The Curio Collection from Cole & Son
I’m a big fan of wallpaper. And I’m a big fan of Cole & Son. So when they launch a new collection that speaks to me (really speaks to me), I just have to share it.
Inspired by the rarities and objets d’art of the natural world, Curio is a collectors’ box of eleven designs. They include shimmering mineral surfaces, woodgrain textures, wonderful sea corals and precious stones. All are hand-drawn, and all of them are both bold, subtle and unexpected.
These are my favourites.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Inspired by antique botanical prints from the late 1700s, Seafern is a plethora of coral species including Staghorn and Ivory Tree. It’s offered in six colourings, comprising botanical fern greens, pale inky blues and soft titian reds, and a more breathtaking charcoal black and emerald green with hints of antique gold.
Can you believe it’s hand-drawn? Woodgrain is an old favourite that has been brought back into the limelight again, with a set of brand new colourings. There’s a true black and white, a smoky coal black with silver, and a selection of softer neutrals, so you can be as bold as you dare or as subtle as the fancy takes you.
The Plume design is reminiscent of African tribal art. This calligraphic mark-making style creates a softly feathered brushstroke stripe. I love it.
Zebrawood is inspired be weathered driftwood combined with animal-like markings. Colours include a dramatic black and white, tigerskin tan and black, and emerald green which all offer a more striking approach, whilst the calmer tones of bleached grey and stone offer a more soothing effect.
Do you have a favourite?