GLOBAL INFLUENCE – BY ANDREW MARTIN
Andrew Martin has been curating collections inspired by rare finds, blended eras and cultures since 1978.
Since the wake of the travel generation, the accessibility to and interest in foreign textiles has boomed. Now in British interiors you can see kilim stripes from Asia, geometric motifs from West Africa and embroidery from Mexico.
There are many people who have missed the freedom to go abroad in 2020, people are inspired by travel and wish to have permanent reminders of where they’ve been, or would like to go, and the global influence trend helps bring memories or aspirations from far flung places back into our homes.
'When using textiles and colours, limit the palette to two or three shades to avoid overwhelming the room. Balance large scale patterns, with smaller-scale prints, and keep some areas devoid of pattern altogether.’
World-renowned interior designer Penny Morrison creates dreamy, harmonious spaces by pairing unexpected patterns and color palettes together. ‘People are waking up to the use of "performance" or "outdoor" fabrics,' she says. 'For example, a "performance' velvet or linen is ideal for a family room with children and dogs and not just for outdoor use.
'The best ones are easy to clean and are exceptionally durable so a great choice for upholstery. Now that more people are moving out to the country, or at least to somewhere in the city with a bit of outdoor space, there is much more demand for outdoor sitting spaces which can now be brightened up with patterned outdoor fabrics, umbrellas and cushions.’
FEEL GOOD COLOUR COMBINATIONS
Printmaker Molly Mahon is based in Sussex in the UK, where she produces stunning fabrics, wallpapers and homewares using her signature block print designs in joyful colors. Inspired by nature and travels to India, Molly’s pieces will lift your mood.
‘The current focus is to create a warm and atmospheric environment as we are all at home more,' she says. 'This can be achieved with bright and joyful designs, so my trend prediction is all about embracing color and pattern to the max.
'Feel-good shades like rose pink, cherry, mustard yellow, midnight blue and grass green will all help to lift the mood. The Greencombe collection oozes nostalgia and hope for sunny spring days and new beginnings and its coordinating colour palette means you can layer different patterns together.
Interior designer Birdie Fortescue has a background in antique dealing which shows in her beautifully curated and designed collection of unique homewares and contemporary art.
As we are spending more time at home with our families, we feel that the emphasis is on smaller, informal table settings rather than smart entertaining. We aren’t socialising with friends, but making that little bit of effort can lift the spirits and make an ordinary meal-time a bit special. The spring/summer trend for botanicals lends itself perfectly to the current mood of creating inviting, cheerful and colorful tablescapes.
'For example, a tablecloth instantly creates the effect of warmth and homeliness – something which has been so important this last year. Then why not add a coordinating printed napkin and placemat? Layer the table from here with an eclectic mix of crockery – your dinner service doesn’t need to match; add a contrasting side plate or bowl to create interest.
'Focus on small arrangements of flowers; a quirky and informal look can be created using bud vases of different heights and tones filled with minimal stems, with perhaps a larger central looser arrangement linking with the smaller vases. For dinners, I would minimize the flowers and add an array of candlesticks in tonal colours, preferably in glass, with colored candles to finish the look.’
BOUCLÉ – BY JONATHAN ADLER
Potter, designer and author Jonathan Alder is the epitome of modern American glamor with his stunning luxe interior collections that span home accessories, furniture, lighting and textiles.
As you can imagine, Jonathan is always busy but we managed to catch him for a few minutes and asked him for his spring summer textile trend prediction.
‘I want to bouclé all day and then, just when I think I’m done, I’ll also want to bouclé all night. It’s bouclé’s moment and I couldn’t be happier. I’m covering everything –sofas, chairs, my husband, my dog – in an ivory bouclé.’