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London Life April 2024

London Life April 2024

‘Spring the Outside In’ London Life

Floral fabrics from The Design Archives’ colourful Spring Garden Collection is the perfect way to bring the charm of an English country garden into the home.

The Design Archives is a Chelsea based boutique interiors brand specialising in printed textiles and wallpaper. Each stand-alone collection has a specific aesthetic and heritage, and the floral Spring Garden collection is no exception, with its beautiful reinterpretation of scale and colour of traditional floral archive designs alongside a classic co-ordinating stripe. “I like to think of this collection as my own tribute to the English country garden as it bursts into full bloom” explains Sharon Crowson, founder and creative director of The Design Archives, “it has always provided an enduring source of creative inspiration for me in terms of developing floral designs.” All of the brand’s designs are inspired by historic documents taken from the Crowson Archive, the legacy of Sharon’s distinguished textile printer and collector father Derek Crowson.This valuable collection provides her with an enviably rich source of design influences with which to breathe new life into archival designs, a skill which she has honed over several years. The palette of the three floral designs – Chloe (sprigs of English roses), Heidi (a trailing hydrangea), and Perryvale (delicate anemones) were created to convey the vibrancy of the English country garden in spring, and given evocative
colourway names such as Rose, Coral, Gold,Persimmon, and Mist, while Delft with its crisp white and azure blue, offers the promise of blue skies and spring air. “Alongside the delicacy of the floral designs we also wanted to offer a coordinating stripe, and the “deckchair inspired” Garden Stripe works seamlessly with the rest of the collection, providing an antidote to the intricate detail of the other designs” adds Sharon. Printed on cotton and linen and all made in the UK, the fabrics are suitable for soft furnishings and upholstery.

 

Spring the Outside In

Period Living April 2024

Period Living April 2024

‘Textile Tales, Chintz Charming’ Period Living April 2024 magazine

We were thrilled to have one of our designs included in the ‘Fabric Focus’ piece written by Kerryn Harper Cuss for Period Living magazine, ‘Chintz Charming’ feature. Kerryn has written a fascinating and informative article on the history of chintz from it’s early days to modern day interpretations. Tree of Life Sky in 100% linen from our Archive 1 collection was included, see page 81 in the magazine. The Tree of Life design was developed from a beautiful 19th century archival document. You can find it in it’s original colouration in the Jewel collection – Tree of Life Antique Rose in viscose linen. Both colourways are available as wallpapers too in our Birchgrove collection.

Other brands images featured in the pages of this article shown here are Blithfield, GP & J Baker, Lewis & Wood, as well as interior designers Carlos Garcia, Octavia Dickenson and Katie Rosenfeld.

 

 

Kerryn Harper Cuss looks into the story of chintz from it’s beginnings to the present day

The Design Archives Tree of Life Sky on 100% linen, is inspired by a 19th century chintz archive document

Quintessential Home Website

Quintessential Home Website

The enduring appeal of floral pattern in English interiors is highlighted in the interiors blog by Quintessesential Home featuring The Design Archives’ TREE OF LIFE in the Sky colourway, seen here on a beautifully upholstered chair and curtain. Floral patterns have always been a quintessential part of traditional English interiors. ‘The use of floral designs in the decor of English countryside houses dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries when floral fabrics, wallpapers, and prints were commonly used in the interior decoration,…’ writes Quintessential Home.

The Design Archives’ TREE OF LIFE design is a charming trailing floral pattern developed from a mid-19th Century Mulhouse archival document. Available on premium 100% linen & linen mixes in 8 stunning colourways, it is also available in our BIRCHGROVE WALLPAPER COLLECTION in 7 coordinating colourways.