Here are three launches that caught our eye this week – a beautiful book on how nature inspires fabric design, an unusual water hyacinth wall covering and a subtly elegant rug
Kvadrat has launched a new book titled Materialising Colour. Published by Phaidon, the book explores colourist Giulio Ridolfo’s inspirations for his 20-year collaboration with Kvadrat, in particular his travels around Italy, trips to India, Denmark and beyond. The beautiful photography has been captured by the botanical photographer Howard Sooley, with text compiled by Jane Withers. The book also features an essay on the 250-year history of colour systems by critic Anniina Koivu.
It is interesting to read how Kvadrat’s collections relate to Giulio’s original inspirations. For example, the Steel Cut Trio recolour by Giulio was inspired by a trip to Denmark where he observed the varying colours of the daylight and incorporated this into the fabric with each colourway incorporating three different threads.
The peaks and valleys of a coastal landscape were the inspiration for the Cape Town collection, new from Phillip Jeffries for this summer. The large-scale graphic basket weave wallcovering, with a modern beach vibe, is handcrafted from water hyacinth. Available in six colourways the design shown here is Peninsula Path
Trevi, from Riviere, takes its inspiration from crumbling plasterwork discovered on the wall of a Roman townhouse near the Fontana di Trevi. The result is an abstract design that works both in contemporary and traditional interiors. The rug is handmade from a blended wool and silk yarn and, although there are three main colours (the blue version is shown here), the rug can be customised to incorporate other colours from your interior scheme.
Riviere also announced that this week it is re-opening its showroom on Lots Road, Chelsea by appointment only and aims to be fully open, in line with government guidelines, by the 16th June