Aspirational Amazon

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By Laura Newton –

Brazil has inspired many this summer with the Olympics, but it has also inspired many Interior Decorations, particularly when we think of the Amazon Rainforest.

Here are just a few tantalizingly-tropic designs I have found:

‘Tropicana’ – Matthew Williamson: Osborne & Little


Dorothy Drapers 1940’s Brazilian Palm Print


‘Rainette Velvet’ by Designers Guild


‘Abel’ by House of Holland for HABITAT


‘Liana fabric’ by John Lewis


Graduate Feature: Taking Shape


Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating this year’s graduates’ work of all styles, giving a platform for new designers. We have been reviewing shows from colleges, universities and New Designers in London and have picked our top collections. Each collection is unique and shows a different set of skills by each of the designers.

In the third week of our feature, we are showcasing designers who create intricate, geometric prints with inspirations from architecture to space.

Shaneale Moore

I am a Printed Textile Designer in the making. My strengths are working with bold colours collaborated with images. I am a highly all round functional creative surface pattern and print designer. I can strongly use illustrator and Photoshop to develop and create innovative design ideas. Through attending De Montfort University, I have confidently gained this skill. My overall design style is adaptable with strong bold colours and pattern trends. I enjoy designing for different markets especially high end fashion and accessories market.

Collection: Geometric Clash

Through thorough research I have been inspired by cathedrals and architectural motifs on biblical buildings, thus leading me to design my own concept for my collection called GEOMETRIC CLASH. My collection is heavily influenced by juxtaposition, the idea of things that don’t work together. Op Art influences and Moroccan architectural motifs have helped me develop my ideas and put together my collection. My Colour pallete is inspired by the latest trend forecasts for Womenswear spring/summer 2017 and patterns for 2017 from WGSN and trend forecasters. Geometric Clash is a combination of screen print and digital print. My collection is high end fashion for women’s wear spring/summer 2017.

 Access Shaneale’s online portfolios here:

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Molly Wharton

Molly Wharton has studied BA (Hons) Textile Design at De Montfort University and has created a beautiful geometric collection:

Architect Gordon Matta-Clarke and Artist Man Ray were both the main source of inspiration for the collection. I’d like to become a successful printed interior textile designer.

Contact Molly:





Josey White

De Montfort University is where Josey White studied Textile Design:

This collection is about perception and how animals see colour and light. I came up with this concept when looking at an installation in America by Abandon the Normal. Their name also sums me up as a designer; not fitting within the normal boundaries. I like to push the boundaries of fashion and print in my designs which are aimed at menswear. They show my passion to create and incorporate bright, interesting patterns into menswear ranges.

My aspiration after university is to stay at De Montfort and do my Masters in Fashion and Textile Design. I will be taking a course in pattern cutting, so that I have a better understanding of fashion and how my prints apply to the body.

Check out more of Josey’s work here





Alice Hughes

Alice Hughes studied BA Honours in Textile Design specialising in print at De Montfort University:

The inspiration for this project was initially from the galaxy and space, such as the interesting textures from the planets and light reflections from stars. As the project moved on I looked at light reflections in water to make soft textures, and I translated these into patterns from my indigo dying samples. I also looked at star constellations for inspiration to design my geometric imagery. I also looked at designers such as Izzey Miyake and Christopher Kane to inspire my collection.
Alice wants to continue working with print:

I aspire to work within the printed textile industry designing for the fashion industry and working within a team to create collections, and seeing my prints on the high street. I would love to have my own business in the future working towards a high end fashion or interior business.


Contact Alice:






PLEASE NOTE: These designs are the intellectual property of the artists and as such may not be used or replicated but may be available for purchase direct from the artist.

Summer Home Furnishing Design by Sublitex



Inspired by 5 key themes, this summer SUBLITEX present a NEW collection of Prints for Interiors. Designs to suit any scheme from the ‘NATURAL’ to the ‘BOLD & DECORATIVE’. Visit

Here is a taster…


Soft and Earthy Textures


Bold and Contemporary Geometrics


Colourful & Artistic designs celebrating Traditional craft


Fresh Summer-time, Botanical forms


Rich, Modern Elegance

Home Furnishing Focus 2016

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By Laura Newton –

Last month I visited Heimtex and Maison Objet. Maison championed a theme of ‘The Wild’ looking at ‘NATURE’, ‘PURITY’ and ‘WELL-BEING’ – the essence of the show was ‘Calm’ and exhibited a real Scandinavian Simplicity.

Heimtex offered a broader inspirational experience with emphasis also on ‘Well-Being’ and ‘Nature’ but also ‘Technology / The Digital Age’ and ‘Luxurious Craft’, giving a good variety of Colour, Texture and Technique that can be applied to different markets.

With these and other Trend Influences, I will start the year with the following directions:

Connecting with Nature:

Looking at Natural markings and patterns from Fossils, Wood, Pebbles, Water. Playing with layers and Textures to achieve Earthy and Distressed effects.


Trend favourite: ‘Victoria’- Fabulous Digital Print



Rich Decoration of Culture:

A look at Luxury across the world with Classic Damasks, Fine Jacquards, Embroideries and Tapestry. Rich Embellishments, Velvets and Metallic Finishes bind together the Opulence.



Skandi Craft:

Simplistic Graphic and Organic Design executed through traditional technique – Painterly, Block print, Embroidery and Knit.


High Street Trend Spot: John Lewis



Home Furnishing Trends

By Laura Newton -

By Laura Newton –

Following my trip to London Design Festival in September I have pulled out some ideas from SUBLITEX to fit my favourite Home Furnishing Trends…

Bloomsbury Revival

A fusion of Bohemian influences with bold and busy patterns in rich colours. Showcasing decorative art styles on lusciously printed velvets and rustic linen effects.




An exploration of craft and traditional techniques such as embroidery and crewelwork.




Painterly and diffused mark-making in organic and architectural forms.



A Modern Bohemia

By Laura Newton

By Laura Newton



Designers from all sectors have been flocking to London in late September seeking inspiration at LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL – events including TENT, DECOREX, 100% DESIGN and FOCUS/15.

I visited TENT, which takes over the ‘Old Truman Brewery’ on Brick Lane in the heart of the East End with an exciting spread of cutting edge design.

Newcomers and independent businesses showcase their fresh innovative ideas for Lighting, Furniture, Pottery, Textiles and more.

As a contrast I went to Focus/15 at Chelsea Harbour, which is a showcase for high-end fabric editors. Sumptuous showrooms promoting fabrics that are beyond the budget of the average British wage earner, however rather like Chanel these luxury brands are the trendsetters in Home Furnishings.

My Observations:

Whether it be a one-off hand printed cushion or expensive velvet, this year the creators have taken me ‘back to art school’ with a real sense of CRAFT, TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE & NATURAL EXPRESSION.

GP J Baker

GP J Baker

Sheila Coombes

Sheila Coombes

In a very ‘Bloomsbury Style’ – the patterns are bold and busy and brought together in quite contradictory combinations.

Traditional Embroidery and Crewelwork is given a contemporary, pixelated twist.

GP & J Baker | Jane Churchill

GP & J Baker | Jane Churchill

Wool and Texture – Geometric shapes, Classic Herringbone and Architectural structures.

Rubelli | SaHco

Rubelli | SaHco

Claire Alderdice Textiles

Claire Alderdice Textiles

Expressive, Organic mark-making.

Unknown @ TENT | Black Edition

Unknown @ TENT | Black Edition

Jess & Jules Ltd | Designers Guild

Jess & Jules Ltd | Designers Guild

Click here to see Chelsea Harbour Focus 2015 Trend Report