bright, elaborate printed goods can’t help but make you smile.

With a modern and wearable spin on kitsch, Vicki aims to fill our homes and wardrobes with beautifully intricate designs full of fun and colour.

Image – Vicki Murdock surrounded by her products

With products ranging from cushions, to silk scarves, to wallpaper, Vicki has all avenues covered with these playful surface patterns. She takes a light hearted approach to subjects and mainly seeks inspiration from the natural world.

Cactus and Cat Peach Design

The detailed illustrative qualities shine through her prints. She begins each design with intricate pen and ink techniques and then brings each design to life digitally which is also where she creates the interesting compositions.

In Vicki’s ‘Jungle is Massive’ collection we really see her skill with composition come to life. Below, see the way that she plays with symmetry in the designs to combine lots of different elements in a wearable way.

Jungle is massive collection

Left to right: Peach Love and Cati Silk Poncho, Pink Beachbeak Silk Poncho

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Silken Favours Twitter, REN Christmas 2017 launch products

Silken Favours is not just limited to textile application. Here is a collaboration with skincare company, REN, who are showcasing her exotic prints on their packaging.

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With thanks to Vicki Murdoch

All Images from http://silkenfavours.com and copyright Silken Favours.