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Passionforpattern has its first prediction for 2012. Smart, simple, beautifully-made trimmings will be big. Those designed by the stylist, Bruno Frisoni for Dedar are all of those things and our hunch is that they’ll go like a train. We’ve been here before, of course, in about 1988 to be precise, when frillier interior decorators would add a silk fringe to a client’s chihuahua if it stood still for more than thirty seconds. In 2012 it will be different; the emphasis will be on adding definition to curtains and upholstery rather than gilding the lily with a 20 centimetre bullion fringe. And for those on a budget, the new breed of simple trimmings will offer an opportunity to add a touch of tailored smartness to a modestly-priced fabric. Either way, it’s a fab look, perfectly in tune with the times.
Pattern is pretty exciting when it is in just one dimension. Add a second dimension and a whole new range of possibilities emerges, possibilities such as Genevieve Bennett’s sculpted, embossed and cut leather designs, possibilities that hit passionforpattern bang in the middle of its solar plexus (just at the top of your diaphragm, if you’ve yet to find it). Tell me if you aren’t moved…I’d be amazed.
These are heady days in the world of wallpaper; a new app from Cole & son (more on that soon..), a nostalgic photo montage from Laura Ashley…and now – yes wait for it – a new Farrow & Ball showroom on New York’s Upper East Side wrapped top-to-toe in its Lotus wallpaper. Passionforpattern salutes this heroic testament to the power of pattern!
Passionforpattern strongly disagrees with the style pundits who claim that texture is the new pattern. Texture, lovely as it is, will always be texture and pattern will always be pattern. What it concedes, however, is that a wonderful marriage of the two – flocks, weaves, blown vinyl for example – have, in the right place, something wonderful to add to a scheme. It’s a combination that also looks the bee’s knees on the floor, as evidenced by Crucial Trading‘s Rafiki Golden Sun.
The French furniture company, Roche Bobois has been celebrating its first 50 years at various outposts around the world. A fascinating retrospective in London was testament to Roche Bobois’ uncanny knack of creating contemporary furniture that will stand the test of time. Even items no longer in production such as the fantastic fibreglass Ozoo desk designed in 1972 by Marc Berthier, looked as dazzingly up-to-the-minute as anything on the aisles of this year’s Milan Furniture Fair. So, too, did the iconic Mah Jong, shown above, that was designed the year before by Hans Hopfer. An ingenious system of modular seating, it has succeeded in eloquently demonstrating two stylistic points; one is that glorious colour and pattern are as relevant to contemporary furniture as the standard issue grey, taupe and black, so beloved by modernist furniture designers. The other is that not all modular seating needs to look like it was designed for the departure lounge of Luton airport.
While the possibilities offered by wall tiles are endless, in the humble opinion of passionforpattern, the choice is, let’s say, limited. So it was with much excitement that we have drooled over the new Bahia tiles from Fired Earth. Smart and decorative in a simple, measured sort if way – and in a great range of sophisticated colours – they’ll add a beguiling layer of pattern to a bathroom, without making it look like a set from Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves.
Despite all the worrying talk of inflation in the news, passionforpattern wonders whether there are some things that are actually getting less expensive… fabrics for example. Does this look like a £42 fabric? Does it feel like one? (take my word for it, it doesn’t). Nor has it been discounted. The secret is that it is simply a very, very clever design by a very, very clever designer, William Yeoward. It’s called Caharrack and is part of the Polperro collection, inspired by his beloved Cornwall. It’s the sort of fabric that, despite its price, creates a feel that looks a million dollars.
Over the last fifty years there have been a few designs or designers that succeed in re-defining fabric. This just might just prove to be one of them, a stunning new fabric inspired by abstract art. As big and quietly self-assured as a Maserati, Le Soleil Qui Brille costs £174.90 a metre from Dedar and could only really be Italian. Love it? Passionforpattern wants to sleep in it. Watch out for pale imitations that will inevitably be on their way.