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May 2022 / Homes & Interiors / by Ali Howard

Interiors: Flower Power

From scaled-up prints to colour-clashing brights, florals are enjoying a bold and disruptive refresh.

Wallpaper
Made of matter

Doing florals differently is Made of Matter, a London-Parisian wallpaper brand that doesn’t hold back on the bold. It is the brainchild of graphic artist Julia Bancilhon, who fuses modern collage techniques with maximalist pattern and colour to full effect. New for spring/summer 22 is the Pompadour series of made-to-measure wallcoverings. Floral motifs are skilfully crafted from vintage magazines to create an eye-catching geometric repeat pattern, while the dynamic shapes, either diamond or latticed, are backed with vibrant hues of old pink and blue – and if you’re feeling particularly fearless with your four walls, an unapologetically garish green.

£62 per sq m (madeofmatter.co.uk) 

Floorcoverings
Pinton

Renowned French rug makers Pinton have just released a collection of flower-patterned carpets that playfully subvert the genre. Forget pretty, ditsy florals, Azalée by interior designer Chloé Nègre is a highly individual interpretation of springtime flowers. With its oversized central azelia motif and its abstract curvy background design that hints at botanical leaves, the wool rug is all nature inspired. The curves, which interrupt the wide stripes, represent the swaying of plants in the breeze, while deep mossy greens and rich plums feature in a tonal colourway that brings this contemporary graphic rug back to earth.

€4,889 (pinton1867.com/en)

Bedding
Archive by sanderson design 

Last year’s launch of Archive by Sanderson Design brought us a riotous celebration of revival prints across fabric, wallcoverings, cushions and curtains. Drawing on 160 years of design history and featuring some of Britain’s most iconic brands, Archive now releases its inaugural bedding collection. In a bold, 21st century twist, William Morris’ Strawberry Thief is reimagined in the Miami bedding set, which sees the classic print’s original, nature-inspired tones replaced with vibrant pinks and rich emerald greens. Here, duvet covers are backed with wide candy stripes while Oxford pillowcases get in on the colour clash, too, with contrasting piping. Mix and match if you dare.

From £50 (archive.sandersondesigngroup.com)

Soft furnishings
Telescope style 

Think of florals and we immediately picture chintzy fabrics depicting pale pink English roses. But when it comes to botanical inspiration, there’s a whole world out there. Telescope Style is an online emporium of global homeware, which allows us to shop by destination. Amongst the travel-inspired treats is a range of colourful handmade linen cushions, fashioned from original artwork by indigenous Aboriginal artist Rosie Ngwarraye Ross. The design depicts a bold cacophony of plants, bush foods and medicines – flora of the Australian outback – which is offset with a contrasting scalloped trim in daring hues of burnt orange and burgundy.

£85 (telescopestyle.com) 

Upholstery
Mind the gap

Romanian brand Mind The Gap are all about rebellious florals. Their eye-popping prints can be seen across wallpaper, soft furnishings, fabric, lighting and bold statement furniture pieces. One such piece is the classically shaped Anatolia chaise, upholstered in Suzie Q linen fabric. Part of the Woodstock lifestyle collection, the print features a densely populated pattern of floral motifs in rich pinks and blues against a dark black background. So far so conventional. But look closely and you’ll spot circular peace symbols amongst the forget-me-nots and daisy chains. Whimsical and elegant, with a knowing nod to Boho, too.

£2,640 (mindtheg.com)