Fabulous Fabrics and Wonderful Wallpapers……….

London Design Week did not disappoint.  A real highlight in the calender for anyone interested in fabrics and wallpaper and anything, well, design…  Chelsea Harbour was fragrant with the scent of hyacinths…the sun was intermittently shining through the domes…and all of the shops were displaying the best of their spring launches.

For me, there seemed to be two influences that were outshining the rest.


Harlequin’s Anoushka draws it’s inspiration from a number of folklore influences including textiles, fashion, illustration, art and ceramics.  A glorious bohemian fushion, deliberately clashing and harmonising at the same time.


The Intaglio fabrics from Zoffany are inspired by the distinctive ‘intaglio’ printmaking technique of incising a design into a hard surface.  Three of these designs draw on the architectural lines of ancient and classical Rome, other designs depict illustrative maps, forests and repeated coronets.

Osborne & Little

From Osborne & Little are the Karavansara fabrics and the Grand Tour wallpapers.  The fabrics, an exotic collection of silks and embroideries evocative of trade routes to the riches of the orient.  The wallpapers, inspired by the artistic and architectural treasures of Italy, especially those of Venice, as discovered by aristocratic young Englishmen on the Grand Tour of Europe.


A bold and iconic collection of wallpapers celebrating a decade of design which transformed the boundaries of interior decoration.  The collection combines some original 1950’s designs from the Sanderson archives with contemporary designs inspired by the era.


Again, inspired by the 1950’s, Romo’s geometric prints are more delicate but still evoke a fabulous retro feel.

What’s your preference?



  1. Reply

    Anna @ Around My Table

    March 23, 2011

    All nice but nowaday I’d go for Romo. But it’s nice to go through all of them and admire.

  2. Reply

    Heather Jenkinson

    March 22, 2011

    Ah, this is interesting… You know, I did clock a hit of 50’s colour palette in many collections – Cole & Son, Lelievre (who were also championing the return of CHINTZ!) and others, and so it’s great to see who picks out what and reports on it because we all went to the same show and yet the posts are so different. (Osborne & Little and Zoffany were clearly at the same party…)

    Good post, Carole! x


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