Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dipping into the Male Bag; Homes & propertyFOUR-PAGE SPECIAL: LONDON DESIGN WEEK

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dipping into the Male Bag; Homes & propertyFOUR-PAGE SPECIAL: LONDON DESIGN WEEK

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Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER

Strong geometric shapes and earthy colour palettes appeal to our masculine side.

Barbara Chandler discovers that the craft of weaving has found renewed vigour

NOT all the collections on display in London Design Week are floral.

Influences range from historic English houses to the Caribbean. Tricia Guild of Designers Guild says: "I was inspired by the rhythms of Cuba, a heady fusion of music, dance, colour and light." Flowers are part of the story but they are exotic palms, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Some patterns are simple repetitions of the outline of wet leaves on heavy linen union. Others are bold circles of colour in ultra-contemporary colourways, while classic dyed cloths have stencilled motifs in strong vibrant shades. Prints are complemented by wallpapers and weaves. There is also a new collection of upholstered furniture, new bed linen and towels.

National Trust devotees will be thrilled to find papers and fabrics at Zoffany (Chelsea Harbour) based on the historic houses of Hardwick Hall, Knole, Felbrigg Hall and Oxburgh Hall. Despite the grandeur of their source, these designs are eminently usable. From Hardwick Hall's great chamber comes a richly embroidered fabric with English flowers - roses, primroses, daffodils and cornflowers - on a textured background.

Hangings in the great hall have inspired a sumptuous weave that recreates the effect of ruched, corded silk ribbons, bordered with heavy braid applied to old velvet.

Knole House has provided reference for four fabrics, damasks and chenille. A simple linen called Linen Press in four colourways sets off the richer fabrics. In the same idiom is the Limewash Paper in eight colourways, with a pattern of authentic brush strokes.

Oxburgh Library has a wallpaper originally designed by Pugin and Crace. …

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