It is clear to see why these boldly coloured cushions are such a must-have for the new season. Designed by London based, Australian accessory designer Amy Sia, this cushion collection shows off Amy’s wonderful use of colour and her signature painterly style. The fluidness of Amy’s designs reminds of coloured inks bleeding and water coloured brushstrokes that have just been left to blend into their own patterns. This collection, her third, is called, “Aegean”, and was inspired by her recent travels to the Caribbean and Mediterranean. “I’ve been lucky enough to travel a bit last year and have been influenced by the beautiful colours and landscapes around, including the tropical colours aqua, yellow, tangerine of the Caribbean (Turks and Caicos), the bold blues and magentas of the Greek Islands (Naxos and Santorini) washed out pastels of Cinque Terre.” says Amy.
If you are searching for an unusual fabric or wallpaper with a colourful and unique look to it, then search no further. These vintage Rustica and French seed packet designs by Newbury based fabric house Ian Sanderson, is the coolest thing to happen in fabrics for a while. The longer you stare at these designs, the more detail you notice. They seem to evoke a feeling of nostalgia and have a certain feel good factor about them. Use them in upholstery for a statement piece like an armchair or footstool. I particularly love how they combined the Rustica picture design with the plain print Paper Journal design, seen on the armchair below.
The ‘Rustica’ design originates from using archive material in the form of front cover images and text from the French country magazine called ‘Rustica’, and transforming it into fascinating designs suitable for interior fabrics and wallpaper. The cushion collection, below, seems to work exceptionally well and are perfect if you just want to add a little touch of this trend.
Go even further with this vibe and make a focal feature with the ‘Seed Packets’ fabric, a complimentary design incorporating loads of vintage seed packet covers, making this one colourful and lively. Both looks will create an unique piece however you use them and become a real talking point. They also remind me so much of the Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Guide booklets from the 50’s, one of my favourite collections I own (see my previous post).
This family run business, Ian Sanderson, has been designing and producing fabrics and trimmings since 1962. Husband and wife team, Julian (son of Ian) and Helen (Head designer) create beautiful, high quality collections of woven and printed textiles in over a hundred designs and in an array of colourways. They are always mindfully preserving the traditions and quality while maintaining the standards that was set when this business started, the kind of attention that one can only find in a family business.
Images supplied by Iansanderson.co.uk
Feature by Theoda Solms Iles
Show-stopping patterns and vibrant colours are the main ingredients of the latest fabric and wallpaper collection form Scion. This new range make it so easy to create a statement with oversize florals or geometrics on walls or giant zig-zag patterns for curtains. If this is your first dip into colour, then start with the gorgeous colour-blending stripes, keep your neutrals as your safety-net but branch out with bold colour injections here and there in the form of cushions, a wallpapered focal wall or a brightly upholstered armchair. Perfect for summer, these uplifting colours combined with funky patterns could be just the colour injection your home needs. My favourite has to be the turquoise zig-zag walls and Ikat design cushions with hints of lime and cobalt.
Wallpaper: Diva 110860 £34.00/mtr. Chair: Plains Six 131210 £33.00/mtr. Cushion: Diva 120277 £27.00/mtr. Lampshade: Diva 120277 £27.00/mtr. Rug: Navajo 26402 (170 x 240cm) £480.
Wallpaper: Khadi 110876 £34.00/roll. Fabric Panels (l-r): Pivot 131120 £25.00/mtr, Groove 120285 £27.00/mtr, Pivot 131125 £25.00/mtr, Plains Five 131186 £35.00/mtr. Chairs (l-r): Plains Six 131224, 131210 £33.00/mtr. Sofa: Plains Six 131227, 131236 £33.00/mtr. Table: Groove 120285 £27.00/mtr. Cushions: A selection of fabrics from the Soul and Rhythm Weaves Collections.
Wallpaper: Khadi 110876 £34.00/roll. Curtains: Zing 120293 £27.00/mtr. Chair: Plains Two 140496 £19.00/mtr. Cushions (l-r): Groove 120288 £27.00/mtr, Diva 120281 £27.00/mtr.
Wallpaper: Axis 110832 £45.00/roll. Rug: Patch 25107 (170 x 240cm) £480. Cushion: Diva 120279 £27.00/mtr, Pucci 120284 £27.00/mtr.
Wallpaper: Groove 110853 £34.00/roll. Cushions: A selection of fabrics from the Spirit Collection.
Wallpaper:Axis 110836 £45.00/roll. Curtains:Axis 131141 £30.00/mtr. Sofa:Plains Six 131219 £33.00/mtr. Cushions:A selection of fabrics from the Rhythm Weaves and Plains Five and Plains Six Collections.
Scion.uk.com or call the UK stockist no: 0845 123 6805
All images supplied by Scion.
Make the most of the upcoming summer and those long summers evenings, just like the Scandinavians do, and create a fabulous outdoor living space. Dress it with gorgeous items like lanterns, floor fusions, chunky knit pouffes and tableware ready to entertain. I love this new colour palette from Broste Copenhagen, primary colours that have a faded look to them, red turning into raspberry, blue shading into aqua and yellow fading into dark creams.
Photography supplied by Broste Copenhagen.