Striking capiz shell tiles, an intricate silk embroidery inspired by Queen Elizabeth I, and eco friendly paint. It’s all in this week’s interior design news
Samal is an unusual wallcovering collection, new from Arte. Made from capiz shells that are re-coloured, cut and hand inlaid to create a variety of geometric designs. As each shell is unique, the colour nuances very according to the light adding greater depth and a soft sheen to the walls. Samal is available in four patterns and a selection of colours including pastels, neutrals and jewel shades. The tiles can be used to cover an entire wall or to create a feature. (Capiz is a natural and sustainable product, abundant in the Philippines)
While researching Queen Elizabeth I, Schumacher’s creative director Dara Carponigro stumbled upon a portrait by Hilliard from 1599 and was captivated by the dress the Queen was wearing. “I couldn’t get over how eccentric and whimsical it was and I knew its quirkiness would resonate today,” she says.
The resulting design, Royal Silk Embroidery, is part of the new Masterpieces Collection. The piece is hand woven in silk and linen with hand dyed embroidery threads – taking 30 weeks to make just 100 yards. All pieces within the Masterpieces Collection are produced in limited quantities using artisan skills.
From Lapicida, Qualis Rice porcelain tiles aim to capture the authentic look and feel of handmade tiles. The tiles are available in three sizes and four colours – natural, blue, grey and white. They have an irregular surface with opalescent glazed finish and can be used individually or combined to create more of a feature.
French interior brand Caravane has added a love seat to its Holi furniture collection. The collection already includes sofa, armchair and headboard. The seating has a solid beech frame with raw steel legs and natural linen upholstery. It is named after the Indian festival of colour and is available in 15 cover options from indigo to burnt orange.
Have you come across Francesca’s Paints? Founded in 1996 by colourist Francesca Wezel, the brand offers a bespoke mixing service alongside 24 paint collections. The paints are also sustainable and eco friendly as many are entirely plastic free, breathable and free from solvents.
Riviere has introduced two new colour ways for the Jigsaw rug, one of six designs from its collaboration with Zoffany. Jigsaw features an abstract design based on an inverted Zoffany monogram and produced in Tibetan wool and silk. The new colours Chalk (white) and Monochrome (charcoal grey and white) play with pile heights and texture.
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