Fashion designer Duro Olowu has designed a textile collection for furniture brand Soane Britain. The collection sees Olowu’s signature style of colourful clashing patterns meet the furniture maker’s quintessential English sensibility. The collection came about after Olowu posted a picture of the Soane Britain storefront on his Instagram page. Founder Lulu Lytle saw it and reach out, beginning a conversation that uncovered a mutual interest in a love of pattern, deep respect for craftsmanship, and brought forth similar ideas for a textile range.
[Image credit: Stencil Leaf textile design; Duro Olowu for Soane Britain]
The collection features 4 styles with African and British influences. Timbuktu, a triangle weave, which is inspired by the centuries-old Sankore mosque decorations found in Mali. The design references an ancient architectural technique of using palm rods to create a staggered effect around the building. Koro is a smaller complementary triangle pattern-based on the Timbuktu design. Regency Swirl which references elegant Georgian wrought Ironwork. And for the silkscreen-printed Stencil Leaf design, Olowu drew on the topiary of the English Arts and Crafts gardens at Hidcote Manor.
As a designer, I’m known for juxtaposing different patterns, and the idea is the same here– you can combine contrasting upholstered pieces in the same room to bring it to life. – Duro Olowu
[Image credits: top, Koro textile design; bottom, the textile collection;
Duro Olowu for Soane Britain]
The textiles are designed to match Soane Britain’s historically influenced furniture collections. And true to his characteristic style, Olowu encourages them to be mixed and matched.
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