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.

HOUSE OF GUCCI

The House Of Gucci have just released it’s official trailer and wow… the fashion! We cannot wait for this to be realeased so here is a sneak peek at what to expect.

The film is based on the book by Sara Gay Forden, and directed by Ridley Scott, the film is about how Patrizia Reggiani, played by Lady Gaga, plotted to kill her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci. 

What an incredible line up of a cast…

As more and more pictures from set emerge; there was no doubt that the film was going to live up to its glamorous expectations.

The release date is November 26, but considering which family it’s centred around, it’s definitely worth the wait.

Rent a dress

I have several dresses in my wardrobe that I have bought for an occasion or a meeting and never worn again. It seems such a waste so the idea of renting, lending or even selling these items in the future is very appealing. We have chosen three sites, each a little different to review.

As the winner of the London Luxury Think Tank Sustainable Start Up award, HURR is the UK’s first peer-to-peer clothing rental service, which means the clothes are from people’s personal wardrobes. hurrcollective.com


MY WARDROBE HQ is one of the market leaders in the UK with both iconic luxury brands, emerging designers and contemporary brands. You can both lend and rent on the platform and if you particularly like an item purchase it. mywardrobehq.com


Onloan looks to elevate their customer’s everyday wardrobe, rather than focusing on occasion wear, making this perfect for the working woman to jazz up her wardrobe. With  a choice of membership schemes to rent 2 or 4 items per month and a “preloved” shop to buy items outright, this is a flexible option. Onloan.co

“Hello, My Name is Paul Smith”

Nottingham Castle is now open

Fresh from an exciting £30 million revamp, the Castle gates are open once more and a fabulous exhibition ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ is open now until 20 February 2022.

In the exhibition, different stages of the design and production process are explored, offering a rich insight into Paul’s design practice while highlighting how the principles of traditional craftsmanship and tailoring are given a contemporary edge.

Paul Smith’s first shop in Byard Lane, Nottingham, which measured 3m x 3m, is recreated in the exhibition alongside an immersive digital room filled with still and moving images that aim to capture his process of inspiration. It details the key things, people and places that have sparked Paul’s creativity throughout his career.

Images from and more information available at “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” | Nottingham Castle.

Lots of art on the walls to immerse yourself in. Photographs, memories, posters, artwork and signs.