Behind The Blue Door

Stylish Weekends | November 28, 2016 |

Winter gardens:

Tableware, fashion and interiors in bloom


Wedgwood tea garden cup and saucer raspberry

With hot design talents such as House of Hackney and Abigail Ahern indulging liberally in extravaganzas of floral motifs, botanicals are back in vogue – with a vengeance.

Perhaps as a response to the stripped-down, stylised, mid-century aesthetic of recent years, florals are once again being used as glorious riots of colour and texture.

On the catwalk too, designers are returning to painterly prints and heavily-embroidered fabrics, embracing the new mood of luxury that’s also seen the re-emergence of velvet and brocade on the catwalk.

Discover our pick of the best botanicals in the business.


Floral Eden collection

Wedgwood’s immaculate Floral Eden collection is a contemporary expression of an English garden, with hand-painted blooms applied by master artisan crafters.

Inspired by Josiah Wedgwood’s son John’s links to the Royal Horticultural Society, the range plays with scale for a modern twist, while the opulent gold detailing lends an extra level of luxury.

This bone china collection features a number of designs, from passion flowers to periwinkles and is one of the most exquisite of Wedgwood’s most precious Prestige ranges. Each piece genuinely is a miniature work of art.

Invest in: Floral Eden is one of Wedgwood’s exclusive prestige collections but many of its more accessible ranges take inspiration from flowers too. One of the newest is Tea Garden, based on designs from the Wedgwood archives, updated for a contemporary home.

This blackberry and apple teacup and saucer accents its dark design with delicate gold highlights.

Tea Garden cup and saucer apple and blackberry


House of Hackney floral

Image: House of Hackney

House of Hackney’s fashion-informed interiors collections have been described as ‘Colefax & Fowler on acid’. Certainly there’s a heady mix of traditional motifs transformed into something thoroughly new thanks to pull-no-punches colour stories and pairings with textiles and accessories that in less skilled hands could look tacky.

But founders Javvy M Royle and Frieda Gormley are anything but tacky. And with all but the Italian bed linens made in England, they’re very much the new guard of English design expertise.

Invest in: Artemis wallpaper in blush (£145). A homage to William Morris, updated with this lively ointment pink background.

House of Hackney Artemis floral wallpaper

Image: House of Hackney


Blumarine floral dressImage: Vogue

A whole bouquet of designers splashed still life-style blooms across the catwalk for this season but none more beautifully than ethereal Italian dreamers Blumarine.

Practical (but flawlessly-cut) separates in grown up neutrals were interspersed with florals in child-bright poster paint shades or softer pastels.

Of course, flowers have consistently inspired textile design throughout the centuries. For a behind-the-scenes insight into the world of the couture embroiderer, lose yourself in this this video revealing Chanel’s a/w 16/17 haute couture collection.

Invest in: This Duchesse cocktail dress (£676) is a celebration of the painter’s art.

Blumarine dress

Image: Blumarine


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The Jasper Conran Tisbury collection offers a plethora of informal tableware and home accessories that allow you to mix the collection into your everyday living. The tailored shapes with renowned Jasper Conran precision combine with a resilient porcelain, glass and wood to withstand wear and tear of everyday use. Natural colour styles contribute to an effortless look and feel.

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