Joules and DFS

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It gets to this time of year and we feel as if our homes are in need of a spring clean and need a makeover with fresh bright summery designs, which is exactly what the new Joules and DFS collection is offering. The range is full of quirks and brave colour combinations. For the traditionally English fashion brand, this was a very natural step in a new direction. Having such a print focus with their clothing customer, who loves the countryside and a rural home setting, this collaboration is a perfect way for them to explore a different product.

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The DFS  product is home furnishings and we love the influence of fashion on the range. Traditionally home furnishings prints are used and laid out in full repeat however here we can see the prints carefully placed across the product which is something more akin to fashion design. It is details like this which really make this collection stand out from a regular furniture range and the elevates the concept.

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We love the attention to detail used in the products. It feels as if the creative team have thought about furniture and its use in a very different way.

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Joules use their signature trademark of the hare on the leg of the sofas which is a great finishing touch

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Although the range is concise, the products explore many different themes for their differing customers. There is of course the traditional floral prints but there are also a touch of the nautical and animal conversationals.

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Known for their beautiful hand drawn vintage inspired prints and their playful colour combinations, Joules have not failed to deliver this in a completely different way. The product is unique yet recognizable and will certainly uplift any home this spring

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https://www.joules.com/DFS?utm_source=joulesjournal&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=S.22.03.18.DFSSpringRefreshBlog-Organic&mcpt=joulesjournal&mch=social&mcpn=S.22.03.18.DFSSpringRefreshBlog-Organic

http://www.dfs.co.uk/content/joules-home-furniture#so9EadihGL8CdtsI.97

All Images from dfs.co.uk and Joules.com

Gucci Decor

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Illustration by Alex Merry

Print proud, luxury fashion label Gucci have launched a home ware range and we love it. Saturated in beautiful pattern, adorned with stylized animal motifs, the new ‘Gucci Décor’ collection is everything we would expect from Gucci and more.

The eclectic collection of interior items range from embroidered cushions to printed crockery to silk screens with octopus motifs. Creative director Alessandro Michele’s flamboyant magpie attitude is apparent across the whole range – “the overall effect is one of a surprising, joyous combination of hue, pattern and design, where there are no rules.” he states speaking of the Gucci Décor range. He also explains “the idea is not to prescribe a particular decorative look, but to provide elements that allow for living spaces to be customised.”

 

2The Italian fashion house broke the news mid last year on their instagram with a series of beautiful hand painted illustrations by artist Alex Merry. Gucci commissioned Merry, a British folk artist, to bring the range to life and each of her artworks depicts the range in the colourful style Gucci is well known for.

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“a flexible and personal approach to decoration, bringing an accent of Gucci’s contemporary romanticism into the home”

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Gucci’s Herbarium motif—a whimsical Toile de Jouy design of cherry branches, leaves and flowers, inspired by a vintage fabric can be seen across crockery and wallpapers in a trio of colour ways

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We love how Gucci have translated their mystical, conversational catwalk classics from octopuses to pineapples into furniture. Here their octopus jacquard stands loud and proud on this folding screen.

They have also introduced a line of unconventional wallpapers that come in silk, vinyl and paper. The wallpapers feature prints all from the ready to wear collections straight from the catwalks which we think work just as well in the home as they do on clothing.

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https://www.gucci.com/uk/en_gb/ca/decor-c-decor

 

London Design Week 2018

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From the 4th to the 9th March, Chelsea Harbour becomes the home of London Design Week 2018, ‘an unmissable event that is essential for anyone who wants the inside track on the latest design thinking.’

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‘The interior design world’s Mecca’ Vanity Fair

Chanelling the design world’s rising spirit of individuality and creative expression, London Design Week 2018 seeks to go beyond fleeting trends. This is an event where powerful design professionals can engage with established makers; style-seekers can delve deeper into their design passions via talks, demonstrations, workshops and discovery tours; and luxury brands can converse with emerging influencers and tastemakers.

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‘Europe’s flagship for design and decoration’ House & Garden

Visitors who value genuine talent, skill and provenance can discover the latest offerings from 120 exhibitors from around the world, while on the main stage, international speakers share their knowledge at the authoritative Conversations in Design series. A new initiative is ‘Legends’, which sees connoisseurs from the worlds of design and decoration, art, fashion and architecture collaborate to transform an array of showroom windows and showcases with wit and verve.

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Trade preview: 4 – 6 March 2018

All welcome: 7 – 9 March 2018

10am – 6pm

Event Location

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE

http://dcch.co.uk

SMEG with Dolce & Gabbana

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Their 2017 collaboration, the second time the two brands have worked together, called ‘Sicily Is My Love’, uses Smeg’s small kitchen appliances as the designer brands canvas. As the home of Dolce and Gabbana, Sicily is within the heart of each design and each product proudly celebrates the Italian heritage of both brands with a ‘Made in Italy’ emblem to finish.

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“The designs are decorated with quintessential Sicilian motifs: gold lemons and citrus fruits, prickly pears and bold bright cherries. Each model also boasts a selection of delicate floral designs inspired by the coasts and landscapes of southern Italy and Mount Etna, surrounded by the ornamental friezes and decorative leaf motifs.” Smeguk.com

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“While strengthening the longstanding partnership between Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg, the new collection further cements the close relationship between fashion, design and technology.” smeguk.com

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In 2016 they teamed up together to create the range, ‘Frigorifero d’Arte’ which saw various Sicilian artists painstakingly intricate designs wrapped around the classic Smeg fridge with the creative influence of Dolce and Gabanna. The collection centered around the concept of the fridge being an integral part of Italian culture and again the imagery used is meant to uncover the beauty of Sicily.

Here the artists are at the inspiration stage, collating different Sicilian motifs and imagery to use.

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https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/interiors/dolce-and-gabbana-smeg-fridges/

The collection was unveiled at ‘Salone del Mobile’ in Milan last year and we love the styling and photography captured of the printed products:

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We certainly fancy ourselves a printed kitchen appliance now we have seen this beautiful range. For a company who is best known for colour drenched collections, it is refreshing to see print as such a focus.

Pantone Colour Of The Year – Ultra Violet

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The time has come for Pantone, the colour experts, to release their ‘Colour of the Year’ and the shade they have chosen for 2018 is Ultraviolet. They describe that this colour ‘communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future’.

The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

This particular colour is not too dissimilar to the new shade of purple they released earlier in the year which was dedicated to the late pop icon, Prince. Purple was synonymous within the musician’s career from the lyrics of Purple Rain to his flamboyant wardrobe to his custom made purple piano.

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“When you think about the purples and the complexities of the purple shade, especially once you start veering towards the blue-based purples, there’s that layer of thoughtfulness, of magic and mysticism, of spirituality,” says Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “What’s needed is this whole infusion of creativity and originality and nonconformity . . . it’s about successfully adapting and moving it forward and pivoting.”

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With a varying collection of purple shades appearing on the SS18 catwalks, the colour of the year seems to reflect the Catwalk mood. Here is a look at some of the designers that propelled purple back into fashion this year:

Left to Right: Balenciaga, SS18, Paris, vogue.com and Versace, ss18, Imaxtree  

Lilac shades on the catwalk, SS18:

Left to Right: Victoria Beckham, SS18, Vogue.com and Tibi, SS18, vogue.com

https://store.pantone.com/uk/en/color-of-the-year-2018-shop-pantone/

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/12/07/ultra-violet-pantone-colour-of-the-year-2018-design-trends/

https://fashionista.com/2017/12/pantone-2018-color-of-the-year-ultra-violet

https://quartzy.qz.com/1151322/how-pantone-created-a-universal-language-for-color/

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/behind-pantone-color-of-the-year-ultra-violet

 

Preen Home

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We couldn’t help but fall in love with this print explosion Preen have created in their brand new home collection. Vibrant florals, clashing prints and reversible fabrics, this range is all about the layering effect of prints and creating drama within your home through furnishings.

Alongside 6 ready to wear collections a year, Preen have now expanded to include Preen Home. This is a really exciting direction for Preen and a great way to showcase those beautiful prints.

 

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Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton are the design masterminds behind Preen. Based in London, the brand has gone from strength to strength each season, with their audiences eagerly anticipating what statement prints will be in their collections that season.

Known for their craftsmanship and their confidence with print, Preen is ‘darkly romantic and effortlessly modern, juxtaposing the masculine with feminine’.

Preen has a loyal (and royal) fan base of famous faces. Stars such as The Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce have all been seen dressed in their designs.

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Preen Home is a “straight from the runway” collection featuring prints from their fashion collection, updating the range with a new design every season.

The first of their designs is a decoupage floral taken from their resort collection.

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Eiderdown Coat – Preen Fall 2017 collection

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Eiderdown Coat – Preen Fall 2017 collection

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Luxurious fabrics like silk satin and velvets act as a base to the busy, rich prints. Ruffles, the idea of layering, clashing prints all encourage the idea of ‘more is more’ which is continuing to be a massive trend within home wares from Gucci to House of Hackney.

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“With Preen Home, I don’t see it as the new seasonal thing—of course we’ll add a new print in—but then we’ll just keep running them,” explains Justin Thornton.

All Images from preenbythorntonbregazzi.com and Vogue.com

https://preenbythorntonbregazzi.com/collections/preen-home-2017

https://www.vogue.com/article/preen-by-thornton-bregazzi-home-florals-prints

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/

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

Moooi Carpets

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By Laura Newton – designandcolour@gmail.com

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Digital printing is allowing creativity to run riot in many industries and this week we will look at Moooi Carpets from The Netherlands. Moooi have a great showroom on Great Titchfield Street in London where the amazing lighting fixtures always adorn the windows. Next time you are in the West End venture in and see the most amazing digitally printed carpets and rugs.

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This is is great film about Moooi Carpets showing the actual printing of the product. I strongly suggest that you should watch this;

Click here:   https://youtu.be/UjXC28FCyMw

My overall impression is the same as when I visited the LaRio digital print line at Sublitex in Alba, Italy. This process is so immediate and so clean!

I trained and grew up with a dirty textile industry. Print plants were often wet or smelly, ink splatted canisters and troughs of ink all around, screens and cylinders being cleaned, polished, prepared and moved in and out of production.

Digital printing has revolutionized the textile printing industry. While conventional printing will always have its place when it comes to high volume, the rapidity to market for custom and development work is ideal for digital printing.

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Speeds of production in digital printing is continually increasing and so is the demand for unique design.

This technology is perfect for the contract market where the desire for the spectacular and individual design as a signature feature for properties is now essential. On occasions a piece is being used in the reception area for immediate impact on arrival. Other uses include a total flooring solution in offices to define specific areas or to personalize restaurants, hotels and airport lounges to name but a few. Panels of carpet are also being hung as wall art.

Moooi carpets use a Chromojet 800 printer to achieve incredible divers yet accurate tones through mixing 16 basic shades and using 76 dpi reproduction to create an unlimited mix of colours. Process or CMYK colour technology has numerous advantages over traditional spot colour printing where each screen or cylinder prints a different hue.

Ecologically, less dye is wasted, there are fewer cleaning cycles and less energy is consumed leading to a more environmentally friendly way to print carpet. Importantly, only the number of metres actually needed can be produced leading to a more efficient production route.

Another advantage for designers is that smaller minimum production runs make this product both accessible and flexible solution. Take a look at the catalogues to be totally wowed.

http://moooicarpets.com/Moooi_Carpets_2016_Catalogue_def/

http://moooicarpets.com/336761_Milan16_Novelties_Leaflet/