This week I have been researching interiors fabrics, which has been both fun and a little bit onerous at the same time. It’s been a while since I was a student and I haven’t yet worked out whether I am writing too much, not enough or veering dreadfully from the project brief.
For my historical period I chose the Arts and Crafts Movement, mainly so that I could avoid the Victorians, but it is actually an architectural style that I rather like. Some friends recently bought a beautifully preserved Arts and Crafts house with all of the lovely wooden features still in tact. They did feel the need to replace the green and black bathroom for something more modern though. Can’t say I blame them.
Then it was the turn of contemporary fabrics, where I discovered that this year’s Pantone colour is Marsala, an earthy red which apparently will be giving all designers their theme for the year. I’m not sure I like it in its purest form, but it is very warm and welcoming. The perfect contrast for this is Indigo Blue, so there are lots of linens around for use as curtains and other soft furnishings.
But my favourite modern fabrics have to be the new tweeds. Taking a traditional woollen fabric and reinventing it with brilliant new colours is inspired. I love the feature chair at the top of this post, and one day I hope to do some upholstery so that I can make one for myself. That’ll be the next course then…