Jewels of the new season’s designs

The striking Aksu emerald design
The striking Aksu emerald design
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There’s always a ripple of excitement at ours when new things come in, so we seized upon our new Designers Guild wallpapers and fabrics with glee when they arrived this week.

As many of you may know, Designers Guild have a very distinctive style.

Whatever the fashion, the Designers Guild’s take on it will always be a quirky and alternative interpretation, usually achieved through a bold mixing up of pattern with unusual tones of strong colours and fabrics with great textural qualities.

Established in 1975 by Tricia Guild and her brother Simon Jeffreys, and with countless awards for design and business, Designers Guild is today one of the UK’s top brands in the world of home furnishings with the Design Team headed up by Tricia herself.

The new Astrakhan fabrics and the new Alexandria wallpapers have particularly caught our eye because the colour palette for the range sees a return to a richer palette of emerald green, jade, cobalt, amethyst and magenta, as well as touches of gold and silver metallics; all colours and finishes associated with Designers Guild.

The inspiration for these ranges is ‘A journey across The Silk Road, from the Far East, across ancient Persia and India to the gates of Europe’ and the result is fabrics and wallpapers that are vibrant, sumptuous and opulent.

Rich luxuriousness is achieved through colour, pattern and texture. Intense glowing colours are enhanced by the texture of velvet, taffeta and silk and embossed wallpapers, all of which conjures up the exoticism of the Far East.

In this range, as indeed many Designers Guild ranges, the whole width of the fabric is often used in the design.

Kashgar, for example, a classically elegant oriental damask printed on stout cotton with gold embellishments, changes colour from left to right.

This large scale design, suited best to large windows and/or wide Roman blinds, comes in six different colourways and is typical of Designers Guild in the boldness of design and the strong use of colour.

The Aksu fabric, shown in the picture behind the turquoise sofa, is also large scale and needs to be used in its full width to be apprec-iated.

I absolutely love the Ardassa velvet flock wallpapers in the Alexandria collection; the cobalt colourway is gloriously rich and moody.

For those of you who find the intense colours of Designers Guild just too much, all is not lost as the new ranges are also repeated in subtle shades of cream, taupe, grey black and brown.

Some of the intensity is lost in the natural shades but the richness and glamour is retained.

You can view the new Designers Guild ranges atdesignersguild.com but 
believe me they are best seen in the flesh as even 
the best monitor cannot convey the qualities of these stunning fabric and wallpapers.


Simone runs The Interior Trading Co in Marmion Road, Southsea, interior-trading.co.uk.